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UVA Engineering Exchange: HEI in Lille
Lille, France (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 15-MAR-2018 25-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 30. Check host institution's website for program dates.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
3000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Enrollment Restricted to: School of Engineering and Applied Science Housing: University dormitory
Language Courses Offered: Yes 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:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Program Description:


HEI is a founding member of Lille Catholic University, the largest private multidisciplinary university in France. Founded in 1885, the school was accredited by the official French Accreditation Board for Engineering (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur) for the first time in 1935. It was also recognised by the State in 1968.

HEI’s basic mission is to train engineers, men and women capable of taking responsibility and carrying out important technical projects usually involving managing a team.

Lille Catholic University was founded in 1875 with the active support of Catholic bishops and a group of Christian managing directors. Later vocational colleges (paramedical and engineering) joined the five founding faculties. Through the years, colleges and research centres were created around the Catholic University. They obtained associate status and decided to merge in 1973. The “Fédération Universitaire et Polytechnique de Lille” also called “Université Catholique de Lille” or “la Catho” was born.

Lille Catholic University is made up of 6 faculties, 20 colleges, and institutes including 6 engineering colleges, 3 business and management colleges plus a full range of paramedical, social and business studies. There are currently 17000 full-time students including 1400 international students from 86 different countries. The university also boasts 2 teaching hospitals and 33 research teams, 200 students associations, 7 junior enterprises and 2000 beds in halls of residence.

With a population of about one million inhabitants, Lille is the third French metropolis and every year attracts more and more foreign students.

At the heart of Europe, Lille enjoys an exceptional geographic location, reinforced by its easy access to the TGV (High Speed Train), the Channel Tunnel and an extensive motorway network. Lille is located less than one hour by train from Paris and Brussels, one and a half hour from London and three hours from Amsterdam.

Flemish, Burgundian and then Spanish before becoming French, Lille has an outstanding architectural wealth. A trading city since medieval times, a citadel under Louis XIV, a hive of industry during the 19th century and a city of ambition during the 20th century, Lille today offers a blend of faces of the past and of the future. Lille was designated European Capital of Culture in 2004 and has become a true benchmark in this field.

If you wish to book a room in our university dorms, please note that all the housing information (list of university dorms, description, rent price, housing application form…) is available on the website of AEU (Housing Office). Students are requested to pay a housing administrative fee of about 195 Euros to AEU either by cheque or by international bank transfer.

Please note that we have no involvement in housing placements which are under the responsibility of AEU. It is very difficult to find housing upon arrival in Lille. So we strongly recommend to make sure that you have a housing before your arrival in France.


International Student Homepage
Exchange student homepage

2017-18 HEI-Lille Fact Sheet
2017-18 Application Procedure
2016 Engineering brochure
2016 Smart Cities brochure
2016-2017 Course Catalogue

The main language of instruction is French. Accepted students must have an Intermediate level proficiency.

Fall Term: September - mid to late January
Spring Term: January - May or June
Fall semester is not available for regular study, but students conducting research or an independent project may go for the fall semester.


Students will 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 will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

Health Insurance - Mandatory
Even if you come in France with your own health insurance, the French Government requires non European Union students (EU) less than 28 years old and spending more than 3 months in France to purchase the French health insurance, called “Sécurité Sociale”. The amount is about 207 Euros. The annual premium is to be paid for the entire academic year no matter when students come to France. Currently it is valid from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. It refunds about 70 % of medical costs.

For further information: “Soins et remboursements”

Important: Sécurité sociale doesn’t cover you if you travel outside France, in case of repatriation and for civil liability. UVA students are required to have emergency assistance coverage when studying abroad and may purchase the International Student Identity Card for emergency assistance coverage.

Health Insurance - Optional
Students have the option of getting a complementary financial cover to obtain better refunds. This cover is distinct from the affiliation to the Sécurité Sociale. There are several complementary student insurance companies. Most of the students from Lille Catholic University take out the SMENO: The costs vary depending on the insurance company and the option chosen (from about 75 Euros/academic year).

Another supplementary student insurance company can be found at:

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host Institution room and board
  • International Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses