Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL): Louvain-la-Neuve
Fall semester: early September to late December*
Spring semester: late January to late June
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.
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. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. 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 4 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
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.
**Travel to the Belgian Consulate in New York City is required to obtain a visa.
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 5300) credits for a semester at UCL and take 6 classes to earn a total of 30 ECTS credits in order to meet the minimum requirements.
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
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*)
Transportation (to and from program site)
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunizations)
Books and Materials
Room and/or Board
Essential Daily Living Expenses