The city of Lille dates back to the Middle Ages. Today, the city consists of 220,000 inhabitants; however, Lille is part of an urban community of 87 towns with more than one million inhabitants making it the fourth largest city in France and by far the largest city in northern France. Lille is located only 38 minutes from Brussels, one hour from Paris, two hours from London and three hours from Cologne. Its locality adds to its cultural diversity. This diversity is precisely what helped Lille to be named the 2004 “European Capital of Culture”.
The focal point of Lille is the Grande-Place (center square), also known as place du General-de-Gaulle, which marks the southern boundary of Vieux Lille (Old Town). The southern part of the city is the central shopping area which extends from Rue de Bethune as far as the adjacent square of place Bethune and place de la Republique. On Saturdays, this area is crowded with shoppers, and outdoor cafes make the streets extremely lively.
The Université Catholique de Lille offers exceptional academic and study abroad experience across its 20 colleges. For French majors and minors, the college of Arts & Sciences offers exceptional French language and culture options. For engineers, HEI-Lille has a number of courses taught in English that will allow them to get an international perspective on their discipline. In business, IÉSEG school of business and management is committed to a policy of international development. The university’s European summer program is also very strong, and provides students a wonderful chance to develop their French skills in a beautiful setting.
U.C. Lille is one of France's most private and dynamic campuses. It's within easy walking distance from student residences, restaurants and near the cultural and city center of Lille, one of France’s largest student cities and European metropolises. The campus is active with numerous study rooms, cafeterias and five computer labs. Students also take advantage of a fully equipped gym to take up a variety of sports such as soccer, rugby, handball, volleyball, basketball, fitness and many others.
Students will attend an orientation prior to departure, as well as, week-long orientation upon arrival in Lille.
As a student studying at Université Catholique de Lille, a wide variety of courses are available in areas ranging from the arts, social sciences, life sciences, business, and engineering. Past students have typically attended courses at the Faculté des Lettres & Sciences Humaines (FLSH) and at European School of Political Sciences (ESPOL), which offers courses in Political Sciences, Social Sciences, European Studies, and International Relations. Business students also have the option to take courses at one of Lille’s two business schools.
Classes are offered in both English and French:
For students who wish to take courses taught in English, please see the list of English courses
For students who wish to take courses taught in French, please follow this link to the courses offered on the Faculté des Lettres & Sciences Humaines website
Courses in Lille can meet for fewer hours than MU courses, so be mindful of the credit total for Lille courses upon registration. Students can take more courses than at Marquette because there are courses worth fewer than three credits, though students will need to remain full time. Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided the grade equivalent of “C” or higher is earned.
Marquette students live in one of the university residence halls which are managed by the Association d’Entraide Universitaire (AEU). Rooms are furnished and students share kitchens and laundry facilities. Depending on the hall selected the price can range from approximately 300 euro to 600 euro per month. Students are required to pay the housing deposit, placement fee, and entire first month rent prior to departure. upon arrival and then every consecutive month in the first week of each month.
AEU also manages the cafeteria where students can buy discounted meal vouchers. Meals at the cafeteria cost approximately 3 euros and vouchers can be purchased in books of 10. There are also a variety of restaurants and eateries around campus where students can purchase meals. Lille estimates students will spend approximately 300 euro per month on food, depending on how they choose to eat.
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