Semaine d'orientation - IÉSEG

Semaine d’orientation

Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Semester 1 (Fall)

Arrival Date: End of August – Preferred day: August 24th, 2016
Mandatory Orientation week: August 25th to 30th, 2016
Beginning and end of semester (including examination period): September 1st to December 21st, 2016

Semester 2 (Spring)

Arrival Date: 1st week of January – Preferred day: January 2nd, 2017
Mandatory Orientation week: January 3rd to 7th, 2017
Beginning and end of semester (including examination period): January 9th to May 24th, 2017 (retake exams until June 16th, 2017)


Pick-up service will be available only on the Monday preceding the orientation seminar.

Please send your arrival date, hour and train station (Lille-Flandres or Lille-Europe) to the International Club ( one week before the Orientation week at the latest.


There is an excellent fast train (RER) and bus network to easily commute from the CDG and Orly airports to the City of Paris and its suburbs. International students will be welcomed on the campus directly on the first day of the orientation week.

If you are late for the orientation seminar due to academic reasons at your home university, you are required to advise our International Services Coordinator of your arrival date.

View the IÉSEG Passport before Orientation

This Orientation Week is MANDATORY

Buddy System

For international students who are unfamiliar with Lille, Paris or the French lifestyle, moving to IÉSEG can be a daunting experience. That’s why we offer the Buddy System, which pairs new international students with current students who provide a friendly face, a helping hand; their first Lillian or Parisian friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at IÉSEG.

The Buddy System helps hundreds of new international students (over 1000) to settle into IÉSEG on both the Paris and Lille campuses every year.
Typical « buddy » activities might include showing international students around campus, locating banks and grocery stores near the university or chatting over a cup of coffee, and much more to help them get acquainted with their new surroundings.

If you’re a new international student and would like to get help to settle into Lille or Paris, or you’re a current IÉSEG student and would like to volunteer as a Buddy, please send an email to for Lille and for Paris.

Volunteers and new students are paired from July onwards for the Fall academic semester, allowing new students to get in touch with their buddies over the summer, and from December for Spring semester.