FAQs: International mobility 2022–2023

These FAQs on international mobility may be amended subject to governmental directives, so please consult them regularly!

NB: Please check the conditions of entry to France depending on your country of origin. All the information you need can be found here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

Outgoing mobility students should also check the following page to see if their destination is subject to restrictions: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

Information on Covid-19 in France: https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19

International students hosted at the University of Lille

In order to properly prepare for your arrival in or return to Lille, please check the information on the conditions of entry, residency and travel within France:

 Health measures and vaccination

NB: a classification of countries has been defined based on health indicators, so please check the tab that contains your country of origin:

-    “GREEN COUNTRIES”: countries without active circulation of the virus and variants of concern;

-    “ORANGE COUNTRIES”: countries where the virus is actively circulating but in controlled proportions, without the spread of variants of concern

This list may be updated. Check out the latest version on the Ministry of the Interior website.

At boarding and after landing in France, you must provide:

1)    You are vaccinated:

-    A proof of complete vaccination;

2)    You are not vaccinated:

-    a negative PCR test dated from less than 72 hours before departure;

-    OR a negative antigenic test dated from less than 48 hours;

-    OR a certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than eleven days and less than six months previously).

At boarding and after landing in France, you must provide:

1)    You are vaccinated:

-    a proof of full vaccination;

-    a sworn declaration: proof that you do not show symptoms of Covid-19 and you have not met anyone with Covid-19, and that you accept to be tested at your arrival.

2)    You are not vaccinated:

-    A negative PCR test dated from less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test dated from less than 48 hours before departure.

-    a sworn declaration: proof that you do not show symptoms of Covid-19 and you have not met anyone with Covid-19. It also allows you to certify that you agree to be tested on arrival and that you undertake to respect a self-isolation period of 7 days.

-    An exempted international travel certificate: a certificate to prove that your travel to France has a compelling reason. This certificate must include documentation to prove the compelling reason.

Health pass equivalency: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/venir-en-france/demande-de-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-a-l-etranger-procedure-pour/

Numerous countries provide a digital documentation of COVID-19 compatible with European standards or, in the case of Great Britain, a digital form authorized in France. In this case, you do not need to convert your health pass. Please check carefully the tab to see If your country is on the list.

In other situations, a health pass equivalency must be done online: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etudiants?locale=en

Academic continuity and campus life

The current public health crisis has required us to make changes to life on campus.

All classes in September and future exams will be held in person. However, directives inside teaching classes could differ from one component to another and specific social distancing measures could be implemented in regards of the evolution of the sanitary situation.

Exams and continuous assessments are expected to be maintained in person, with a reinforced protocol.

For more information, we invite you to contact your department when the time comes.

The campuses, university libraries, computer rooms and university restaurants are accessible to students either under normal conditions or on an appointment basis, provided social distancing is applied and masks are worn.


The details on campus life will be made available on the dedicated page of the student intranet.

International mobility students from the University of Lille

The United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. Regarding all public health directives, the UK is now considered as a country outside the European Union.

The University of Lille allows outgoing study and internship mobility in Europe and outside Europe, in compliance with health rules and if accepted by the partner university/host structure, either in person or remotely.

In order to properly prepare for your trip abroad, we encourage you to read the following information about the conditions of leaving the national territory:

Before leaving on your mobility trip, we remind you that it is important to check the conditions of entry and residency in your country of destination. As well as the usual recommendations, the current public health crisis has led many countries to require foreign nationals to be vaccinated before entering their national territory and/or to have completed a PCR test. We therefore recommend you check the entry requirements in your country of destination so you don’t get caught out and find yourself unable to enter the country.

You can find this information on the website of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs:

You can also check the website of the French embassy in your country of destination.

It is also up to you to check the rules in force at your host university, where specific measures may have been put in place.

The International Mobility and International Relations offices within your academic department are on hand to offer you any assistance you might need.

