ITECH is the only institution in the world that offers an engineering degree in leather that suits the industry in all its aspects. The leather engineer’s job involves the transformation of raw skin into leather by supplying it with main parts of its added value. Practical workshops are essential and dominant in this major. There’re many qualities that are required: observation, touch, practical knowledge, rigor, esthetical. ITECH leather engineers work for large chemistry product firms, in tanneries and taweries and for the users: leather shops, shoemakers, etc. The leather market spreads worldwide and also requires extreme mobility, polyvale, ce and adaptability.
Admission for Students outside France
1st year admission:
Graduate studies in chemistry (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent , 180 ECTS) A satisfying level in French: B2 CERF + interview with ITECH.
2nd year admission: 1 year of postgraduate studies completed (M1 or equivalent, 240 ECTS).
How to apply?
Visit and register at inscription.itech.fr (for EU students),
Apply through Campus France site (CEF procedures):
For countries which do not have CEF procedures with France, you must do an Application for Preliminary Admission (DAP) to the cultural service of the French embassy in your country of residence. Please visit www.campusfrance.org/en/applying-other-countries for details.
Tuition fees for the French Section are 7 000€/year.
Hands on training
ITECH is adamant in supplying students with a strong professional experience. On top of a multidisciplinary teaching, the institute adds a 10 month minimum of mandatory internships in companies for the regular status students.
End of 1st year: International experience - minimum 6 weeks
This international experience is prepared in advance in terms of an intercultural approach and the expectations regarding the content of the report are fully defined. This is an individual review of each student’s experience and acts as a basis for reflection during the intercultural lessons the following term.
End of 2nd year: Engineering placement - minimum 8 weeks
Practical application with privileged trainee status allows students to come face to face with the realities of corporate life and become acquainted with companies’ material, economic and human requirements.
End of 3rd year: Final year project - maximum 6 months
This is a project generally entrusted to young engineers. Students demonstrate that they are capable of acting autonomously and tackling complex subjects in situations that can, at times, prove complex. The project involves a minimum 5-month placement with a company or laboratory either in France or abroad.
Lyon is located in the south-east of France, on the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers. It stands on a geographical crossroads, to the North of the natural corridor of the Rhône valley (which stretches from Lyon to Marseille). With the Lyon-Saint Exupéry international airport and three TGV high-speed train stations, Lyon is connected to all major European cities and the world! Lyon is only 2 hours by TGV to Paris and 1hr40 to Marseille and the Mediterranean. If it's mountains you prefer, the Alps are a mere 90 minutes away by car, the Massif Central only 30 minutes away.
Historically, Lyon is an industrial city and therefore houses many petrochemical industries along the Saône and Rhône Rivers, in the so-called ‘chemistry corridor’.
Lyon is also the city with the second largest number of students in France, with three universities and many engineering schools. In terms of its population, it’s the 3rd biggest city in France, with over 470,000 inhabitants, and the second largest agglomeration after Paris (2 million inhabitants).