European School of Political and Social Sciences (Espol)

Lille, France
ESPOL, the European School of Political and Social Sciences, is a department of the Faculty of Law within the Catholic University of Lille.



The Catholic University of Lille was founded in 1875.


It provides interdisciplinary training in English and French specifically targeted for preparing students for political and European careers. ESPOL has been recently created and the Bachelor 1 level program in Political Science has been activated in 2012.

ESPOL offers a 3-years BA program in Politics and European studies. In September 2015, 2 MA programs will be launched (one in evaluation of public policies and one in agricultural policies).

More specifically, ESPOL offers abachelor's degree in political science which combines multidisciplinary teaching with advanced methodological skills. ESPOL offers a multilingual program where around 50% of courses are taught in English.


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 (led by Catherine Hoeffler)
  • Research strand 2 : Quality of Democracy (led by Sébastien Caré)


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)

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Student services

The Service Accueil, Information, Orientation (SAIO, welcome, information and guidance service) gives you the opportunity to consult numerous documentary sources about higher education courses and careers. For example, every year the SAIO publishes a catalogue of the 140 study programmes available at the Catholic University of Lille.

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

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