Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL): Louvain-la-Neuve

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Belgium

Fall semester: September 14 - December 18*

Spring semester: February 1 - May 20

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Final exam period is in January so students obtain advanced permission from UCL to take exams at Carlson.

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Université Catholique de Louvain

Université Catholique de Louvain

Université Catholique de Louvain

Université Catholique de Louvain





Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or French) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

Belgium bridges two distinct European cultures: Romance and Germanic. Belgium is divided nearly in half by its French and Dutch speaking populations. Louvain-la-Neuve is located in French-speaking Belgium. Located just 45 minutes from Brussels, the capital of Belgium and an important nexus of culture and commerce in Europe. The headquarters of the European Union and a major international center, Brussels is only two hours from Paris or Amsterdam and just three hours from London.

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) was originally founded in 1425, and is a forward-looking center of knowledge and innovation. UCL has a highly international student body and hosts a number of events as part of its service to incoming exchange students. The Louvain School of Management is a highly accredited business school that maintains a key Financial Times ranking.

UCL offers limited on-campus housing in the form of furnished communal apartments, where students live in an individual room but share the apartment with 6–10 tenants, typically French- and English-speaking Belgians. Students also have the option of independently booking their own off-campus accommodation with estate companies associated with UCL or private owners. UCL also offers a home-stay option for international exchange students.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

UCL has a highly international student body with a large percentage coming from outside Belgium to seek advanced business studies and expertise. The international welcome desk hosts a number of events as part of its service to incoming exchange students. Assistance with housing, course selection, and cultural adjustment are just a few of the services provided. Courses are offered in both French and English. A sample of the courses available include:

  • Business Strategy
  • Business Strategy Case Studies
  • Operation and Management of Enterprises
  • Information Technology in Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Psychology
  • Marketing, Currency & Finance

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$950
Documentation (passport, visa, immunizations)$450
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board $3500
Essential Daily Living Expenses$2000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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