Lille, connected to the whole of Europe

Its geographical proximity to London would allow close ties to be maintained both for the institution and staff who retain their ties with the UK. By train, plane or car, all the major European cities are easily accessible from Lille.

An exceptional geographical position

Trains
Lille – Paris: 58 minutes (26 trains per day)
Lille – Paris-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport: 50 minutes(19 trains per day)
Lille – Brussels: 35 minutes
Lille – London: 80 minutes
Lille – Amsterdam: 2 hr 30
Lille – Cologne: 2 hr 45
Lille – Strasbourg: 3 hr
Lille – Frankfurt: 4 hr
Lille – Luxembourg: 4 hr

Cars and buses
Brussels: 1 hr 20
Paris: 2 hr 15
Amsterdam: 3 hr
Cologne: 3 hr 15
London: 3 hr 30 (including 35 minutes by the Channel Tunnel).

Numerous international partnerships

The City of Lille is part of a number of European projects co-financed by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Development Agency, the EU, and others.
This makes it a hub for exchanges between students and experts in a variety of fields, including urban development and the regeneration of industrial wasteland.
Lille is twinned with 10 cities in Europe, and 5 in Africa and the Middle East. The Hauts-de-France Region has entered into close cooperation agreements in Europe and Brazil.

Locating in Lille means living in the Lille-Coutrai-Tournai “Eurométropole” alongside 2.1 million residents in an area covering 3,550 km2 and 152 municipalities where two languages are spoken (French and Dutch). The metropolitan area straddling the French/Belgian border offers numerous opportunities to work, innovate, study, train, and more.

Lille : Host city for international businesses and organisations

Lille already hosts numerous European and international organisations.

  • 30 permanent and honorary consulates
  • The city is also home to the headquarters of the NATO Rapid Reaction Corps-France

The Hauts-de-France Region is the managing authority for the 3 INTERREG and Innovative Urban Actions programmes for the whole of the European Union.

Hauts-de-France is the fastest-growing region in France in terms of job-creating foreign direct investment.

  • IBM, the world’s number one for information technology, set up its first customer innovation centre in France in Lille.
  • E-commerce giant Amazon will soon have two sites in the region.
  • Producing 250,000 vehicles annually, the Toyota plant near Lille has become a template to follow for other car manufacturers.

Lille and Hauts-de-France : Centres of excellence with international reach

Lille is the largest hub in Europe in terms of population density and purchasing power, and the third in international terms behind Tokyo and New York

Thanks to its geographical location, the Hauts-de-France region attracts high levels of foreign investment. American, British, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and of course European (hailing in particular from Germany and Benelux) nationals are well represented in Lille.

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