Can we get help for visa formalities?

Passport holders requiring a visa to enter France will be assisted in every way. A letter of acceptance mentioning the name of the participant and duration of the summer program will be issued to your current establishment and for French embassy/consulate authorities. If you wish to stay in France longer to visit or do an internship before or after the duration of the summer program, make sure that your visa covers that period as well.

Are there any scholarships available?

No scholarships are awarded in France for a short summer programme (the minimum period being 1 semester). So, please check if your home country may be able to offer you one.

Will I be refunded if I am unable to attend the summer school?

Refunds are possible only for cancellations received before April 15, 2017 (financial refund charges at the student’s expense). After that, no fees are refundable.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Each student has his/her own furnished single bedroom with shower, sink, and toilet, with a common kitchen (no cookware, crockery or cutlery available) and study areas.

What are the airport and arrival arrangements?

Students will be met by an IPL Summer School representative and transferred safely to the Hall of Residence. We do ask you to try and arrive before 6pm.

What happens when I arrive at the Halls of Residence?

You will be given your keys, sheets, instructions and shown to your room. If other students have arrived they will be introduced to you.

Who are the other students?

The other students will be from various countries (approximately 10 different nationalities) and their numbers range between 30 and 40. Their average age is 22 years.

Who is the staff of the summer school?

There is a full-time assistant with the students throughout the day, 8 administrative personnel and 6 teaching staff in each school.

What should I pack?

Lyon has a continental climate. Summers can be fairly hot: 30°C (86°F) and average minimum night temperatures of 17°C (63°F). Fairly light clothing for day wear and a jacket for the evenings would be appropriate. A waterproof jacket and/or windbreaker in case of summer showers and storms could come in handy. Light footwear and a pair of walking shoes would be ideal.

Could you give us details on safety and welfare?

All residences have adequate security. An assistant will be with the students in the daytime and additional staff on all trips and excursions.
Each student should have travel insurance before leaving their home country and they will subscribe to a short term complementary student insurance (with third party coverage) upon arrival, with help from our summer school personnel.

Will I be able to use my phone and computer chargers?

The charger should come with an adaptor and transformer for European plugs ie. 220 volts AC. You will also have the possibility to buy an inexpensive SIM card.

How can I pay in France?

Payments can be made in cash (euros) or with an international credit card equipped with an electronic chip (using a PIN code). The same card can be used at ATMs for cash withdrawal.

Do I need to know French before arriving?

Strictly, no French is required to attend the programme as it is in English. However, some French is always helpful. To determine your level of French in order to place you in the proper class, there will be a written placement test at the beginning of the summer school. Students will be placed into 3 groups according to their French language proficiency: Beginners, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate.

What are the eating arrangements?

On weekdays students are encouraged to dine at the school cafeteria (average meal price: 5 euros). However, they are free to make their own eating arrangements at all times (snacks, restaurants, fast food, self-made packed lunch, etc.)

Can students with special diets be catered to?

Yes. Please state the type of diet or foods to avoid on the information form at time of registration.

Do we have to bring our own computer or are there computers provided?

Computer facilities are available at each school with a computer license. Moreover, an access badge is provided to enter the well-secured school. Should you decide to bring your own computer, there is free WLAN Internet Access in the school and a printing quota offered to all students. At the residence you will be able to have access to internet with an Ethernet cable, please don’t forget to bring one with you.

Do we have any free time?

Most lessons end at 5pm on a week day. Some field trips and excursions may extend till 8 pm. There will be three half days of free time in the programme and of course, every Saturday and Sunday!

For the duration of the programme what are the transport arrangements?

All transportation pertaining to organized excursions and field work as stated in the programme relating to cultural and scientific modules are included in the fees. However, participants have to pay for a local urban transport student Pass in order to commute from their residence to their school or meeting point. An assistant will help you in purchasing the Pass for 2 months and getting your bearings with useful maps and tips.

Are all outings mandatory or optional?

All outings are mandatory as they are part of your academic program for credit. You are strongly recommended to participate, unless you are physically unable to do so. In such cases, no refund is possible as fixed costs have been disbursed for such trips. If you can not attend a course or a visit, you are expected to inform the assistant and your school coordinator.

What can I do on weekends ?

You can arrange weekend visits on your own and therefore not included in the price. Please refer to the Practical information guide for useful links

If I would like to arrive in Lyon before the official starting date or stay after the official end date, where can I stay?

There is a youth hostel in the old town:
AJ du Vieux Lyon
41 – 45 montée du Chemin Neuf, 69005 Lyon
Tel : +33 4 78 15 05 50
Email : lyon@fuaj.org

There is a living hostel:
Slo living hostel
5 rue Bonnefoi
69003 Lyon, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 78 59 06 90

There is a brand new guesthouse:
Le Flâneur Guesthouse
56, rue Sébastien Gryphe
69007 Lyon
Tel.: +33 (0)9 81 99 16 97
Email: hello@leflaneur-guesthouse.com

Is there air-conditioning in the residence ?

No air-conditioning in the residence but the weather is usually cool in Lyon at that period of the year.

What happens when I arrive in the residence ?

You will get a list with the names of the other participants and their room numbers so that you can meet, and a welcome buffet will be organised at 6 pm.

What happens on Departure Day?

Students should pack ahead of time so that a general inspection of their living quarters can be made just before they leave. Each participant is supposed to make his/her own arrangements to leave the Halls of Residence. If you should require any help from our staff, please inform us well ahead of time.


What are the criteria for Assessment and the obtention of credits (ECTS)?

3 credits (ECTS) are awarded for the French written assessment paper and 3 credits (with the exception of Isara-Lyon awarding 6 credits) for the Scientific assessment.
The scientific assessment consists of an oral presentation of 20 minutes (with the exception of Isara where a written report of 8 pages is also required).
Regular attendance, oral participation during the courses, interest and motivation are evaluated and will ensure the obtention of ECTS. In most cases, 1 ECTS is the equivalent of 2 US credits.
To summarize:

  • CPE, ITECH award 6 ECTS (3 for French, 3 for Scientific course)
  • ISARA-Lyon, ECAM award 9 ECTS (3 for French, 6 for Scientific course)

Could you give me a rough idea of extra personal work required outside of course hours per day?

Per se, there are no set requirements for daily homework. However, you are advised to review scientific course work regularly, to work on your final assessment and for French, to revise grammar and vocabulary thoroughly. A rough estimate would be one to two hours a day.

In the case where I do not have a home institution, would I be forwarding all my documents and corresponding with you directly?


More specific issues depending on the school:

When you refer to 'color sciences', what does that exactly entail? I've never heard this term before; would this include formulating color hair dyes?

No, Color sciences refer to the Chromatic understanding of color making with pigments and dyes, and to understand how to do color matching. There is an approach to computer matching systems.

Color cosmetics refer to foundations, lipsticks, make-up and other forms of pigmented cosmetics here in Australia. Would 'white' cosmetics refer to shampoos, moisturizers and lotions?

Yes, you will formulate one of each.

Are students supplied with the relevant laboratory gear during the practicals as well as the French classes? i.e. lab glasses, lab coats, closed shoes, note books, pencils? Or are we required to supply them ourselves?

Lab coats and glasses are provided.