The University of Lille Nord de France (French: Université Lille Nord de France) is a French Groups of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) spread over multiple campuses and centered in Lille. It includes a doctoral college and federates universities, engineering schools and research centers. With more than one hundred thousand students, it is one of the five largest university federations in France.


Founded as University of Douai in 1562, the university was renamed Université impériale de Douai-Lille in 1808, then as Université de Lille with faculty expansion in the Lille region from mid-19th century onwards.[1]

  • The roots of the faculties in law and humanities date back from the 16th century;
  • The school of medicine and university hospital expanded rapidly from end-18th century;
  • Research and education in mechanical engineering and chemistry expanded from the early 19th century;
  • The faculty of sciences was set up in 1854 by bringing together different university-grade schools in Lille city centre;
  • Research and education in control sciences and information technologies were set up in 1957;
  • Research in fundamental physics, micro-electronics, molecular engineering and bio-technologies started in the 1980s.

The university expanded into several campus in Lille region at the end of the 20th century and built itself as the Université Lille Nord de France.

Multiple site campus

University of Lille Nord de France is organised over several clusters of campuses:

Doctoral school and research laboratories

139 research labs and institutes are associated to the European Doctoral College Lille Nord-Pas de Calais.

Altogether, the university research labs own an active portfolio of more than 170 invention patent families.[2] (Approximately 411 results found for Univ Lille in the EPO worldwide patent database in mid-2008)

Notable alumni and faculty

Student and researcher mobility

University institutes and research labs promote student and researchers mobility and cooperate in several university networks :