A STRONG POLICY FOR WELCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
As the capital of a region of six million inhabitants (the Hauts-de-France region), Lille benefits from the advantages afforded by its unique setting. The city serves as the epicentre of an intense cultural life that springs from a rich heritage, derived from a long history at the heart of Europe. The University of Lille attracts many students thanks to a dynamic academic environment enriched by the proximity of international universities ranked among the best in the world.
The students enjoy excellent study conditions across the large campuses that offer numerous associative, cultural and facilities. They have access to modern international-standard university residences, up-to-date libraries (learning centres) equipped with facilities for new ways of learning using digital technologies, as well as a highly developed rich and varied cultural calendar (cinema, exhibitions, theatres …).
The University of Lille continually develops and promotes student exchanges with high-quality institutions of higher education in the European Union and beyond, thanks to a variety of programmes (Erasmus +, etc.). It also promotes cosupervised doctoral theses, for which doctoral students do research alternately at the University of Lille and in an international institution.
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Helping students get started
The University of Lille has established a variety of events to welcome students and to help them get off on the right foot. Every year, the University of Lille organizes a student orientation session (JIVE) generally in September, a time for exchanging impressions and sharing experiences that allows students to discover the different campuses and facilities of the university. Numerous athletic and cultural events are organized during this period. It is also an opportunity for newcomers to discover the campuses and services of the university.
A dedicated structure for international students called ‘Maison Internationale” has been created in 2019. This structure aims to help all international students of the University in their administrative procedures. Throughout the academic year, the Maison Internationale creates events such as the Welcome Days, workshops, visits of the city and so on.. Do not hesitate to contact them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A specialized service (BVEH) accompanies students with disabilities throughout their time at the university, for example by providing specially adapted facilities.
A special welcome for international students
Every year the University of Lille hosts a week-long celebration of international students: the International Student Week. This is an opportunity for French and international students to participate in many festivities and events on the theme of international exchange. The University of Lille also works in close partnership with the Lille branch of the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) to provide a warm welcome to international students and to provide support during their stay. A welcome meeting is organized by the ESN at the beginning of each semester. Exchange students can also take advantage of the chance to stay at the newly built Reeflex international residence hall.
The university offers a selection of courses that are bilingual or taught entirely in English. In order to prepare for their exchange, thematic summer schools that include language training in French are available. International students can also take advantage of French language courses that will allow them to reach the level necessary for their studies (offered by the Department of French as a Foreign Language – DEFI) as well as French courses for particular scientific fields (offered by La Maison des Langues).