I am a future incoming student, what practical information should I know?
Visa requirements – How to get a visa?
Students from the European Union, the EEC and Switzerland are exempted from the visa procedure. You can enter and stay in France with your national identity card or your passport.
If you come from outside the European Union or to know if your country is exempted from the visa procedure, check this website.
Housing – How to find housing in Lille?
It is very difficult to find housing upon arrival in Lille, so we strongly recommend making sure that you have housing before your arrival in France. For housing during your studies at Universite Catholique de Lille, 2 options:
- Stay in a university dorm
If you wish to book a room in a university dorm, kindly note that all the housing information (list of dorms, description, rent price, housing application procedure, etc.) is available on the website of AEU (Housing Office) : www.aeu.asso.fr/en
Information and Contact : Service Logement (Housing Office) – A.E.U Association d’Entraide Universitaire, 47 Boulevard Vauban (second floor) – Lille – Tel : +33 (0)320 159 778 – E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org – Website : http://www.asso-aeu.fr– Facebook: facebook.com/aeu.com, Open from Monday to Friday : 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Recommended housing application deadlines:
For a student exchange beginning in August/September (Fall semester), housing applications are open from January 1st. It is recommended to apply by April 30th.
For a student exchange beginning in January (Spring semester), housing application are open from September 15th. It is recommended to apply by October 30th.
Check our Frequently Asked Questions on Housing for more details.
- Other housing options
These are some websites for students wishing to find housing outside the campus:
A guide of Housing in Lille (in French) is available on this website http://www.crij‐npdc.fr/site/wpcontent/uploads/2012/07/Guide‐logement‐2012.pdf
http://www.livinlille.com/ (service with fees)
Scholarships & financial aid: How to get a financial aid to pay the tuition fees?
- Exchange students do NOT pay tuition fees at ESPOL : they are charged for the fees at their home university
- Regular degree students are charged for the tuition fees at the welcoming university.
You may ask for a financial aid before/during your stay in France:
Universite Catholique de Lille does not deliver any grants.
There are also 3 types of grants issued to international students:
Grants provided by the French Government:
They are distributed by the French cultural services abroad (embassies, consulates and the French Alliance).
The “Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires” (CNOUS) manages the grants distributed by the French Government to foreign students as well as the grants given by foreign governments who have signed reciprocal agreements.
The CNOUS and EGIDE are the French organizations which manage foreign students’ grants.
CNOUS website: www.cnous.fr
EGIDE website: www.egide.asso.fr
Grants delivered by the government of your home country.
In that case, you will have to get in touch with the Department of Education in your home country. You can also get information from your home university. The amount of financial aid granted is variable and it is perhaps not enough for all your expenditure. That is why it is better to be sure before coming to France that you can live there without any financial difficulties.
Some grants are distributed by international organizations or non-governmental organizations.
A website about possible sources of funds: www.fondations.com
Sources : Centre National de Ressources de Lille – CIO de la Madeleine
Financial Aid for Housing
For a stay of more than 3 months in the same accommodation, it is possible to get a rent rebate – ALS (Allocation Logement Social).
ALS is an allowance paid by the “Caisse d’Allocations Familiales” (CAF). Its aim is to help students pay for their accommodation. If you reserve a room in a university hall of residence, please ask for the ALS application form from the Housing Office (A.E.U.)
The ALS refunds approximately 92 € per month from the second month. The allowance is given directly to the student, and the university is not responsible for any part of the process.
Find more information to prepare your stay in Lille on this webpage.
For students under 28 years: Even if students come to France with your own health insurance, the French Government requires non European Union students (EU) under 28 years old and spending more than 3 months in France to purchase the French health insurance, called “Sécurité Sociale”.
The amount is about 213 Euros/Academic year. The annual premium is to be paid for the entire academic year no matter when students come to France. It is valid from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
It refunds about 70 % of medical costs.
On your arrival, please contact the International Office of your host school or faculty in order to fill in the appropriate forms
For further information : http://www.ameli.fr/assures/index.php (“Soins et remboursements”)
Important: Sécurité sociale doesn’t cover you if you travel outside France, in case of repatriation and for civil liability.
. For students over 28 years old, please bring with you proof of your health insurance coverage.
Students have the option of getting complementary financial cover to obtain better refunds.
This cover is distinct from the affiliation to Sécurité Sociale. There are several complementary student insurance companies. Most of the students from UCL take out the SMENO: www.smeno.com.
The costs vary depending on the insurance company and the option chosen
Another supplementary student insurance company :
French – How to learn French?
French classes are organized for students who wish to improve their language skills.
The programme consists of:
- Intensive French courses before the beginning of the academic year
- French civilization courses
- Oral practice courses
- Training for DELF/DALF exams
For further information, please contact Anne-France Danel:
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. +33 (0)3 20 57 92 19 – Fax: +33 (0)3 20 15 29 30
The Catholic University of Lille organises the European Summer Program for international students to study French and discover the French and European culture. To find more information on the courses offering in the summer, check this webpage.