The University of Lille is based in the French town of Lille, located to the north of the country near the border with Belgium. The university was formed by a merger of three universities: Lille University of Science and Technology, Lille 2 University of Health and Law, and Charles de Gaulle University – Lille III.
In its new, combined form, the university has become one of the largest in not just France but also the French-speaking world. 67,000 students are currently enrolled, studying degrees across six academic study areas:
- Arts, Literature, and Languages
- Law, Economics, and Management
- Social Sciences
- Science and Technology
As with many western towns and cities, employment in Lille has become more focused on tertiary activities and services over the last 20 years. Graduates from the university will find a thriving jobs market in the fields of commerce and business, but may feel a need to move away after graduation if their desired career is in other areas (i.e. engineering).