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SusCat 2019: Catalysing Your Potential!

Co-organised by the University of Lille (in the top 100 European most innovative universities of the Times Higher Education ranking) and the Lille Northern France Higher Education & Research Institutions Association (ComUE LNF), the France Excellence Summer School Suscat 2019 is a strong 120-hour training programme focusing on the fundamental and industrial aspects of catalytic science, in line with top-tier research centres and leading international chemical industry clusters.

Midway between Paris, London and Brussels, at the heart of a high-performance academic and economic hub that makes innovation a priority, Suscat 2019 will provide, on forward-looking and lively campuses, high-standard English-taught classes, scientific and industrial immersion in the field, as well as an introduction to research through a supervised project.

Broadening your international experience under enjoyable and comfortable conditions with fellow students from pre-PhD France Excellence summer schools, Suscat 2019 will offer lively social and festive events, full welcome services (incl. accommodation and catering), consistent French language and culture classes, as well as visits of remarkable historical and natural sites in Northern France and Belgium, opening access to a European region always on the move.

SusCat 2019 will build on the successful experience of the previous France Excellence session.

Towards research

As a research-oriented summer school, SusCat 2019 will be a springboard for your enrolment in a PhD in France in the fields of sustainable and catalytic processes.

ECTS credits

6 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.

Programme overview

Scientific Lectures & Seminars
36 h
Scientific Assessment
3 h
6 h
Scientific Research Project
7.5 h
Scientific & Industrial Visits
7.5 h
French For Foreigners
18 h
Language & Culture Assessment
2 h
French Society
3 h
Intercultural Communication
3 h
Cultural Visits
30 h
Wecome and Closing Events
4 h




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  • A strong scientific training
    in line with top-tier research centres & leading international innovative chemical industry clusters
  • A consistent French language & culture training programme
    opening access to the francophone world
    & making friends internationally
  • In 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