Situated in the north of France, Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region. Many modern retail practices such as mail-order sales, factory outlets, franchising and mass-market distribution began in northern France. It is also the birthplace of mail-order pioneers such as La Redoute, 3 Suisses and Damart, and retail giants like Auchan, Decathlon, Leroy Merlin, Boulanger and Norauto.
It attracts most of the foreign investment, is the second biggest area for insurance companies, and the third biggest financial market in France. It has a highly developed textile industry and is the third most important city in France for exports and the automotive industry. Lille is the cradle of mass retailing and hosts many world-renowned companies.
The metropolitan area of Lille has one of the biggest student populations in the country and is a sought-after destination for those looking to pursue higher education.
Various modes of public transport are available in the city, including buses, trams and a driverless metro system. Northern France offers a dynamic business environment and hosts the largest number of headquarters of leading companies after Paris. It also has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that students can benefit from.
About the campus
SKEMA Business School's Lille campus is a 20,000-square-metre modern facility located in the heart of the city's business centre, a stone's throw away from the city's old town and the Grand Place. Situated between two TGV stations, it is half-an-hour away from Paris, 38 minutes from Brussels and 1 hour 20 minutes from London.
Live the SKEMA experience!
Would you like to explore SKEMA Business School's Lille campus without travelling all the way here? The school has launched an app on Apple Store (SKEMA Experience) and Google Play (SKEMA Inside) that can help you get a panoramic 360° view.
Click here to download the SKEMA Experience app (Apple Store)
Click here to download the SKEMA Inside app (Android)