Centrale Lille

Whilst maintaining their own personality and autonomy, the five Écoles Centrales: Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris chose to join together in the “Groupe des Écoles Centrales”: this regrouping firstly allows a better visibility of these institutes with regard to other establishments and the economic world.

Top reasons to study here

  • 10 000 engineers within the alumni network
  • 1 Hall of Residence containing 581 apartments
  • 300 degrees awarded per year

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



1854 : Creation of the Ecole Professionnelle

1871 : Birth of the Institut Industriel du Nord (IDN)

From 1892 to 1930 : the I.D.N. Engineering Degree

From 1937 to 1950 : Work placements and competitive examinations

From 1956 to 1991 : from I.D.N. to Centrale Lille

Since 1992 : Continuously increasing development

2014 : Centrale Lille celebrate their 160 years!


Since 1854 Centrale Lille has been training high-level multi-disciplinary engineers who go on every year to work for French and worldwide firms and industrial groups.


One of the two missions of the Ecole Centrale de Lille is research.  Research is omnipresent in an engineering graduate school through its teaching staff which have a combined teaching and research mission. As researchers, our professors’ main goal is to explore the limits of human knowledge. They are therefore constantly up to date with the latest developments in their fields of speciality.


Housing services

The Ecole Centrale de Lille has its own university residence, built on the scientific campus in the 80’s. This hall of residence has 581 rooms to accommodate.

Student Life

Campus life

Centrale Lille is located on the campus of the Cité Scientifique in Villeneuve d'Ascq – a site that welcomes 30,000 students. Two metro stations and the Lille ring road link Lille to the Cité Scientifique in less than 15 minutes.

Sports facilities

The campus boasts a library, four university restaurants (including one that is right next to the Léonard de Vinci residence hall) and a wide range of athletic facilities : Football field, Gym facilities, Rugby field, Gymnasiums for dance, badminton, fencing, handball, and so on...


In 2010, the CTI renewed the Ecole Centrale de Lille’s accreditation for a period of 6 years.

Student Reviews

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Robin PEYROUSE rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is a great experience. The fact that the cursus is a generalist one is good, but sometimes it is not fitting my interests. The project activity that lasts 2 years is a big experience.

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

the city is quiete expensive one : I would like to say at least 600 euro per month (grocery and social life)

Pankhuri Arora rated 5 out of 5 stars

Finding Indian food is difficult but you get raw materials so you can cook. Rest everything is just great . All you need to do is pack your bag and come here !!!!