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Universite Catholique de Louvain
Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
Program Description:

The Université Catholique de Louvain is Belguim's largest French-speaking university and home to over 27,000 students from 127 nationalities. UCL was originally established in 1425, making it the oldest university in Belguim, however the university was refounded in 1968 when UCL separated all of the French faculties from the Dutch faculties in order to establish its own idependent French-speaking campus. Today, the university offers around 40 bachelor's programmes in all fields of study.

Even though the town is fairly small, the university offers many student organizations and activities that are avialabe to all types of students. Université Catholique de Louvain offers a unique program called "Cercles" or student organizations that are based around each faculty that coordinate and manage most of the students' animation and nightlife. Aside from planning activities, the Cercles also offer academic support and cultural activities such as visits to museums, cities, conferences and other low-cost trips for students. 

The town of Louvain-la-Neuve was constructed in 1968 with the intention of hosting the Universite Catholiqué de Louvain after the lingusitics quarels of French and Dutch in the 1960s and Dutch claims of discrimination in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The town is very pedestrian friendly in being that from the city center, its radius measures approximately one kilometer. All motor vehicles are actually banned in the city center, making the town easily accessible for both foot and bicycle travel. Louvain-la-Neuve offers the charm of the countryside with the all of the advantages of city life in being that the town offers many museums, open-air markets, theaters, concert halls, shops and restaurants. Although the main local language is French, speaking English in the city and the surroundings is rarely a problem. Louvain-la-Neuve hosts many cultural festivals each year including: the Welcome Spring Music Festival; Ebullition, a summer woods game festival at the end of the school year; and the 24 hour bike ride, a race to see how many times one can make a lap around a designated area in 24 hours. If an exchange student wants to see what else Belgium has to offer outside of the town, Brussels, the capital of the country and home of the European Union, is only 22 miles away and Antwerp is only 40 miles away. All of these reasons and more, make Louvain-la-Neuve a great place to be your host city during your experience abroad. 

The town Louvain-la-Neuve is located 30km southeast of Brussels and was created for the sole purpose of hosting the university. Louvain-la-Neuve currently has a population of around 30,000 people, making it a have small town feel for study abroad students, while still being situated close enough for a €5 a train ride to the capital. 

Academic Calendar
OSU Universite Catholique de Louvain
Fall Fall
Mid September- Late January
Spring Spring
Late January- Early July

Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 

OSU students can ONLY take Architecture courses. While a couple are offered in English, the majority of classes are taught in French. Contact the OSU Study Abroad Office for details on courses.

Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. 

The university offers on campus housing for their exchange students. For more information, please refer to the host university website

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information.

Helpful Links
Website for International Students

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.