Courses available for exchange students
The academic year at LSM is composed of two terms, and each divided in two parts (Part 1 & Part 2). Exchange students may come for one term or for the full academic year. Students are required to be present at LSM for the whole time of their study and examination period. Students must attend courses from the very beginning of the term, in order to increase their chances of success at their exam session.
LSM is a business school delivering graduate level courses (Master's level, year 4 and 5) in Management and Business Engineering. Choosing your courses and other learning activities must be done in close consultation with your home coordinator and s/he has to sign your learning agreement. It is the student's responsibility to check the prerequisite of each course s/he intends to follow at LSM (available in the individual course descriptions). The language of instruction is English, and we highly recommend a B2 level in English.
Exchange students can choose between Tracks for Part 1 of the semester and Options for Part 2 of the semester. Tracks and Options are concentration of 3 courses coherent on an academic and schedule level. You can check the list of courses here and click on the built-in links to read the descriptions and prerequisites. The descriptions can also be reached via the UCLouvain website search box by typing the course codes (make sure the right year is indicated in the URL, i.e. 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.).
|European Business||Consumer Insight|
|Corporate Finance||Financial Engineering|
|Innovation Management||Supply Chain Management|
|International Finance||Corporate Sustainable Management|
|Marketing Strategy for Connected brands||International Business|
|Management humain et intervention les organisations||Sourcing and procurement|
|Compatible courses with Track 1 and 2*|
*The LTRAV courses are shift schedule courses taught in the evening (17h30-20h30, 19h30 for LTRAV2730) throughout the entire semester (Part 1 and Part 2). Their schedule is compatible with every LSM courses. Students can either choose 3 LTRAV courses or add a LTRAV course to the Track 1 and Track 2. These courses start in Part 1 and continue throughout Part 2.
|European Business||Consumer Insight|
|Corporate Finance||Financial Engineering|
|Innovation Management||Supply Chain Management
||Corporate Sustainable Management
|Marketing Strategy for Connected brands||International Business|
|Managing Humanely and Intervening in Organisations|
You can take maximum 2 French courses during one semester at LSM (courses of the same level: a basic one and its complementary). It is free of charge if you include it in your Learning Agreement.
For the students who want to take a beginner level course, a hybrid group has been built to completely avoid overlap. This course will consist of a mix of online and face-to-face courses and some coaching sessions.
Keep in mind that ILV works on the UCLouvain schedule, meaning that courses take place over the entire semester (not 6-week intensive lessons such as at LSM). Students should carefully check their schedule before registering for any French classes unless they are beginner level courses.
An academic year at UCLouvain equals 60 ECTS. The normal workload at LSM is 30 ECTS per semester, which represent 6 courses of 5 ECTS each. At UCLouvain, exchange students are expected to follow the workload of a UCLouvain full-time academic semester. However, the exact number of credits you have to take is set up by your home university. We usually allow exchange students to take French language courses (a basic one and its complementary) but these ones are not to be taken into consideration for ECTS workload requirements.
LSM courses are often worth 5 ECTS each, which corresponds to 30 contact hours per course. Contact hours are the number of hours of lectures for the course. Courses at LSM being given on 6 weeks, you will in most of the case have 5 hours per week of lectures. You need to be aware that, for each course, you will need several hours outside lectures to prepare the lectures or group works.
Exchange students should choose 1 track and 1 option per semester. Each track and option is made of 3 courses (most often 15 ECTS), however exchange students can opt to only follow 2 courses of each track/option to lighten their workload is they want to.
The LSM course schedule (page only accessible for students with a UCLouvain ID access) is updated just before the beginning of each academic year.
You may use the UCLouvain schedule engine to organize your stay. At the top of that page, you can enter your courses code separated by a comma in the field "Horaire d'un ou plusieurs cours spécifiques" (Schedule of one or more specific courses). You will be redirected to a timetable application (ADE) where you can see your courses schedule week by week. Be sure to navigate to every week using the bottom tab.
