Sciences Po Lille Summer School

Sciences Po Lille is one of France's "Grandes Écoles" for International Relations, and is located just 1 hour Northeast from Paris, 40 minutes from Brussels and less than 2 hours from London.

Sciences Po Lille's summer school is a highly selective program offering a look into challenges facing the EU, encouraging student-led solutions to real-world issues, while offering a French language and cultural immersion program. Attend courses taught by esteemed guest lecturers from around the globe, and gain experiential learning into challenges facing European governance and the UN. As a part of the summer school you will have an opportunity to study the art of French Cooking, and take day trips to Paris and Brussels, experience a tour of the city of Lille, and more fun social outings.

Key information


Lille, France


English, French



Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 20 deadline

Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 21 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

Areas of Study: The English-taught summer program runs based around a unique theme(s) each year. Summer 2019 offers the following thematic tracks:

In Lille your time will be focused on both areas: 

  • studies in International and European affairs, including issues such as European identity and values, globalization, and migration. These courses are taught by prestigious guest lecturers from around the world. 
  • studies in French language, which aims to enhance and perfect your language skills as well provide some understanding of the contemporary aspects of French society.

Sciences Po Lille’s Summer School also offers a variety of field trips and social events, some of which are included in the program cost, including a Lille city tour, a field trip to Brussels, and trips at some additional cost to Paris and a WW2 Memorial.  

The small-classroom dynamic allows an intensive program with approaches based around interactive methodology, and instructors come from a variety of prestigious international universities.

Course requirements:
6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course). 
For this program, you need to take the maximum 12 ECTS and will be assessed for two summer courses at UCalgary, as the entire program will transfer as 6 units (two UCalgary half courses). 

The summer program at Lille runs from late June to late July each year. For details click here.

Students wishing to extend their studies into a semester-long program can also apply for the semester/year long exchange to Lille.

  1. Costs

    Each year we select 2 students for the summer program who will not have to pay the Lille tuition (must still pay for UCalgary tuition for 2 summer courses). Students will also need to pay for accommodation and the application fee to Lille, roughly 700€ (includes a 650€ cost for accommodation and a 50€ application fee). If you are not selected by UCI, you should contact the exchange advisor for other options. 

    Also, don't forget to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Costs cover accommodation, conferences, administration of documents, city tour, a field trip to Brussels, some breakfasts, and a final dinner. Not included are health/travel insurance, field trips to Paris, cooking courses, flights, additional personal or living expenses, and meals (except as previously mentioned).

    Lille cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    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.

Information on accommodation can be found on the summer school accommodation page

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-).

Although most courses are taught in English for the summer program, we do recommend that students have completed at least one year of French at the university level (or possess the equivalent skills) before participating in this exchange, to help with daily life.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

For more information on the program, feel free to download the 2019 informational brochure here

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

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Academic Advising

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.

Find your academic advisor

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. Appointments are currently on zoom.

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.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

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.

Application guide

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.