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Situated in French Flanders, near France’s border with Belgium, Lille is the fifth-largest city in France. Lille is connected to the Brussels-Paris-London TGV network. The journey to Brussels takes little more than 30 minutes, to Paris about an hour, and to London about an hour and 25 minutes.

Lille is an attractive city with its old and young architectural treasures reflecting the Flemish, Burgundian and Spanish styles. You may admire the Flemish influence including the use of brown and red brick and the magnificent façades along the streets, which give each neighbourhood its own special identity. Some of the places worth visiting are le Vieux Lille (Old city), la grand’ Place (Main square), the Town Hall and the belfry, the Citadel and the Fine Arts Museum.
On the first weekend in September every year Lille hosts La grande braderie. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages and it is the largest flea market in Europe drawing between two and three million visitors into the city. Do not miss it!
IUT A of Lille (institut universitaire de technologie) established in 1966, is an undergraduate college of applied sciences of the University of Lille, which offers training courses for a 2-year vocational degree: DUT (diplôme universitaire de technologie).  For 50 years, IUT A has turned out more than 30,000 graduates and it has kept abreast of scientific and technological advances. This original vocational training has proved to be successful over all these years. Its permanent aim is to make young people efficient and adaptable.

IUT A – Lille consists of:

7 departments:

  • Chemistry (Chimie)
  • Biological engineering (Génie biologique)
  • Electronics and automatic control engineering (GEII)
  • Mechanical and production engineering (GMP)
  • Business studies (GEA)
  • Computer science (Informatique)
  • Physics and applied sciences (Mesures physiques)

16 vocational bachelor’s degrees (3 years – 6 semesters) and a continuing education division.

The courses consist in lectures, seminars or tutorials (TD), laboratory sessions (TP), for a weekly workload of about 50 hours (35 hours/class contact) per student. Besides, tutored projects enable students to run some work of their own on a specific subject. At the end of the second year, students have to complete an industrial placement of at least 10 weeks. The curriculum is clearly defined in a national syllabus (in French) approved by the Ministry of Education.