Ecole Centrale de Lyon

Ecole Centrale de Lyon

Top reasons to study here

  • Strengthened by 150 years of experience
  • 6 research units located on campus
  • Forty-five years the School has formed agreements with universities from all of the world that pertain to the awarding of double degrees and other forms of part



  • 1857: Foundation of "École Centrale lyonnaise pour l’Industrie et le Commerce"
  • 3 November 1857: Opening of the School with 14 students.
  • 1869: Second campus of Ecole Centrale de Lyon. Movement of the School to Quai Augagneur
  • 1930: First female engineering student.
  • 1963: Common entrance exam established with Ecole Centrale de Paris.
  • 1970: The School is renamed École Centrale de Lyon.


Over and above the scientific and technical skills that the School undeniably imparts to its students, Ecole Centrale de Lyon provides you with an open-minded, wide-ranging vision of the world as well as an approach towards the humanities and social sciences that grant our graduates the Centrale Lyon advantage.


Internationally, nationally and industrially renowned, research at Ecole Centrale de Lyon is performed around 6 laboratories, all Joint research units (UMR) CNRS.

In an increasingly globally competitive environment, coupled with economical and societal expectations, Centrale Lyon has put in place a dynamic scientific policy, structured around 5 main disciplines: nanotechnology and nanomaterials, transport, energy, environment and bio-engineering.

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Housing services

Located only 20 minutes from Lyon, the Ecole Centrale de Lyon campus is situated in beautiful surroundings in the heart of an 18 hectare property.

The campus brings together teaching buildings and research centres, buildings belonging to the student associations, sporting facilities, administrative buildings, the university cafeteria and student residences: 

  • According to our students, some of the highlights include:
  • The K-Fêt (café) in the student foyer
  • The student foyer, complete with  cinema, performance hall, and café-bar.
  • The "Assoce", joining more than a hundred of student associations in Centrale Lyon

Library services

Centred at the heart of the campus, the library lists several key objectives among its missions to the students and personnel of the School:

  • The library contains materials from a large variety of domains.
  • The library also offers leisure materials including CDs, sheet music and tourist guides.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Benefit from life in a beautiful setting on a wooded campus spanning 18ha
  • Be situated right in the centre of the life of the school (associations, library)
  • Access a large number of sporting facilities (stadium, sporting fields, tennis courts, weights room, gymnasium)
  • Dine on campus (restaurant universitaire, snacks available from the foyer)
  • Only 20 minutes from the centre of Lyon using public transp

Sports facilities

Physical education and sport are an integral element of the whole education of the engineering student at the School. Sport is compulsory at Centrale Lyon. Students can choose from among 20 different sports – either as an individual or in a team – to fulfil requirements for participation in sport, often allowing them to participate in university sporting competitions. They can also participate in less competitive sporting activities such as as part of hikes organised by the mountaineering club or visits to ski stations with the ski club.

Campus facilities:

  • A gymnasium, complete with rock-climbing wall
  • Four exterior tennis courts
  • An athletics track
  • A grass football and rugby field
  • A weights room

Student clubs

At Centrale Lyon, the student associations play a vital role in the activity on campus. With a huge variety of cultural, social and sporting activities, about 1500 engineering students participate in the associative life on campus. Amongst them, 150 active students are highly involved in organising events which contribute to the animated life of the School – the Week-End d’Intégration, the Centrale Lyon Challenge, the Forum Perspectives Grandes Ecoles, the Gala Eclyps – as well as providing services which support the entire Centralian community.

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