Studying in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: how are the courses distributed across the region?

Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Saint-Étienne… The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is made up of several training centres. If the technical and scientific courses are particularly represented, you will find a wide range of higher education: from agriculture to health, through design or management.

With more than 350,000 students and nearly 50,000 foreign students, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (AURA) is the second French university region after Île-de-France. It is made up of three academies and 16 university sites. Centered on the Rhone Valley, it covers a large territory from the Massif Central to the Alps and has several major cities.

If you plan to follow a higher education there, you will therefore have the possibility of studying in several cities: in Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand or Saint-Eyours but also in Chambéry, Annecy, Bourg-en-Bresse, Valence, Roanne, Aurillac or Vichy.

Three major higher education sites: Lyon, Grenoble and Clermont-Ferrand

In Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the most important sites in terms of higher education offer remain however the three teaching centers grouped around Lyon and Saint-Étienne, Grenoble and Clermont-Ferrand.

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The Comue University of Lyon, which federates 11 universities and colleges in Lyon and Saint-Eholds as well as the national center for scientific research (CNRS), welcomes some 140,000 students. The University of Grenoble Alpes (UGA) has nearly 60,000 students and the University of Clermont-Ferrand some 39,000 registered.

A wide range of training in the AURA region

If you wish to study in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, you will therefore have access to many courses offered at university or in higher education establishments. The three main training centers bring together many establishments, including seven universities, two institutes of political studies (IEP) but also large schools.

Among these, you can join engineering schools (Grenoble INP, Insa de Lyon, etc.), business schools (emlyon, Grenoble EM, ESC Clermont, etc.), the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, specialized establishments such as the Ensatt (theatre) or the Enssib (libraries) and other private establishments such as the Catholic University of Lyon which has approximately 11,000 students.

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From the CFA to the doctoral school, L’Etudiant has identified more than 1,000 public, private or consular higher education establishments in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The region also has training courses under different ministries (Industry, Agriculture or Culture) such as ENTPE (public works), the Mines de Saint-Étienne, schools of art, architecture, etc.

In 2020–2021, 22% of students in the region were enrolled in the private sector and 78% in the public sector.

Higher education courses in high schools in the region

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, 290 high schools also offer preparatory classes for the Grandes Ecoles and sections for higher technicians. Professions in audiovisual, vehicle maintenance, hotel management, etc., more than 1,400 BTS are available.

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If you plan to prepare a university bachelor of technology (BUT), you will also have a choice. Nearly 160 GOALS are offered in 20 establishments located in Montluçon, Roanne or Villeurbanne.

Scientific and technical education, specific to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

The AURA region is also renowned for its quality scientific and technical education. If you wish to orient yourself towards a scientific course or an engineering training, you will have many possibilities, especially since Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the leading industrial region in terms of number of jobs.

“The region benefits from a very large and varied offer in terms of higher education. It is particularly focused on scientific training and engineering studies. It is the second region in number of engineers trained after Île-de-France: 25,000 engineers are currently being trained in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes”, underlines Catherine Staron, vice-president of the Region delegated to the higher education, research and innovation.

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The region is also located in the top ten European regions in terms of research and innovation : it has some 35,000 researchers and various research organizations such as the CNRS, the CEA (commissariat for atomic energy and alternative energies), INRA (national research institute for agriculture, food and the environment ), Inserm (National Institute for Health and Medical Research) and Inria (National Institute for Computer Science and Automation Research).

A territory centered on cutting-edge technologies

“Our territory is positioned as European leader in micro-electronics and artificial intelligence. We have universities and colleges that have very cutting-edge laboratories on these subjects”, continues Catherine Staron. This is particularly the case for Grenoble Alpes University which hosts four interdisciplinary institutes in artificial intelligence.

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Another particularly important training center in the region: the health sector, which represents more than 40,000 students in the faculties of Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand and Saint-Étienne. The capital of the Gauls is characterized by a large presence of pharmaceutical laboratories and industries, a specificity which is reflected in numerous cutting-edge training courses in the biotechnology and medical device sectors.

Agricultural training to respond to a specificity of the AURA region

Auvergne-Rhône Alpes is also the 4th agricultural region in surface area, enough to offer many higher education in the agricultural sector.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 85 establishments offer BTSAs (in agronomy, nature management and protection, technical sales, etc.) and three prepas (bio and biology ATS, chemistry-physics and earth sciences) in initial training.

The region also has two higher agricultural establishments : VetAgro Sup and Isara which provide training from bac+3 to bac+8 level.

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Studying in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: how are the courses distributed across the region?

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