France, Lille

Science Po Lille (Institute for Political Studies of Lille)


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Sciences Po Lille was created in 1991 and is one of the nine French Institutes for Political Studies.

These public institutions belong to the Elite Graduate school category as students are selected through competitive exams.It is educating France’s political and diplomatic elite, but its academic focus spans not only the political and economic sciences, but also law, communications, finance, business, urban policy, management, and journalism. Today, Sciences Po Lille welcomes more than 1500 students in its Diploma course. It has 130 international agreements (Erasmus and bilateral) in 30 countries. Every year, Science Po Lille welcomes 200 international exchange students. Click here to watch a protional video on Sciences Po Lille.

The Country

France is the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. It is a unitary semi- presidential republic with its capital in Paris. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world with over 75 million visitors annually. It has both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The landscape is diverse, with mountains in the east and south, including the Alpine peak of Mont Blanc which is Western Europe’s highest point. Due to favorable conditions for grape growing in the south, France is the world’s largest wine producer. Also, the country’s wines are rated among the best in the world.

The City

Lille is a city in the North of France. It is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth-largest
metropolitan area in France after those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Lille is situated in French Flanders, on the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium. It is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the prefecture of the Nord department.The city of Lille had a population of 226,827 as recorded by the 2009 census. However, Lille Métropole, which also includes Roubaix, Tourcoing and numerous suburban communities, had a population of 1,091,438.

Student life

Over the years, the number of organizations has increased while adapting to the new preoccupations of the students. Thus Sciences Po Lille counts sports, political, arts or environmental organizations. The BDI is the student organization which takes care of the arrival and the integration of international students in Lille. It promotes an international atmosphere and organizes international parties, dinners, mentorship programs between French and International students, or daytrips to cultural locations.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at SPL

Health Insurance


345 EUR


287 EUR



28 EUR

27 EUR


177 EUR

244 EUR





16 EUR

52 EUR


*per month


Sciences Po Lille cannot provide housing for the incoming international students because it has no campus, but it can offer some landlords’ contacts. Students can also have the help of the BDI that can provide very useful advice on the best areas, the various “housing agencies” and the websites to look at. This does not raise particular difficulties, because Lille is a city with a large student population where it is easy to find accommodation, rooms, apartments or houses to share.

Travel opportunities

France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for over twenty years. It has beautiful beaches, high mountains, finest historic monuments, magnificent castles and many more. Lille benefits from its attractive location close to Paris, Brussels, London and Amsterdam. Paris, the capital and most populous city of France, is just an hour away from Lille by train. It is situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, at the heart of the Île-de-France region.Also, Palace of Versailles is located just 20 km away from the capital. Trains are a great way to get around in France. You can get pretty much from anywhere to anywhere else by train. For interregional trains you can book tickets online at