Sciences Po Lille
The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille is a highly-regarded political science institution located in northern France, just 1 hour from Paris, 40 minutes from Brussels and less than 2 hours from London.
This privileged geographical position, enhanced by its high-quality transport network, makes Lille a real gateway to Europe. Though it was founded in 1991, Sciences Po Lille has become one of France's "Grandes Écoles" (elite schools) and is one of the most selective French universities. Sciences Po Lille opened their new campus in January 2017 in the latin quarter of Lille, improving accessibility and the vitality of study spaces on campus. Lille's Model UN association is currently the top association in France (13th in the world), and the university itself is very internationally-oriented, with a student population of 2,000 students including about 250 international students.
Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open Nov. 1, 2020
Areas of Study: Sciences Po Lille offers courses in Business, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Law & Society, and Political Science at a 2nd and 4th year level (In 3rd year, no courses are offered as all Lille students are required to study/intern abroad). 3rd year UCalgary students are welcome to take 2nd year courses.
A list of courses can be found here.
Year-long French-speaking students also have an opportunity to gain a certificate for taking all courses in French. This certificate program, the Certificat d’Etudes Politiques (C.E.P.) offers students an opportunity for recognition of academic excellence at Sciences Po Lille.
In Europe, full-time course load is typically 30 ECTS (European credits), and exchange students are typically expected to take 24-30 credits per semester. Note: 30 ECTS is the expected course load if you wish to complete the certificate program. 6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course).
The amount of credits each course is worth corresponds to the workload/contact hours, and can vary from 1-30 ECTS per course, so please be mindful of this in your selection.
The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs from early September to mid January and the second semester runs from mid-January to late May. It is usually possible to finish the Fall semester in December. However, attendance at the orientation session running a week or so before classes is required.
Sciences Po Lille also offers a unique summer program on current issues facing the EU for students that want to explore summer options in Lille.
Please Note: French visa applications for Canadians may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to submit the documentation and take biometrics as needed within 3 months before departure to France, so students may not have access to their passports during that time.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.
Sciences Po Lille estimates that you should have at least €800 per month budgeted for accommodation (generally between €250-€400 per month for residences, and €250-€650 per month for self-arranged accommodation), food, transit, and leisure. Also, don't forget to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning. All students on exchange in France will have to pay roughly €215 for French social security on arrival, which covers some costs of medical care, but comprehensive travel medical coverage will still be required.
Lille cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here
Please Note: French visa applications may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to finalize your student visa and take biometrics as needed - please speak with the exchange advisor as soon as possible about whether this will be required for you.
Students considering significant rail travel in France may want to purchase a Carte Jeune via French National Rail (SNCF), which allows for reduced travel for every journey over a year.
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
France - Housing Aid
All students in France who rent housing with a contract, regardless of national origin, are eligible for a National Housing Aid from the ‘CAF’, Caisse d’Allocations Familiales. For the subsidy application, please make sure to bring a copy of your birth certificate.
E. Catherine Barclay Scholarship
The E. Catherine Barclay Scholarship is a generous award of $7500 granted to one outstanding full-time student, registered in any faculty at UCalgary, who has been accepted by us to study for a full academic year (French-taught courses only) on one of our official exchange programs.
Sciences Po Lille does not have on-campus housing, however the International Office can assist you in finding accommodation. There are a few options they suggest:
For more information, please visit Lille's housing guide.
FOOD & DINING:
Students have access to a variety of affordable options through CROUS. Average meals at the university cost about €3.25 and money can be loaded on to a meal card as well. For the most up to date information, you can find more information on their site.
The CROUS Cafeteria of SCIENCES PO LILLE, is open from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 2.30pm (found in the students’ hall, on the ground floor)
RESTAURANT UNIVERSITAIRE LILLE MOULINS, on the corner of Rue Massillon and Rue Thumesnil - Place Déliot à Lille (11.30am-13.45pm), Métro : Porte de Douai
RESTAURANT UNIVERSITAIRE CHARLES DEBIERRE, 171 rue Charles Debierre à Lille (11h30-14h), Métro : Mairie de Lille
RESTAURANT UNIVERSITAIRE CHATILLON (LILLE CENTRE), 24 rue Gauthier de Châtillon à Lille. Open for lunch and dinner (11.30am-1.45pm and 6.30-8pm). Métro : République Beaux-Arts
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
For English courses, while advanced French is not required, all students should have some basic knowledge of French and be able to independently navigate websites and forms written in French.
For courses in French, applicants must have a command of French at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) at a minimum, or have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in French. Certification of language proficiency may be required.
Students do have the opportunity to take French language courses during their stay.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
What supports or services are available at Sciences Po Lille?
Sciences Po Lille offers supports for students needing arrangements for exams, captioning services, equipment loans, and more. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.
What kind of clubs or groups are available at Sciences Po Lille?
Lille offers a multitude of organizations and clubs in response to interest. They offer more than 25 athletic, political, artistic, and environmental clubs - including a Model UN club (MUNWalk), an LGBTQ+ Club (Bon Chic Bon Genre), a Snakes & Ladders club (Le Jeu de l’Oie), sustainability clubs (The Political Institute Gardens, The Young Ecologists of Sciences Po Lille), a theatrical club, a satirical newspaper organization, a law club, and a variety of sports clubs (rugby, volleyball, dance, soccer, etc.), amongst other various groups.
More information on sports clubs can be found under the "Sports" heading on their page.
What options are available for improving my French at Sciences Po Lille?
Sciences Po Lille offers a free program for incoming exchange students throughout the year. These classes are offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Visa/Residence Permit Procedures:
Lille offers information on general procedures regarding your preparation and arrival in Lille.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.