International Student Services

Coming to live and study in a foreign country can be a confusing and complicated process, so ISA Lille’s International Relations Office provides many helpful services for our incoming international students. We are available to assist you with administrative procedures before you arrive, during your stay and even after your graduation.

Here is some basic information about our available services. Please check our FAQ then contact us if you have any other questions.

Visa Procedures

Once admitted, ISA Lille will assist you as much as possible in obtaining your student visa. Non-European students are required to have a student visa. This process will be managed by the French diplomatic office nearest you. Find and contact your Campus France office to learn more about the process.

Once you have arrived in France, there are administrative procedures for validating your visa, allowing you to stay in France and travel in the Schengen Area. These procedures are done with the regional administrative office, the Prefecture. Learn more about this process on the Prefecture website.

Housing Options

We recommend that students book a room in a Lille Catholic University Residence Hall. These residences are managed by the Association d’Entraide Universitaire (AEU) and are the most convenient way for our students to find housing in Lille. Get more information on AEU’s website or contact the AEU directly:

A.E.U. (Association d’Entraide Universitaire)
47 Bd Vauban (2nd floor) – 59800 Lille
Tel: +33 (0)3 20 15 97 78 – Fax: +33 (0)3 20 28 52 42 80

Students may also rent housing from a private owner, but we advise students to use caution when renting from individuals. Never send money to an individual before visiting the lodging and signing a lease.

Dining Options

Students may use the student lounge, equipped with microwaves, as a dining area during their lunch breaks. In addition, a university cafeteria is located across the street from ISA and is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays. You can eat there with your AEU student services card or Crous tickets (€ 3.05/meal). Learn more.

There are also many sandwiches shops and fast food places in the neighborhood accommodating diverse dietary restrictions.

Most of the university residences have a shared kitchen, so you are free to prepare your own meals.


Health Insurance

European Union Students: Bring your European health insurance card or the health insurance certificate provided by the authorities in your home country.

Non-European Union Students:

If you are under 28 and you’re staying in France for more than 4 months, you are required by law to register with the national health insurance (Sécurité Sociale), even if you have private insurance. The annual premium is paid once for the entire academic year (October 1 to September 30 the following year), even if you stay for only one semester. The cost in 2017-2018 is 217 € and must be paid to ISA Lille as soon as you arrive. The French national health insurance refunds about 70 % of most medical expenses. On your arrival, the ISA International Relations Office will help you to fill in the appropriate forms.

It is optional but recommended to get a complementary insurance to obtain better refunds. This insurance is different from the affiliation to the “Sécurité Sociale”. Most students from Lille Catholic University get coverage with SMENO, the regional student health insurance provider. The costs vary depending on the insurance option chosen (from 70 Euros/academic year). Learn more on SMENO’s website.

If you are over 28 years: You will have to follow a different procedure, which we will help you complete upon your arrival. In the meantime, we suggest you buy a private health insurance to cover potential medical expenses during first few months of your arrival.

Personal Liability Insurance

According to French law, students will be required to purchase personal liability insurance. ISA Lille also highly encourages our students to purchase additional insurance covering loss of personal documents and repatriation. Such an insurance policy can be purchased in your home country or once you arrive in France.