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The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes or INSA de Rennes is a Grande École d'Ingénieurs, a School of Engineering, under the authority of the French Ministry of Education and Research and part of the INSA's group.
INSA Rennes was founded in 1966 to train highly qualified engineers, support continuing education, and conduct research and testing. The five-year curriculum aims at training engineers who possess humane qualities and are well versed in the primary areas of science and engineering. The school accommodates 1,400 students in engineering.
The education is divided into two parts:
Some special sections are available:
The university is located on a campus called Beaulieu in the east of Rennes.
The five year academic curriculum starts with a foundation course (preparatory cycle) where students focus on fundamental sciences (maths, physics, chemistry, mechanics and computer sciences) and then progressively concentrate on specialized areas in science and technology. This generalist preparatory cycle ensures that all INSA engineers acquire a solid background in terms of skills and competence, thus allowing them to reorient their career independently of their initial specialization. The first cycle is the highly selective part of the studies. During the first year the examinations are very hard to test if students are able to continue with their engineering studies.
The second cycle is completed in 3 years which offers 7 different engineering specialties.
The 17-hectare campus includes:
hardware and software resources
With a 900-strong membership, the AEIR offers students a wide range of sports, leisure and cultural activities
The AS offers students the opportunity to partake in organised sports events and other sporting activities of a more or less competitive nature.
Students get involved in the business world.
Their aim is to take part in the worldwide Formula Student challenge and design, conceive and build a single-seat racing car.
FSO is an association which gets students in touch with companies based in the West of France.
The EAI carries out numerous aid projects in developing countries (construction of schools, etc.).
A gateway to participating in the humanitarian "4L Trophy" for 4L Citroën cars. Teams carry aid parcels destined for people in need in Africa. ...
WEIPA is the freshers’ welcoming week. As its name implies,[clarification needed] it is not a question of ragging the newcomers, but of getting to know the 1st year students in a good-humoured festive atmosphere. WEI is also a welcoming week but intended for freshmen entering directly in the 3rd year, part of the studies known as the engineering studies. The first two years being a preparatory time.
Festival de l'oeil glauque (English: Festival of the squalid eye) is a role playing convention running each year. Board games and roleplaying games are available to players.
This recruitment fair is an essential opportunity for meetings between students and industry (60 companies and 2500 students).
Students look their smartest for the grandest of evenings that is Gala Night. Entertainment is provided by live bands and a variety of stage acts with refreshments available in the theme-bar hall.
A multicultural festival based on the many interpretations of the word “sens”. This festival offers a rich and varied programme with the objective of promoting freedom of artistic expression.
Oldest French student festival and the 2nd largest music festival in Rennes with more than 30 000 visitors each year.