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
While the program has been designed for the winter term, students may decide to stay for both the winter and spring terms.
If staying for the winter term:
If staying for the winter and spring terms:
- 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.
- A visa is required given that your program will last more than 90 days. The approximate cost of the visa is $300 (includes Campus France and French Consulate charges).
Please note that you cannot extend your stay AFTER arriving at IESEG; you will need to know prior to departure so that you can secure the visa with sufficient time before the program start date.
- 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
As an exchange program, the Lille term is not led by a Union faculty member. A staff member at the host institution oversees all international students, and there are no guided study excursions (and therefore no excursion surcharge). Students are responsible for covering the cost of room and board at IESEG. Given the intricacy of the French accommodation system, Union will make arrangements to pay for the room on the students’ behalf and will then charge to cost the student account at Union. Students will not be charged for board at Union during this time. Students generally live in university housing arranged through IESEG, the student and International Programs.
(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 (winter term only)
- Early May: Program ends (winter and spring term program)