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Last updated April, 2023

Academic Information

Course Information

Louvain course descriptions

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - June
  • Fall Semester: September - December
  • Spring Semester: January - June

Louvain semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum Course Load: 30 ECTS
  • Maximum Course Load: 30 ECTS is recommended

Accommodation and the Cost of Living

There are three types of accommodation available:

  • flats provided by the Service des logements
  • flats provided by private agencies and
  • private accommodation

It is possible to stay either for a semester or for a year September to July (10 months), September to January (4 months) or the period February to June (five months). The rent (charges included, except electricity) varies between 190 Euro and 250 Euro per month. In addition, students must pay a deposit, which generally amounts to one month's rent in advance, and a contract fee of approximately 35 Euro.

Louvain Accommodation

Estimated cost of Living

Louvain Cost of Living

Additional info on Cost of Living

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

Within a century of being founded in 1425, the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven (Louvain in French) had become one of Europe's most highly regarded universities. It attracted famous academics such as the cartographer Mercator and Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus. In 1972 it moved to two new sites in Louvain-la-Neuve and Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. IAG is the School of Management of the Catholic University of Louvain, and is located in Louvain-La-Neuve.

IAG is very much an internationally oriented Management School being a member of PIM and of the CEMS network of business schools. IAG belongs to a cosmopolitan university, located at the actual centre of Europe and of the decision centres of major international companies, proposing an impressive list of international exchange agreements with other leading universities and business schools. The international background of many faculty members and the high percentage of foreign graduate students confirm IAG's international reputation.

Catholic University of Louvain

The City of Louvain-la-Neuve

Belgium is a small, highly developed and densely populated country (10 million inhabitants) at the cross-roads of Western Europe. The town of Louvain-La-Neuve is only thirty years old and lies just outside of Brussels, the capital. The town is very modern and is designed with people in mind. To this end, most vehicular traffic actually travels underground!

The City of Louvain

Further Information

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