Practical info


Certain nationalities don't require visas to enter Metropolitan France and the Schengen Area: nationals of European Economic Area countries, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City, regardless of the duration of stay.

For other nationalities, a visa is required. To apply for a visa, contact the French embassy or consulate of your country of origin directly.

To apply for a student visa, contact the Centers for Studies in France (CEF) at the Campus France offices in the countries where they are located.

Several official sites can provide you with the necessary legal information on how to pursue a higher education in France, the necessary requirements and how to obtain foreign student visas and residence permits:

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Whether by plane, train, car, Lille is one of the most accessible cities in France!

By train

Lille boasts two train stations 400 meters away from each other in the city center, each served by both the subway and tramway.

The metropolitan area is significantly served by national and international train service.

  • Brussels: 38 minutes
  • Paris: 1 hour
  • London: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Amsterdam: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Lyon: 3 hours
  • Strasbourg: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Rennes: 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Marseille: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Bordeaux: 5 hours
  • Montpellier: 5 hours
  • Calais: 30 minutes

By plane

The Lille-Lesquin International Airport is located less than 10 km from downtown Lille.

It serves more than 50 national and international destinations.

A shuttle links the airport to the city center (stop located in front of the Euralille shopping mall). Shuttle duration: 20 minutes.

Lille is also less than one hour by train from two international airports:

By car

Lille is located at the crossroads of 6 major highways:

  • A1 from Paris (220 km)
  • A22/E17 from Gand (75 km) Anvers (125 km) and Amsterdam (290 km)
  • A23 from Valenciennes (53 km)
  • A25 from Dunkirk (80 km), then the A26: Calais (110 km)
  • A27/E42 from Brussels (110 km)


Possessing health coverage is mandatory in France. Certain nationalities can benefit from "social security", a health insurance provided by the French government that covers a part of health and hospitalization costs.

European Union students

If you hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by your country's social security administration (apply before your departure), you are not required to subscribe to the French social security plan for students.

Healthcare costs are refunded by the CPAM (primary health insurance fund).

Non-European Union students

Students from outside the European Union must subscribe to the student social security plan.

The social security coverage consists of two parts:

  • base coverage that covers 70% of healthcare costs
  • supplementary health insurance called Mutuelle, which provides reimbursement up to an additional 25% and sometimes 30%

It is not necessary to subscribe to supplementary health insurance, but it is strongly recommended especially in the event of a hospital stay.

Students who are nationals of a country outside the EEA

If you are under 28 years old, you must subscribe to the student social security plan.

If you are over 28 years old, you can no longer benefit from the student social security plan. You must therefore apply for the basic universal health coverage (CMU) or take out a private insurance policy in France.

Quebecois students

You are not required to subscribe to the French social security plan if you possess form SE 401 Q102 bis.

French government scholarship students

f you are under 28 years old, you automatically benefit from the student social security plan without having to pay a premium. If you are over 28 years old, you can no longer benefit from the student social security plan and must take out a private insurance policy.

Inter-University Department of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion (SIUMPPS)

This Lille 1 University department can help you with all health-related questions: prevention, vaccination, etc.

Supplementary health insurance

The mandatory insurance only reimburses a part of one's health costs. It is strongly recommended that you take out an insurance policy from a private or mutual insurance company in order to receive full reimbursement.

All the information needed to manage your healthcare