École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon)

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. Built on the tradition of the ENS de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, 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.

The ENS de Lyon is part of the Université de Lyon and supports quality research that has earned it a Fields medal (Cedric Villani, 2010) and many CNRS medals. It encourages interdisciplinary studies to foster a better understanding of complex contemporary issues.

2,300 students
800 teachers & researchers
194 partner universities
78 nationalities on campus
24 research labs

THE - World’s best small universities
3rd (France) / 9th (world)

THE - Most international universities in the world
4th (France) / 77th (world)

QS - World University Rankings
5th (France) / 130th (world)

THE - World University Rankings
8th (France) / 251-300th (world)

Academic Ranking of World Universities
13-16th (France) / 301-400th (world)

What does the École normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon) stand for?

  • An elite university for multidisciplinary studies
  • A novel approach to research and education
  • Academic excellence from Bachelor's to PhD
  • An international leader in the field of research
  • A reference in education

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+33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00

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Parvis René Descartes 15

Lyon, FR