***CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 update : Program canceled for summer 2020- let’s look forward to summer 2021 !***

March 18, 2020
This has been an eventful couple of weeks, and we in France, as all of you around the rest of the world, have been prioritizing the health and safety of all people, especially the health of those among us who are the most vulnerable: older people, people with respiratory illnesses or other conditions, not to mention our healthcare workers and those continuing to provide us with food and other essential services. This has led to many closures and, even though we hope that in a few weeks, or at most, months, the situation should be under control, these closures have put us behind schedule on all of our regular teaching.
It is due to this, then, that we have decided to cancel the program for this summer. We’re very sorry to those who were excited to participate, but the silver lining is that next year, the program will come back stronger than ever, so we can look ahead to this moment. All students who have already paid their participation fees have been/will be reimbursed.
We’re sorry to have to announce this, but we’re absolutely sure you’ll agree that it was necessary. Be sure to get in touch with us if you would like to be notified when next year’s applications are open.
Best wishes,
The organization team


Summer school in engineering + French language + culture

What is the IPL International Summer School?

The IPL International Summer School gives you the chance to experience the French higher education environment and learn or improve French language skills while discovering the beautiful city of Lyon.
It is also the opportunity to meet other university students from around the world and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
It is designed for undergraduate students in Science and Engineering who have completed their first or second year of study and who expect to major in one of the disciplines of the four IPL engineering schools.

Bonus for 2020: the Tour de France cycling tournament will pass through Lyon on
July 11-12, the last weekend of the program!

We would like to thank the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region for the financial support they have given us in 2018, which has contributed to the success of the program.

“The perfect combination of science and culture!”

“When I arrived 5 weeks ago, I did not imagine I was going to enjoy this programme so much. I met great people with a variety of personalities, eat good food (and drank lots of wine) and visited some of the most beautiful places on earth while learning science and French. I have had an amazing time and this will be a summer I will not forget! Thank you IPL Summer School.”

June 11, 2020 to July 15, 2020

Important Dates

> April 12th, 2020: Application Deadline
> By April 21th: Notification of acceptance to the program by school
> By May 3rd: Payment deadline
> May 15th: Deadline to complete Information Form


Science / engineering courses

The program consists of French language classes in different levels and science/engineering classes in English to be chosen from one of the 4 schools. Students also take part in industrial and cultural visits.
· 45-60 hours of class, laboratory work and group projects (6 ECTS. European Credit Transfer System)
· 39 hours of French classes (3 ECTS)


Practical and theoretical courses in digital sciences for chemical engineers:
Internet of Things (IoT), Data acquisition, Data Analysis, Networks, Big data, Sensors, Distributed Systems, Software Development, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning


Energy and Sustainability:
Most of the biggest challenges we will have to face in the future (global warming, increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, the impact of production methods and materials, etc.) are related to the production of energy, its use and consequences. The goal of this course is to teach future engineers the industrial and regulatory context, the technical concepts and tools needed to comprehend these challenges and explore the solutions of tomorrow.


Develop knowledge in Agroecology and Alternative food systems in France.
“Cropping systems and breeding systems, sustainable management of agroecosystems, biodiversity management, food system analysis. Lectures, excursions, case studies and personal research on these themes. “


Discover an original and practical approach of Polymer and Material Sciences engineering:
praticals on paint, adhesive and cosmetic formulation, textile dyeing and weaving process, leather and plastic.

French language courses

for beginning, intermediate, or advanced speakers
39 hours

Industry visits and cultural outings

May include: a tour of the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), a trip to Valrhona chocolate manufacturer, Côte du Rhône wine producers, alpine cheese producers, beautiful cities such as Annecy and Geneva, a dinner with a French family…and much more !

About Lyon

Lyon has repeatedly been voted best university city in France thanks to its quality of life and rich cultural offering. It also boasts great public transportation in and is well connected to other French and European cities.
Here are a few more details about Lyon:

  • Total urban area population: 2.2 million inhabitants. Student population: 137 600 students in 4 universities, 15 Grandes Ecoles.
  • Lyon’s city center is classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
  • Arts and leisure: Opera House, the Auditorium, around 15 theaters, many museums, Roman ruins, and 20+ museums.
  • A center for life sciences in France, Lyon has one of the most advanced pharmaceutical and chemical industries in the world.
  • A good place for food-lovers, Lyon is known for its traditional “bouchons” (small, family-run restaurants with local specialties), as well as even finer dining in Michelin-starred restaurants, or fresh local products in its bustling markets.
  • Lyon is a major European business and economic hub, with an international conference center and the world headquarters of Interpol.
  • Lyon is close to the Alps where you can find 7,000 km of ski runs and the largest skiing area in the world around Europe’s highest peak, the Mont Blanc.
  • Lyon is 1h45 min by TGV (high speed train) from Marseille, the gateway to the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) and 2 hours from Paris.


During the Summer School, students will stay at a residence hall, called ”Jacques Cavalier”.

Jacques Cavalier

The residence offers basic housing as follows:

  • Single rooms called “studettes” about 11m² with shower and toilet facilities in the room,
  • Bed linen and blankets will be provided,
  • Rooms furnished with a bed, a desk, a closet, and a fridge,
  • Wifi,
  • Kitchen facilities and washing machines.

Public transportation to Cavalier residence:
Bus number C16 –stop “Harmonie”
Metro line D – stop “ Monplaisir lumiere”
Lyon public transportation : www.tcl.fr



  • Price: €2150*.

* Except for ISARA non partner universities : contact ISARA at sverneret@isara.fr regarding the status of your home university.
This price includes:


  • Meet and greet at Lyon airport or Lyon (Part Dieu) train station according to the schedule
  • Housing during the 5 weeks including internet access and linnen (no toiletries, towel)
  • A welcome dinner, a welcome lunch, dinner in a French family, a lunch at a cheese farm and a farewell dinner, degustation of French products
  • Various visits through the Rhône-Alpes region (transportation and entrance to the sites)
  • 40 hours French classes and culture according to 3 different levels
  • Public Transport card for the whole period of the Summer Program
  • Civil liability insurance
  • Dedicated program coordinator

The cost does not include:

  • Meals/drinks
  • Transportation to Lyon (car/train/airfare)
  • Transportation and visits during weekends
  • Passport and VISA fees

Application process & timeline

  • By April 12th: Please complete the online Application Form
  • The school of your choice will confirm your application
  • Upon confirmation of acceptance, final deadline for payment is May 3rd;
  • Confirmation of pick-up arrangements upon arrival will be sent to applicants a week before arrival


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