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Université catholique de Louvain

  • 1 Nobel Prize
  • 21 Prix Francqui (the ‘Belgian Nobel’)
  • Website


The university welcomes 32,000 students in seven locations in Brussels and Wallonia. Its main campus is in the pedestrian city of Louvain-la-Neuve. Our university offers courses in all disciplines, from bachelor’s degree to doctoral degree level, as well as many lifelong learning programmes. UCLouvain is a pioneer in the creation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the first French-speaking university in Europe to offer online courses on the edX platform (30 courses available in 2020).


Placing 152th in the 2020 Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s universities, UCLouvain is ranked first among Belgian francophone universities. It 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.


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 are 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.


As a socially and globally conscious university, UCLouvain participates in international university networks, whether institutional or disciplinary, and maintains numerous student exchange partnerships with universities all over the world. At institutional level UCLouvain is a partner of the European Research-intensive network The Guild, the Coimbra Group gathering European long-established comprehensive universities, the European University Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (AIU) and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). UCLouvain has recently joined the European Alliance Circle U., bringing together 7 universities with the goal of becoming an inclusive, research-intensive and interdisciplinary European Unversity


  • 31.800 students
  • 6.000 international students
  • 5.840 employees
  • 2.500 research projects
  • 29 Master programmes taught in English
  • 782 incoming & 1037 outgoing exchange students
  • 42 international joint degrees
  • 990 international PhD students
  • 125 nationalities represented


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 (as of 2020) 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 66 active spin-offs.