Founded in 1875, Université Catholique de Lille is the oldest private university in France. The university has five faculties and 20 écoles, grandes écoles and institutes. The student figure is approximately 30,000. The master's programme is the first trilingual Franco-German business law programme to be studied by professionals in employment. The languages of instruction will be German, English and French.
Students on the programme spend their first year at the University of Passau, where they attend courses taught in all three languages. During the semester breaks, they will complete compulsory work placements in international companies in the region. The second year is spent studying at the Paris campus of Université Catholique de Lille, in the Paris suburb of Issy-Les-Moulineaux, where each week is split evenly between study and paid employment. The tuition fees for the privately-run university are paid by the employing companies. Upon completion of the programme, the graduates are awarded a business law master's degree.
Professor Riehm said: 'This new master's programme will provide great value for students from Passau and France alike. Students from France with a trilingual bachelor's degree from Lille/Paris who continue their university career by studying towards a master's degree in the same specialisation can now complete one year of their studies at the University of Passau. In return, our students from Passau have the option of gaining a full master's degree in Paris following their state examination.
The fact that the entire degree programme is studied while in employment ensures that students are integrated into the labour market at an early stage, making for excellent employability in Franco-German economic relations.'