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France: Lille

Academic Information

In order to choose what classes to take you will have to understand the French education system. L'Université Catholique de Lille is a university that consists not only of different departments but also different schools known as Facultés or Grandes Écoles.

Most international students in L'Université Catholique de Lille choose to take classes in the Humanities Department called Faculté Libre des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (FLSH). Classes available at FLSH are foreign languages (including French as a second language), history, psychology, media studies, literature, film, art, architecture, communication, journalism, education, math, sociology, and more. However, there are other options. In addition to FLSH other facultés that may be of interest to Juniata students are:

This is not a complete list, but some of the more popular schools. You can also find out about taking another international language when are abroad. They have beginner courses of Italian, German, Russian, and many more. Classes are usually taught late in the evening from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm.

Here are some examples from past Juniata students that studied in Lille, their Juniata POE, and the Faculty/College they chose:

Name Year studied abroad Juniata POE Faculté attended
Hannah Miller 2011-2012 International Studies FLSH: "I really enjoyed French history and European politics classes, as well as the classes in MCP (communications et politiques)"
Shauna Landrey Spring 2012 Biology FLSH: "Going to France gave me the opportunity to take classes that I otherwise would not have the chance to explore. I really enjoyed my film and culture classes.”
Steven Strutt 2011-2012 Microbiology, French FLST, ISA

Each department or school has their own international relations contact.  Be aware that if you are planning on taking classes in more than one school it is a good idea to contact them before your arrival to Lille. You will not be able to take classes from more than 2 Facultés. It is difficult to arrange classes from different Facultés because their time tables are planned independently and therefore often clash.


L'Université Catholique de Lille follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) when it comes to credits. For every 2 ECTS credits, you will receive 1 US credit at Juniata. For example, if a class is listed as 3 ECTS credits, it will come back to Juniata as 1.5 credits. This means you will take more classes at Lille than you normally would at Juniata. This might sound overwhelming, but many classes don't last the entire semester and it's common to only meet for your class once a week for a couple hours. So even if you take twice as many classes at Lille than at Juniata, you'll actually be in class for about the same amount of time or even less. Students must maintain 12 US credits per semester so this means the minimum ECTS credits students should take is 24. The normal workload for European students is 30 ECTS credits/semester.

The grading scale is 0-20. Grades are evaluated as follows:

Lille Grade Meaning US Grade
Exceptional A
Excellent A
Very Good A

A- (13-13.9)

B+ (12-12.9)


B (11-11.9)

B- (10-10.9)

Just sufficient

C+ (9-9.9)

C- (8-8.9)

Below 8
Fail F


- Elena Woiciechowska, studied in Lille Academic Year 2011-2012

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