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:
- Students will select up to 6 courses from IESEG's course catalog. These courses are taught in English.
- No visa is required
If staying for the winter and spring terms:
- Students will select up to 12 courses from IESEG's course catalog. These courses are taught in English.
- 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.
At the time of application, a student must have a minim of a 2.8 overall GPA and
1. a minimum grade of B- in ECO 101* AND
2. a minimum GPA of 2.5 in math courses (MTH 100, 101, 110, 113 or higher)* AND
3. a minimum GPA of 2.7 in core courses (ECO 241, 242 and 243). Students must take at least one core course.
*If you have received AP credit for ECO 101 or AP credit for calculus or if you have transferred credit from another institution then you are exempt from the relevant requirements (i.e. requirements #1 and/or #2 above).
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: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation
- Fall term: Orientation meetings
- Early January: Program begins
- Late March: Program ends (winter term only)
- Early May: Program ends (winter and spring term program)
For More Information
Students may email Professor Lek Yaisawarng or contact her at 518-388-6606.