Oliwia BARAN

Head of communication and student life


“ESPOL strongly encourages innovative and vocationally-oriented student initiatives (creating a school newspaper, organisation of round tables on recent political events, training in public speaking, meetings and debates on current topics) by giving students its support to develop their ideas and design their projects.”



The Student Union, known as the “BDE” (French for Bureau des Étudiants), represents students in relation to the school administration. The role of the BDE is also to participate in the life of the school, through various initiatives and activities (parties, lectures, travel and leisure, humanitarian actions and so on).



The MUN delegation is a society set up by ESPOL students with the purpose of representing the school in various MUN sessions organised throughout Europe. The delegation is of course open to all ESPOL students interested in this project!



Created in 2015, the purpose of this society is to integrate foreign students arriving at ESPOL. How? By organising a “buddies system”, introducing students to the region and French culture and helping them out with administrative procedures upon their arrival in France.

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ESPOL’ART (Arts office)

ESPOL’art is the school in charge of artistic activities. It promotes cultural life at the school through activities such as theatre, painting or cinema.

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The “Vox Juvenis” society organises debates and political discussions among students but also with the participation of people active in politics life who talk about their experience and how politics functions today. All in an ideology-free atmosphere.



“Révolte-toi Espol” is a student society which promotes Art of Oratory in association with the “French Federation of Debate”. 30 active members of “Révolte-toi Espol” are organizing exercises and trainings every week in order to prepare the French Cup and the World Cup.

Open to everyone, “Révolte-toi Espol” endorsed the “FFD” motto: “speakers are made, not born”.


The BDS (Sports office)

The ESPOL Sports Office is in charge of sport and physical activity. Various activities are organised regularly, including jogging, football and skating. The BDS ESPOL also works in coordination with other sports offices as well as with the University for the promotion of sport within each institution. “Mens Sana in corpore sano” is the motto of BDS ESPOL.


This society is an advocacy group for children’s rights, officially launching at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Its primary purpose is to reach the widest possible public through advocacy and fundraising. Its initiatives take different forms according to circumstance: lectures, exhibitions, fashion shows and so on. Everyone is free to come and propose an idea. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to join us, or simply lend a hand from time to time.

Contact : Hélène Odier


The European Centre was founded to enhance student life and foster student debate about the question of Europe. Run by an enthusiastic team with a keen interest in the challenges of EU development, the European Centre seeks to be a place of awareness, discussion and sharing. Lectures, poster and article competitions, student debates, meetings with actors of European Union life and events in secondary schools. There’s something for everyone!



In June 2015, ESPOL celebrated its first graduating year. In May 2015 these “future alumni” took the initiative of creating an Alumni Association “Alumni ESPOL”, which they inaugurated at the end of year academic gala. Alumni ESPOL aims to network former ESPOL students and especially to maintain their links with the school. These first ESPOL graduates remain strongly attached to their school and care about its future.

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The Campus

Our campus is situated at the heart of the city of Lille. You will find here all the convenient services necessary to you daily activities, your hobbies and many more.


The Campus has its own University Library, which covers all the study fields of ESPOL, with more than 400,000 books, accessible especially online thanks to our libraries network. For more information :


You need a housing solution for next semester or even during the school year ? The AEU, namely the Student Service Association offers about 15 students residences within the campus, but also out of it, depending on you wish.


To enjoy various and balanced meals every day, our campus proposes 9 different cafeterias (self-campus, fast-food, pasta, sandwiches…) open for lunch and dinner.

General practionners

You will also be able to meet General Practionners, psychologists and gynecologists, still by staying on campus thanks to the CPSU, the Student Health Center. For more information:

Sports associations

Moreover, the AEU offers many sports activities, in group (team sports, classes…) or alone (gym). For more information:

Career Center

You have questions about your career plans? Come visit the Career Center in the main building of the University. They can help you for your job and internship researches, your courses choice and your occupational


Finally, for students who are seeking for a place of spirituality, prayers and meetings, the Chaplaincy of the University (l’Aumônerie de la Catho) offers daily activities every week (mass, adoration, confessions, debates, conferences and meals) within the chaplaincy building. For more information :

Our campus is in the middle of the quartier Vauban. With its 50 hectares of green spaces, it is the greenest district of Lille. The Catholic University is 5 minutes far from the Citadelle park, the Bois de Boulogne (another park) and the Zoo (no entrance fee). We are also 5 minutes far from the Palais Rameau (an historical monument and exhibition place), 10 minutes away from the Fine Arts museam (le Palais des Beaux Arts) and the Opera and 15 minutes away from the TGV train station (Gare Lille Flandres)

To move in and around the city, Lille has a considerable transportation system that will facilitate all your trips, thanks to the 2 subway lines, 2 tramway lines, more than 90 bus lines and more than 5,500 V’Lille (self-service bikes). You will find 3 subway stations around the campus, running on both lines (Cormontaigne, Port de Lille and Gambetta) and several V’Lille stations, not mentioning the many bus stations just in front of the ESPOL building. For more information :

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Visit the campus of the Catholic University of Lille and get to know ESPOL during our Doors Open Days (03/12, 28/01 and 08/03) and Immersion Days (23/11 and 08/03) !

Lille, THE student city by definition

Lille and its 87 municipalities form a cross-border, cosmopolitan and eclectic European city of more than one million inhabitants. At the crossroads of Europe, Lille is located 1 hour from Paris, 40 minutes from Brussels and 90 minutes from London by train.


With more than 100,000 students, Lille is one of the youngest cities in France: 36% of its population is under 25. Morover, one inhabitant out of two of the area around the Catholic University of Lille, The quartier Vauban, is under 25.
As a cultural metropolis, Lille buzzes with artistic activity: Lille Opera, Lille National Orchestra, theatres, the Ballet du Nord and many museums.
Every evening, the city proposes more than 100 different events. In addition, Lille has over 20 theatres!


Lille is only 1 hour far from Paris by TGV, 30 minutes from Brussels and 90 minutes from London. The city’s staunchly international outlook is reflected in the organisation of numerous events with an international scope, such as the World Forum, lille3000, the UEFA Europa League and the really famous Braderie de Lille in September that bring each year around 3 million people from all around the world and that takes it origin in the 12th century!


Listed as a city of Art and History, Lille has preserved many buildings from its past that bear witness to wide-ranging artistic influences from the Middle Ages to 19th-century industrial development. From gothic to classical, Flemish Renaissance and Art Nouveau, its untypical architecture is a delight for the eyes!