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Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Bachelor's programmes

About

History

  • The University of Leuven is founded on 4 December 1425
  • Taking the lead, the city offers buildings and pays professors. Classes begin in October 1426. Leuven is one of the few comprehensive universities, with five faculties: theology (established in 1432), civil law, canon law, medicine and the arts. Until 1816 it remains the only university on the territory that becomes present-day Belgium.

Education

Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) offers 43 bachelor's programmes and 187 master's programmes

Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) faculties:

  • Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Communication
  • Faculty of Law and Criminology
  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Faculty of Motor Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of bioscience engineering
  • Faculté d'architecture, d'ingénierie architecturale, d'urbanisme
  • Louvain School of Engineering
  • Louvain School of Management

Research

  • UCL is a comprehensive university, with a wide range of subjects taught at all levels, and has the largest number of students in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. 
  • The research carried out within its three sectors of activity cover various fields of humanities, medical science and science and technology. Both fundamental (or undirected) and applied (or directed) research is conducted at UCL with the same unwavering enthusiasm. 
  • The University follows an interdisciplinary approach through numerous joint activities involving different research teams, research institutes and sectors, and also works with several other universities and research centres in Belgium and abroad.

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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
139 5
2019
144 -20
2018
124
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
151
2018
151 -50
2017
101
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
152 -24
2019
128 1
2018
129
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
167 -2
2019
165 -12
2018
153
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Housing services

  • Room in a shared flat
  • Room in an project-based accomodation
  • Bedsit
  • Studio
  • Family accomodation

Library services

  • Arts and Letters Library

  • Health Sciences Library
  • UCL Mons Library
  • Law Library
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences Library
  • Louvain Learning Center Hippocrate
  • Louvain Learning Center Montesquieu
  • Louvain Learning Center Saint-Georges
  • Philosophy Library
  • Psychology, Education and Motor Sciences Library
  • Political, Social and Economic Sciences and Communication Library
  • Science and Technology Library
  • Theology Library

ICT services

  • All students and staff are entitled to a UCLouvain email address and access to computer labs and libraries. Moreover, all UCLouvain accommodations are equipped with a cable television connection with internet access.

  • Uniform wireless network using the latest security and ID technology for universal use. 

Medical services

  • Students enrolled at UCLouvain benefit from accident cover while pursuing academic activities (including when travelling between accommodation and the university, during study trips and internships, etc.) and third-party liability cover while they are pursuing academic activities. 
  • This kind of insurance must be taken out privately.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Louvain-La-Neuveshow 
  • Bruxelles Woluweshow 
  • Mons
  • Tournai
  • Bruxelles Saint-Gilles

Sports facilities

The UCLouvain Sport and Fitness Service offers more than 100 sports and fitness activities as well as modern fitness facilities. Gifted athletes can join the university teams (the Wolves) and compete at inter-university level. Louvain-la-Neuve is home to French-speaking Belgium’s largest sport and fitness centre: 25 sports rooms, 1 indoor fitness room, 1 indoor athletics track, 2 pools and 3 hectares of outside pitches which include 1 outdoor fitness area.

Student clubs

Student associations have formed around four types of activities:

  • Student representation is assured by the Louvain Student General Assembly (AGL) at the university level; student offices at the faculty level; and the General Coordination of International Students (CGEI).
  • An original idea that involves students sharing a flat and working together on a social, cultural or sport-related project in which they have a special interest, the so-called ‘kots à projet’ are home to nearly a thousand students each year.
  • Regional organisations (‘Les Régionales’) reunite students of the same geographical region and promote their local folklore on campus.
  • Faculty groups (‘Les Cercles’) bring together students of the same faculty.

Student Reviews

international outlook
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience at the UCL has clearly helped me grow as a person and as a professional, the very fact of being able to leave home has allowed me to open up boundaries and mental barriers, academic quality has allowed me to raise awareness of the problems that afflict today’s globalized world, through my studies in political science I feel able not only to make a theoretical...

The importance of knowing your university faculty
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

After studying at 3 different university, I'd say chooosing one right for you matters a lot ! And a good university might not be good in your specific field. By 'not good' I mean : harrasement, devalorisation and so competitive that only 3 graduate from the bachelor after 3 years.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The range of courses and the freedom to choose your preferred courses were perfectly balanced. I have now the opportunity to do a second Erasmus at the Universitat de Barcelona.

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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