Villanova in Lille, France

Villanova University and Université Catholique de Lille

UCL building

Founded in 1875, Université Catholique de Lille (la Catho) is a private university in France with over 25,000 students. The university is situated at the centre of the Vauban district, a residential neighbourhood in the heart of the city made up of cosmopolitan markets, stylish shops and beautiful gardens. On campus, students have access to shops, cafés, and restaurants which are very convenient for daily life.  The major tourist attractions (Vieux-Lille, Grand Place) are just a 15-minute walk away from campus.

Lille is an attractive and vibrant city with an overall student population of more than 100,000, nearly half the city population in a region with over 2 million inhabitants. The city is recognized as one of France’s most dynamic towns with a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities including fine museums, concert halls, and theaters. Famous throughout France and Europe for its warm and friendly atmosphere, the city is alive with cafés, clubs and restaurants.

Its location "at the crossroads of Europe" has made Lille a strategic location in the past as well as a vital city in Modern France. Its history is full of important events, from the different invasions to its role in WW2, which makes it an interesting city to explore. Wandering along its cobbled streets, students will walk past wonderful buildings and old monuments that tell its history. All of these factors make Lille an excellent city to spend a semester or year abroad!

Academic Program

Villanova students who spend a semester in Lille will complete a total of 15 VU credits in France.  All students will participate in a required course Intercultural Communication course, a required language course and then choose from a selection of additional recommended course clusters, taught in French. 

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In order to guarantee a successful, fully immersive experience for Villanova students spending a semester to a year at la Catho, the program offers one course, required for all students in the program, whose explicit purpose is to help them better understand, and reflect upon, their new living environment. Students will receive a Villanova letter grade for this course, which will impact the VU GPA.

The three-credit Villanova course, taught entirely in French, consists of the following components and requirements:

  • a weekly seminar on intercultural communication, whose content will build upon, and prepare students for, the other components of the course
  • Five interdisciplinary cultural seminars on Lille and the North of France organized thematically (introduction to Lille’s history and its cityscape, Lille and the textile industry, coal mining in the North of France, gastronomy, and art and culture)
  • Five cultural excursions directly connected to each seminar (respectively : a guided tour of Lille’s center city, Vieux Lille, and Euralille; a visit of Roubaix and the Piscine de Roubaix; a visit of the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde; and a visit of the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille)
  • A weekly, 1-hour conversation with a French student
  • Participation in a regular activity involving the Lille community. The range of activities can be very broad, including sports clubs, volunteering projects, weekly cooking lessons, danse lessons, book clubs, theatre groups, etc)
  • One student-organized trip to a French city other than Lille or Paris. Each student will provide a detailed itinirary to the instructor, who will help the student refine it before validating it. In order to make the trip a culturally worthy experience, students will not be permitted to travel with other native English speakers, and they will preferably travel with a French person of their acquaintance, with whom they will solely speak French.

Seminar on Intercultural Communication


Working Across Cultures: An Introduction to Elements of Intercultural Communication

The intercultural communication module is designed to allow the students to put in place an individual intercultural development plan based on their individual IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) profile. The objective of this plan is to allow the students to reflect on how best to use their time in France and the activities proposed by the program to develop their intercultural communication competence. A second IDI at the end of the program when the students have returned to the USA will allow all the participants (the students, faculty and administrators) to evaluate how successful the program has been in increasing the intercultural sensitivity of the participants.

The first IDI will be conducted via email before the students arrive in France. This will be followed up by an individual debrief during the pre-rentrée intensive French session where students will be invited to devise their individual intercultural development plan.

Classes will be designed based on the idea that the best way to help students develop intercultural sensitivity and competence is by helping them to reflect on their experiences as they occur. This means having a “just in time” rather than a “just in case” approach.

Students will be invited to use the techniques of ethnography and reflexivity to understand and analyze their experience. An adaptation of the PEER model will be proposed to the students as a framework to use in their interactions with others, especially for the preparation of their weekend trip. The PEER model involves students Preparing, Engaging, Evaluating and Reflecting on their interactions with cultural others.

Below are comments and links to the 5 interdisciplinary cultural seminars and excursions on Lille and the North of France. 

