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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Program Type: Exchange
Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior Areas of Study: Business, Communications, Engineering, European Studies, French, History, Law, Literature, Mechanical Engineering, Politics
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Credits: 6
Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite On-Site Language Course Required: No
Language of Instruction: English, French Housing Options: Residence Hall
COVID-19 Vaccine Required: No
Program Description:
Lille, France

Université Catholique de Lille Summer


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 take two courses for a total of 12 ECTS (the equivalent of 6 US credits). In the morning, most students enroll in a French language class, but a limited number of other elective options are also available. Then in the afternoon, a wide variety of English-taught electives are available in the fields of Business, Communications, Engineering & Science, Health, Law, and Liberal Arts. Some French-taught courses are offered as well. View the course offerings here.

Summer 2022 Visiting Faculty

During the first summer session (May 27 – June 25, 2022), students have the opportunity to enroll in a course taught by a Catholic University faculty member. The course and faculty member are chosen through a competitive selection process and change from year to year. For Summer 2022, we were pleased to present:
POL 372 / FREN 272 France and the USA: Political Culture and ConflictDennis Coyle, PhD
2022 is shaping up to be a critical year for politics in France and the United States, which are two self-styled exceptionalist countries sharing many values, aspirations and experiences yet also fundamentally different. This course seeks to provide a background in the political cultures, values, and histories of both countries in order to better understand current conflicts and controversies. Site visits in and around the city complement and enrich students' learning.

Professor: Dennis Coyle, PhD
An avid francophile, Professor Coyle's research and writings often center on French political thought and culture, particularly as they relate to the United States. The recipient of several visiting appointments in France, Professor Coyle currently resides in Paris and looks forward to welcoming students to the Université Catholique de Lille. 

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is provided in individual rooms in secure and private student residences, which are easily accessible to campus by walking or public transit. Depending on availability, students live either in Valentine Charrondière, Campuséa, Estudines or Concordia. These residences are arranged by the Université Catholique de Lille, but are not run directly by the university.

Five group dinners are held over the course of the program. In addition, students are provided with a meal pass to be used at university dining facilities. The pass is initially loaded with 50 euro, but students can add more money online as needed. Plenty of fast food and restaurant options are also available nearby.


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
Summer 2022 03/11/2022
Rolling Admission 05/27/2022 06/25/2022
NOTE: A second session runs from June 29 – July 27, 2022.
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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