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The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (also known as ENSL, ENS-Lyon or Normale Sup' Lyon) is an elite grande école located in Lyon, France, in the district of Gerland. Equal in status to the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, it trains researchers and teachers in the scientific fields. Teaching subjects include:

To be accepted into the ENS-Lyon, students must first go through two rigorous years in "classe preparatoire", an elite system which prepares them for the series of competitive national exams. Their performance in these exams, both written and oral, determines whether or not they are allowed into the ENS-Lyon.


This higher education establishment was created from the scientific part of two establishments, the ENS of Saint-Cloud (built in 1882) and Fontenay-aux-Roses (1880), created by Jules Ferry. They were open to men and women respectively. In 1987, the École Normale Supérieure of Saint-Cloud was moved to Lyon, and restricted to scientific topics. The Fontenay-aux-Roses followed in 2002 and became the École normale supérieure lettres et sciences humaines, specialising in languages, social science, and literature. On 1 January 2010, the scientific branch and the literary, language, and social science branches merged to become a single school, retaining the name ENS-Lyon.[1]


  1. ^ Décret n° 2009-1533 du 10 décembre 2009 portant création de l'Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon

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Coordinates: 45°43′47″N 4°49′37″E / 45.729734°N 4.826875°E / 45.729734; 4.826875



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