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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: FREN 101 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Type of Program: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler Academic Focus: Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

GE3: France, IST Fall at INSA Lyon

France Lyon River Landscape

Program Overview

The Global Engineering Education Exchange (GE3) is an international exchange program for students in Engineering and Technology majors. This customized IST track is designed for students in the College of Computing and Informatics and is taught entirely in English.

Studying at Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon) is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore their academics from a French perspective.  Located on the premises of the Science and Technological Park of la Doua in Villeurbanne, INSA Lyon is ranked among the top universities of Science and Technology in Europe, multidisciplinary and international, at the heart of the European Higher Education Area.
About Lyon 
The city of Lyon is the second largest in France with 1.2 million inhabitants and more than 120,000 students. Situated at the heart of Europe, Lyon is steeped in history and culture. It has a rich industrial network which includes many large companies. Its international scope and exceptional cultural environment have made it a powerful center of communication. Lyon is only 2 hours from Paris and less than 2 hours from Mediterranean south of France by train. There are many international and high speed trains (TGV) come into the city daily. Where the Saône and the Rhône meet, Lyon has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Former capital of the Gauls, the city bears witness to 2000 years of continuous history. Its remarkable heritage is enriched with signature buildings by contemporary architects such as: Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Pre-junior or Junior status
  • Completion of FREN 101


The IST English option is jointly organized by three engineering departments of INSA Lyon (Telecommunication Department(TC), Computer Sciences and Engineering Department (IF), Electrical Engineering Department (GE) in collaboration with three research laboratories. Students take scientific courses, a French language course, and complete a research project.  Read more about the program. 

IST Coursework: Students select 6 of the 12 courses below. Review the IST course descriptions 

First part of the semester (8 weeks)
-- Networks - Part 1
-- Operating systems
-- Java programming
-- Data bases and data mining - Part 1: Data bases
-- Signal and image processing - Part 1: Signal Processing
-- Microwave systems for Telecommunications - Part 1: Transmission lines

Second part of the semester (8 weeks):
-- Networks - Part 2
-- Middlewares Architectures from ambient to cloud computing
-- Data bases and data mining - Part 2: Data mining
-- Signal and Image Processing - Part 2: Image processing
-- Software engineering
-- Microwave systems for Telecommunications - Part 2: Antennas and Propagation

Research and development project: conducted within one of the three research laboratories (CITICREATISLIRIS). Students will have to make a bibliographic study, to develop their own contributions that will be presented in a final report and during an oral presentation.

Course Equivalencies
Review the pre-approved courses here: IST Course Equivalency Spreadsheet. Courses or disciplines that are not approved must be approved by the Drexel Department Head in that subject.

Students are taught by French faculty. Grades are listed as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their Drexel transcript and will not affect GPA. To receive CR students must earn a "C" or above. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution (between 15-30 ECTS credits per semester) while taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel (12 – 20 credits.)

Program Calendar

Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start mid September
Program End late December


INSA Lyon offers a variety of on-campus housing for students to select from. Students are encouraged to participate in student life activities on campus. There are 4 restaurants to choose from as well as a range of sports and relaxation infrastructure (swimming pool, tennis courts, sports fields, fitness room). For more information review the Exchange student information.


All non-European citizens are required to apply for a French student visa. To start the visa application process, students should apply through Campus France. Click here for French Embassy Visa Information. Obtaining a French student visa normally requires an in-person interview at the French Embassy, which is located in Washington DC for Pennsylvania residents. Students using their Drexel address can apply and interview through the Washington DC Embassy, even if their home residence is another state.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available. Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review the Drexel Affiliated and External Scholarships pages. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/16/2020
02/25/2020 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.