Université Catholique de Louvain

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
World Reputation Rankings 2023
1 Place de l'Universite, Louvain-la-Neuve, Wallonia, B-1348, Belgium

About Université Catholique de Louvain

Founded via decree by Pope Martin V in 1425, Université Catholique de Louvain, often abbreviated as UCLouvain, is one of the oldest Catholic universities in Europe.

UCLouvain is the biggest French-speaking university in Belgium, and was separated in 1968 into two institutions. Today UCLouvain's sister university Katholieke Universiteit Leuven operates independently in Leuven, while UCLouvain remains in Wallonia and Brussels.

With campuses spread across six locations in Belgium including Louvain-la-Neuve, Woluwe, Mons, Tournai, Brussels and Charleroi Saint-Gilles, Université Catholique de Louvain plays host to 15 schools and faculties focusing its degree programmes and research in various subjects such as: theology, law and criminology, management, psychology and educational science, public health and architecture.

The university, which is known for its stringent selection process including entrance exams, remains an appealing prospect for local and international students who from a wide range of countries. The majority of courses are taught in French, but the university is taking steps towards offering English courses as well.

To help newcomers successfully adapt to their new surroundings, student associations (often called Cercles and Régionales) arrange cultural activities such as conferences, trips and museum visits.

Students have the unique chance to live with up to 10 other flatmates in theme-based shared apartments called kots with the intention being to work on a project, but also to challenge negative cultural, religious or gender stereotypes.

UCLouvain's most famous alumni include mathematician Vitold Belevich, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and economist Vera Songwe.

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Key statistics

  • 37.3
    No. of students per staff
  • 20%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 27%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 25,409
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at Université Catholique de Louvain

  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Social sciences

    • Geography
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
  • Engineering & technology

    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Life sciences

    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
    • Veterinary Science
  • Law

    • Law
  • Arts & humanities

    • Archaeology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Architecture
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Education

    • Education