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About us

Espace Ulys is the welcome center for international scientists arriving at the Lyon-Saint Etienne campus. The service provides assistance regarding relocation to PhD students and foreign researchers studying or conducting research at Université de Lyon institutions and laboratories.

The Espace Ulys team provides scientists with assistance for all administrative procedures regarding immigration, moving and integration, before and on arrival and during their stay.

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A team of 5 multilingual people is available to assist and advise you about relocating to our region.

Nicoletta is Italian. She lived in Spain and the UK before arriving in France in 2008. With 8 years of experience in the private higher-education system, Nicoletta joined Espace Ulys to coordinate the range of services for international scientists in Lyon and Saint Etienne and strengthen partnerships in the region which contribute to its influence and vitality.

Bénédicte GRAMOND

Project Manager
Bénédicte left Paris in September 2014 to participate in the development of Espace Ulys. Bénédicte has extensive experience in inter-university cooperation: she worked for two years for the grants/scholarships department of the French embassy in Russia and four years for the Vice-Directorate for Higher Education of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. For Espace Ulys she oversees cross-functional projects: French-as-a-foreign-language courses and training programs for partner institutions and laboratories.

International Integration Officer - Saint-Etienne agency
Coralie joined the Espace Ulys team in 2018 after working at the Prefecture du Rhône and at the Student Welcome Desk. Coralie is responsible for the development of the Saint Etienne Espace Ulys agency. Her objective is to ensure international scientists receive all the help they need on arrival and to help them discover the region.

Camille JOLY
Development and Partnerships Officer
Camille has a legal and linguistic background. He was previously responsible for greeting researchers for the Collegium de Lyon and for organizing institute events. With a special interest in East Asia, he speaks Japanese and is passionate about Japanese art history.
Camille joined the Espace Ulys team in spring 2019 to drive and create new partnerships, particularly for housing.

Aurélie ROSADO
International Mobility and Integration Advisor
Previously greeting high-level researchers at the Collegium de Lyon, Aurélie joined Espace Ulys in January 2015. Thanks to her experience hosting international scientists, Aurélie is highly competent in assisting newcomers with all the formalities and procedures required on arrival.

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Espace Ulys was created in January 2014 by the Université de Lyon to improve how foreign scientists are greeted and hosted. Aware of the challenges associated with relocation of talented personnel for research excellence, the Université de Lyon assigned management of the project to the Fondation pour l'Université de Lyon.

The improved range of services dedicated to welcoming and hosting foreign scientists is part of the IDEXLYON project which aims to make the Lyon Saint-Etienne campus a major player in research and higher education, both in Europe and the world.

Thanks to support from the Métropole de Lyon, collaborations with ONLYLYON and Aderly and a network of private partners, Espace Ulys contributes to the region’s influence.

Université de Lyon

Université de Lyon is a COMUE (community of universities and higher-education establishments) that includes 37 universities and higher-education institutions in the Lyon and Saint-Étienne area and the CNRS (national scientific research center), hosting ¬130,000 students and 12,000 researchers and ¬teacher-researchers. It is the second largest scientific center in France.

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Fondation pour l’Université de Lyon

The Fondation pour l’Université de Lyon was created in 2012 by the Université de Lyon with private and public stakeholders.The foundation’s mission is to promote the Université de Lyon internationally, to contribute to the university’s excellent standards, and to strengthen relations in the region.

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Espace Ulys is a member of the EURAXESS European network and EURAXESS France. Launched by the European Commission in 2004, the network comprises over 200 centers in 40 countries.The service’s mission is to support and assist guest researchers from both inside and outside the European Union. The network assists you when relocating in France and Europe. See the list of centers!