Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, you may apply even if you have not completed your Bachelor degree yet, but you must be you your final year. If you meet the other admissions requirements, you will be accepted with the condition that you earn your Bachelor degree before starting at ISA. You will be required to send your diploma or other proof of the successful completion of your Bachelor degree as soon as possible and before you can be fully enrolled. Learn more about admissions requirements and the application procedure.

Applicants will not be admitted without the required background in life sciences. However, if you have taken courses in life sciences, but did not earn a degree in the field, you may qualify for admission. If you think you have the required scientific knowledge, you are encouraged to apply. Please note, however, that even for the Agricultural Economics & Marketing department, a solid background in life sciences is essential.

Degree-seeking students may find the detailed application procedure on our Admissions page.

Exchange students must first be nominated by their home university. You can find more information on our Exchange Students page.

We communicate frequently with applicants throughout the process and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions at all.

There is no fee for international students to apply to study at ISA Lille.

Learn more about the application procedure on our Admissions page.

No, there is no specific format to use. For organizational purposes, please limit your motivation letters and CV to maximum 2 pages.

The online scientific test is a multiple-choice questionnaire intended to evaluate your level of knowledge. It includes basic questions of varying difficulty about microbiology, chemistry/biochemistry, calculation/logic, physics, and biology.

Letters of admission are sent to students who successfully go through all the steps of our application procedure.

Learn more on our Admissions page.

Although you may have the prerequisite educational background, our Master of Science and Engineering programs are comprehensive 2-year programs built on teamwork, ongoing projects and integrated professional experience, thus we do not accept admissions directly into the second year.

In addition, our accrediting organization, CTI, requires that students be present at ISA Lille for a minimum 3 semesters of their studies, making it impossible to meet this requirement if you enter in the second year of the Master program.

Financing Your Studies

ISA Lille students have access to several financial aid options. These range from government grants, academic excellence scholarships, and housing allowances. You can find more information on our Program Costs and Financial Aid page.

All students holding a student visa are permitted by law to work up to 20 hours a week.

If your internships last more than two months and are done in France, French law requires they be paid a minimum salary of 550€ per month. If they are done in other countries, it depends on each country’s labor law.

If you do an unpaid internship outside of France, you may be eligible for an international mobility grant. Contact us for more information.

Student Services

There are many students residences around the Lille Catholic University campus. You can find more information about housing on our Student Services page, and at the Lille Catholic University's housing association website.

Our international relations office works closely with Melt’ISA, the student association in charge of international student integration, in order to help incoming international students before, during and after their arrival in France. The international office helps with the visa process, booking housing and all the administrative procedures. Melt’ISA welcomes international students with a Buddy program, general advice about student life, language and cultural exchanges, and social events. International students will also have an academic advisor to help choose their courses, define their career objectives and adjust to the French way of learning.

Learn more at our Student Services and Student Associations pages.


French is not required for admission to English-taught programs at ISA Lille. However, speaking French will make life in Lille more fun. To help students improve their French level, ISA provides French as a Foreign Language classes as an integral part of the curriculum.

To take classes in French, a student must have B1 level at the time of admission.

Learn more about our language requirements on our Admissions page.

We have classes in both languages. Undergraduate level classes are in French only. Our graduate level programs are taught in French or English. We offer complete programs entirely in French or in English, or a mix of both languages according to students’ capabilities.

Learn more about our course offer on our Academics page.

For countries where English is an official language or the language of instruction, a certificate of the University can be taken into account to start the application. However, if the selection committee considers that the level of English is too low, then an official test in English can be requested for the final admissions decision.

Career Possibilities

ISA Lille alumni work in companies, research centers and government agencies around the world. They work as managers and consultants in many diverse fields: sales, communication, auditing, industrial production, quality control, research and development, logistics, supply chains, purchasing, finance, human resources, education, and farming.

Some examples:

  • Project manager /polluted sites management department at RAMERY, France

  • Quality Specialist at Nestlé, Germany

  • Vinasse Project consultant at SAF Viet Joint Venture LTD (LESAFFRE), Viet Nam

  • PhD in Ecotoxicology at CNRS : National French Center for Research, France

  • PhD, Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering at University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic

  • Research and development engineer at CEBEDEAU, Belgium

  • Process Technologist at Buhler AG, Switzerland

  • Environmental Advisor at County Authority of Møre and Romsdal, Norway

  • Assistant Manager, Technical cell (Manufacturing), Roquette Riddhi Siddhi Pvt. Ltd., India

  • Project Manager – Life Cycle Assessment at CYCLECO, France

  • Studies on Remediation of an Hg mine waste at the United States Department of Agriculture, USA

  • Technical Support Specialist at Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate, Belgium

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