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EMMEH 2024: The Wise Choice!

Co-organised by the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lille (largest French university and in the top 100 European most innovative universities of the Times Higher Education ranking) and the International Academy (summer university for international students in Hauts-de-France), the research-oriented summer school EMMEH 2024 is a strong 60-hour training programme focusing on the conservation, restoration, and valorisation of cultural heritage situated in the region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea, in the Middle East and in Europe. Particular emphasis will be laid on preventive conservation, archaeology and excavation sites, climate change and its impact on heritage, new forms of museological mediation – with a strong accent on the renewable development goal.

Student projects will be guided throughout the programme by a constant reflection on innovation and new ways of looking at the future of heritage to meet future climatic, technological and societal challenges. The summer school will take into account all types of innovative methods linked to an entrepreneurial vision, economic sustainability, digital development, and open communication related to heritage.

Midway between Paris, London and Brussels, at the heart of a high-performance academic and economic hub that makes innovation a priority, EMMEH 2024 will provide high-standard English-taught classes, scientific immersion in the field, as well as an introduction to research through a supervised project.

A smart opportunity to broaden your international experience under enjoyable conditions with fellow students worldwide.

Coordinators of the scientific programme: Ass. Prof. HDR Thomas BEAUFILS (Main coordinator) & Prof. Chang Ming PENG, IRHiS; Prof. Philippe ABRAHAMI & Prof. Sandrine HUBER, HALMA.

#Keywords: heritage, museums, archaeology, excavation sites, conservation, restoration, mediation, exhibitions, climate changes, sustainability, risks, innovation, digital solutions.

Supported by local research and training facilities (two Master’s degrees: Art History, Heritage and Museums, and Archaeology and Ancient Worlds – part of the Graduate Programme Changing cultures, societies, practices), EMMEH 2024 will be linked to the Erasmus Mundus project IN.DA.CO. (to be submitted in 2024 by Università Degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo with the University of Lille and 10 European and Mediterranean partners).

NB: The modalities and contents presented on this website may be subject to minor modifications. In case of force majeure, please note that this programme may be run online.

Faculté des Humanités

Admission Criteria
  • Master & PhD students – excellent Bachelor students accepted (3rd year undergraduate) – professionals accepted.
  • Excellent academic results and in-depth knowledge in heritage.
  • Advanced English.
Full welcome services
  • Pick-up at train station in Lille to the hall of residence and campus tour.
  • Accommodation on the campus.
  • Meals: all breakfasts and lunches (dinners also included for students who have been granted a full scholarship).
  • Local transportation pass for the public transport network in the Metropole of Lille.
  • Access to university facilities (Lilliad library…).
  • Student support (before arrival and during the stay).
ECTS credits

5 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits pertaining to the completed assessments and a personalised Certificate of Completion will be awarded to the students to authenticate their participation.

  • Participation to the programme — Standard Fee: 1,250 €
  • Participation to the programme — Early Bird (students applying before February 28th): 900 €
  • Participation to the programme — Student from a partner higher education institution: 900 €
  • Comfort pack (accommodation, transportation in Lille, meals): 460 €
Application process & deadline
  • The online application form will be available soon.
  • Deadline for submitting applications: March 15th 2024.

Programme overview

Scientific Lectures, Workshops & Visits
34 h
Scientific Research Project
6 h
Cultural Visits & Social Events
13 h
Introduction to the French-Speaking World
3 h
Haut-de-France: A Dynamic Environment for Researchers
1 h
Welcome & Closing Sessions
3 h




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  • A strong scientific training
    in line with top-tier research centres & leading experts
    in heritage
  • A door-opening peri-doctoral programme
    giving access to the French research community
    & making connections internationally
  • Forward-looking higher education institutions
    with high-standard on-campus accommodation
    & welcome services, great facilities & vibrant hall life
  • The strategic, most dynamic area in North-West Europe
    at the heart of a high-performance academic
    & economic hub that makes innovation a priority
  • A young region, always on the move
    lively, easy-living, with a rich history
    & heritage, centre of arts & cultures