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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 charged with study and research of contemporary politics, though students take a range of classes across the social sciences. The College of William & Mary’s exchange program with Lille is ideal for French majors or minors with an interest in the social sciences and politics, or for social science majors with intermediate or better French language skills. Classes are offered in economics, international relations, French political life, sociology, political anthropology, and more.  W&M students may choose from the full university curriculum and courses are offered in a variety of languages, including English.

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 in Lille.  W&M students pay housing, meals 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:
At least 2 years college-level French or equivalent

Course Information:
Students may choose from the full university curriculum which focuses primarily on the social sciences.  Courses are offered in English, French, German, and Spanish, and a variety of formats, including semester-long classes 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:
Exchange: W&M tuition and all fees paid to W&M.
Assisted Enrollment: Tuition paid directly to Sciences Po Lille.

Housing and Meals:
As Sciences Po Lille does not have a campus there is no university housing. Students are responsible for finding their own accomodation and will pay the landloard directly. The International Office and International Student Organization can proivide guidance and a list of landlords. Prices vary depending on accomodation. 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, $200 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.