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

Supported since 2014 by the Foundation for the Université de Lyon, the Espace Ulys is the service centre 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.

Going beyond borders and allowing the free movement of brains: this is the objective that the Espace Ulys aims at by offering services covering several stages of expatriation (prior to departure, on arrival and during the stay). The international scientists thus benefit from services: welcome and support in immigration and settlement procedures as well as aid for integration into the cultural and socio-economic fabrics 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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Espace Ulys' team makes all its possible to inform newcomers of the different stages of their stay.

In Lyon, within the framework of the "International Talent Service", the Espace Ulys is the unique point of reception for the application of residence permits "Passeport talent-chercheur" with the Préfecture du Rhône. Scientists thus benefit from a document control by the team and, above all, a privileged appointment in the prefecture. More than 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 with the Préfecture de la Loire.

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


The Espace Ulys supports international scientists in their installation procedures on 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. The service offers them, for example, information sessions for welcoming staff during which the various procedures and legislative developments are detailed.


Integration into their new environment is an important parameter for the success of the stay.

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