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SCAN section of INSA Lyon

How to apply

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how to apply to SCAN at INSA de Lyon, and this post is here to help you. First of all, what is SCAN? It’s the most awesome section of all times. Here, you’ll have all your courses dispensed in english; but don’t worry, even if it may fry your brain the first week, you’ll get used to it. The most difficult is to understand the engineering stuff anyway!

To join the SCAN section in first year :

For French students, when you apply to INSA de Lyon on Admission Post Bac, you have the possibility to choose and rank options for the INSA group. Put SCAN as your one and only wish (you can rank other ones, but it makes your level of awesomeness drop). If you are accepted at INSA, you may receive a mail from Mr. Velex, head of SCAN section, telling you to send a motivation letter and informing you that he will call you along with Mrs. Wegeler to pass an interview of 10 minutes by phone in the begining of July. And as your english level is over 9000, you’re in! If you’re a foreigner, just email Siobhan Wegeler, she’ll tell you what to do.

To join the SCAN section in second year :

As you may know, 25 first-year students are accepted in the SCAN section in the second year. Here is a short summary to let you know how to apply.
All first-year students in the general first cycle may attend a meeting (2pm Thursday 10th April, amphi Vannier). This meeting will provide general information about studying in SCAN.  First year students will have the opportunity to speak to SCAN students after the Easter holidays during a short presentation of the SCAN section which will be scheduled in 1st year English classes.
To sign up, students should go to the CIPCnet site to register. (The registration process is normally active as of early May).
Elements which are taken into account in the selection of applicants are: attendance (several non-authorised absences don’t look good), the opinion of the candidate’s English teacher (commitment to speaking English – not your actual level), date at which the candidate registered on CIPCnet (first come, first served). Please note, you do not need to write a letter!


Official webpage
Mrs Siobhan Wegeler :
Mr Philippe Velex, Head of SCAN section :


  1. Gisele

    Dear Sir

    My daughter Carolina Gradowski Macedo is studying Mechanical Engeneering at the Boston University, attending the 5th period. We are looking for another university for her to transfer to and she is enthusiastic to go to Lyon.

    We would like to know if there would be a necessity for her to speak fluent French to study there. Also, we would like to hear about admissions from transfering students.

    Thank you,


    • Scan the Web team

      Scan the Web team

      Dear Gisele,

      We are really glad to hear that your daughter is interested in coming to Lyon for her studies, especially at INSA.

      However, you have to know that this website is dedicated to the SCAN section, which spans only over the 2 first years of studies at INSA (what we call the first cycle). The SCAN section is a very good choice for foreign students coming out of high school who are not necessarily fluent in French, so that they can make a smooth transition into the second cycle (the engineering one). Indeed, lessons in SCAN are in English, and non-French students can attend French classes to be able to correctly transition into having all their lessons in French after the 2 first years.

      Though, knowing that your daughter is attending her 5th period, we doubt that the SCAN section would be the best choice in her case as it may not be advanced enough, and is very general (not dedicated to mechanical engineering).

      Instead, we believe that you should be looking into the Mechanical Engineering Depts., which are in the second cycle at INSA.
      Here are some links that we hope you will find helpful:
      The official INSA Lyon website in English:
      In particular, the section about exchange students:
      The Mechanical Engineering / Design Dept. page:
      The Mechanical Engineering / Development Dept. page:
      The Mechanical Engineering / Plastic Processes Dept. page:

      Let us know if you need any additional information or if you have any more questions regarding Lyon, INSA or exchange programs.

      Best regards,
      Tristan Bourvon, SCAN website webmaster.

  2. Hey, have a great post for this website. that’s interesting to know more about this University. Can I get the contact person to join and get more information?

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