ASINSA programme at INSA Toulouse

The ASINSA programme offered at INSA Toulouse corresponds to the original 1st year of engineering, except that the teaching methods and some of the courses are especially adapted to Asian students and to prevent some of the difficulties
that these students may have.

  • A group of 28 students, half Asian (mainly from China and Vietnam), half French
  • French students enrolled in the ASINSA programme must demonstrate an interest for the Asian culture (some of them may undertake Mandarin language classes) in order
    to facilitate integration and consistency within the group.
  • A teacher, also tutor, is here to manage any difficulty that the students may find in their daily life
  • Adapted teaching materials
  • A curriculum divided into classes, seminars, lab work and taught by experienced teachers
  • French classes are mandatory for Asian students (instead of English or Spanish), 6h per week
  • An individual follow up if needed
  • Individual professional follow up all along the 5 years of the Engineering path
  • Internship possibilities in companies (in Asia for French students and in France for Asian students)

The ASINSA programme is only offered for the first year of Engineering. As of the 2nd year, the ASINSA group is integrated into the original student promotion in order for students to become more autonomous. Nevertheless, Asian
students keep on receiving a professional follow up until the end of their studies (tutoring sessions, administrative support, housing, internships, etc.).
From the year 1 to 5, all classes are taught in French only. For a better understanding as quickly as possible, Asian students must follow a 4 week intensive French language course in August, before the academic year starts.

This French language course is mandatory for all Asian students and its price is included in the tuition fees. Classes are given in the morning at the Institut Universitaire de Langue et de Culture Française (in the city centre) and spread over 4 weeks, for a total of 80 hours of teaching. This language internship allows students to have a better knowledge of French language, a better pronunciation and understanding. They will also develop a sound knowledge in French culture. Shortly before the beginning of the academic year, INSA Toulouse teacher will give classes in mathematics, physics and chemistry in order to ensure ASINSA students a smooth transition to the school’s way of teaching.

ASINSA students who passed successfully the 1st year will continue in 2nd year in the pre-orientation that they will have chosen . They will follow all the classes just like the French students, with an exception made for language classes since the Asian students will continue to perfect their French. If needed, they can ask for an individual tutoring to help them with scientific classes. After these three years of pre-specialization, they will reach a level of Bachelor and continue in 4th year in one of the eight specializations offered at INSA Toulouse. Once the two years of specialization are over and if they succeed in passing all the requirements, they will receive the INSA Toulouse engineering degree, internationally recognized as equivalent to a Master degree. Every time at the end of the academic calendar, a jury examines the student’s situation and decides if he or she passes to the next year.


Enroll the ASINSA programme in Toulouse

The candidate must have graduated from high school or be in possession of a certificateof entrance in a scientific university of his/her residential country. The selection is made following these three criteria :

  • The academic record and especially the grades in mathematics, physics and chemistry obtained during the two years
    before the diploma and the year of the graduation.
  • Whenever it is possible and appropriate, an individual interview with an INSA teacher will be organized in the student’s country, in French OR in English. This interview will allow the jury to evaluate the candidate’s motivation and see if his/her expectations cope with the engineering curriculum proposed by the INSA Group.
  • Whenever it is possible and appropriate, a mathematics test, organized on the day of the interview, to evaluate the
    student’s real level in mathematics.

The candidate must have followed at least 300 hours of French classes before his/her arrival in France. The French consular services demand a certain level in French in order to deliver a VISA, which might be evaluated during an individual interview. A French test will also be organized as the student arrives at INSA Toulouse.

Chinese candidates might be exempted from graduate the “GaoKao” if they enroll at INSA. However, this exemption is not always conceded and depends on the French consular authorities.

The selection and recruitment process is common to the entire INSA network. You must apply online on two different
websites :

  • Studies In France (EN,VI,CN). This is an administrative application especially dedicated to foreign students that
    aims to facilitate the administrative process (VISA applications, getting in touch with consular services, etc.)
  • INSA Group website, for your application in one of the INSA institutes (EN, VI,CN). During the application process,
    you will be able to prioritize your choices (i.e. the INSA institutes).

The jury, composed of several teachers from the INSA Group, publishes a raking of the students who have been selected to enrol the INSA Group. According to their wishes, the students will be assigned to one INSA institutes. The prerequisites needed to undertake the ASINSA programme might be different depending on the INSA institute. The academic calendar for 2019-2020 recruitment session is as followed :

Country of originYear of graduationApplication dates (web site opening)Deadline for sending the applicationJury datesNotification to the student
China & Vietnam2020
03/11/2020 – 18/11/202023/11/2020??/12/2020The week following the jury
03/11/2020 – 18/11/2020
03/11/2020 – 15/02/2021
The week following the jury
03/11/2020 – 15/02/202023/02/202120/12/2019The week following the jury

For Chinese candidates, an individual interview and a mathematics test will be organized between end of november / beginning of december

The selection of French students willing to enrol the ASINSA programme is based on the quality of their application and motivation. They must send a résumé and a cover letter to the ASINSA  responsible after being selected to study at INSA Toulouse.

INSA is a public engineering school that depends on the administrative supervision of the French Higher Education and Research Ministry. Even though a certain portion of the tuition fees are financed by the state, other fees are charged to the student :

  • Application fees : around 95€ for all the candidates. These fees are not reimbursed if the candidate steps aside.
  • Tuition fees : around 601€ for all candidates in year 1
  • Specific tuition fees: around 3,400€ for foreign students
  • Intensive French classes : around 995€ for foreign students, no matter their level

Obtaining a VISA to study in France depends on the French consulate’s will in your country. You should ask directly the French consulate or embassy if you need more information. Being accepted at INSA Toulouse does not necessarily mean that you will get a VISA. Indeed, the majority of consular services organize an interview with the future student in
order to check if she/he meets all the requirements (French level, financial resources, etc.).

Once the student arrives in France, she/he must comply with the administrative rules that apply in France, that is to say : open a bank account , get home insurance and civil liability insurance, subscribe to the health care insurance for students, register at the INSA Toulouse registration service, get a medical certificate, choose you general practitioner, provide an official translation of your birth certificate and ask for a resident permit to the Préfecture (general administration). The staff of INSA Toulouse will help the students all along this administrative process.
Minimum age to open a bank account : 18 years old (French legal majority)