As part of a comprehensive university, LSM offers access to other faculties of the UCLouvain to its exchange students. Should students not find what they are looking for in the above-mentioned tracks and options, there is a possibility to take courses from other faculties (economics, engineering, political science, etc.). However, the other UCLouvain faculties do not work on the same schedule as LSM’s 6-week intensive teaching but instead work on a 13-week long courses offer throughout the entire semester. Due to this difference in the schedule, it is almost impossible to avoid overlaps with LSM courses. If you are interested in taking courses outside LSM, please refer to the following rules:
- No more than 3 courses outside LSM
- It is the student’s responsibility to check the schedule, prerequisites, and entry requirements
- It is the student’s responsibility to handle any subsequent problems or overlaps
- Delay in transcript of records may occur as all faculties do not have the same grade release date
- Get the professor's approval to follow the course on the first lecture
The teaching system at LSM includes a large amount of group work, which usually count for (part of) your final grade. Most of the time you have a final exam in addition. Keep in mind that group work takes quite a lot of time when planning your study programme. The course description mentions if group works are part of the evaluation or it will be explained by the Professor during the first lecture. Please note that the groups are formed the first week of the semester.
In case of continuous evaluation, the professor will expect individual works throughout the semester. You will have a final exam to present at the end of the semester. Note that the evaluation system will be explained by the Professor during the first lecture.
Professors explain during the first lecture whether there is a “Syllabus” (handout) or other materials for the class and where to find them.
There are two ways to get your lecture notes :
- on the UCLouvain intranet through Moodle, for the electronic version.
- in the DUC, situated in Grand’rue, to print hard copies out. The DUC is a place where you can find handouts for most of the courses.
ECTS Credits & Grading System
ECTS credits are the measuring units to build your programme. They reflect the amount of work necessary to pass a particular learning activity (e.g. a course or a seminar) and are calculated taking into account the total time needed in order to achieve the desired learning outcomes, including the time spent in individual study. Being a standard European measure, ECTS credits will make it easier for your studies at UCLouvain to be recognized by your home university. UCLouvain uses the ECTS grading table. 10/20 is a passing grade.
% of students awarded the grade
Registration to courses
Students must send a signed Learning Agreement to LSM as soon as possible but at least 1 week before the start of the term. A learning agreement is a contract of study between the student, the home university and LSM. Your choice of courses must respect both your home university requirements and the LSM rules. Please use the LSM Learning Agreement template (if needed, we can also sign your home university's template, simply send it by email along LSM's template). Note that this choice is not final and you will have the opportunity to modify your course selection during the first week of the semester. LSM recommends a workload of 30 ECTS credits for one semester evenly distributed between Part 1 and Part 2 (besides language courses).
If you are thinking about taking French lessons, you can mention "French Course" in the column of the course code in your Learning Agreement. You have the possibility to do a language test to evaluate your level of French when arriving in Belgium and thus select the course(s) you need.
During the first week, students need to either:
- confirm the courses choice made in your Learning Agreement
- modify it using an appendix (called the Annex) to the initial Learning Agreement (in agreement with your home coordinator and LSM)
To modify your courses selection, you must fill-in the Annex to the Learning Agreement and hand it over to the LSM Incoming Coordinator. The deadline is the Friday of the first week of the semester.
Check your registration
After the deadline to submit your Learning Agreement (or its Annex), LSM will finalize your registration to courses.
You will be asked to check your courses registration on "MyUCL", your UCLouvain account. The exact code and title of courses you are registered to must appear. If there are any discrepancies with your final courses choices, you should inform the LSM Incoming Students Coordinator without delay. Remember that, if this course registration is not correct, it will not be possible to make any changes during the semester.
