Université Catholique de Louvain

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world rank  339

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University Overview

Established in 1425, Université Catholique de Louvain (Catholic University of Louvain) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized town of Louvain-la-Neuve (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Walloon Brabant. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Brussels Woluwe, Mons, Tournai, Brussels Saint-Gilles, Charleroi. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Direction générale de l'Enseignement non obligatoire et de la Recherche scientifique, Belgique (Directorate General for Non-Compulsory Education and Scientific Research), Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 595 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Name Catholic University of Louvain
Acronym UCL
Founded 1425 Founded under the name of Univeritas Lovaniensis, that was closed in 1797 during Napoleonic period. Re-founded in 1834. In 1968 there was a split into Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Université catholique de Louvain.
Motto Sedes Sapientiae
Seat of Wisdom
Colours Blue and white

University Location

Address Place de l'Université, 1
Louvain-la-Neuve (population range: 10,000-49,999)
1348 Walloon Brabant
T +32 (10) 472 111
F +32 (10) 472 999
Other locations Brussels Woluwe, Mons, Tournai, Brussels Saint-Gilles, Charleroi

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)
5,000-7,500 US$
(3,700-5,500 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office Place de l'Université 1
Louvain-la-Neuve 1348
+32 (10) 472 172

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff 3,500-3,999
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Catholic Christian-Catholic

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Université Catholique de Louvain's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation

Direction générale de l'Enseignement non obligatoire et de la Recherche scientifique, Belgique

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • European Foundation for Management Development EFMD-EQUIS

Memberships and Affiliations

  • European University Association (EUA)
  • Coimbra Group
  • International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)
  • Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER)

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