International student support

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A mobility abroad requires early preparation. Whether students are coming to study or for an internship, various steps must be anticipated to ensure that the stay goes smoothly. You will find below a set of resources to help you prepare for your arrival in Lille.

The city of Lille

Discover the vibrant city of Lille! Located at the heart of Europe, Lille has a lot to offer, whether in terms of history, architecture, cultural life and much more. Its strategic position makes it an ideal destination for many international students. 


In most situations, international students coming from a non-European country will need to apply for a visa to be able to study or to work in France.

Health insurance

The French government requires non-European Union students staying for more than 3 months to register for French health insurance (Sécurité Sociale).

France’s Social Security allows partial or total coverage of health related costs. It is also highly recommended to obtain supplementary health insurance, to cover remaining medical expenses.

Housing & dorms

Finding housing in Lille can take time. We advise international students to start looking for their accomodation as early as possible. Different options are available depending on their situation and needs.

Financial aid & scholarships

When coming to France to study, international students can be eligible for financial aid.  

This applies to long stays as well as shorter ones and different types of fundings and grants that can be delivered.


The University is dedicated to supporting all students and ensuring that everyone can access the same quality of education. To achieve this, the university has created MAH (Mission Accueil Handicap), which implements personnalized measures for students with disabilities.