Ecoles Centrales

Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes

Language of instruction


The Ecoles Centrales Group is a consortium of 5 engineering universities (Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, and Marseille), created in 1990. The 5 Ecoles share the same attitude towards training students to become high-quality general engineers and have set common objectives.

Lille is the third largest French university city with more than 100 000 students. For over 160 years, the Ecole Centrale de Lille has been transforming and adapting to technological and societal developments.

Strengthened by 150 years of experience, Centrale Lyon combines a fundamental basis of scientific and technical skills with an approach towards humanities and the social sciences, providing graduates with an ability to quickly acquire the competencies needed to execute the management positions and international roles they may hold in the future.

Centrale Marseille engineers acquire solid scientific and technical skills, as well as qualities necessary for their future role: entrepreneurship, creativity, management, sharing, communications and leadership.

In keeping with the traditions of French Engineering schools, Centrale Nantes trains versatile engineers to a very high scientific and technical level. Equipped with a strong managerial culture, they are capable of placing scientific subjects into a global context incorporating environmental and societal issues.

Semester dates

Lille, Marseille and Nantes campuses:
UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June/July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

Students are only able to participate in a single semester of exchange at Ecoles Centrales Lille, Marseille and Nantes.

View the Marseille academic calendar.

Lyon campus:
UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–December

View the Lyon academic calendar.

Students are able to participate in a single or double semester of exchange at Ecoles Centrales Lyon.

Guides and additional information

Ecoles Centrales has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:


The Ecoles Centrales Group is a consortium of 5 engineering universities:

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at Ecoles Centrales is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Ecoles Centrales.

Students wishing to study at Lille or Marseille must have an Assessment of Language Proficiency form completed by their French lecturer. The minimum acceptable level is a B2.

Find courses

Exchange recommended for UQ semester 1 only, as most courses in English are offerred in that semester.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Ecoles Centrale course catalogue for each school if courses do not appear in the database:

Study areas taught in English

Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Centrale Lyon offers on-campus housing across 2 student residences. Students in their 1st year receive priority for room allocation. For 2nd and 3rd year students, scholarship holders and international students receive priority for room allocation.

International students at Centrale Marseille are generally housed in Cité Alice Chatenoud or Cité Claude Delorme.

French and international students joining the 1st year of the Engineering Programme are automatically offered a place in the Max Schmitt Residence. Centrale Nantes can also offer international students accommodation in 4 "CROUS" residences.

Cost of living

To assist you in preparing your time on exchange, each school provides some budgeting guidelines for living and studying in the particular region.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students undertaking exchange studies in France can apply for the Nicolas Baudin Program through the French Embassy in Canberra.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Please read through this important information about Health Insurance for exchange students in France. 

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the French Consulate for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.