Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL): Louvain-la-Neuve
Space available for Spring 2016!
The academic calendar at UCL will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.
Fall Semester 2015 (Term 1):
Orientation Day: September 11
Start of academic year: September 14
End of semester: Decemeber 18
Exam session: January 4 -22, 2016
Spring Semester 2016 (Term 2):
Orienation Day: January 29
Start of term 2: February 1
End of semester: May 20
Exam session: May 30 - June 30
Re-sit exam session : August 18 - September 6
Université Catholique de Louvain
Université Catholique de Louvain
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. The student must reserve the room in advance if they want to take advantage of UCL housing. Most university housing is a shared flat fitting 4-12 students with private bedrooms and shared living spaces, kitchen, and bathrooms.
- 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.
Academics and credits
- Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester).
- Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript.
- Business courses taught in English and French are available to exchange students.
- During the semester, UCL offers free of charge French language courses, as well as an Intensive French Language Programme during the summer and winter holidays.
- 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.
- For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.
- No host country language skills required
- UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
- Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
- Preferred 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
Visa and Passport
- All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
- All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country. The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
- The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
- Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information
What is a Business Exchange Program?
- Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
- You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
- You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
- You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
- A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
- You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad
Application and Admissions
To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on 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 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 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. Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
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 host country consulate.
|Estimated Expenses 2014-2015|
|Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)||$7,029|
|Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)||$2,500|
|Transportation (to and from program site)||$950|
|Documentation (passport, visa, immunizations)||$450|
|Books and Materials||$200|
|Room and/or Board||$3,500|
|Essential Daily Living Expenses||$2,000|
|Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)||$200|