CPE Lyon - Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et d'Electronique de Lyon

General Presentation
Academic Presentation
Student Life
International Relations

CPE Lyon is a French "Grande Ecole" specialized in the fields of:

  • Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
  • Electronics/Telecommunications/Computer Science

The specialisations (majors) available in the final year of study are:

  • Life sciences and health
  • Formulation: manufacture of divided solids
  • Environmental chemistry and engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Electronics and microelectronics architecture
  • Image processing and algorithms
  • Networks and telecommunications
  • Distributed computer systems

In addition, in the final year, students have access to a wide range of master programmes at the university of Lyon1, in chemistry and in electronics/computer science.

CPE Lyon was created in 1994, as a result of the merger of two major schools of engineering in Lyon: the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon (ESCIL) and the Institut de Chimie et de Physique Industrielles de Lyon (ICPI).

CPE Lyon is a private, state approved school of engineering. It is located in Lyon, a major European city and the second French centre for universities.

We provide programs in the above areas leading to the "Diplôme d'Ingénieur" Master degree. International students are welcome for 2 or 3 years, for our degree program, or for one semester or one year on exchange.

Help is provided for accommodation and for administrative formalities.

We offer research projects in our laboratories (organic and analytical chemistry, catalysis, polymers, chemical engineering, computer science, electronics, signal processing, nanotechnology).

CPE Lyon is part of the "Université de Lyon", a large research and higher education center, constituted in the form of a public scientific cooperation establishment that combines Lyon's universities and "Grandes Ecoles".

Do not hesitate to visit our website totally dedicated to international students: www.cpe-international-students.com

Our courses in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering can be found here.

Our courses in Electronics, telecommunications and computer science can be found here.


CPE Lyon is situated on the "Doua-Lyon Tech" science park in Villeurbanne, very close to Lyon.

Lyon is a large city and a European metropolis that combines economic dynamism and quality of life.

To know more about Lyon, visit the following websites:

The official website of Lyon

OnlyLyon website

The campus has a total of 26,000 people made up of students, PhD students, researchers, professors and other employees.


CPE Lyon - Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon

Domaine Scientifique de le Doua-Lyon Tech

43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918



How to get to CPE Lyon: http://www.cpe-international-students.com/-Getting-to-CPE-Lyon-.html



Key figures

  • 1400 students
  • 290 graduates per year
  • 9 research laboratories
  • 90 international students
  • 70% of students spend at least 1 semester abroad
  • 88 university partners



European activities


- Coordinator of European Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Education network (EC2E2N) : 118 universities from 27 European countries
- Member of national & international networks: n+i, TASSEP, Erasmus, Fédération Gay Lussac, European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), Ampère…
- The Chemistry - Chemical Engineering course was rewarded with the “Euromaster” European label in 2008

Nobel Prize laureates

Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1912: Victor Grignard, director of the school from 1921 to 1935
Chemistry Nobel Prize in 2005: Yves Chauvin, (1954 graduate)
Co-Laureate of the 2007 Peace Nobel Prize : Jean Jouzel (1968 graduate)

Professional Network

CPE Lyon education programmes are definitely company-oriented. The school works closely with a great number of companies through:

Placements: from 1 month to 1 year
Placements are an integral part of the school's educational programme. They are incorporated in the courses and earn credits. The provide work-linked training.
A business creation project in year 3 (Ist year of the engineer course)
Many industrial partnerships throughout the year through a "company open day", some projects, student competitions sponsored by companies, pedagogic presentations,..
A chair of sustainable development, which relies on the partnership of the Dow chemical company
A large number of research contracts between companies and CPE Lyon research laboratories.

Key figures

Collaborations with 900 companies all around the world
A network of 6300 graduates
A 8M€ turnover in research, technological and industrial contracts
175 speakers from industrial sectors
Visit our website totally dedicated to international students: www.cpe-international-students.com



The registration process is described on the n+i web site.

CPE Lyon has been a member of the n+i network for the past 10 years. We currently have 15 n+i students registered.

Important Dates

We accept students at the start of the academic year. For application deadlines please see the n+i web site. You are strongly encouraged to apply in time for the first session of recruitment as this will maximise your chances of obtaining a grant.


We will propose an application for an EIFFEL scholarship for one or two excellent candidates.

We offer the possibility of spending an optional year in industry before commencing the final year of study. The salary received during this year is often sufficient to enable students to save enough money to pay for a large part of their final year of study. If you choose to do your final year project (6 months) in industry you will also receive a monthly payment from the company for this.


Tuition fees at CPE Lyon are about 6500 Euros per year, for both French and international students.

Available master
Student Life

Student life is very intense at CPE lyon.

Numerous students are involved in and bring associations to life. It is an opportunity for them to undertake projects, meet challenges, work in a team, take part in the life of the school, do what they enjoy, ...

Sport, culture, leisure, humanitarian action, introduction to work - all students will find extra-curricular activities to suit them.

And if ever some students do not find what they want, they can decide to set up a club, project or organise a special theme event!

You want to sing? Dance? Get your brain working? Cook? You will find what you are looking for amongst the 30 or so student associations!

The school encourages its students to become involved in these activities which contribute to their personal and professional development and are a concrete learning experience for the profession of engineer.


At the start of each academic year an accommodation service is organised by CPE Lyon.

Don't wait until the last minute!

Once you are admitted to CPE Lyon you should contact Maria-Angelina Beaucourt (maria-angelina.beaucourt@cpe.fr ) who will provide you with all the details and help necessary for your accommodation.


Accommodation fees

Here is the average cost of accommodation in Lyon:


Small appartment (private): 450 Euros/month

Room in university residence: 230 Euros/month (the room is about 10m2)

Studio flat in university residence: 390 Euros/month (the studio is 15-18 m2).

Students are entitled to certain benefits such as housing benefit (Aide Personnalisée au Logement - APL). This greatly reduces the amount you have to pay each month.

For further information about life in Lyon, download the very complete student's guide called: Preparing your stay in Lyon, realised by the University of Lyon, Rhône-Alpes region and CROUS.

Also visit our website totally dedicated to international students: www.cpe-international-students.com


Some figures

The total number of students at CPE Lyon is about 1100, of which about 90 are international students.

There are about 150 students in chemistry/chemical engineering each year and about 130 in electronics/telecommunications/computer science.

Partnership with n+i

CPE Lyon has been a member of the n+i network since its inception about 10 years ago. We receive students in both the chemistry/chemical engineering field and the electronics/telecommunications/computer science fields.



CPE Lyon has extensive national and international links.

National networks

CPE Lyon is a member of the Fédération Gay Lussac, a network of 19 schools of chemistry/chemical engineering in France, and the Réseau Ampère, a network of 6 schools of electronics.

International networks

CPE Lyon has established relations with over 80 universities throughout the world. A list of these partners is available here.

We are the coordinating institution of the major European network, the European Chemistry Thematic Network, which brings together over 120 university chemistry departments from 27 different European countries.

We also have good links with a very large number of international companies, 200 students from CPE Lyon spend a year in industry abroad during their studies.

Official website
Visit the official website at

n+i Representative