Activities at the Maison Internationale

Throughout the year, the Maison Internationale helps you to meet, exchange and discover the culture of Lille and France in an intercultural and friendly atmosphere. Find our programme of events, month by month on this page, or everyday on social media : Facebook - Instagram

2023-2024: A rich and diversified programme

The Maison Internationale has put together a friendly programme full of discoveries for the year 2023-2024! Each month, find below our events, info and links to register:


Have you ever tasted this French specialty, coming straight from Brittany? With butter, sugar, jam or chocolate... crepes come in a variety of flavors to suit all tastes!

Come to the Maison Internationale during your lunch break, on Thursday February 1st at 12pm, to enjoy one (or many!) crêpes made with love by the team!

To register for this gourmet event:

With a little advance notice, celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Maison Internationale, on Tuesday February 6th at 5pm!

We will be celebrating the transition to the Year of the Dragon! A not-to-be-missed event ! It will also be the perfect opportunity to round off Welcome Days in style with a lot of activities: calligraphy workshop by a Chinese artist, chopstick contest, games, quizzes, snacks...

Registration link:

Are you the king/queen of "STRIKES"? Not an expert? Or never been bowling before? Whatever your level, you're welcome to join!

For a real moment of bonding and laughter, join us for a few games of bowling between international students on Wednesday February 7th, at 6pm.

In small teams, take on your friends (or future friends) and show us your bowling skills!

To take part, register here (18 places available):

How are you doing? Now... How are you feeling, for real?

Life as a student moves at 1000 miles an hour, and it's sometimes hard to keep track of how you're feeling. Too much in your head, too much in your heart: what if we stopped for a moment and talked about it?

We learn to identify emotions as children, but adult life pushes us to forget them and to keep them to ourselves. Let's reverse the trend!

Come and discover the "Emotions in Motion" workshop on Monday 12 February from 5pm to 6.30pm, with games and lively discussions, in a friendly atmosphere and a desire to share.

To register, click here:

(Workshop with the Maison de la Médiation)

Do you want to get moving and meet other students in the process?

Then come and get active with the Maison Internationale! We're holding our first running session on Tuesday 13 February at noon.

Are you new to running? No problem! The group is open to everyone, and will adapt to every pace.

While you're waiting for the warmer weather, come and tackle the winter chill with us over a maximum 4/5km route around the Cité Scientifique Campus to get started!

NB: Don't forget to wear trainers and warm clothes!

Sign up here:

Studies, exams, student job, personal life... One thing leads to another and everyday life takes over! Why not take a colourful break?

From February 13th, come and clear your head every week with a moment of artistic discovery or creation: pastels, painting, colouring... Several techniques will be shown, and you will be guided and advised by two artists from International Relations.

But don't worry: whether you're an experienced artist or have never touched a pastel in your life, this workshop is for everyone! The aim is not to "do well", but to have a good time, meet up, relax and chat in a warm and friendly atmosphere. So get out there and join us!

"COLORFUL CONNECTIONS", every Tuesday evening from Tuesday February 13th, from 4.30pm to 6pm at the Maison Internationale (Building A4)!

Register here for the dates that interest you:

Are you ready to party? Carnival season is officially open!

The extravagant Rio Carnival in Brazil, the surprising Venice Carnival in Italy, the familiar and local Dunkerque Carnival in the North, those of Notting Hill and New Orleans... Traditions and costumes vary all over the world, but the aim is the same: to have fun!

On Thursday February 15th, the Maison Internationale invites you to celebrate Carnivals from all over the world with music, fun costumes and games, but also to learn more about traditions and customs around the world for this wonderful occasion.

Come and join us! Register here:

Have you ever been to the Aéronef, this emblematic concert venue in the Lille metropolitan area? 

The Maison Internationale invites you to come and discover the Dutch band Yīn Yīn, who will be playing their latest album Mount Matsu. Their musical style? A mix of traditional oriental and Asian sounds, electronic funk, psychedelic groove, disco...

Places are very limited, so register early to join us on Tuesday February 20th at 8pm!

"Always look in the direction of the rising sun and you'll never see the shadow behind you." Japanese proverb

Japan, such a rich country! Its landscapes, its traditions, its history... To celebrate Japan's National Day, the Maison Internationale invites you to (re)discover some of the main aspects of Japanese culture, in a warm and friendly environment.

Quizzes, games, workshops and snacks... Come and enjoy an evening immersed in the atmosphere of the "Land of the Rising Sun"!

Join us at the Maison Internationale on Thursday February 22nd from 5pm - Register here!

Fancy a bit of culture over the holidays?

Join us at La Piscine Museum in Roubaix to discover its latest exhibitions! Take a self-guided tour of the "Printemps de collections" (spring exhibitions) and enjoy a moment out of time in this magnificent regional flagship museum, a cultural must-see!

Meet us on Thursday February 29th at 2pm: register here!

Must-see events...

Welcome days

The welcome days take place twice a year, in September and January on the various campuses of the university.

During this period, the university offers a program rich in discoveries and conviviality.

Students who come individually and on an exchange program will be able to take advantage of these days to discover the university, the city of Lille, and French culture.

More info about the Welcome Days here!

International Student Week !

With 9,500 students coming from all over the world at the gates of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, the international openness of the University of Lille is much more than a specificity. This asset and this state of mind is what International Student Week celebrates and celebrates every year in November.

Information meetings, testimonials, conferences, café-languages, photo exhibitions, gastronomy ... For a week, let's take advantage of the many meetings, discuss and exchange together in a friendly atmosphere, get to know each other and discover the partner universities of the University of Lille. Students, staff, teachers, researchers, all mobilized for the occasion and to enthusiastically propagate the dynamism and intellectual influence of the University of Lille!

Student associations

The University of Lille is home to more than 125 nuggets: associations that cover multiple themes and that are anchored in many components and on all campuses.

Many associations with an international vocation exist and welcome members and volunteers each year.

Download the directory of student associations of the University of Lille