Together with the COPAIN association, the UPHF Department of International Relations (in Valenciennes) and the International Academy, summer university of the ComUE LNF (in Lille), will provide full welcome services, high standard facilities and a vibrant hall life. COPAIN’s purpose is to offer practical support to Northern France international students; the International Academy is devoted to offering services to international students, filling the requirements of the France Excellence programme.


-> Before your arrival


From March 2019 on, the COPAIN association and local international students will run a group via a free instant messaging service (WeChat & WhatsApp) to the benefit of our 2019 France Excellence Summer Schools participants.



-> Your arrival in France


The COPAIN association will welcome you at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Monday July 1st 2019 at 12 pm (noon), and then drive you directly by bus to your residence in Valenciennes.



-> Your accommodation in Valenciennes

July 1st to 11th


You will be staying at a brand new university residence situated on the Mont Houy campus. This residence is located 15 min away from the city centre by tram. The furnished individual rooms will be 18.5 m², equipped with a private bathroom and a private kitchenette, as well as a wifi connexion.



-> Your transfer from Valenciennes to Lille

July 11th


You will be driven by bus from Valenciennes to your residence in Lille metropolis.



-> Your accommodation in Lille

July 11th to 26th


You will be staying on the scientific campus of the University of Lille, in an international residence hall named REEFLEX, where you can take advantage of informal conversations with the international scientific community. The furnished single rooms will be 16-18 m², with a private bathroom and wifi access. REEFLEX is close to the "Cité Scientifique” metro station: 10 min to Lille city centre and 3 min to the popular V2 Shopping Mall.



-> Your catering in Valenciennes & Lille


All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included: these will be booked throughout your stay and delivered to your residence, served in university canteen or in town. We will do our utmost to offer you varied restaurants and different meals each time. We hope you will be delighted to taste our French food! But as we know it may be harsh to suddenly switch from one diet to another, we will also take into account your cultural diversity and you will be given a prepayed card with which you will have the possibility to shop in a supermarket next to your residence.


The food programme will soon be available.



-> Your transport in Valenciennes


You will be provided tram tickets enabling you to travel the picturesque city of Valenciennes, as well as to and from the university campus.



-> Your transport in Lille


On your first day in Lille you will be handed a TRANSPOLE (local transportation company) travel card, which will allow you unlimited use of the public transport networks in Lille metropolis (underground, bus, tram and train).


-> Your return


The COPAIN association will drive you back to Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Friday July 26th at 12 pm (noon).