A dynamic institution connected with some of the world’s highest-ranking foreign universities, students studying abroad at the Université de Lille benefit from excellent studying conditions at a large public research university.  

At Université de Lille students have the opportunity to take regular university courses in French and English alongside local French students. This program is ideal for students with a strong command of the French language who wish to improve their language level. There is also coursework available in English, particularly in the fields of business and economics, English literature, and the social sciences. 

As an ISEP student, you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of fields. Use the notes below to help you find which courses are available in your area of study.  

In 2018 Lille 1, 2 and 3 merged to become the Université de Lille, and the university opened its course offerings for exchange students on its four main campuses: 

- The Cité Scientifique campus is for students interested in Science & Technology, and students can find classes  classes in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics. They can also find programs in Economics, statistics and Management, as well as in Sociology.

- Courses on the Moulins campus are mostly available at the Licence level in the “Droit” faculty (Law, Economics and Business administration). 

- The Pont-de-bois campus is known for the Department of Humanities, with a strong curriculum in the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Languages. Lille SHS is a popular program for students interested in fine arts, offering theater, cinema, art history and dance. For additional language learning, Lille SHS offers a "Tandem" course where two students (one native French speaker and one non-native French speaker) are paired up to share intercultural communication and language exchange granting 3 ECTS. Students can also register at the self-monitored Language Resource Center. 

- The Vieux Lille Campus will welcome students wishing to study at the School of Management, which offers a specific teaching track (IAE). 

HOUSING AND MEALS 

ISEP students live in a university residence hall and receive a meal stipend. 

SCHOLARSHIP

This program qualifies for the ISEP French and German Language Annette Kade Fund Scholarship. The scholarship awards $500 - $1,500 USD to students who are from a U.S. institution and studying French or German language in Austria, France, Germany, Reunion Island, or Switzerland. Learn more here!

Program Website

Course Description

To find courses in French:

- Use this link and select "Notre offre de formation"

- Please review this short tutorial video on how to search for courses in French

Helpful tips:

- Remember to search for courses offered in odd-numbered semesters (1,3,5...) if you are a fall semester student, and even-numbered courses (2,4,6...) if you are a spring semester student. 

- There may be multiple "modules" of a course within a particular unit of study, or "Unité d’Enseignement" (UE). Students are not expected to take all modules if they register for the UE but it will be helpful in scheduling your courses.

- "Licence" refers to the Undergraduate level and "Master" refers to Graduate level courses. 

- Some pages may have a "Guide des études" link to download a PDF of the course descriptions. 

To find courses in English:

- Université de Lille offers a selection of regular university courses in English. Click on the link below to view PDFs listing the courses offered in English by faculty and academic field. Once you have the name and course numbers for the classes you might want to take while in Lille, use the steps listed above to find specific course descriptions. 

Access this link, then select your field of study to access its course catalog.

French as a Foreign Language 

Students can earn up to a total of 6 ECTS in French as a Foreign Language. An evening FLE course (or extensive French language programme) is included in ISEP benefits and grants 3 ECTS. Students may also choose to enroll in the Tandem French/English conversation program for an additional 3 ECTS. 

Sports

Exchange students can also enroll in sports classes, which grant 3 ECTS each.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Quiamony Gaskins 703-504-9963 | QGaskins@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    European Studies

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Linguistics

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Learning

Undergraduate
(in French)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    Chinese Studies European Studies French Studies German Studies Irish Studies Italian Studies Japanese Studies Latin American Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies Scandinavian Studies United States Studies Women’s Studies

  • Business

  • Communication

  • Education

  • English Language and Literature Recommended!

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Hebrew Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Italian Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Polish Language and Literature Portuguese Language and Literature Russian Language and Literature Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • History Recommended!

  • International/Global Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!

    Humanities

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Acting Art History Art Studies Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Cinematography and Film Production Dance Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Photography Printmaking Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Learning

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • English Language and Literature Recommended!

  • Mathematics Recommended!

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

    Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Physics

  • Social Sciences:

    Geography Urban Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Language Requirements 

Students must have at least an intermediate French level (B1) to enroll in regular university courses in French.

Students planning to take a full course load in English should note that, while courses are offered in English, students must have at least an A2 in French in order to navigate daily life in France. 

Non-native English speakers must have at least an intermediate English level (B2) to enroll in regular university courses in English. 

Academic Notes

In order to avoid scheduling conflicts and given the relative location of the three main university campuses within the city of Lille, students must primarily enroll in one Faculty and degree field for at least 60% of their courses while studying at the Université de Lille. 

Upper-level undergraduate students may be able to enroll in Masters-level coursework, provided they meet course pre-requisites and obtain departmental approval.  

Students should note that courses in English from the English department (LCS) at Lille SHS are often designed for non-native English speakers and some of them may not necessarily be appropriate for native English speakers. However, the English studies department also offers a variety of courses in English-speaking literature, culture and history. The MA seminars in  Anglophone literature, culture and history (6 ECTS) are also popular. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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