University of Louvain
University of Louvain

First francophone university in Belgium, the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) welcomes 32,000 students in seven locations in Brussels and Wallonia. The university offers courses in all disciplines, from bachelor's degree to doctoral degree level, as well as many lifelong learning programmes. 30 master's programmes can be taken entirely in English and almost all PhD programmes are available in English. UCLouvain is also a pioneer in the creation of Massive open online course (33 courses available on Edx).

Education and research

With a Nobel Prize, 21 Prix Francqui (the 'Belgian Nobel') and many other honours, UCLouvain offers an education fuelled by solid research. The university's drive to innovate is clear: €260 million in annual research investment, 329 projects funded by European framework programmes and close relationships with the commercial world, particularly with the 275 companies in the university's two science parks. Meanwhile, UCLouvain's research development efforts are currently responsible for 67 active spin-offs.

Open to the world

Since its creation, UCLouvain has not only been open to the world; it has reached out to the world and invited it in: 25% of its teaching staff, 47% of its research staff and 18% of its student body is international. This openness is also reflected in its many exchange partnerships with universities worldwide, active participation in international networks and long-held tradition of cooperation with developing countries.

Home of the Big Bang theory

Placing 164th in the 2021 Times Higher Education ranking of the world's universities, UCLouvain is also one of Europe's most well established universities, having been founded in 1425. Erasmus, Gerardus Mercator and Andreas Vesalius are among the greats to have graced its halls; it's where Georges Lemaître formulated his Big Bang theory and Christian de Duve conducted research that won him the 1974 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

University of Louvain
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Tel. : +32 (0)10/47.21.11