Political science is a discipline driven by excellence that offers attractive career prospects with a strong international outlook. Living up to this ambition, ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences, offers an interdisciplinary education oriented towards political careers and Europe.


ESPOL's bilingual French-English courses provide an original and innovative platform for teaching political science.The Bachelorís and Masterís degrees give ESPOL graduates the keys to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market: theoretical knowledge and creativity, professionalism and intellectual curiosity, competences and sense of initiative.European, multilingual and in step with its time, ESPOL provides you with the requisite skill set to successfully enter the job market in Europe and beyond!


ESPOL-LAB federates researchers at the Catholic University of Lille from various disciplinary backgrounds and who take politics as a central subject for investigation and analysis.

  • Research strand 1 : Europe within Globalisation
  • Research strand 2 : Quality of Democracy


ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences, provides interdisciplinary training directed towards political and European careers.

The undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes provide ESPOL graduates with the keys for success on an increasingly competitive work market: theoretical knowledge and inventiveness, professionalism and intellectual curiosity, skills and a sense of initiative.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Humanities (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at European School of Political and Social Sciences (Espol)!


Student services

Students can reach our help desk by mail at espol@univ-catholille.fr or by phone at :

+33 3 59 56 79 76

Housing services

The university support service gives students access to 20 university halls of residence (1,200 rooms costing 155-535) near the Lille campus.

Your registration is taken into account as soon as the duly completed reservation form and administration fee of 185 (cheques payable to the AEU) have been received.

Library services

The Vauban University Library is open to students (holders of a student card), researcher/lecturers and administrative staff at the Catholic University of Lille. Members of the general public must obtain a reader's card by paying an access fee (day access, or subscription for a quarter, semester or year).

ICT services

Every student has access to a Network Digital Library.

There are 6 computer rooms in the basement of the academic buildings at 60, Boulevard Vauban. To access to them, bring your student card bearing your personal identification code and password, which are required to open every session.

Medical services

he university support service is developing general medical consultations, gynaecological examinations, nursing healthcare and psychological support in its healthcare centre (CPSU) at the heart of the campus.

Student Life

Campus life

It is a campus university in the heart of Lille city centre. The Catholic University combines in one visible, mutually supportive, interdisciplinary structure, 6 Faculties, 20 "Ecoles" (specialized schools and vocational training institutes), 30 research centres, a hospital complex with 700 beds and a child guidance centre.

With 25,500 full-time students, Lille Catholic University is France's largest private university with four major fields of study: Law, Economics and Management; Sciences and Engineering; Humanities; Health Sciences and Social Work.

Sports facilities

  • Sports Hall: Fitness, Abdo Butt-ups, Body Sculpturing, Step, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop, Ragga, Zumba, etc. Open Monday to Friday, 7am-9pm, and Saturdays, 7am-1pm.
  • Sports complex covering more than 7 hectares: indoor and outdoor sports. (football, tennis, table tennis, handball, rugby, volleyball, basketball, etc.)
  • Gym: team sports

Student clubs

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.


ESPOL has an accreditation of the French Ministry of Higher Education

ESPOL delivers ECTS among the EU Higher Education policy

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.