Geographic location

The Region

The Rhône-Alpes region regroups 8 departments: Ain, ardèche, Drôme, Isère, Loire, Rhône, Savoie and Haute-Savoie. The regional administrative town is Lyon and is also the largest city in the region. It is the second largest region in France in size (after Midi-Pyrénées), in economical importance and in population (after Île de France). It is also classified as the 6th most important European region. The Rhône-Alpes region represents roughly 1/10th of the French economy, of its demographics and of its size.



Lyon is situated in the South-East of France, at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône. It sits at an important geographical crossroad at the North of the natural corridor of the Rhône valley (that goes from Lyon to Marseille). Lyon has historically been an industrial city, home to many chemical and petro-chemical industries along the Saône and Rhône rivers. It is also the second largest student city in France, with 3 major Universities and many campuses and engineering scools. It is the third most populated city in France with 475 000 inhabitants.




Every year on the 8th of December, the people of Lyon light up candles on their window ledges, in homage to the Virgin Mary, and then go outside to walk among the streets lit up by thousands of candles and full of original spectacle through the districts.

These illuminations constitute a strong tradition ingrained within the life of the city and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.


Access plan


On the A6, in direction of Lyon: ECULLY – Le Pérollier Exit

On the A6, in direction of Paris: ECULLY – Champagne follow ECULLY on the left then ECULLY – Le Pérollier

Then: At the first round-about, take the exit in direction of Pôle d’Enseignement et de Recherche. Go through the tunnel, at the next round-about, take the second exit onto Avenu Bon Pasteur. At the 3rd round-about, take the second exit onto Chemin de Pontet Crases). At the the traffic lights, turn left. The entrance to ITECH is the second on the right.


From Lyon Perrach train statione (around 30 minutes) : Bus line N° 55, stop: PERRACHE –  Direction CAMPUS LYON OUEST – get off at CAMPUS LYON OUEST (end of the line)

From Lyon Part Dieu train station (around 45 minutes) : Tramway T1 direction Perrache, stop: Perrache. Bus line N° 55, stop: PERRACHE –  Direction CAMPUS LYON OUEST – get off at CAMPUS LYON OUEST (end of the line)


Metro line B until Saxe Gambetta. Change for Metro line D – Direction GARE DE VAISE- At Gare de Vaise, take

  • Bus ligne n° 4 direction CAMPUS LYON OUEST – Get off at ECULLY GRANDES ECOLES – Warning: this bus operates from 7.35 am to 9.40am and from 3.55pm to 7.30pm on weekdays only.


  • Metro D direction GARE DE VAISE – Get off at GORGE DE LOUP, take Bus line n°3 – Direction Limonest Puy d’Or/Dardilly, get off at ECULLY GRANDES ECOLES.