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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Exchange
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior Areas of Study: Accounting, Art, Art History, Communications, Economics, European Studies, French, Greek and Latin, History, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Theology
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Credits: 15 +
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: No
Language of Instruction: English, French Housing Options: Residence Hall
Internship Available: No COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No
Program Description:
Lille, France

Université Catholique de Lille


Lille is a young and lively city in the north of France. Its location between London, Brussels, and Paris makes it easy and convenient for students looking to travel, and courses offered in both English as well as French make it an ideal option for students of all language abilities. The university itself is situated in the heart of the city, surrounded by cosmopolitan markets, stylish shops, and beautiful gardens. It boasts a strong Catholic heritage, a vibrant student body, and a wide range of sports, clubs, and cultural activities that students can partake in all year round.

Academics & Curriculum

Students on this program enroll in 30 ECTS (the equivalent of 15 US credits). At least 6 ECTS are needed in any given subject in order to fulfill a required course at Catholic University. Typically, courses at the Université Catholique de Lille (UCL) should be selected from a single school or faculty (such as the Faculty of Arts and Humanities). If necessary, though, students may choose a secondary school or faculty in which to take some of their courses. The two Schools of Business are not eligible for this, however, as their courses frequently conflict with those offered elsewhere at the university. Students may not take courses in the Schools of Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Chiropody, or Law (Masters).

A list of English-taught courses is available online, or students may consult the full course catalog to choose among courses taught in French as well. Students enrolling in French-taught courses should be at the French 104 level or higher.

Please note: students interested in studying at UCL for fall semester only cannot enroll in courses within the School of Law, School of Theology, Institute of Social Work, and HEI Engineering School.  If you are interested in taking courses in these schools, you must study at UCL for the full academic year or spring semester only.

Accommodation & Meals

Students are housed in residence halls run by UCL. A number of residence options are available, both on campus and nearby within approximately a 3-mile radius. Rooms are all singles, and while most residences are traditional dorm-style accommodations with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, some may include a private bathroom and/or a private kitchenette. All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, refrigerator, corner sink, and wardrobe, but other amenities vary by residence hall. These may include laundry, a TV lounge, wifi or wired internet, a game room, and breakfast service. Linens are not included. For an additional monthly fee, students can access UCL’s fitness center, sports complex, swimming pool, and fitness classes. Some fitness facilities may be located within the residence hall building, depending on where students are housed. Students rank 3-5 accommodations by preference, and are placed according to availability. A full list of housing locations can be accessed online.

Meal plans are not available, however, students have access to the University Restaurants located throughout Lille.


Fall-semester Participants should be aware to avoid taking courses in the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Theology, Institute of Social Work, and HEI Engineering School, as these schools have exams in January that run past the start of the spring semester at Catholic U.


Students attending this program may wish to consider applying for one or more of the following scholarships:

Additional scholarship options are listed on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarships webpage.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022
Rolling Admission 08/20/2022 12/18/2022
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2023 05/16/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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