Seminar #1 Art & culture in Lille 

This seminar includes:

. a guided tour of Lille City Center, Vieux Lille, Euralille
. a Visit of the Palais des Beaux-Arts

http://www.lilletourism.com/info-1-0-429-gb.html
http://www.lilletourism.com/monuments_museums_in_lille-1-0-51-gb.html
http://www.lilletourism.com/gardens_in_lille-1-0-53-gb.html
http://www.lilletourism.com/history_of_lille-1-0-83-gb.html

Link to Palais des Beaux-Arts :
http://www.pba-lille.fr/spip.php?article168

Seminar #2 History of Lille and the North

This seminar includes :
. A course on the History of Lille and the North and the connection with First World War.
. A visit of Tyne Cot Cemetery, the biggest British cemetery on the European Continent
. A visit of Ypres in Belgium and In Flanders Fields Museum (history of First World War in Flanders)
. A dinner at restaurant Makt 22 on Ypres Grand’Place
. The “Last Post” Military Ceremony at night  

Seminar #3 The industrial revolution + visit of the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde

This seminar includes :

. A presentation of the industrial revolution in the North of France
. A visit of the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde (coal Mine)
. A debate on the video of Germinal, a film inspired from Emile Zola’s novel 

Seminar #4 Les Châteaux de l’Industrie : how former factories were turned into fashion centers and art museums

This seminar includes :

. a course of this topic
. a visit of La Piscine de Roubaix : a former swimming pool turned into an art museum

Seminar #5 The French Gastronomy

This seminar includes

. a course at ISA Engineer school
. a visit of our sensorial analysis laboratory
. a tasting session of sweet and savory products
. a visit of our student brewery
. a dinner in a French restaurant in Lille city center 

Campus library

FALL SEMESTER
The fall semester begins with an intensive French Pre-course to prepare students for academic university programs, with content material of generalities and specificities of French culture.

Program : 4 hours of class each morning, plus 18.5 hours of conversation during the session plus 1 or 2 hours of personal study per day for ideal optimization.

In addition to the Intensive French pre-session, students are required to enroll in the following French language cluster during the semester:

E3-7       French for International Students (3 ECTS)
E3           Business French (3 ECTS)


SPRING SEMESTER
The intensive French Pre-course isn’t included in the SPRING semester program. Students are required to enroll in the following French language cluster:
E3-7       French for International Students (3 ECTS)
LCE1      French Literature for non-specialists (3 ECTS)

Additional Coursework

Beyond the required Villanova and language courses, students will enroll additional courses taught at La Catho both with other international students and with French students. La Catho has a different credit structure than Villanova and most La Catho classes are roughly equivalent to a half VU class. The general guide suggests that 5-7 ECTS is equivalent to 3 VU credits. To allow VU students to recieve a full courseload, La Catho has created suggested class 'clusters' that add up to a total of 3 VU credits. This means that VU students may enroll in up to six additional classes while studying at La Catho. To receive full credit, VU students must pass each course in the cluster with a "C" or better. All course clusters will be awarded transfer credit. 

Translation Cluster (recommended) FRE 1138 - 3 VU Credits
E3           Translation into French for international students (3 ECTS)
LCE2      Intermediate translation into English (3 ECTS)

French Civilization Cluster - (FLSH Faculty) VU Course FRE 2143
E3/2a  French Institutions (3 ECTS)
E3 The Francophone World (3 ECTS)

French Literature Cluster - (FLSH Faculty) VU Course FRE 3412
LM1/1a  French Literature (4 ECTS)
LCE1/3a  Creative Writing in French (3 ECTS)

Fine Arts Cluster (FLSH Faculty) 
AS1/2a Film Criticism (2 ECTS)
AS1/1d  Aesthetics of Static Art (3 ECTS)

History Cluster - (FLSH Faculty) Taught in English - will not fulfill CLAS History Core
LCE3/17b British Social and Policy History 1945 – 1990 (3 ECTS)
LCE3/17a US Domestic Policy since 1945 (3 ECTS) OR LCE2 British History from the origins to the end of the Middle Ages (3 ECTS)

Political Science Cluster (FLSH Faculty) 
LEA1/3c European Institutions (2 ECTS)
MCP1/1b International Issues (4 ECTS)

Theology Cluster (Theology Faculty) 
Introduction au nouveau testament (3 ECTS)
Introduction au mystère chrétien (3 ECTS)

Political Science Cluster - (FLD/ESPOL Faculty) Taught in English
History of European integration
Philosophy of law            
History, Geography and Globalization

Political Science Cluster - (FLD/ESPOL Faculty) Taught in English
Comparative law
Global Governance                                      
European local government systems  

