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Location: Lille, France, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or French

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: Early September - Late May
Spring: Late January - Late May

Application Deadline:

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements.  Students who are interested in enrolling in the regular program should have taken at least three courses beyond French 2101 as well as French 3200, regardless of whether or not course offerings are available in English.


Subjects Available:

  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - International Business (graduate level only)
  • Chemistry (graduate level only)
  • Economics (graduate level only)
  • Mathematics (graduate level only)
  • Other fields available at graduate level: Electrical Engineering & Sustainable Development, Urban Engineering & Habitat, Micro-Nanotechnology, Past & Current Geoenvironments, Global E-Business, Management of European Affairs, European Studies for Territorial, and Urban Development
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology (also available at graduate level)
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Accounting (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Information Systems (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Marketing (also available at graduate level)
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Communications (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice (graduate level only)
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Adult & Higher Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Counseling (graduate level only)
  • Education - Education Administration (graduate level only)
  • Education - General Educational Studies (also available at graduate level)
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • History - Museum Studies (graduate level only)
  • Journalism
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Mathematics (also available at grduate level)
  • Music Education (graduate level only)
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Social Work (graduate level only)
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art - Graphic Design
  • Vision Science (graduate level only)
  • Other undergraduate subjects available: Applied languages for business (Arabic, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, Spanish) Languages - Dutch, Italian, Polish, Portuguese Scandinavian languages, Hebrew, Russian Language, Science Documentation & Archiving
  • Other graduate subjects available: Food sciences, arts, cinema, history of art, East-Asian business studies, tourism, Engineering (mechanics, electronics, civil), Industrial sciences, environment, geology, archeology, modern languages, French Literature, Linguistics, translation, Law, Public Health, Medical technology, pharmacy, sociology, anthropology, international relations, sport sciences


The University: In France, universities are divided into smaller entities which group the faculties of ascertain area of studies. Each area receives a number: I = Natural Sciences, II = Arts and Languages, Ill = Law, Economics and Political Sciences, for example. The University of Lille I is a Sciences and Technology orientated higher education establishment, which also includes the Faculty of Geography and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. The University of Lille was founded in 1562 by the Spanish and became French in 1667. It became established in the heart of Lille in 1854, then in 1964 it moved to its current site in Villeneuve d'Ascq (15 minutes away). The University of Lille I has a teaching and research staff of 1,000 and a student population of roughly 23,000. Lille 1 is one of the leading science universities in France. 

Academics:  Here you will be able to learn how to sharpen your critical thinking, a fundamental element in developing knowledge. You will also apprehend how to look at things from a different perspective, both academically and socially. A French language course is offered along side regular academic content courses taught in English. 

Housing: Like many other universities in France, the University of Lille I does not have dormitory or student housing, however, the international office may assist you in locating and securing private accommodations. The University of Lille I may have the possiblity of offering housing in student halls.

Activities and Programs: There are over 60 clubs and societies on the university campus. Thanks to these associations, you can have contact with other French students.


Location: The USTL is one of the great French universities in the fields of research and training. The University of Lille I is situated in the north of France, within easy access of the ports of France and the main motor way system which runs through Europe. Located in the heart of Northern Europe, Villeneuve d'Ascq has all the assets to become a technological centre for Europe. The geographical location of the town favours the exchange of students and ideas. Villeneuve d'Ascq is directly linked by the VAL 'metro' to the high speed train of Lille. Villeneuve d'Ascq is a pleasant town to live in and to study in. As far as leisure time is concerned, the town has 100 recreation centres which offer its 43,000 students miscellaneous sporting possibilities. Furthermore, you will become part of a particularly cosmopolitan French population situated less than 300 kilometres from five European countries. 

International Office Website: http://www.univ-lille1.fr/home/International


Cost Estimates for 2014/15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $140.00
Books and course materials $200.00
Accommodations $1,750.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,550.00
Airfare $1,550.00
Local Transportation $200.00
Other $1,850.00
TOTAL $11,029.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes French insurance.



photos courtesy and copyright Universite Lille 1