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France - Winter Economics Exchange
Lille, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Union applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment Curricular Focus: Builds Experience in a Major
Program Description:
France's fourth largest metropolitan area, an international crossroads and a dynamic financial center, Lille is also an artistic and historic city. In 2004, it was designated as a European Culture Capital. Since then, Lille has become an important tourist destination, recognized for its welcoming living environment, well-preserved heritage and active cultural life. With 28 percent of the population under the age of 20, Lille is the city that contains the youngest people in the whole of France. Described as a "city in the heart of Europe," it is less than two hours from Paris, Brussels and London.

Union may have up to four students participate in an exchange program with the IESEG School of Management for winter term. IESEG has more than 1,500 students but manages to treat each student individually. The school is part of the campus of the Catholic University of Lille, which has 20,300 students, 25 schools and 40 research teams. Students and staff can share the facilities available: academic partnerships, 13 libraries, restaurants, a large sports center and medical center. IESEG is located in the middle of the city, offering numerous possibilities for academic, cultural and leisure activities.

Course of Study

Students will select up to 12 courses from IESEG's course catalog (click here for a key to understand the course codes). These courses are taught in English over a five-day period. All students will be required to take a French language course at their appropriate level.


  • Declared major of economics
  • Successful completion of Microeconomic Analysis (ECO 241), Macro Theory and Policy (ECO 242) and Intro to Econometrics (ECO 243) before term abroad.

Accommodations and Overseas Costs

Union’s term abroad program in Lille is an exchange program which differs slightly from a faculty-led term abroad.  While a Union faculty member accompanies students on a faculty-led term abroad, on an exchange term abroad a staff member at the host institution oversees all international students, including our exchange students. A faculty-led term abroad program includes several guided study excursions to enhance the cultural and academic experience, while an exchange term does not.  Participants on an exchange term do not have this experience, and so are not subject to the excursion surcharge. In some programs (specifically Antwerp, Belgium, and Lille, France), students are responsible for paying room and board directly in that country and will not be charged for room and board at Union College during their term abroad.  Accommodations on this term are variable but are generally in private apartments or university housing. Housing is arranged through IESEG's staff, the student participant and Union's International Programs office.


(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
  • April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
  • May: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
  • Fall term: Orientation meetings
  • Early January: Program begins
  • Late March: Program ends

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.