9 May 2014

International Economics (Lille Catholic University)

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Why did you choose this degree? Why this university?

I chose to study at Lille Catholic University because it is the largest private University in France. Lille Catholic University offers 160 distinct degrees in several major fields of study because it is a multidisciplinary university with 6 faculties, 20 prestigious vocational colleges in 5 major fields of study. The University has more than 400 partners worldwide, and welcomes more than 2000 international students from 100 different countries every year.

I chose to study at Lille Catholic University because the city is at the center of the Paris-London-Brussels triangle. Lille is also one of the biggest student cities in France with more than 150.000 students. It is a young and lively city with a lot of cultural activities and parties.

I chose this degree because I wanted to study Economics in English and to go one year abroad during my bachelor as an Erasmus/International student. The first two years of my degree are half in English and half in French and you have to study at least another language. Then, if you are good enough to study in another country, the last year could be spent abroad. I love speaking and studying other languages: I speak French obviously, English, Spanish, Chinese and Italian. I live to travel! This Bachelor – International Economics – prepares students for Masters specialized in finance, banking, administration, international management, marketing, communication or higher business and administration schools.

Which were the admission requirements and how did you manage to fulfill them?

In order to register you need a secondary school diploma in humanities, science or economics or one/two years of study in a university (DEUG, DEUST, BTS, DUT, CPGE, 2nd year bachelor). Candidates are selected upon the presentation of their transcripts. There is no test, but only an interview with the teacher in charge of the Bachelor (Mr Van Peteghem).

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How much were the fees?

Application fee: 70€. Degree course: from 2100 to 6100€. Social Security: 207€

How was the study plan structured?

The courses are spread over 6 semesters.

First Year: Introduction on Economic Analysis, Macroeconomics, Introduction to Corporate Law, Applied Mathematics in Economy, Press Review, English, Statistic, Advanced English, Introduction to Business, Recruitment, General Accounting, National Accounting, Microeconomics, Money Banking and Finance, Geography of Globalization, Introduction to Human Resources, Creativity Workshop: Improvisation, one foreign language.

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Second Year: International Economics, Money, Introduction to Anglo-Saxon accounting, Mathematics Applied to Economy, Statistics, English, Advanced English, 1st year Internship, European Economics, Introduction to Intercultural Management, one foreign language, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Introduction to Financial Markets, Independent Project, Conflict Management, Marketing.

Third Year: Risk Theory, Financial Analysis, Introduction to Econometrics, English Public Speaking, 2nd Year Internship, one foreign language, Investment Decisions, Economics and international finance, Negotiation, Independent Project, 3rd Year internship, English, Business Ethics

Could you tell us more about your personal experience at university and whether anything could be improved in your degree course?

It is certainly a very interesting Bachelor! Moreover, students can count on optimal conditions for studying, since they will attend classes of 15 people and have good relations with their teachers. In the faculty, you can do lot of extra-curricular activities. There are also opportunities of working and each year you have to do an internship, which is a really good way to discover new things and break the bubble of the student life.

On the contrary, the only negative aspect I can think of is that it would be great to have more courses in English.

How did you find your accommodation?

University dorms are available on Lille Catholic University Campus. They are managed by the AEU organization. AEU provides 5 main services (catering, housing, health, social issues and sports). But there are also other possibilities of housing in the private sector.


Were you happy with life outside university?

The campus is at the center of the Vauban district, 15-minute walk to the city center and major tourist attractions (Vieux Lille – Grand Place). It is very convenient and from the campus you can access to anything you might need (shops, pubs, restaurants, public garden La Citadelle…).

Lille is one of the biggest student cities in France with more than 150.000 students. That is why it is a young, active and not too expensive city.

It is easy to make new friends because you have lessons with the same people every day and, even though the campus is quite big, everything is concentrated in the same part of the city. However, the easiest way to meet people is to participate in different activities organized by the universities and the faculty. You can, for instance, take part to the organization of such activities joining the different association of students and this is actually what I have done! Indeed, I have been involved in the Association for the International Students where we to set up a project for the students and the university: in particular, my group chose to plan a Road Trip for International and Erasmus students in Lille during a weekend in order to help them to discover Lille.

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