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Université Catholique de Lille
The Université Catholique de Lille is a prestigious actor in the French higher education system. The UCL is a private, non-profit university, and its educational philosophy is based on excellence, humanist values, achievement, and solidarity. The campus is about a 15 minute walk from the city center, giving you easy access to all that Lille has to offer. The UCL is accredited by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche).
While the Catho is a historically Catholic university, its curriculum, campus life, and student activities are secular in nature. The faculty and student body are comprised of people from all backgrounds, and diversity is embraced. The atmosphere of the campus is similar to universities in the U.S., with a sprawling campus, beautiful ancient buildings, and green spaces. The Catho de Lille also houses a central library, a hospital complex, a sports complex, an arts center, and more.
Summer 1 2024
Late May, 2024 - Late Jun, 2024
Mar 01, 2024
Forms and Payment Deadline
Mar 15, 2024
78 - 81 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Delve deeply into French language and an elective of your choice while studying in Lille this summer. Elective courses cover a variety of topics, including French culture, art history, business, sciences, international communication, and more. Most of the elective courses are taught in English, with a select few of them taught in French. You may select another science/engineering elective in your field of study rather than the French course, though most students will take a French course since options for this are limited. This program is available to you no matter your language level, and all French language courses are taught in French. These courses are taught to international students from around the world, and course instructors are from the Université Catholique de Lille.
Back to back sessions of this program are available. You may select both sessions when submitting your online application and will receive a discount from the combined price of the sessions. For more information about this option, please contact your France Site Specialist.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
78 - 81
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming Summer session. The host university has confirmed these courses for the Summer and they are the most accurate and up to date.
- You are required to select 1 morning course and 1 afternoon course as well as 2 alternate courses
- The course listings on the ISA website are a sample of the types of courses that are typically offered at the Université Catholique de Lille. Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change and some courses will likely be different once courses are updated for the Summer.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home institutions, for the duration of the program.
- Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
- The contact hour at the host university is 60 minutes. The ISA Cover Letter that will accompany your transcript upon completion of your program will reflect the adjusted U.S. 50-minute contact hour. Please discuss credit transfer with your home university prior to departure.
- The transcript from the Université Catholique de Lille will reflect ECTS and contact hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
- Each morning course will include an intercultural communications component, which takes up about 10 contact hours from the total hours for that course.
- Enrollment in French courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by Université Catholique de Lille. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (email@example.com) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at email@example.com
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the French lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Lille. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
The student residences are located off campus, though they are well served by bus and metro. You will have a single bedroom; bathrooms and kitchenettes may be either self-contained or shared. The kitchenettes include hot plates, fridges, and microwaves. Pillows, bed sheets, and blankets are provided in each bedroom. Dorms have internet access, and there are laundry facilities on the premises as well.
You should leave your room in the same state in which you found it. If there are any costs associated with cleaning or repairing your student residence, you will be responsible for these additional expenses. These expenses must be paid for you to receive your transcript.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of France and Belgium that you may not get to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on included and optional trips to the following destinations.
You will spend the first couple of days of your time abroad in Paris, before heading to Lille. You will have plenty of free time to explore the famed City of Light and will also have coordinated activities, such as a boat tour on the Seine and a visit to one of the city's famed museums. Visitors love the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, the Opéra Garnier, and strolling down the Champs Elysées.
The international business capital of Western Europe, Brussels' history of Roman, French, German, and Dutch influence makes it a unique yet charming cosmopolitan city. Home to the European Union, the UN, the European Parliament,and NATO, it's a great place to visit if you enjoy international politics. While on this trip, you will have a guided walking tour of the city to see sites such as St Michael's Cathedral, the Grande Place, and Mannequin Pis. In your free time,you can find quaint alleys lined with picturesque restaurants, delicious sweets shops, cute boutiques, and cafés galore. It's a great opportunity to sample Belgiun chocolates and/or waffles.
Bruges has been called the "Venice of the North" because of its stunning canals and beautifully preserved buildings. While on this excursion, you will take a guided boat tour through Bruges, highlighting the main sights in the city. You will have plenty of free time to explore many of the city's famed attractions, including the Beguinage, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Bruges belfry.
Ypres or "Ieper" is a Belgian municipality in Flandres with a rich history. In WW1, the city was the center of numerous battles between German and Allied forces. The city was practically reduced to rubble at that time and was rebuilt with a great respect for the past. Visitors to Ypres can tour a number of monuments, museums, and historic landmarks while also taking in the picturesque market squares and Flemish influence of the city.
Normandy * Optional
While exploring the region of Normandy, you will have the chance to visit the beautiful walled port city of Saint Malo. You will also spend time at the famous D-Day beaches and trek to Le Mont Saint Michel, the gorgeous ancient abbey that is one of France's most recognizable landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This excursion is offered by the host university at an extra cost.
Amiens * Optional
Amiens is a lovely city in Northern France that is split by the Somme river. The city is most known for its medieval cathedral and belfry, which you will have the opportunity to visit while there. You will also take part in a guided visit of the city, where you will see its market gardens along the canal and the former home of Jules Verne. This excursion is offered by the host university at an extra cost.
Amsterdam * Optional
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is a unique and highly European/cosmopolitan city. Founded in the 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam became an important trading port during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, creating the iconic canals and low-laying brick buildings that are quintessential to the city today. Though a large city of over 850,000 inhabitants, Amsterdam is relatively compact and you'll find that it is very accessible. This highly diverse cultural hub is known for its renowned museums and art, all with an undeniably cozy and laid-back atmosphere.
Cultural Activities in Lille
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Lille. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Lille special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included neighborhood tours, festivals, museum visits, and the Parc Zoologique de Lille