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University of Lille

The University of Lille: the French university for North-West Europe! A dynamic institution connected with some of the world’s highest-ranking foreign universities, the University of Lille attracts many students. They benefit from excellent studying conditions on huge campuses. 

PhD Programmes



The University of Lille, a multidisciplinary university of excellence at the heart of Northern Europe, boasts an outstanding cultural and scientific heritage that is etched into the Hauts-de-France Region’s history.


In close collaboration with its partners and networks, the University of Lille designs and implements innovative programmes in research, training and knowledge transfer, always with the aim of responding to the major challenges of our society. By merging Lille's three universities, it has empowered itself to achieve its ambition of accessing major funding programmes (I-SITE University of Lille Nord-Europe, opération campus, etc.).


The University of Lille’s excellence in research is recognised through the projects of the investissements d’avenir programme (PIA). These projects are allocated significant resources in the long term in order to build an integrated policy of research, training and value creation.

Laboratories of excellence
  • Egid, european genomic institute for diabetes
  • Distalz, development of innovative strategies for a transdisciplinary approach to alzheimer’s disease
  • ParaFrap, French parasitology alliance for health care
  • Cappa, chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere
  • Cempi, European centre for mathematics, physics and their interactions 

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
601 -200
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
701 -50
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

Where possible, the international relations office (SRI) can provide rooms in a Crous university residence. Please note, this accommodation is offered by the international relations office. The SRI is unable to meet every request and cannot be held responsible if your request is unsuccessful.

Library services

  • LILLIAD Learning center Innovation
  • The Learning center for health, which aims to link differentiated services and spaces in order to better meet expectations and reflect new practices in education and learning.
  • The Learning center for archaeology - egyptology - humanities and social sciences: a future multimedia center for document resources and knowledge dissemination, scheduled to open in 2022. 

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Lille is located near several major metropolitan areas and European capitals (Paris, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Cologne, Dortmund, etc.). 

Its university campuses are located in 8 towns in the metropolitan area, and even beyond with the Wimereux marine station. Staff and students have access to an extensive public transport network, with all campuses and research sites being located less than 5 minutes from a metro station and less than 30 minutes from each other.

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