Law Cluster - (FLD Faculty) Taught in English or French
Theory of the State                      
Economics of Globalization        

Law Cluster - (FLD Faculty) Taught in English or French
Public Policy    
Public International Law    

Political Science Courses - (FLD/ESPOL Faculty) Taught in French
Introduction à la science politique - 3 ects
Droit constitutionnel comparé  - 3 ects
Théories de la démocratie - 2 ects
Politique comparée : théories et méthodes - 2 ects
Enjeux juridiques et politiques de l'environnement - 2 ects

Economics Cluster (FLSEG Faculty) 
International economics Taught in English (L2 INTER ECO) (4 ECTS)
La monnaie (taught in French) (L2 INTER ECO) (4 ECTS)  OR Introduction to Organizational Behaviour (L1 CFA) (2 ECTS)

Translation Cluster (recommended) FRE 1138 - 3 VU Credits
E3           Translation into French for international students (3 ECTS)
LCE2      Intermediate translation into English (3 ECTS)

Additional clusters listed by department. All classes are taught in French unless marked with '*' 


ECTS credits

Hours

Arts & Humanities Faculty-FLSH

 

 

French Civilization

 

 

 

E3           History of France for International Students

3

1h30/w

 

E3           Geography of France for International
                Students

3

1h30/w

 

LM1        19th Century History of France

3

1h30/w

 

 

 

The Arts

 

 

 

AS1            History of Modern Art (1905-1930) 

3

2h/week

 

AS2           20th Century Artistic Movements   

3

1h30/week

 

 

French Language

 

 

 

E3           Public Speaking in French

2

1h/w

 

LM1        Rhetoric and Stylistics                  

3

1h/w

 

LEA1      Techniques of Expression          

2

1h/w

 

 

 

Cinema

 

E3           Introduction to French Cinema* 

3

1h30/w

 

LCE3       Reading Pictures : The Moving Image*

                (Adapting works of English Literature for the screen)

3

1h30/w

 

 

 

AS1        History of Modern Cinema

3

1h30/w

 

AS3       Theory of Cinema

2

1h00/w

 

 

 

Literature

 

LCE3      The American Short Story*

3

1h30/w

 

LCE3      The British Short Story*

3

1h30/w

 

LCE3      Tales of the American South*

3

1h30/w

 

 

 

 

 

Political Science

 

 

 

H4 RI     Strategic Intelligence

3

2 h/w

 

H3          Contemporary European Problems

3

2 h/w

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economics/Finance Faculty-FLSEG

NOTE : it is important that a cluster consist of courses bearing the same code (e.g. : a L1 Eco course can only match another L1 Eco course)

The 2 clusters below cannot be combined

 

 (L1 Eco) Microéconomie

4

24h + 12h/semester

 

(L1 Eco) Entreprise et vie économique

2

18h/sem

 

or

 

(L1 Eco) Monnaie Banque Finance

4

18h/sem

 

(L1 Eco) Entreprise et vie économique

2

18h/sem

 

 or

 

(L1 Inter Eco) Money Banking and Finance*

2

9h + 9h/sem

 

(L1 Inter Eco) Introduction to human resources*

2

18/sem

 

(L1 Inter Eco) Géographie de la mondialisation

2

18/sem

 

 or

 

(L3 Eco) Décision d'investissement

2

18h/sem

 

(L3 Eco) Analyse des marchés financiers

3

27h/sem

 

 or

(L2 Gestion) Marketing 2 (Marketing Clients)

2

18h + 9h/sem

 

(L2 Gestion) International Economics*

4

18h + 18h/sem

 

 

 

 

The 2 clusters below cannot be combined

 

(L2 Eco)

Macroéconomie + Conjoncture macroéconomique

 

4

 

18h+18h/sem

 

(L2 Eco) Initiation aux calculs financiers

2

9h+9h/sem

 

or

 

(L2 Gestion) Initiation aux calculs financiers

2

9h + 9h/sem

 

(L2 Gestion) Jeu d’entreprise

4

18h + 9h/sem

 

 

 

(L3 Eco ) Conjoncture économique et finance internationale       

 

2

 

18h/sem

 

(L3 Eco) Analyse de la croissance économique

4

 

24h + 12h/sem

 

 

 

Faculty of Theology-FT

 

 

 

 

L’art du XXe siècle et spiritualité           

3

2h/w

 

