Welcome activities

Accueil Internationaux - Bienvenue à UCLouvain


There are a wide range of welcoming activities on offer at UCLouvain for international students arriving at the Louvain-la-Neuve campus.

International students' day 

An International Students' Day takes place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the Friday before the beginning of each term of the academic year (for 2023-2024, on September 15, 2023 and on February 2, 2024).

Various departments and services of our university introduce themselves and their activities. It is the perfect place to be, to learn about what UCLouvain can offer and about student's life.

On Friday, February 2nd, 2024 from 9 AM to 2 PM, an information day intended specifically for international students will be held in Louvain-la-Neuve.

Many university departments and student associations will have stands here. Orientation, financial and social aid, student life (sport, culture, folklore, etc.), all aspects of university life will be presented.

  On the agenda:

  - Ask your questions to the representatives of the services listed HERE
  - Collect the brochures with all the information
  - Take part in guided tours of the campus
  - And much more...

 Place and address of the day:

  Halles Universitaires (on the first and second floor)
  Place de l'université 1
  1348 Louvain-la-Neuve


 Admission was free, but prior registration was required.


Meet & Greet service

Local students offer a special "meet and greet" service to help new students in their approach upon arrival and hence to facilitate their integration.

Meet & Greet at the train station - Louvain-la-Neuve

Meet & Greet at arrival - Woluwe


Welcome sessions at the Faculty

Welcome - Internationaux

Welcome sessions, specially designed for international/exchange students, are organized by each Faculty at the beginning of the term (in September and in February).

Important information is given during the welcome sessions such as registering to courses and exams, how to validate the learning agreement, where to find the courses schedule, and so on.

Time is also allocated to answer your questions.

Don't miss this core-activity !


Buddy Programme

Each international student may benefit from the Buddy Programme. A local student helps out and supports an international student from her/his very first day in Belgium and throughout his/her the stay at UCLouvain.


Welcome Party

In the first term, the welcome party will take place on October 18 from 6 PM at the Ferme du Biéreau (Avenue du Jardin Botanique).

This is a great opportunity to meet plenty of new students, as well as students who have been here for a while and can share their own experiences.

On the program:

Welcome speech by local Authorities, discovery of Belgian culture and gastronomy, entertainment, music, ...