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Welcome to all international scientists

Espace Ulys is a convivial and ever attentive multilingual team dedicated to welcoming international scientists, whether PhD students or researchers, and their families to the Lyon Saint-Étienne area. We provide day-to-day assistance for all measures and procedures prior to your arrival, and make sure you are enjoying a pleasant, successful stay. We also organize regular get-together events to facilitate your integration and help you settle in to your new life here in Lyon or Saint-Étienne.

Espace Ulys is supported by the Fondation pour l'Université de Lyon in cooperation with the Université de Lyon. Espace Ulys is a member of the French and European EURAXESS network.




For further information on our actions please visit Espace Ulys' website

You are an international scientist: our help

Prior to your arrival
  • To open a bank account
  • To provide you with administrative and legal information
  • To find accomodation, education facilities, health insurance, and more
Throughout your stay in Lyon and Saint-Étienne
  • To facilitate your cultural and social integration
  • To help you obtaining a residence permit, medical examination and OFII
  • To offer French language courses, and more

Your institution hosts an international scientist

First steps
Espace Ulys in Lyon and Saint-Étienne are your unique referents. In order to ease the arrival and integration of your visiting scientist or PhD student, both contacts are at your disposal to advise and to guide.

Please contact us for further information
Procedure for non-EU international scientists
The non-EU international scientist is entitled to a French employment contact. He/she needs to apply for a scientist visa with a convention d'accueil (hosting agreement). This convention d'accueil is required for the entry in France on a scientist visa.

For further information on hosting agreements please visit FNAK website

If the international scientist is not entitled to a French employment contract, please contact Espace Ulys in Lyon or Saint-Étienne.