Students Where Ever You Go – You Are In Lille, France

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After covering university cities in Italy we move on to France. Lille in the north of France in close proximity to the border with Belgium is well and truly a university city.

Place du General de Gaulle Square, also called Grand Place, Lille, France

With a population of a little over 200,000, students make up close to forty five percent.

School fee

Until last year university education was virtually free in France, both for the French and the foreign students. This year onwards the fees structure for foreign students has been set at:

2770 Euros per year for a bachelor’s degree

3770 Euros  per year for a master’s degree

380 Euros per year for a doctorate

Unquestionably a cosmopolitan city and a historical centre, Lille in the flatlands of France has seen many wars. It was the location of prolonged wars, both I and II. Till this day you can see cannon balls protruding out of the old stock exchange building. Apart from the many historical attractions an important place to visit is the magnificent Palais des Beaux Arts and Grande Place where people from different parts of the world converge. When you arrive Lille at the Flandres Station you arrive at a piece of art and architecture and proceed into a city of richness and splendour.

Palais des Beaux Arts (Museum of the Fine Arts) in Lille, France

The people of Lille are proud of their ‘gastronomy’ which in English may sound a little unappetizing but the French mean it in a good way, meaning exceptional food and cuisine.

Once a year millions of Europeans descend into the city for its famous flea market called Braderie de Lille.

As usual we cover the public universities because of their affordability and quality of education. Also as usual we would suggest you go through each of the websites to find the courses most suited to you.

PRES Lille Nord de France University
Official website

Universite de Lille
Official website

Universite d’Artois
Official website
This university is in the closeby town of Arras but comes under the umbrella of Lille university.

Universite Polytechnique Hauts de France
Official website
You have to be a truly exceptional student to get into this university but once you come out qualified from here the gates of career come wide open.

The National Graduate School of Chemistry
Official website

Ecole Mines Telecom – University of Lille
Official website
This university has a campus in Lille and Douai.

University of Littoral Opal Coast, Dunkirk
Official website
This university is in the city of Dunkirk. About 80 km from Lille.

The campuses and colleges are spread across the city. The transportation system is efficient and affordable, both trams and buses.

Would you prefers studying in Italy? Consider Florence.

The living cost

The cost of living as in most of France is fairly high and in the opinion of the writer you can live fairly well at between 1200 to 1300 $ per month including shared accommodation. The people of France value their privacy and it’s difficult to find a paying guest accommodation though it’s not unheard of.

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