Hi little biz’,
First off, congrats on your admission at INSA! We’re really happy to welcome you here and will do everything in our power to help you prepare for your arrival at INSA!
This website is here to help you know in advance nearly everything about INSA! You may not have as much information as in the French version, but if you want, you could always translate the pages with Google : if some words don’t make sense, it might be French jokes… anyway if you have any question don’t hesitate to ask them (in English) on the Discord, and we’ll be here to answer!
If you’re reading this English section, you probably don’t speak French, or you were in a non-French high school. Thus, you will have to come to INSA in August to do Summer School! You’ll have classes nearly every day, in science to have the same bases as French students, (and yes, they’re all in French), so get ready to speak French nearly every day! But don’t worry, that month is really fun, you’ll be with all the other international students, and you’ll take part in the activities prepared by the BdE (the Student Council). During this month, you’ll live in an INSA building, different from where you’ll live during the rest of the year (the A/B buildings). Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to move your stuff.
Once Summer School is done, you will be part of what we like to call: “the integration week”, just like “classic” students, and be part of a “family”, that is to say a group of people with the same interests as you! And you will thus also get a godfather assigned to you, a 2nd year student, who will explain to you everything you need to know about INSA and will make your integration week as memorable as possible.
To find the best and most suitable godfather possible, someone you’ll vibe well with, please fill the following survey.
If you’re in an international section, you will have the chance to get another godfather/godmother that will be in that same section and will answer all your questions and make you feel more welcome.
Once you’ve moved into the A/B building, you’ll discover your room and your new roommate = “your coturne”!! And unless you know another student (that is coming with you at INSA) or you were here during Summer School and got a chance to meet someone that you’ll vibe with, it’ll be someone completely random. Your room is a little small (about 17m2) and is composed of two beds, two desks, a little fridge and a tiny induction plate, as well as a bathroom. No oven, no microwave, no toilets (the lesser are in the corridor, and you share them with the people living on the same floor as you). If you want to picture it better, go check the French page, category “Ta chambre” (there’s a little room tour in it). Don’t worry, you’ll quickly get used to it!
Your year as an INSA student
At INSA, you’ll have many chances to be part of differents associations. First, if you practice any sport at a pretty good level, you’ll be able to skip PE class and instead practice your sport at a high level and take part in competitions. If you don’t want to commit as much, you can be part of other associations just for your own pleasure!! If you’re not into sports, you can take part in theatre, music, mechanics classes or even cinema and art classes… whatever your passion is, you’ll find something made for you. Take a look at our page « La vie associative« .