Oliwia BARAN

Director of Development & Campus

François BRIATTE

Assistant Lecturer of Political Science, Co-Head of International Mobility


Director of ESPOL, Professor of Political Science

Michael HOLMES

Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Head of International Mobility

“From the second year of the Bachelor’s degree, based on results obtained in previous semesters, students have the possibility to study abroad at one of our partner universities. This is an opportunity for students to be immersed in another culture, develop their language skills and enhance their knowledge of international politics.”

Our agreements

Experience the thrill of studying abroad for a semester in one of the many foreign partner universities of the Catholic University of Lille, in Europe and around the world. To go on a university exchange, you can choose one of our bilateral agreements, erasmus agreements or one of the destinations proposed by the Catholic University within the framework of a global agreement, according to your desires and your professional project. Explore the map beside and click on the university to get more information!

Global Agreements

Incoming student




Clémence CARLIER

International Mobility Coordinator


International Mobility Coordinator

Every year, ESPOL receive about 30% of foreign students, through an exchange programme or within the Programme in European Politics. It is important for us that every student feels integrated and enjoys the time spent here in ESPOL and also in this new environment. To achieve this goal, several services and devices can be used by our international students, such as the International Affairs office, student associations and guides.

Bachelor courses Master courses

Questions regarding international mobility?

Fact Sheet


Practical information

Grades: Examination results in the French system are based on a 0-to-20 scale, with 10 being the lowest passing grade. To get an overview of the grading system, please unfold the following section.

Grading table

French grade Letter grade Description
16.00 – 20.00 A Excellent (summa cum laude)
Grades obtained by the best 10% of students
14.00 – 15.99 B Very Good (manga cum laude)
Grades obtained by the next 25%
12.00 – 13.99 C Good (cum laude)
Grades obtained by the next 30%
10.1 – 11.99 D Satisfactory
Grades obtained by the next 25%
10.00 – 10.00 E Pass/Sufficient
Grades obtained by the final 10%
0.00 – 9.99 F Fail

No Additional Fees: To join ESPOL for a semester, you must first be nominated by your home university. No additional fees will be charged by our faculty.

Applying for a visa:

  • For a training course exceeding three months, you will be issued a temporary long-stay visa, which will require no further formalities on your arrival in France;
  • For training or a course exceeding six months, you will be issued a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, which will be subject to further formalities on your arrival in France.

Visa pricing for countries or territories with EEF procedure: 50 € *
Visa pricing for other countries: 99 € *

* This amount is given as an indication, some special cases may give rise to different rates.
For more information, please visit the website France Visa.

The Europass Certificate Supplement

The Diploma Supplement is a document which provides information that makes it easier for employers and education institutions to understand your qualifications. You can get more information here. If you require a Europass Certificate, please contact our academic officer.


A bit lost? Get some answers!

Where is the Office of the Mobility Coordinators?

You can find this office on the 1st floor of
ESPOL, at the Administration floor. If you
have any issues finding this office you can always ask at the welcome desk at ESPOL.

How to connect to Agora?

Once you receive your password and identifier you can connect to Agora through the site and your identifier should be your Student number, you can find this number on your student card.

What is a Buddy?

A buddy is a Espol student that will be here to guide you and help you integrate and acclimate yourself to the student life in espol and in Lille as well. At the beginning of each semester COSMOPOL is going to share a form to match you with a French student if you want to. Nothing compulsory but it is very useful to have a buddy.

How can we see our schedule?

To see the schedule here in ESPOL we use the HyperPlanning link, that should have been given to you via email. As you will follow different courses from different masters or bachelors you will have to find your hours of class by searching the name of the class in the site.

Why is Agora useful?

In Agora the administration will share the news concerning the Midterms, the Finals but also concerning the classes and if they are rescheduled or if the classes have changed location. It is very important for you to check your agora account.

What is the use of the student card?

The student card is very useful. Thanks to this card you can access every building in the Catholic of Lille’s campus. You will see that some buildings are equipped with electronic portals and you must beep your card each time. If you have forgotten your card for the day, ask for a QRcode.

Should I take the french health insurance?

Yes, you have to take it ! To benefit from the insurance you have to create an account on Ameli website. This insurance will refund you each time you visit at the doctor’s.

What happens if you lose your student card ?

Now in the case that you can’t find your card and that you think you have lost it, you must ask for a new one. You are going to pay for the new card , the price is 10€.

How not to get lost on the Campus?

The campus is big that’s why each building has a name (it will help you know where your class is). The first 2 letters of the class are helpful to know the localisation of the class. ( Ex : the Robert Schuman (RS) Building, is where you are going to find RS 030). Click here to see a plan of the campus.

Are French courses compulsory?

After you take the test you are asked if you want
to take French classes. If you accept to attend your presence is compulsory and if you are not able to come you have to justificate your absence. But in the case where you don’t accept to attend any French class there is no obligation. But it is better for you to follow those classes to improve and learn how to talk in French.

When are we taking the exams ?

In ESPOL, we are taking 2 sessions of exams per semester. One after the Winter break in March, those are the midterms, It is usually 2-3 exams. The second session (the last session) in April are the finals, and the exams are concerning all the classes.

Can you change your courses?

Yes, you can! You have the possibility to change your classes during the 3 first weeks. If you want to change, you have to send an email to the mobility coordinator. You have only 2 chances (in those 2 chances you can change more than 1 course) to change your choices.

