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Espace Ulys

At a time of global competition between university sites, each vying to promote the quality of its higher education and research, while striving to make their hospitality a tool to attract people, for several years now, the Université de Lyon has been developing a welcome service for international scientists.

Supported since 2014 by the Foundation for the Université de Lyon, the Espace Ulys is the service center dedicated to PhD students and foreign researchers who are studying or in a research residency within one of the institutions or laboratories of the Université de Lyon.

Reaching out beyond borders and allowing the free movement of brains: this is the ambition of the Espace Ulys. Its services for international scientists cover several stages of expatriation (prior to departure, on arrival and during the stay), and include welcome and support in immigration and settlement procedures, and help integrating into the cultural and socio-economic fabric of the territory.

By working in close collaboration with the host institutions, public and private institutions and organizations, the Espace Ulys contributes to the success of the stay of international talents and promotes the international outreach of the territory.

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The Espace Ulys' team does everything it can to inform newcomers about the different stages of their stay.

In Lyon, within the framework of the "International Talent Service", the Espace Ulys is sole point of reception for the application of "Passeport talent-chercheur" residence permits with the Préfecture du Rhône. This gives scientists the advantage of having the team check over their documents and having faster access to a scheduled appointment at the prefecture. Over 500 scientists were welcomed in the offices of Espace Ulys in 2019.

In Saint-Étienne, the service proposes to verify, collect and submit the files of scientists for the Préfecture de la Loire.

Welcome evenings for newcomers are regularly organized at the Skyroom ONLYLYON. These more official events allow scientists to attend research presentations from international researchers from the Ulys community in an exceptional setting.


The Espace Ulys supports international scientists get settled in the Lyon Saint-Étienne site.

It offers various services to assist them:
  • Assistance in finding accommodation for their arrival, whether temporary or not;
  • Clear information on all the administrative procedures they will have to carry out (residence permits, health insurance, schooling, etc.);
  • Partner banks where employees speak English and preferential terms.
The Espace Ulys also supports host institutions in the process of welcoming scientists, including information sessions to help welcoming staff become familiar with the various procedures and legislative developments.


An important factor in the success of a research stay is integration.

Espace Ulys has implemented several actions to promote integration:
  • In partnership with the Métropole de Lyon and Saint-Étienne Métropole, company visits are organized to discover local economics;
  • French courses are offered to researchers and their spouses;
  • Spouses benefit from job search assistance;
  • Regular festive and cultural events are organized: afterworks, guided tours, welcome evenings for newcomers;
  • "Understanding French cultural codes" workshops are organized; to better understand its new environment and soften the culture shock.
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    Accueil Espace Ulys
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    Bayer Espace Ulys
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    Décryptage Espace Ulys
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    Noël Espace Ulys
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