LILLE European Summer Program

Online Mini-Courses 2020

LILLE ESP Online Mini-Courses

LILLE ESP goes digital !


Since the French government has instructed all higher educational institutions to remain closed to students through the end of the 2109/20 academic year, including summer sessions, we have had to postpone the 2020 European Summer Program until next year.

However, the educational process is continuing in the form of distance learning courses, self-study, video lectures and/or other methods. With this in mind, the LILLE Programs have developed several free educational modules for anyone interested in learning more about the history, culture, art, and innovation of Lille, France. See the full list of courses below for module descriptions.

General Program information

Mandatory online registration by June 15th (see registration link below)

  • Modules are developed and instructed by pramiensofessional teachers, with feedback to your questions and comments at least once per week
  • Each mini-course is designed to take an average of 3 hours to complete
  • Follow any module at your own pace during the three-week window
  • No tuition or administration fees (also no transferrable ECTS credits)

Complimentary Visit of Amiens and its medieval gothic cathedral for all ESP2021 students who complete at least one module (considered complete upon receipt of feedback questionnaire).

please note that participants from partner universities are granted priority registration in the event the course is full.

List of mini-courses:

Tradition and Innovation in Lille and the North of France

The northern part of France and Lille saw its main industries disappear, but is reinventing itself.

In this module we look at a number of local innovation projects in energy, technology, the arts and hospitality. Some of these projects can be found right inside the university. They all show that you can both preserve tradition and invent the future.

Inspiring insights into the changing fabric of a region.

Understanding French Culture

Every person is unique, but people from the same country share a set of behavioral codes, customs, beliefs and values. In this module we look at how French people tend to see time, hierarchy, rules, formality, freedom, the relation between job and private life, as well as tradition and change.

You will also discover some of the main cultural orientations that have been described by scientists such as Hofstede, Trompenaars and Hall.

Truth, history, memory: traces of WWI in Lille

World War I – la Grande Guerre, the Great War – had a major impact on Lille, physically, historically, and culturally. Many of its effects remain visible if one knows what to look for. The city’s architecture and public monuments tell stories, but it is sometimes hard to tell truth from fiction. English speakers automatically distinguish fictional “stories” from factual “history,” yet in French the same word can be used for both: histoire. And historians are highly aware of how facts can be differently interpreted, and differently arranged to suggest different “truths.”

Artists and designers, too, manipulate both truth and appearance. Appearances can be deceiving, but fiction sometimes reveals truths that would otherwise remain invisible. This mini-course examines a few notable WWI-related landmarks in Lille, and the stories they tell.

Overview of art history and architecture in the museums of Lille

This mini-course will present the artistic highlights of the Lille region. Museums and architectural heritage that matter in art history; several of their masterpieces will be emphasized.

Louvre-Lens, Lille Palais des Beaux-Arts, Roubaix La Piscine Museum, Villa Cavrois will give you the will to come and visit the other outstanding cultural places that Lille offers.

We often wonder how and why art is collected, curated, and exhibited in different ways throughout France and we will compare this to other ways. We will also examine how the artistic taste can evolve in a few years.

We will approach art history by selecting a few works among international masterpieces : paintings, drawings, sculptures and architectures by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Yayoï Kusama, SANAA, Rodin, Michelangelo, Donatello, Degas, Goya, Rubens, Manet and Berthe Morisot, Delacroix, Chagall, Sonia Delaunay.

Online ESP 2020

22 June - 10 July 2020

Registration deadline: 15 June 2020



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French as a Foreign Language 

Online Course

In addition to the mini-courses we are offering, our Faculty of Modern Languages (CLARIFE) is offering online French language courses this summer.  These courses will be more traditional in the sense that there are scheduled video class times, homework assignments, and transferable ECTS credits.  These courses are fee-paying and available for all levels of French skills.  

- 1st session: 8th June to 26th June 2020
- 2nd session: 29th June to 17th July 2020

Number of hours: 24 hours of videoconference classes + 12 hours (approx.) independent on-line work with teacher supervision and guidance


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