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Lille III (Université Charles de Gaulle)

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Lille is perfectly situated for the avid traveler. Only 30 minutes from Brussels, students can also reach Paris in an hour and London in an hour and 25 minutes. Travel is convenient thanks to Lille's status as an international railway hub. The Université de Lille has an extensive English department which offers courses for students hoping to take a combination of courses taught in English and French. Lille also offers a tandem course for credit in which students have the opportunity for intercultural exchange through a French speaking partner.

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Location
One hour away from Paris by train, Lille is strategically located between Brussels (40 mins), London (1h40), Luxembourg, Amsterdam, and Dusseldorf. Lille Métropole (Lille and neighouring cities) is an urban area of more than 1.7 million inhabitants. Located near the Dutch-speaking Belgian border, Lille was originally part of Flanders and still retains a Flemish atmosphere.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to May
Semester 1: September to mid-January
Semester 2: January to May

Fast Facts
Villeneuve d’Ascq, France (pop. 1 million)
Student Enrollment: 22,000
Language of instruction: French
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Programs

Option 1: Full Year or semester enrollment in regular university courses taught in French

Faculty of Arts, Letters and Languages:
Applied Foreign Languages: [Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish]; art history; classics; film; fine arts; dance; Germanic studies [German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish]; modern letters/French literature; music; Semitic studies; Slavonic studies; theater

Faculty of Social Sciences: Archeology; Communication Studies; Education; Economics and Social Sciences; History; Geography; Philosophy; Psychology: Social Work; Tourism

Faculty of Law, Economics, Mangagement: Library and Information Science; Information Systems; Knowledge Management; Mathematics


Option 2: Full year or semester enrollment in a combination of regular university courses taught in French and English
See "Courses taught in English"

Courses taught in English

For students who have a working knowledge of French but aren't ready for full-time French courses, there are many course options available in English. These courses include:
US and GB history, Irish studies, art history, political science, linguistics, phonetics, translation, argumentation, literature, theory, didactics, and film.

For additional courses in English click here
Then choose Licence 1, Licence 2, or Licence 3 for course descriptions.

Academic Notes

Lille III is a traditional Humanities university with reputed graduate schools and research teams. It also offers more contemporary areas of study and vocational courses.

Students typically average 15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 13 weeks.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Transcripts are sent to ISEP in late February and late July.

Language Notes

Option 1: Full Year or semester enrollment in regular university courses taught in French

Language Requirement: A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Courses: A French language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for intermediate and advanced levels. Contact hours per week: 2.
Pre-session: A one-week pre-session French language course is available for pre-intermediate and intermediate levels. This course combined with the French language course during the academic year equals 6 ECTS credits.

Option 2: Full year of semester enrollment in a combination of regular university courses taught in French and English

Language Requirement: A minimum of 3 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Courses: A French language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for intermediate and advanced levels. Contact hours per week: 2.
Pre-session: A one-week pre-session French language course is available for pre-intermediate and intermediate levels. This course combined with the French language course during the academic year equals 6 ECTS credits.

Additional information: Popular ways to improve your French include translation and comparative grammar classes (for credit) and "tandem", a course based on intercultural communication and language exchange with a French-speaking student (for credit). Students can also register at the self-monitored Language Resources Center.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions

All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 215 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

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Course Catalogs:
Humanities (Arts, French Literature, Philosophy, Linguistics, Ancient Languages and Cultures)
Psychology
English (Literature, History and Linguistics of the English-Speaking World)
Media Studies
Information and Communication Sciences
Arts
History



Housing and Meals
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in university residences with a private bathroom. A stipend is provided for meals, which are available at the cafeterias on campus or in town. Fixed-rate meal tickets are valid in all university-run cafeterias.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 120 euros.

Orientation
ISEP students will follow an intensive ten-day language program before the beginning of each semester, to be followed by French support courses throughout the semester. Orientation will take place during this period, as well as registration and meetings with a coordinator and with staff from various departments. A French student and International Office staff member will be available for all practical problems.

ARRIVAL DETAILS

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

Student Activities
Ulysse Lille 3 is an on-campus association with the specific goal to welcome exchange students, help them discover French culture, and to help them integrate into every day life in France. The association organizes trips across Europe and various group activities. It also runs Café Ulysse where students can meet up with friends and interact with other students. Previous students have called the café their second home while in Lille.

Profile
The Universite de Lille III (23,000 students) is an offshoot of the former Faculty of Humanities in Douai, founded in 1562. It is the only French campus that boasts a movie theatre. It also features an art gallery and a theatre. The university sports center proposes 27 various courses open to ISEP students. The central library houses 500,000 volumes; there are also 24 department and research libraries. The Villeneuve d’Ascq campus is 10 minutes from downtown Lille by subway.