Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Lyon, France
The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon is an elite French public institution that trains professors, researchers, senior civil servants as well as business and political leaders. Students choose their courses and split their time between training and research in sciences and humanities.



Founded in 1880, the ENS de Lyon also focuses on educational research. It is a symbol of French Republican meritocracy and it remains committed today to disseminating knowledge to the widest audience and to promoting equal opportunity.


  • 12 study programs and 21 research labs
  • 45 Master’s degrees, more than 400 PhD students
  • Conferences, internships, junior labs


Located in an internationally recognized center of excellence in health, chemistry and human sciences, the ENS de Lyon is home to numerous research laboratories in the fields of exact sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Research at the ENS de Lyon encourages exchanges between subject areas and culture.

Our Partners

  • CNRS (France's National Center for Scientific Research)
  • Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research)
  • INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research)
  • Inria (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation)

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)


Housing services

The ENS de Lyon can accommodate some 700 students in its halls of residence, each of them having a watchman.

Priority access for international students.

Different types of accommodation: bedrooms, 3, 4 or 5 rooms apartments.

Library services

The library of the ENS de Lyon is home to some 1.2 million documents and electronic resources that can be consulted by anyone. Students, teachers and researchers from Lyon and its region can borrow titles from Monday through Friday 9am - 7pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm.

Find the main library for literature, the arts, social and human sciences as well as the specialized research collections.

ICT services

Each room has unlimited cable access to the internet and the ENS intranet as well as 36 television channels of which 27 are in foreign languages. With the appropriate decoder, residents also have access to satellite services from around the world. Residents have around the clock free access to the television room, music room, weights room and laundry rooms.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campus, located close to the city center, is easily accessible by public transportation and provides students with an ideal environment to both study and relax.

Numerous student associations play an active part in campus life in areas as diversified as culture, the arts, sport, humanitarian action... Conferences, performances, concerts and exhibitions provide intense cultural and intellectual stimulation for all.

Sports facilities

The sports facilities of the ENS are available to members 7 days a week. The ENS has two gyms, one of which is equipped with a climbing wall (100m2 with a 10m section of overhang), a tennis court, 2 weights rooms as well as a dance room. Equipment is available free of charge (badminton and tennis rackets, balls...).

Student clubs

A flurry of student associations play a key part in the ENS de Lyon's campus life, whether in the fields of culture, the arts, sport or humanitarian action. The school also hosts myriad conferences, performances, concerts and exhibitions - exciting events for everyone.


  • QS World University Rankings:188th (world) / 5th (France)
  • THE World University Rankings:201-250th (world) / 6th (France)
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities: 201-300th (world) / 9-14th (France)