A multidisciplinary institution unique in France
Founded in 1875, the Université Catholique de Lille is a multidisciplinary institution unique in France. From its very beginnings, what is now France’s largest private, not-for-profit university has distinguished itself within the fields of higher education, research, and health, through its commitment to mutual care as a central value. The institution both supports and is supported by the local region and community, and is open to diversity, and to the world. The Université Catholique de Lille combines 5 faculties, 20 schools, institutes, and Grandes Ecoles, and a hospital group.
Through teaching, research, and care; through resources that make creative innovations possible; and through its student life and the services it offers, the University accomplishes its missions with a goal of general interest and public utility.
An integrated student educational experience
The excellence of the university’s reputation can be traced to its active and innovative teaching methods. Many courses are taught in a small-group format and ensure closer attention to student progress.
It is France’s largest private not-for-profit university, with an enrollment of 36,700 students, and 300 degree programs in six areas of study. With a very active student life, the Université Catholique de Lille counts no less than 200 student associations dedicated to arts, sports, culture, technology, internationalisation, sustainable development, and much more!
A university at the forefront of internationalisation
In keeping with its tradition of openness, the Université Catholique de Lille was one of the pioneering French universities in the area of international mobility, signing partnership agreements with American universities as early as the 1970s.
Lille, at the crossroads of Europe
Home to the Université Catholique de Lille since 1875, Lille is a vibrant and dynamic university city at the centre of Western Europe. With swift connections to Brussels (35 minutes), Paris (60 minutes), and London (80 minutes), Lille is perfect for students planning to visit and study Europe. And there is always much to see and do in Lille itself – a welcoming multicultural haven.
A city of History, Culture and Art
Four world-renowned museums in the region, among the largest in France (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Modern Art Museum, La Piscine de Roubaix, LouvreLens).
Lille also boasts a significant number of theatres, music halls, movie theatres, an opera house, and a national orchestra, while the metropolis is home to a large number of cultural events, including the Lille Piano(s) Festival, the International Independent Movie Week, the International Series Festival, a contemporary dance festival or the “Fête de la Musique” on June 21st with free concerts all over town.
Big city advantage, small city atmosphere
Lille’s strategic location and the area’s rich resources have made it one of the most fought over regions in Europe, a history visible today particularly through the numerous memorials from the last two World Wars in the region, toured by national and international visitors each year. Lille can boast all the conveniences of being at the centre of a 2 million inhabitant urban zone, yet remains a “human-sized” university city with 250,000 inhabitants. Visitors can get around easily on foot or by bicycle. Public transport also offers the metro, the tramway, and many buses.
Resources & Services at the Université Catholique de Lille
"All, tous les services de la vie étudiante" brings together five central hubs at the heart of the university: catering, accommodation, health, well-being and sport.
- University dorms on campus and in the city center
- 7 university restaurants
- 6 HA dedicated to athletic facilities (fitness center, gymnasium, sport centers)
- medical center general medical consultations, gynaecology consultations, dietitian consultations and psychological support
60 Boulevard Vauban CS 40109 • 59016 Lille cedex