When and where can we see the Administration?

The administration in ESPOL is on the 1st floor. They are usually here every day from 9:00 a.m till 6:00 pm.

How to make a bus card?

If you want to travel by public transport in Lille then you must have an ILEVIA card. You can do one at any Subway station of this list. You can benefit from the Card 4-25 years. To obtain this card you will need a passport and justification that you are a student from “L’Université Catholique de Lille”. In that case you can use your student card.

Do I have Khôlle?

As you are Erasmus or International students you don’t have to take exams such
as the Khôlles.

What happens when you can’t attend a class?

If it is a magistral class there are no attendance records. So, if you miss a class you have to find a way to request the course notes from someone else. But if you are absent during a compulsory class (like your French classes or other classes with attendance records) then you have to justificate your absence to ESPOL administration.

How to convert the vaccination pass into the European one if you are not part of the EU?

In France, there is a vaccinal pass that is compulsory for restaurants, indoor activities and bars. So, you must be vaccinated and have a European vaccinal pass. If you are not part of the EU you can convert yours into the European one. For this you can go on this official state website that gives you the opportunity to convert it and it is free. Little tip don’t go to the pharmacy to do it; they will charge you 20€ for nothing. Click on this link

Do you have some student discounts?

In some places such as the movie theater or the museum you can have some discounts. You just need to have your student card with you to prove that you are a student and that you can benefit from these discounts.

How complicated are the french lectures?

It is better for you to take the lecture in English, indeed the level in French is high, the professors are speaking very fast and they won’t take time to repeat. So, it is better for you to avoid the lectures in French and concentrate on lectures in English. And also for the finals it will be too hard for you to understand everything and to formulate your thoughts on a subject in a foreign language that you maybe don’t understand as much as English.

Are the tutorials compulsory?

The tutorials are not compulsory, you can attend the class if you want but there is no obligation for you to do so. The Tutorials are classes concerning texts and the lecture to help students to deepen their knowledge.


The EESPIG area of the Faculties of the Catholic University of Lille has obtained an Erasmus Charter allowing us to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.


By promoting mobility and cooperation projects in Europe, the Erasmus+ programme makes it possible to strengthen the skills of all to provide greater employability, and to support innovation within education and training establishments and organisations, as well as their internationalisation, promoting transparent and consistent European-wide skills recognition and validation tools, and promoting cooperation between European and non-European countries. Sources: Agence Erasmus+ France – Education Formation.

→ Download the Erasmus Charter of Institut Catholique de Lille

The strengths of the ICL lie in its commitment to respond to societal challenges and its desire to gradually develop a “better life together” on campus so that each student finds their place while respecting others and their environment. The commitment was made to ensure the continuity of the good practices of the previous charter, but also to take new measures on our campus to strengthen the application of the principles of non-discrimination, transparency and inclusion of students and staff with the new Erasmus+ charter.

It is with this perspective that the ICL is committed to the integration, support and welcoming of all:


To contribute at all levels and in all places to both parity and diversity

By offering transparent systems to promote success throughout the course. We guarantee fairness through transparent selection procedures based on academic results and/or on the artistic record, an interview and a language test.

A dedicated person in each establishment is responsible for preparing for administrative and educational formalities, and for guidance on safety rules. Specific support is provided according to needs (personal, financial, etc.)

For internships, the Career Centre of the Faculties and the internship service provide internship offers and give advice on CVs and cover letters. Both the terms of grant and the terms of internship are presented to the students, and the information is posted on the AGORA intranet. A dedicated contact person can be consulted for advice or specific requests.

Guarantee international access for all

The “International At Home” programme was created to enable all students and administrative and teaching staff to benefit from internationalisation at home through events organised by the various establishments and student associations (international week, Erasmus Days, Europe Day, back to school forum, etc.). Our students are encouraged to be mobile (studies or internships) throughout their course and supported in their choice of mobility through departure preparation sessions, educational follow-up and meeting with our internationals. Student mobility is strongly encouraged, even compulsory for certain courses. It is facilitated by the granting of Erasmus+ grants, regional grants (Mermoz) as well as study grants offered internally within each establishment in order to promote mobility access for all.

To promote the inclusion of international students

The integration of students arriving in the different establishments has been strengthened from a social, administrative and educational point of view.

To provide financial support

The ICL works to promote equal opportunities and to promote accessibility to studies and mobility to the most disadvantaged, which is why it is essential to offer scholarships and financial aid for any student encountering difficulties in daily life (food, housing, health, transport) as well as adjusting contributions according to family income.

Welcoming students with disabilities

The ICL pays particular attention to welcoming and assisting people and students with disabilities or who require specific support, including accessibility, accompaniment, resources provided to follow the course (Braille printer), measures taken for exams (1/3 more time), adjustment of exams, the presence of an MAH contact (Mission Accueil Handicap) and a doctor on campus, etc.

Erasmus Specific Allowance + People with Disabilities (outgoing students)

The democratisation of the Erasmus+ programme is one of the objectives of the programme for the 2014-2020 period. Erasmus+ aims to promote equity and inclusion. Hence the European Commission and the countries participating in the programmes sought to support the mobility of people with disabilities, of whatever type (mental, physical, sensory or other).

The Erasmus+ programme provides specific funding to cover the costs generated by mobility abroad for participants in the programme with disabilities. A specific file including medical certificates and quotes must be created.