Studying at Sciences Po Lille

Studying at Sciences Po Lille

Besides courses (which are quite naturally the center of the students’ activities) Sciences Po Lille offers an active, exciting and enriching life through conferences, student organizations, sports etc…

Academic calendar

The academic year at Sciences Po Lille is divided into 2 semesters:

  • 1st semester (fall semester) starts in early September to late December
  • 2nd semester (spring semester) starts in early January to early June


Every year, Sciences Po Lille organizes more than 70 lectures on current affairs and issues. Key figures from political, economic and cultural fields are invited to give lectures and lead debates. All these conferences are naturally opened to international students who are more than welcomed to take part in the Sciences Po Lille debates.

Among our special guests you’ll find Martine Aubry, David Grossman, Simone Veil, Jorge Semprun, Jacques Delors, French President François Hollande, Costa Gavras, Bronislaw Geremek, Ingrid Bettencourt, Ilan Greilsammer, Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Jacques Attali, to name a few. Furthermore, professors from the prestigious Collège de France are often invited to give special classes, as was recently the case for Pierre Rosanvallon.

Students’ organizations

A multitude of organizations has been created over the years in response to our students’ever-changing centers of interest. Sciences Po Lille currently has more than 25 athletic,political, artistic and environmental organizations.

Student's organizations

‘To feed and refuel’

You came to France with the intentions of experimenting and enjoying the marvelous French cuisine…however your student’s budget will probably lead you to discover the opportunities proposed by the CROUS.

3,25 € for a meal at the RU (Restaurant Universitaire/University Meals) in 2017-2018,
payments are possible with the multiservice card : 

University Restaurant Châtillon, 24 rue Gauthier de Châtillon
République Beaux Arts underground station
Open from 11.30am until 1.45pm

University Restaurant Lille Moulins, Place Déliot
Porte de Douai underground station
Open from 11.15am until 1.45pm

Brasserie La Basoche, rue Fontenoy
Porte de Douai underground station
Open from 7.30am until 3.30pm (until 3.00pm on Wednesday)


International exchange students have access to all the Université de Lille sports’ facilities and courses.

Exchange students cannot get ECTS (credits) for sports but you can naturally enjoy a range of sports and opportunities on the SUAPS (Service Universitaire des Activités Physiques et Sportives, the Sports’ department) website.

To know the time (have a look at the Jour and Horaires columns) and location (have a look at the Lieu column) of the sport activity you are looking for, please click on the link:

When going to the first session of your favorite sport you will have to let the professor know your status (International exchange student at Sciences Po Lille), and you will need to bring your student ID with you.

Before going, please check on the website (last column of the page where all the courses are described) if there are still spots available.


Our modern library is located just in front of the main entrance of the institute. In this welcoming place, you will have access to 34 000 recently edited books, to 320 newspapers and magazines. Our library aims to diversify the contents and the kinds of documents proposed to students and professors in order to improve creativity and thinking.

The staff is always opened to enrich and vary its catalogue.

Our library is a melting pot of diversity, experience, innovation and conviviality, and is a major spot in Lille’s cultural life.