Business, Science, Liberal Arts & French Language

Université Catholique de Lille
Lille, France

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, Science, Liberal Arts & French Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

    The Université Catholique de Lille is a prestigious actor in the French higher education system. The UCL is a private, non-profit university, and its educational philosophy is based on excellence, humanist values, achievement, and solidarity. The campus is about a 15 minute walk from the city center, giving you easy access to all that Lille has to offer. The UCL is accredited by the French Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche).

    While the Catho is a historically Catholic university, its curriculum, campus life, and student activities are secular in nature. The faculty and student body are comprised of people from all backgrounds, and diversity is embraced. The atmosphere of the campus is similar to universities in the U.S., with a sprawling campus, beautiful ancient buildings, and green spaces. The Catho de Lille also houses a central library, a hospital complex, a sports complex, an arts center, and more.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jun 25, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 05, 2019

  • Credit

    105 - 108 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


Program Description

Delve deeply into French language and an elective of your choice while studying in Lille this summer. Elective courses cover a variety of topics, including French culture, art history, business, sciences, international communication, and more. Most of the elective courses are taught in English, with a select few of them taught in French. You may select another science/engineering elective in your field of study rather than the French course, though most students will take a French course since options for this are limited. This program is available to you no matter your language level, and all French language courses are taught in French. These courses are taught to international students from around the world, and course instructors are from the Université Catholique de Lille.

Back to back sessions of this program are available. You may select both sessions when submitting your online application and will receive a discount from the combined price of the sessions. For more information about this option, please contact your France Site Specialist.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities

Resident Staff

On-Site Offices


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities


Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Amy Marsh

Program Advisor, France

Based in Austin, TX


Annamaria Antonopoulos

Resident Director, France

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the French lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Lille. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

The student residences are located off campus, though they are well served by bus and metro. You will have a single bedroom; bathrooms and kitchenettes may be either self-contained or shared. The kitchenettes include hot plates, fridges, and microwaves. Pillows, bed sheets, and blankets are provided in each bedroom. Dorms have internet access, and there are laundry facilities on the premises as well.

You should leave your room in the same state in which you found it. If there are any costs associated with cleaning or repairing your student residence, you will be responsible for these additional expenses. These expenses must be paid for you to receive your transcript.





You will spend the first couple of days of your time abroad in Paris, before heading to Lille. You will have plenty of free time to explore the famed City of Light and will also have coordinated activities, such as a boat tour on the Seine and a visit to one of the city's famed museums. Visitors love the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, the Opéra Garnier, and strolling down the Champs Elysées.


The international business capital of Western Europe, Brussels' history of Roman, French, German, and Dutch influence makes it a unique yet charming cosmopolitan city. Home to the European Union, the UN, the European Parliament,and NATO, it's a great place to visit if you enjoy international politics. While on this trip, you will have a guided walking tour of the city to see sites such as St Michael's Cathedral, the Grande Place, and Mannequin Pis. In your free time,you can find quaint alleys lined with picturesque restaurants, delicious sweets shops, cute boutiques, and cafés galore. It's a great opportunity to sample Belgiun chocolates and/or waffles.


Bruges has been called the "Venice of the North" because of its stunning canals and beautifully preserved buildings. While on this excursion, you will take a guided boat tour through Bruges, highlighting the main sights in the city. You will have plenty of free time to explore many of the city's famed attractions, including the Beguinage, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Bruges belfry.

Normandy * Optional

While exploring the region of Normandy, you will have the chance to visit the beautiful walled port city of Saint Malo. You will also spend time at the famous D-Day beaches and trek to Le Mont Saint Michel, the gorgeous ancient abbey that is one of France's most recognizable landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.