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Institut national des sciences appliquées de Toulouse


Institut national des sciences appliquées de Toulouse

INSA Toulouse (National Institute for Applied Sciences)
Established 1963
Type Public
President Didier Marquis
Students 2200
Location Toulouse, France

University of Toulouse


Toulouse Tech

The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse or INSA Toulouse is a Grande École d'Ingénieurs, an engineering university, under the authority of the French Ministry of Education and Research and part of the INSA's network. It is part of the University of Toulouse since 2007.

INSA Toulouse's first mission is to train engineers, 500 graduate each year.


  • Teaching 1
    • Diplômes d'Ingénieur 1.1
      • New European program 1.1.1
      • Specializations 1.1.2
    • Research Masters 1.2
    • Mastères Spécialisés 1.3
    • Doctoral studies 1.4
  • Research 2
  • International 3
  • INSA culture 4
  • Location 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • External links 7


Diplômes d'Ingénieur

New European program

In 2002, INSA Toulouse decided to reform its structure to adapt to the European 3/5/8 system.

The new programme, better adapted to the social and economic environment, includes a one-year common core, two years of pre-specialization and two years of specialization.

A « Bachelor » (Bsc) degree is awarded after three years and a « Master » (Msc) degree after five years.

The selection level of the Insa Toulouse has greatly increased since the European reform, and it now makes the INSA Toulouse one of the most elitist universities in France, with an average grade at the Baccalauréat exam (highschool achievement exam) of 16,6/20, equivalent to the grades 1.0 or A in Anglo-Saxon countries.


INSA Toulouse offers master level degrees (Diplôme d'Ingénieur) in the following 8 specializations:

Note that other specializations are possible in the other INSAs (Lyon, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg).

Research Masters

In parallel of the Master of Engineering, students interested in research can follow one of the following MPhil:

Mastères Spécialisés

INSA Toulouse delivers Mastères Spécialisés for students already holding a Master's degree. These specialised degrees are taught in English in the following subjects:

Doctoral studies

Doctoral studies are managed together with other universities and engineering schools of Toulouse. PhD candidates can study in one of the following "écoles doctorales":

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering
  • Mathematics, Informatics and Telecommunications
  • Mechanics, Energetics, Civil Engineering and Processes
  • Materials Sciences
  • Ecology, Agronomy, Bioengineering and Veterinary Sciences
  • Systems


INSA Toulouse conducts research in the following subjects:

  • aeronautics, space, embedded systems
  • environment, health, biotechnologies, energy
  • nanosciences and nanotechnologies
  • towns, urban networks, information networks
  • biomathematics, bioinformatics

The research programmes are run with partner institutions; the 8 research laboratories are:

  • Biosystems and Process Engineering Laboratory – LISPB [1] (in partnership with CNRS and INRA)
  • Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry ofNano-objects – LPCNO [2] (in partnership with UPS and CNRS)
  • Laboratory for Materials and ConstructionWorks Durability – LMDC [3] (in partnership with UPS)
  • Clément Ader Institute – ICA [4] (in partnership with UPS, ISAE and EMAC)
  • Institute of Mathematics of Toulouse – IMT [5] (in partnership with UPS, UT1, UT2 and CNRS)
  • High Magnetic Field National Laboratory of Toulouse – LNCMI [6] (in partnership with CNRS, UPS and UJF)
  • Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems – LAAS [7] (in partnership with CNRS)
  • Centre for Materials Elaboration andStructural Studies – CEMES [8] (in partnership with CNRS and UPS)


During their study, each student must spend a minimum of 12 weeks abroad, either as part of a semester in a partner university or during an internship, but some spend considerably longer in a foreign country.

In Europe, exchanges take place in the framework of the Erasmus programme, with partnerships in UK (University of Bristol, University of Nottingham, University of Cardiff, University of Glasgow, etc.), Germany (Universität Hamburg, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, etc.), Italy (Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino), Spain. Outside Europe, INSA Toulouse signed a number of bilateral agreements, allowing students to study in partner universities, such as the University of Sao Paulo, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Texas at Austin, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Nanyang Technological University. Students can also study in a broader range of foreign universities as INSA Toulouse is part of several international networks: N+i, Crepuq (Quebec), Brafitec (Brazil), Mexfitec (Mexico), Arfitec (Argentina), GE4 (Asia, Latin America and USA).

INSA Toulouse also offers double-degrees with the following institutions: Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Seoul National University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, etc.

In addition to receiving short-term exchange students, INSA Toulouse also welcomes foreigners willing to study integrally in France by setting up two programmes: Norginsa for Norwegians and Asinsa for Asians (mainly from China, Vietnam and India).

INSA culture

In addition to science, great emphasis is placed on humanities (more than 50 clubs) and sport (wall-climbing, tennis, golf, rowing, rugby, swimming, badminton, football, cycling...).

INSA is also attractive to foreign students who represent more than 16% of the student population currently in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. French students also have to spend a minimum period of 3 months abroad during their studies, that makes the INSAs a group of international schools.


Toulouse is located in the south of France. The INSA is more precisely on the Rangueil Campus (that also includes Université Paul Sabatier III and aeronautical engineering universities Supaero and ENAC) along the Canal du Midi.

Notable alumni

  • Louis Castex, former director of Arts et Métiers ParisTech and INSA Toulouse, former president of the University of Toulouse.
  • Didier Quillot (born on 18 May 1959, graduated in 1981), chairman of Lagardère Active.
  • Jean Botti (born on 14 April 1957, graduated in 1986), Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of EADS since 2006.
  • Richard Attias (born on 19 November 1959), a Moroccan-born businessman. In 2008 he married former First Lady of France, Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz, in New York.
  • Romain Mesnil (born on 13 July 1977, graduated in 2001), a French Pole vaulter.
  • Jean Bouilhou (born 7 December 1978, graduated in 2002), rugby player, played with the French national team.
  • Thomas Castaignède, (born 21 January 1975) rugby player, played with the French national team.
  • David Skrela (born 2 March 1979, graduated in 2003), rugby player, played with the French national team.

External links

  • INSA Toulouse official website
  • INSA Toulouse unofficial student board

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