If you have any questions about international traineeships, please consult the information provided by the occupational integration office (BAIP): https://www.univ-lille.fr/formation/preparer-son-insertion-professionnelle/stages-et-emplois and/or the FAQs on traineeships which you will find here: https://intranet.univ-lille.fr/stages-emplois/tout-savoir-sur-les-stages/

Mobility in Europe

“Europe” refers to the 27 member States of the EU and those of the Schengen area who are not EU members (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein). The student’s nationality is not a criterion, which means for example that a non-European student registered at the University of Lille can take part in a mobility trip as part of the Erasmus programme.

The University of Lille allows outgoing study mobility trips in Europe lasting more than two months (strongly discouraged for a duration of less than two months) if they are approved by the partner university/organization, either in person or remotely.

NB: don’t forget to register on Ariane to facilitate communication with the French embassy in your country of destination.

The University allows outgoing mobility trips in Europe lasting more than two months (strongly discouraged for a duration of less than two months) for doctoral students if they are approved by the host institute, either in person or remotely.

The University of Lille will be hosting students/doctoral researchers on incoming mobility programmes from other countries in Europe, according to government guidelines.

For mobility programmes in healthcare, the decision to host the student/doctoral researcher is subject to the approval of the relevant faculty where hospital training is involved, in cooperation with the CHU de Lille. The decision to host trainees in a healthcare laboratory or hospital department is subject to the approval of the relevant faculty, in cooperation with the CHU de Lille.

Mobility outside Europe

The University of Lille allows study mobility trips outside Europe lasting more than two months during the first semester of 2022–23, provided the applicable public health rules are respected and subject to approval by the partner university/host institute, either in person or remotely. Study mobility trips outside Europe lasting less than two months are not allowed.

You can find all Brexit-related information here, updated in real time.

The University allows doctoral students to take part in mobility trips lasting more than two months subject to approval by the host university/institute, either in person or remotely, and provided the applicable public health rules are respected. Outgoing mobility trips lasting less than two months are not allowed outside Europe.

You can find all Brexit-related information here, updated in real time.

Where possible, the University of Lille will host incoming mobility students from countries outside Europe, according to government guidelines.

For mobility programmes in healthcare, the decision to host the student/doctoral researcher is subject to the approval of the relevant faculty/laboratory where hospital training or a hospital traineeship is involved, in cooperation with the CHU de Lille.

Additional costs incurred as part of the mobility trip (test, mandatory quarantine, etc.) are not covered by the University of Lille.

Additional mobility costs

Will the University of Lille cover costs incurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic...

In the event that the country of destination has put in place or is subsequently required to put in place measures that incur additional costs for those entering the national territory (as a result of Covid tests, mandatory quarantine, etc.), these costs shall be borne by the student, who is also required to obtain up-to-date information about the procedure in place and the steps that must be taken.

In the event that a mobility trip is cancelled or brought to an end early as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the costs linked to repatriation and/or the end of the mobility trip as well as any medical costs shall be borne by the student.

Additional costs incurred as part of the mobility trip (test, mandatory quarantine, etc.) are not covered by the University of Lille.

Recommendations for preparing your mobility trip

  • Take out adequate health insurance to cover your medical costs abroad
  • Purchase plane tickets that can be exchanged or reimbursed
  • Stay informed and respect the entry and residency rules in your country of destination (tests, mandatory quarantine, etc.)
  • You must register on ARIANE


NB: Vaccines accepted to come to France are the same as the vaccines approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) (Comirnaty/Pfizer, Moderna, Vaxveria/AstraZeneca, Janssen) and the foreign vaccines similar to those accepted in Europe (Covishield, R- COVI, Fiocruz, etc.).

Furthermore, as part of the sanitary measures, we strongly recommend doing a PCR test before leaving, no matter your situation.

You can find all the information on the following pages:

 

 

These directives may change between now and the start of the next academic year, and if so these FAQs will be updated accordingly.