A multidisciplinary institution unique in France
Founded in 1875, the Université Catholique de Lille is a multidisciplinary institution unique in France. From its very beginnings, what is now France’s largest private, not-for-profit university has distinguished itself within the fields of higher education, research, and health, through its commitment to mutual care as a central value. The institution both supports and is supported by the local region and community, and is open to diversity, and to the world.
320 degree programs
15units and research institutes
VHD unit - Violence, Harassment, and Discrimination unit
The well-being and safety of students on our campuses is a priority shared by all. In order to preserve this quality of life, we mobilize specific resources to combat violence, harassment and discrimination through a dedicated unit.
"Meeting point Museum" - a night for international students
On February 21st, the Palais des Beaux-Arts welcomes all french and international students for an evening of cultural exchanges and artistic wonders.
In collaboration with the Erasmus Student Network, the Palais des Beaux-Arts prepared a tailor-made program: guided visits of the museum, artistic workshops, concerts and more.
Entry is free for all students.
2024 Together, let us open the doors to possibility!
Amid all the current difficulties across the world, let us open the doors to hope, doors to new possibilities in a new year. In 2024, the Université Catholique de Lille remains committed to meeting the challenges of our time. As we approach our 150th anniversary, we look to honour our history and to build a future rich in dreams, plans, and achievements. Best wishes to all, Patrick SCAUFLAIRE and the entire University communityVisual created by, William Menard, 2nd year student at Piktura
Fédépicerie: a solidarity grocery store for all students
The Fédépicerie is a solidarity grocery store created by the Fédération des Etudiants de l'Université Catholique de Lille (Fédé) accessible to all students in need, including international students, in Lille!
They offer necessities (pasta, rice, canned goods, cleaning, and hygiene products) at 90% off, as well as free feminine hygiene products.
All students in Lille can apply through a form available on their Instagram profile.
Contact & registration
For any question, please contact them on Instagram or visit them directly at the store:
📍 70 Boulevard Vauban, 59800 Lille
🕐 Opening hours are shared weekly on Instagram
Meet UCLille at the EAIE Conference 2023 in Rotterdam
The Université Catholique de Lille will have a booth at the EAIE Conference from 26 to 29 September.
This conference, organized by EAIE, the European Association of International Education, is Europe’s most comprehensive higher education event, gathering 6,000 professionals from across the globe. About 20 colleagues representing member institutions of the UCLille will be present and we especially invite representatives of our partner universities to visit our booth in the exhibition hall (G42).
Also, please consult our new international flyer for general information about Université Catholique de Lille:
International university flyer
Support to the Moroccan Community
The Université Catholique de Lille wishes to express its support and solidarity to the people of Morocco in the wake of the earthquake that took place on Friday, 8 September 2023.
Our thoughts are especially with the students and staff from our campuses in Casablanca and Rabat, and with all those here and elsewhere who have relatives and friends in Morocco.
The Université Catholique de Lille is ready to assist in any way it can, through the coming weeks, all those affected by this terrible tragedy.
European Heritage Days on 16 & 17 September
European Heritage Days will take place on 16 and 17 September.
This 40th edition has been thought around two main themes: "Living Heritage" and "Sports Heritage".
Many events will take place throughout Europe, France and also here in Lille!
For the occasion, Interphaz Europe Direct Lille Métropole, an association created to support and develop citizens' initiatives, is offering a guided tour of Lille’s city center (in French), focusing on historical locations which are related to Europe.
Information and registration
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European Summer Program News
The first session of the 23rd edition of the European Summer Program has just come to an end. As we welcome the ESP2 students to our campus this week, the LILLE Programs team is delighted to tell you more about the experience of the program’s participants.
121 STUDENTS Embarked on an innovative academic and cultural journeyduring the first session of the European Summer Program at Université Catholique de Lille, which ran from May 24th to June 22nd. 65 of them will be staying with us for the 2nd session, along with over a hundred new students who have just arrived this week.
REPRESENTING 13 NATIONALITIES Students experienced a vibrant multicultural exchangeover the month. This diversity made class discussions more interesting and social gatherings more fun, showcasing the richness different cultures bring to learning abroad.
12 COURSES Ranging from liberal arts to business, political science, and French language. Our local faculty professors led the lessons and academic visits, along with 5 guest professors from partner universities. This international collaboration enriched the students' learning as a part of our commitment to worldwide academic partnerships.
OVER 15 CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Were organized to broaden horizons and immerse students in French and European culture. International Night stands out as one of the most remarkable events where students showcased their unique cultures through dance, music, and food. Movie Nights exposed students to the cinematic treasures of the Franco-Belgian region, whilst group dinners allowed them to discover some French and North African culinary specialties. Our cultural visits, field trips, and guided tours led students to explore Lille's rich historical and artistic heritage, as well as key sites in France and Belgium such as Bruges, Brussels, Ieper, Arras, Paris, Normandy, and Nausicaa. These excursions provided a first-hand immersion in European culture and history and served as a background for forming shared memories and lifelong friendships.
New Director of ESPOL
Andrew Glencross appointed as new Director of ESPOL, European School of Political and Social Sciences. Following an international search, l’Université Catholique de Lille has appointed Professor Andrew Glencross to the position of Director of ESPOL, European School of Political and Social Sciences, effective June 1. Prof. Glencross joined ESPOL in September 2021 as a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director for International Affairs. In parallel with his work, he obtained l'Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in Italy: Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale alle funzioni di professore universitario di Prima Fascia nel Settore Concorsuale 14/A2-Scienza Politica, and was appointed Professor in July 2022. Prof. Glencross graduated from Cambridge University (BA Social and Political Studies and MPhil Historical Studies). Prof. Glencross is a former Joseph Hodges Choate Fellow at Harvard University (2000-2001), his doctorate took him to Florence, where he defended his thesis at the European University Institute under the supervision of Friedrich Kratochwil. From 2008 to 2010, prof. Glencross was a lecturer in the international relations programme at the University of Pennsylvania. Returning to Europe in 2010, he taught at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Stirling, and Aston University before joining ESPOL in September 2021. With his international curriculum, both as a fellow researcher and supervisor, prof. Andrew Glencross brings with him a global vision for the next generations of ESPOL students and faculty members.
International Erasmus+ Week 2023
Between 24 and 28 April, the Université Catholique de Lille welcomed more than 60 colleagues from partner universities, totalling 24 different nationalities, as part of Erasmus+ week.
This educational event was dedicated to sustainable development on the part of universities, but also to pedagogical innovation and the student experience.
With a selection of over 30 workshops offered throughout the week, participants were able to discover many of the projects underway at the UCLille and its constituent institutions, thanks to the involvement of colleagues representing LiveTREE, HÉMiSF4iRE, and the Living Lab Ensembll, as well as JUNIA, ICAM, IESEG, Law, FGES, and ESPAS-ESTICE.
Learn more about the Erasmus+ week
"Health Forum" organized by All Santé on 30 March
All Santé is organizing a "Health Forum" on 30 March. The event is open to all students and staff from the University.
From 10am to 5pm you will be able to talk about physical and mental health matters with many health professionals, learn more about French social security or the Nightline association, and even take part in several activities!
Location : University building "Robert Schuman" RS 311, 58 rue du port, Lille From 10 am to 5 pm Open to all students and staff