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France Flag  Université Catholique de Lille (Lille, France)

Program Overview


  • Study in Lille - a cultural capital with impressive architecture, active art and music scenes, and a tastefully restored old quarter
  • Improve your French language proficiency by completely immersing yourself in France's largest private university
  • Enhance your experience by taking intensive preparatory French courses (fall only)
  • Focus on business courses at the IÉSEG School of Management


St. Norbert College partners with Université Catholique de Lille (Lille Catholic University) to offer a study abroad experience that completely immerses students in French culture. Founded in 1875, "La Catho" is home to 24,500 students, of which nearly 2,000 are international students from 90 different countries. The institution, which is France's largest private university, is situated just fifteen minutes from the city center.

An exchange agreement is maintained with La Catho, meaning that St. Norbert College hosts a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) from Lille each year. When St. Norbert students study in Lille, they are assisted by a former FLTA who act as a site coordinator to help students negotiate the French university system and to introduce them to French culture.

In 2004, Lille was named "Europe's Capital of Culture," recognizing the city for its welcoming living environment, well-preserved heritage, and active cultural life.


  • My study abroad experience has influenced my whole life. ... In France, I had an opportunity to live the culture and integrate myself into an unfamiliar environment successfully. I became more confident in myself as a person. (Nicole, Fall 2010 & Spring 2011)
  • Studying abroad helped me gain confidence in my ability to survive in an environment that at first was nothing short of new and scary. I quickly learned that I had the ability to adjust to a new atmosphere. (Carolyn, Spring 2007)


Students will be welcomed by the site coordinator, who will assist with arrival, housing, and a cultural orientation. The university also organizes a welcome session for incoming international students at the beginning of each semester. Students are provided with information on practical and administrative aspects of student life, including student services, class schedules, and an overview of the academic structure at La Catho.   

Students who study abroad during the fall semester are encouraged to enroll in an optional intensive French course before the beginning of the academic year. ICL-Clarife, Centre de Langues et Interculturel, offers two-week pre-university courses that assist students with their transition to a French university. Students who enroll in the IÉSEG School of Management are unable to participate in the intensive French course, as orientation week overlaps with the course.

Coursework: Faculty of Arts & Humanities

  • Language: French; Some courses are available in English

Students select courses from the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (FLSH). View the 2011-2012 course catalogue, along with the Course Finder. Students must remain patient and flexible in finalizing their course schedule. While course combinations are pre-approved before students depart, final course registration does not take place until students arrive in Lille. Students will need to correspond with St. Norbert College from abroad in order to receive additional course approvals. In the end, students must choose courses that equate to 30 ECTS (15 U.S. credits) or 32 ECTS (16 U.S. credits).

Coursework: IÉSEG School of Management

  • Language: French and English

Students with a business-related major and/or minor (ACCT, BUAD, ECON, IBLAS) have the possibility of choosing courses from the IÉSEG School of Management, which is part of La Catho. Established in 1964, IÉSEG is one of the top ten business schools in France. As it can be difficult to manage FLSH courses and IÉSEG courses, students are advised to select courses within one area.  



Students organize their housing through the Association d'Entraide Universitaire (AEU). Students must apply for housing early, as spaces in Lille are limited. The monthly rent for housing is not to exceed €390 per month.

La Catho's website offers additional practical information, including pre-departure suggestions, an overview of life in Lille, and tips for international students.


ICL-Clarif, Centre de Langues et Interculturel

  • Fall 2012: August 22 - September 07, 2012

The optional pre-sessional intensive French course is only offered before the fall semester. Students who select courses from IÉSEG School of Management may not enroll in the course due to scheduling conflicts. 

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

  • Fall 2011: September 05 - December 21, 2011
  • Spring 2012: January 09 - Late May, 2012

Please consult the FLSH web site for a more specific calendar.

IÉSEG: School of Management

  • Fall 2011: August 22 - December 22, 2011
  • Spring 2012: January 02 - May 26, 2012

Please consult the IÉSEG web site for a more specific calendar.


  • Nomination by the FREN faculty
  • French through FREN 204
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA in FREN

Visa Information

A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of the country where you wish to study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose and for a designated period of time. You cannot apply for a student visa until you have received an acceptance letter from your institution abroad. You are responsible for applying for the correct visa and paying all necessary fees.

France requires that you have a long-term student visa in order to enter the country. You should familiarize yourself with the visa application process by visiting the web site of the French Consulate in Chicago. You are advised to begin the visa application process early. First, you must register for CampusFrance, complete an application, and obtain an attestation. Watch the helpful video that explains the procedure for completing your application. Second, after completing the visa application documents, you must schedule an appointment with the French Consulate in Chicago.

Please note that visa requirements change frequently. Research your country's requirements or contact your study abroad advisor for the most current information.

Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change.


  • SNC Tuition
  • SNC Housing
  • $400 Administrative Fee

Fees Include

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • SNC Study Abroad Health Insurance
  • On-site Coordinator

Additional Expenses

  • Visa Expenses ($120)
  • Housing Reservation (190€)
  • Housing Fees (100€)
  • Refundable Housing Deposit (570€)
  • French Health Insurance (200€)
  • Airfare
  • Meals


Student Testimonials

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Jeremy Doughty
Study Abroad Advisor

O: Bemis 321
T: 920.403.3433
Contact Jeremy

Study Abroad Office

Phone: (920) 403-4068
Fax: (920) 403-4083

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