Introduction à l’Ancien Testament       

3

2h/w

 

 

 

(1314-FT-L1S2-90-19)Religions traditionnelles africaines : un autre regard sur le religieux

 

3

2h/w

 

(1314-FT-L1S2-90-15)Histoire du christianisme 2 : L’Église catholique et le conflit israélo-palestinien

 

3

 

2h/w

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty of Law-FLD

 

 

 

(L1) Relations Internationales (lecture)           

3

24h/sem

 

(L1) Relations Internationales (tutorial)          

3

12h/sem

 

 

 

Political Science-ESPOL

 

 

 

Partis politiques et systèmes partisans en Europe  

2

16h/sem

 

Origines intellectuelles de la construction européenne  

3

24h/sem

 

Political sociology*

3

24h/sem

 

Introduction to sociology*

3

24h/sem

 

 

 

 

Political sociology of the economy*   

3

24h/sem

 

Migrations & Immigrations in Europe*

2

16h/sem

 

 

 

 

Introduction to the Law and Institutions of the EU*

3

24h/sem

 

Public opinion and attitudes toward the EU*

2

16h/sem

Other Courses at La Catho

Beyond the suggested clusters above, students may create their own course clusters from the class offerings found at La Catho. Students will be responsible for getting these course clusters approved by the appropriate VU department. The different academic departments at La Catho can be found on the University website and through the course catalog search function.

In addition, the UCL website offers a general overview of the individual departments/faculties and students can use this information to find additional course information. 

In particular, many interesting classes are taught in the FLSH department/faculty. All courses with an E3 code are taught in French and are recommended for international students.

Living in Lille

dorm life
Sample kitchen space in Lille dorm

Housing

All Villanova students will be housed in individual rooms in one of four co-ed on campus residences. In order to make each and every student’s immersion as complete as possible, no more than one Villanova student will be housed on each residence floor. Each room comes with a sink, a desk, and a fridge. Dorms offer shared bathrooms on every floor.

A light breakfast including a drink, French bread, butter and jam is served at no additional charge every morning from 7am to 9am. Washer and dryer in every dorm. Each dorm will also have a student lounge, study room, computer room, and shared kitchen open 24 hours a day. Students are responsible for their own dishes, which they bring back to their room after each meal. WiFi is available in every dorm. Each floor has its own RA (or rather RE : Responsable d’Étage). Access to dorms is secured by key or pass.

More information about living in Lille can be found in the Lille guide for International Students: Passeport pour Lille

Sports

Students can take advantage of the gyms on campus and participate in group exercise classes. There are also a wide variety of sporting clubs on campus for social engagement.

Transportation

Each month, students will purchase a public transportation pass that gives them access to Lille’s comprehensive bus, subway, and tram system.  Once in Lille, students may also enroll in the V’lille bicycle sharing program for a yearly cost of 24.00 €. Details on the bike sharing program can be found in French on the program website.


Calendar 2014 - 2015

Tentative dates - Fall 2014 semester
Do not book flights based on these dates

Event Date
Application due to OIS Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Departure from US Sunday, August 24, 2014
Arrival in France Monday, August 25, 2014
Program ends/Departure from Lille Saturday, December 20, 2014


Tentative dates - Spring 2015 semester
Do not book flights based on these dates

Event Date
Confirmation of intent to apply (for visa letters) Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Application due to OIS Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Departure from US
For students who have chosen Economics faculty classes
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Arrival in France
For students who have chosen Economics faculty classes
Friday, January 2, 2015
Departure from US - all other students Sunday, January 4, 2015
Arrival in France - all other students  Monday, January 4, 2015
VU Program starts Wednesday, January 6, 2015
Program ends/Departure from Lille Saturday, May 30, 2015


Apply Now!

* Student Application Form Lille 14-15.doc
Due to the Office of International Studies by April 15 for the fall 2014 semester
* Villanova in Lille - Language Assessment Form.pdf
Please give language assessment form to your most recent French professor. The professor will return the form to you in a sealed envelop and you will submit to the OIS with the rest of your application.

Estimated Costs for a Semester in Lille


Where in the world is Lille? 

Lille at the crossroads of Europe

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Follow Esther Lin's adventures studying in France during the spring 2014 semester!

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French Visa

All non-EU passport holders will be required to obtain a French student visa prior to their semester in Lille. Information on the visa application process will be outlined after students have been accepted to the program.  Students can learn more about the French student visa process by visiting Campus France.

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