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  • Locations: Lille, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor:
Debi DeBacco (
Program Type:
WM Exchange
Language of Instruction:
English, French
Language Requirements:
Advanced French Language Skills
Host Institution Website:
GPA Requirement:
Host Institution:
Sciences Po Lille (IEP)
Service Component:
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:


Sciences Po Lille (Institut d’Études Politiques, IEP)  is a highly selective institution specializing in political science, humanities and social sciences (such as sociology, history and economics). It is an elite an university in the heart of Europe in northern France. With an enrollment of 1600 french students and over 250 international students from 45 countries  on 5 continents, Sciences Po Lille offers a large variety of courses taught  in English and French. Although Lille is a good choice for French majors, there is no French language requirement. W&M students without a french language background interested in politics,humanities and social science courses in English are welcome to apply. 

Lille, capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, is a city of contrasts. It is home to a city center with buildings dating from the 17th century and outlying areas built up around modern industrialization. In and around Lille there are hundreds of museums, historic sites and buildings, and parks and recreation areas. The Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, the Fine Arts Museum, houses a collection of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics dating from the 15th century. It is considered the second most important art collection in France, following the Louvre. The city has a vibrant nightlife and on  weekends locals meander around Lille’s many markets.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Sciences Po Lille  allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to W&M while taking classes at Lille. Students will pay housing, meals and fees on site in Lille. 

Host Institution:
Sciences Po Lille: L’Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille (IEP)

Fall Semester (September – December)
Spring Semester (January—June)
Academic Year (September—June)

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Academic Year: March 15

W&M student in good standing
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:
French is not required for admittance since courses can be taken in English.  However, at least 1-2 semesters of french is recommended to feel comfortable living in Lille. 

Course Information:
Students may choose from the full university curriculum which focuses primarily on the social sciences.  Courses are taught in English, French, Spanish and German, with semester-long and intensive seminars. 

Academic Credits:
Courses must be pre– or post-approved. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 when a student submits a syllabus to the global Education Office at Reves.
Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.
Most courses are worth either 4 or 5 ECTS.
4 ECTS = 2 W&M credits
5 ECTS = 3 W&M credtis
8 ECTS = 4 W&M credits

Program Fees:  W&M tuition and all fees paid to W&M.

Housing and Meals:
As Sciences Po Lille does not have a campus there is no university housing. Students are responsible for finding their own accommodation and will pay the landlord  directly. The International Office and International Student Organization can provide guidance and a list of landlords. Prices vary depending on accommodation. An range is between 250 EUR to 500 EUR per month which may not include gas/electricity, internet or furniture. There are no meal plans, students will cook or provide their own meals.

Other costs:
A $75 application fee, $300 off-campus fee  and an international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar's Office.
Students are responsible for airfare and visa costs. 
Compulsory Health Insurance which provides access to the French health care system is 220 EUR

Please note: These costs are provided by the host university and are subject to change.

The Reves Center Global Education Advisor is Debi DeBacco (
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.