Highlights of the Centrale Lyon year

September

  • Rentrée (Beginning of the academic year)
  • Semaine and week-end d’intégration: A key moment in life at Centrale, the semaine d’intégration, or orientation week, helps students meet their new classmates, their new school, and their new city, all of which will be theirs over the course of the next three years. The semaine d’intégration ends with the WEI (Week-end d’Intégration), where all students go away together for the weekend to a secret location!

October

  • The rando fondue (hiking and fondue weekend): Organised by the mountaineering club over the course of a weekend.
  • Beaujolais wine-tasting trip: Tour of 3 winery caves in the Beaujolais region with degustation, all organised by the Fanfare Piston.
  • Raid Centrale Lyon: The Raid is a group of endurance activities including trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, and rock climbing. Organised by École Centrale de Lyon, each year the event attracts about 200 participants from universities and from within industry.

November

  • Graduation Ceremony and Gala Eclyps
  • Défi Téléthon

December

  • Ski weekends start
  • Forum Perspectives Grandes Écoles: Day consisting of conferences and round-table discussions, exposing students to the world of business and the career path of an engineer.

January

  • Elections of the new Bureau des Elèves
  • Écoles Centrale Tournament
  • Edelweiss Weekend: Students from all five Ecoles Centrales meet up for a joint ski weekend.

February

  • Raout’art: The Centrale Lyon Art Festival – with concerts, expositions, theatre productions, conferences – over the course of one week, every form of artistic creativity is explored and appreciated by many.  
  • Piston ski week away
  • Interpromo Tournaments

March

  • Challenge Centrale Lyon: Tournament bringing together 25 grandes écoles on the Centrale campus for a weekend of sporting competition. 20 sports, 2500 students on the campus – it most definitely makes for an action-packed weekend!
  • Commuz: Musical theatre production of École Centrale de Lyon and EMLYON
  • Winter Inter-floors Tournaments

April

  • Sailing trip
  • Departure of students in 3rd year
  • As part of an annual ritual, students in 3rd year who are finishing their time at Centrale Lyon host one last soirée for the students in 1st and 2nd year.

May

  • End of academic year for students in 2nd year
  • Défi Bacchus
  • Blind wine-tasting, organised by the Œnology Club, bringing together engineering students and industry figures.
  • Summer Interétages Tournaments
  • Humanitarian-themed days: Organised by the student association Solidari’Terre

June

  • End of academic year for students in 1st year