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.
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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, IESEG 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 orientation upon arrival in Lille.
The European Summer Program
offers two four-week sessions for students who want to learn about France and Europe and possibly improve their French language skills. Students may elect to enroll in one or both of the sessions.
They have 4 different programs:
- Arts, Social Science and Business with courses in English and a French language course
- French Only with courses in French from A2 to B2+ level
- Science and Engineering with courses in English, with or without a French language course
- Law with courses in English, with a French language course or without for Students in Law from their 2nd year
Their program provides accommodation, fieldtrips to Belgium (including Brussels), cultural activities and transportation pass in Lille
Students can take a French class in the morning and an elective taught in English in the afternoon. For a detailed course listings, visit the university website
. To combine class teaching and practical experience, relevant excursions are also part of the program. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive cultural program including a visit to the Lille Museum of Fine Arts (second largest in france) and group dinners at local restaurants.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided the grade equivalent of “C” or higher is earned.
View a short video
about the EU Summer Program.
Here is a brochure
for the summer program and flyers
for more details.
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 275 euro to 500 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.
VISA & TRAVEL
Click on the link below for the visa and travel details specific to France.
Visa and Travel - France