LILLE - "Learn In Lille, Live Europe" - combines a variety of innovative, student-centred academic programs at the Université Catholique de Lille, tailored to suit different academic needs and schedules, and to provide a welcoming environment and an excellent study/life balance.
2,500 students welcomed since 2001
96% of the students recommend the program
20+ courses offered
Celebrating 20 years of ESP in 2020 !
Created in 2001, the LILLE European Summer Program (ESP) is a four-week academic course offering to students (and instructors) from around the world the opportunity to experience French culture firsthand at the heart of Europe and be part of an international, multicultural student community.
LILLE ESP is tailored to suit your objectives and challenges, while balancing educational and social activities. Students can choose from a large variety of electives to fulfil their interests and expand their horizons.
Diversity is what makes our programs and our community so rich: students from all over the world, from different types of institutions, with different backgrounds and perspectives share a common experience on a French campus, at the heart of Europe.
LILLE ESP has become more and more successful over the years. From 27 students in 2001, it now welcomes 200+ students from 20+ countries each summer. We are proud to offer a high-standard academic and social experience: more than 96% of students and staff say the LILLE ESP met or exceeded their expectations.
LILLE ESP offers student-centered programs developed in collaboration with our partner universities, with exciting new electives. It has been designed as a full package including a large variety of academic courses, accommodation, meal and transportation passes, extra-curricular activities, and 24/7 personalized assistance.
Home to the Université Catholique de Lille since 1875, Lille is a vibrant and dynamic university city at the centre of Western Europe. With swift connections to Brussels (35 minutes), Paris (60 minutes), and London (80 minutes), Lille is perfect for students planning to visit and study Europe. And there is always much to see and do in Lille itself – a welcoming multicultural haven.
It was the best experience in my life. You meet new people, you make friends, you learn about cultures, you try new experiences, new foods, you learn French and you get to know yourself. All these while you are in Europe travelling. Don't miss this opportunity, you won't regret it!
Consuelo - Argentina
Lille is a vibrant city that has lots of young people, great places to eat and go out, and a great public transportation system. The staff at ESP is very helpful and catering to any of their student's needs. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay!
Suzanna - USA
The summer programme was very well organised and we are thankful that we chose the Lille Catholic University and that our daughter could become a part of it. This programme has groomed her in a big way. She had incredible moments of laughter, joy, excitement, fun, and learning at university, which made her fall in love with France. Thanks to you and the whole Lille fraternity for making this opportunity a blessing for my child.
A parent from India
You will meet different people from all over the world and experience things you probably never expected to happen in your life. It will be one of your best memories, ever!
Zequn - China