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UVA Exchange: Sciences Po LILLE
Lille, France (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
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Restrictions: UVA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 01-OCT-2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Year 2018-2019 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fall Semester 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
3000 level, none
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Off-campus, Student's responsibility Language of Instruction: English, French
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Economics, French, German, History, Law, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology
Program Description:


Sciences Po



Sciences Po Lille, founded in 1991, is one of the nine Institut d'études politiques (Institutes for Political Studies) in France. More than 1,500 students are enrolled in its Diploma course. All IEP students study abroad during their third year, and in return, the IEP welcomes 200 international exchange students each year.

Students are drawn to Sciences Po for its commitments to understanding the contemporary world through a interdisciplinary grounding in the social sciences.

Exchange students from UVA will chose their courses at Sciences Po Lille from those offered in the second and fourth years (foundation courses, specialized courses and open lectures). Courses reserved for international students are also available.

While it is possible to enroll only in courses taught in English, UVA exchange students who are proficient in French and who participate in the exchange for an academic year can enroll in a special degree program while at the IEP: le Certificat d'Études Politiques (CEP). Upon completion program, students will receive a certificate recognized throughout the European Union.

Lille is a city full of history, and a university city with other 180,000 students. Major elements from the XIXth century are still in evidence, such as the boulevards and buildings left by the architects of the Second Empire. A mere stone's throw away from the town center and the Grand Place is the stuff of a more distant past. As the second most important museum in France after the Louvre, the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille has become a major international attraction since its reopening in 1997. Visitors from all over Europe come to admire its collections and temporary exhibitions in a building that has been splendidly restored and extended.

The markets of Greater Lille have achieved a virtually ritualistic status for the thousands of people from the region who come to them for their shopping and immerse themselves in the special atmosphere that accompanies them. Some form of activity or entertainment, or perhaps a street band, is never far away, giving these markets something of a festive air.

Greater Lille has a wealth of delights to offer lovers of nature. Rambling and riding trails in the surrounding woodlands and countryside, and walks around a variety of themes, can lead on to leisure activities of a much more active, sporting variety.

As on-campus housing is not available at Sciences Po Lille, exchange students should expect to arrange their accommodations. However, the International Office at Lille can help exchange students arrange accommodations by providing landlords' and housing agencies' contacts. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures. The average cost of housing in Lille is 500 Euros per month.

Please note that in order to obtain a French student visa students must provide proof of housing.


Political Science, Economics, Sociology

International Student Information

3.0 GPA.

Students must have completed at least 4 semesters at UVA.

Courses offered in English are available; previous knowledge of French is not required, but recommended.

Fall Term: mid September - late December*
Spring Term: January - May
*The fall academic calendar at Sciences Po Lille ends before the Christmas holidays.

Students pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.

Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should refer to the Campus France USA and French Embassy websites for the most complete, up-to-date information on how to obtain a French student visa.

UVA students are required to have basic international health coverage and emergency assistance coverage when studying abroad. Please see the insurance page for more information.

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • Insurance
  • French insurance (mandatory, see below)
  • French residence tax (mandatory, see below)
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

PLEASE NOTE: French Social Security law
French Social Security law requires that all international students under the age of 28 who will be staying in France for longer than three months pay the full year of social security insurance.

French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) requirement
The law requires all students studying in France longer than six months to submit a residence form upon arrival in France, undergo a medical exam organized by the OFII and to pay to a 55 Euro tax. The residence form is obtained at the same time as the French student visa. Students should bring a certified copy of their birth certificate. Additional documents may be required, please see French consulate website.