Be aware of the issues this can raise :
- If a course you want to follow is not listed on "MyUCL", it will not appear on your Transcript of Records and no grade will be given for it
- If a course you do not want to follow stays on "MyUCL", it will appear on your Transcript of Records with the mention "NE" meaning "Not Evaluated"
Moodle is a distance course information platform used by the professors to give students information, exercises, documents and communication tools regarding their courses. Professors will inform students if they use this tool during their first lecture and provide them with the enrolment key, if necessary.
Your registration on Moodle is not an official registration. To access Moodle, you must be registered as a UCLouvain student and have your UCLouvain account activated. You can log in on Moodle with your UCLouvain user account by going on https://moodleucl.uclouvain.be/. You will then have to possibility search for your courses using the course code in order to find your lecture notes or any other document the professor has posted there for you. Note that you may be asked to enter the enrolment key that was provided during the first course lecture.
For the first term (September to January), the exams are held in January and, for the second term (February to June), they are held in June. Resit exam can only be done in August/September in Belgium. In some exceptional cases, and always with the professor's approval, students can take resit exams from their home university under certain conditions.
Each student has the right to take the same exam twice during the same academic year:
- First possibility, the regular exam session at the end of the semester the course is given
- Second possibility, the resit exam session (August-September).
The UCLouvain does not allow the organization of exams outside the official exam session.
In order to take an exam or resit an exam you must be registered for it. The LSM Incoming Student Coordinator will register you to your exams by default. You will be asked to check your registration online via your UCLouvain account and, if you want you will have the possibility to drop an exam (Drop Exam(s) Form.). Be aware that, if you register to a course but choose to drop the exam, the course will still be listed on your Transcript of Records with the mention "NE" for "Not Evaluated".
The evaluation system may be different from one course to another and, at the professor's discretion, may be composed of :
- class participation
- oral presentations (individual and by group)
- written exams (essays/projects/group reports)
- oral exams
The exam schedule is available before the end of the semester on the LSM webpage (only accessible for students with a UCLouvain account). Please check this page regularly when the exam session approaches.
Students who must return to their home university for academic reasons in January will be allowed to take their exams from their home university. A proof from the home university is required. These exams taken from abroad must take place on the same day and, when possible, at the same time as the UCLouvain examination.
Register to exam from abroad (this is the only valid procedure) :
- The LSM Incoming Students Coordinator will send you an email with the registration procedure shortly after the exam schedule is communicate.
- Complete the "Exams from Abroad" form. The information needed is :
- Your details (full name, noma and UCLouvain email address)
- Course code (letters and number)
- Course title
- Name of the professor
- Day and time of examination (should be the same as UCLouvain examination)
- Name and e-mail address of the responsible person who will invigilate your exam(s) at your home university
- You have to contact your home university coordinator to make your exam(s) arrangements
- The LSM Incoming Students Coordinator will get in touch with your home university invigilator for the administrative follow-up of your exam(s).
Resit examinations take place during the resit exam session in August/September.
In order to resit an exam and to receive its results, students must be registered for the course and for the resit exam. All necessary information about the resit exam session will be sent to students by email at the end of the semester.
Students eligible to the resit exams are:
- Students with a grade below 10/20
- Students who could not attend the first session
- Students who did not drop the first exam session
Students must be in Belgium to take their resit exam(s). In some exceptional cases, and always with the professor's approval, students can take resit exams from their home university under certain conditions :
- A maximum of 4 written resit exams will be supervised by the LSM Incoming Student Coordinator
- Oral resit exams need to be organized directly with the professor via video conferences
Transcript of Records
Transcript of Records are sent electronically to your home university coordinator. A paper version will only be sent to the home university upon request.
They are prepared within the weeks following each exams session :
- For exams taken in January, the Transcript of Records is sent mid-February
- For exams taken in June, the Transcript of Records is sent mid-July
- For exams taken in August-September (resit session), the Transcript of Records is sent mid-September
Be aware that, if you register to a course but choose not to take the exam, "NE" (Not Evaluated) will appear on your Transcript of Records for this course. As no grade is therefore given, your home university can decide if this is considered failed or not.