#Life at university

  • Little Miracle of Lille: Candlelight Mass

    Little Miracle of Lille: Candlelight Mass

    The Université Catholique de Lille was recently featured in an article from National Catholic Register, highlighting its candlelight Mass.

    In 2016, the chaplaincy here at Université Catholique de Lille launched this initiative, that has since then enjoyed an unexpected and exponential success. The event continues to bring more and more students together.

    Every Tuesday evening at 10pm, between 800 and 900 students gather in the University Chapel for this Mass.  

    Read the article on National Catholic Register website


  • Season's Greetings 2024

    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 community  

    Visual created by, William Menard, 2nd year student at Piktura
  • LILLE European Summer Program News

    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

    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.

  • Live the experience of commitment in 2023

    Live the experience of commitment in 2023

    Hope, Energy, Humanity – let us advance together to build a sustainable world of freedom and fellowship.

    The University Community and its President-Rector, Patrick SCAUFLAIRE.


    “Let us seek solutions together, boldly undertake processes of change, and look to the future with hope.” Message of Pope Francis for the launch of the Global Compact on Education, September 2019   “May this invitation resound in our hearts in 2023. Hope, Energy, Humanity – let us advance together to build a sustainable world of freedom and fellowship.” The University Community and its President-Rector, Patrick SCAUFLAIRE  

    Listen to Patrick SCAUFLAIRE – President Rector of the Université Catholique de Lille (English subtitles available)

  • Europe Day 2022 - a week of events!


    True to its tradition of openness, the Université Catholique de Lille is one of the most internationalised universities in France, and is involved in the construction of Europe!

    To mark this ongoing commitment, the University as a whole is celebrating Europe Day from 9 May, the anniversary of the Schuman declaration, a strong symbol of the European Union, with a week of events open to everyone: radio programs, street interviews, exhibitions – online and on campus! #JMEurope


  • Violence, Harassment, and Discrimination unit (VHD)

    VHD - Violence, Harassment, and Discrimination unit

    The living environment at the Université Catholique de Lille is unique and offers opportunities for the exchanges and interaction that are also unique to your student life. It is a life experience in its own right.

    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.

    This unit offers a listening service and personalized support. It is present in each entity with the possibility of individual meetings, or can be contacted via an anonymous or non-anonymous platform where witnesses or victims can express themselves in complete confidentiality.

    We remain at your entire disposal,

    In solidarity,

    - The teams of the VHD unit

    To get in touch with the VHD unit: 

    Tel. : +33 (0)3 20 13 40 00
  • Communiqué issued by the Presidency - 02-03-2022

    Dear members of our university community,

    I would like to share with you a statement by the International Federation of Catholic Universities of which we are a member. We fully endorse this declaration, and strongly condemn the attack on Ukraine.

    Shaken by the situation, we are mobilizing the entire institution in support of affected students and academics, setting up solidarity funds, proposing time for peaceful reflection, offering personalized support for Ukrainian and Russian students and assistance with the repatriation of exchange students, and more.

    In accordance with the values of the University, we call for an end to the violence and for movement toward reconciliation, with respect for all.

    Patrick SCAUFLAIRE, President-Rector

    Statement of the  International Federation of Catholic Universities on the War in Ukraine  

    The International Federation of Catholic Universities strongly condemns the unprecedented and unjustified attack by the Russian Federation on Ukraine, its institutions and its people. The military violence perpetrated cannot be justified by the arguments put forward by President Putin and poses a strong challenge to the peaceful coexistence of nations worldwide.   The International Federation of Catholic Universities is a global organization  founded in 1924 with the mission of strengthening international academic cooperation, precisely in the wake of one of the most ravaging conflicts on the European continent, in the belief that a free and values-based higher education is crucial to the advancement of justice, human rights and the rule of law .     Sharing our members’ anguish and concern, we call on the Russian authorities to refrain from further hostile actions that would inflict even more suffering and disregard the principles of international law. War is a grave violation of human dignity and has no place in our world.   The Federation assures the Ukrainian people, and more particularly the Ukrainian academic community, of its unwavering support. IFCU expresses a special encouragement to its friends of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and offers assistance. We feel, as Pope Francis expressed in the general audience of February 23, great pain, concern and anguish about the conflict and, following his example, we call on all parties involved to "refrain from any action that would cause further suffering to the people", "destabilize peaceful coexistence" and "discredit international law".   The Administrative Board of the International Federation of Catholic Universities calls on all of its member universities to express concrete support for Ukrainian scholars and students, as requested by the Catholic University of Ukraine. This can take various forms, such as hosting students and scholars, scholarships, online courses, donations.    The International Secretariat of the Federation is at the disposal of its members, and more generally of those who wish to provide support, to facilitate this assistance.


    Read in French here.


  • Best wishes for the New Year

    Progress together.

    Take care of our common home, our common humanity. For 2022, the Université Catholique de Lille proposes a year of mobilization on behalf of the climate, and a great event called “ECOPOSS: Raise the future!”

    Hope and commitment. That is what we wish for you in 2022. May the light of Christmas and this New Year mobilize each and every one of us, and allow us to enter into hope – lucid, active hope.

    On behalf of all at Université Catholique de Lille, Patrick SCAUFLAIRE, President-Rector  

    The visual identity (created by students of Pôle 3D and ISTC) of the 2022 campaign for climate mobilization, “It is time”, supported by the Université Catholique de Lille.

    Watch Patrick Scauflaire's wishes for the New Year: (English subtitles available)

  • International Student Welcome Session (Les Facultés)


    The Faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille (Les Facultés) invite you to an "International Student Welcome Session" on Friday 5th of January 2022 at 3.00 pm.

    You will to find out about services and opportunities available to international students from all faculties. Representatives stakeholders on Campus such as Radio UCLille, Clarife (language centre), ALL, the Library, LivinFrance (administrative support), etc. will be present. The team has also prepared a scavenger hunt, some delicious things to eat, and more!

    Note: this event is reserved to the international students studying at one of the Faculties.

    MORE INFO & REGISTRATION > https://www.univ-catholille.fr/en/evenement/international-student-welcome-session-les-facultes   

  • Erasmus Days 2021

    The University celebrates the Erasmus Days on 14, 15 and 16 October

    Erasmus Days start today!

    Join us 14,15, and 16 October, either online or (at last!) in person, for conferences and round tables dedicated to interculturality, video testimonials concerning international exchange, escape games, visits, treasure hunts and more.

    Still other events are planned through the rest of the month!


    Faithful to its tradition of openness, and with more than 440 European Erasmus partners, the Université Catholique de Lille is committed to giving its students and employees an intercultural experience while contributing to the international influence of our region! Erasmus+ means travel, meeting people, having an open mind; it promotes civic engagement and respect for the environment.

  • Information - Life at university

    The Université Catholique de Lille is beginning a gradual reopening of its administrative activity beginning Monday, May 11th, 2020. However, the campus remains closed to students and visitors and specific security measures in place. Nevertheless, some visitors are allowed by appointment only. 

    Online registration will take place in the beginning of June. You can find all the necessary information on the institution's websites: https://www.univ-catholille.fr/nos-etablissements-de-formation  We look forward to seeing the students in the new 2020-2021 academic year. 

    The university staff, which continues to work remotely, is at your disposal.  For more information, please call the university switchboard +33 3 20 13 40 00 or contact the university by email at saio@univ-catholille.fr  Thank you for your understanding.