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University of Science and Technology - Lille
Lille, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
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In France, universities are divided into smaller entities which group the faculties of certain areas of study. The University of Lille 1 is a Science 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 from the city). The University of Lille 1 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.  An emphasis is placed on learning how to a look at things from a different perspective, both academically and socially. Lille 1 offers classes in business, the sciences, and liberal arts. A French language course is offered alongside some regular academic content courses taught in English, though primarily courses are offered in French.

The university is situated in the north of France, within easy access of the ports of France and the main motorway system which runs through Europe. Located in the heart of Northern Europe, Villeneuve d'Ascq has all the assets to become a technological center for Europe.  Exchange students will become part of a particularly cosmopolitan French population situated less than 300 kilometers from five European countries. Although there are no official housing facilities, there are over 60 clubs and societies on the university campus. Thanks to these associations, you can have contact with other French students.

Lille is the forth largest city in all of France with a population of around 1 million and is home to the youngest population of the country with 35% of the people living in Lille being 25 and younger. Lille can be found in the French Flanders along the Deûle river and only miles away from the Belguim border. Lille has a strong industrial history but after several hard years, the city has shifted away from industry, and has since become focused on being a cultural hub known for its beautiful city center and its many festivals and events. La Braderie is an annual street fair held every September, for which millions of people come to Lille. You will find everything: paintings, antiques, ornaments, furniture. Inhabitants are partying, eating mussels with French fries and drinking, in a very fun atmosphere. Lille is the perfect college town because there are over 110,000 students from 14 universitites.

Academic Calendar
OSU Lille University
Fall Fall Semester:
September - January
Spring Spring Semester:
January - May

Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 

Few undergraduate courses taught in English are available. Students studying at USTL can take courses in business. Click here for more information on the courses. Master's level students and those fluent in French can choose from many more options. 

Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. 

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. Click here for more information.

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information. The French Consulate in Houston has a very helpful guide to student visas

Helpful Links
International Relations Office Booklet (In English)
International Students Survival Guide (In French)

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