• Coordinating institution of the BioRefConsortium
  • Laureate 2017 of I-SITE label
  • Univ-Lille website


72 000 students
6700 employees
66 laboratories
An important choice of disciplines
7 research facilities of excellence (EQUIPEX)
5 laboratories of excellence (LABEX).


The University of Lille is a multi-disciplinary university of Excellency based in the north of Europe.  The University can count on an exceptional cultural and scientific patrimony inscribed in the Hauts de France region.

The University of Lille is one of the main actor in the region in terms of formation, research and innovation.

Over the past years, the University of Lille has increasingly placed its international outlook at the heart of its administration, academic programmes and research. As the laureate in 2017 of a vast national program to fund academic excellence (I-SITE), the University of Lille is committed to organizing its international programmes around selected research strands, international student recruitment methods and high-quality international partnerships.


The University of Lille houses 66 laboratories and research units covering all fields of study. The quality of its research has been widely recognized on the national level through the awarding of prestigious labels and funding: an I-SITE project, seven research facilities of excellence (EQUIPEX) and five laboratories of excellence (LABEX).

The university’s many research groups, networks and facilities contribute to effective multidisciplinary research, as well as to its valorisation via socio economic partnerships. These projects include an integrated cancer research site (SiricOncolille), an institute for energy transition (ITE) and a technology transfer group (SATT). The university belongs to a network including five technology parks and seven competitiveness clusters, which allows businesses and laboratories to collaborate on innovation in cutting-edge sectors.

The University of Lille has high-level research facilities covering a wide range of fields, information and technology sciences and health sciences (molecular and cellular imaging, biotherapy, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, promotion of clinical knowledge development, medical imaging and visual sciences and cultures).

Research is also supported by joint research services, in physico-chemistry centre for analysis, the department of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and the department of mass spectrometry and of cytometry and cell sorting.


The university’s international ambition is put into practice through institutional networks and agreements, particularly within the European Universities Association(EUA), Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF),Institut des Amériques, the French-Dutch Network andCampus France, an organization established by the French government to promote French higher education abroad. It is also a member of several international student exchange programmes: the International Student ExchangePrograms (around 60 different countries), the France-Quebec Inter university Cooperation Office, the Erasmus +programme. It also collaborates with institutions in other countries through numerous bilateral agreements. It has also established structured partnerships with several consortia of universities.


ULille has 1,400 PhD students yearly working with the 44 research laboratories on campus, two-thirds of which are supported by the State CNRS. Areas of excellence include Electronics; Engineering and Computer Science, Materials, Bio production, Optics and Chemistry. City, Space and Society are mainly handled by economists. Research at ULille is supported by a Regional and the National Committee (French Ministry of research and the CNRS) and also by European Research Development projects. Some laboratories develop a European strategy by creating “joint European laboratories”.