International bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students

You’re an international student and you want to attend UCL? Welcome!

For starters, here’s what you need to know:

  • At UCL, as in all Belgian universities, academic courses are organised into three degree levels in accordance with the so-called ‘Bologna’ system: bachelor’s (three years) , master’s (two years) and doctorate. In addition, the advanced master’s (one year) is available to holders of a master’s degree.
  • The main language of instruction is French, and the university offers some programmes and classes in English. You can also take classes to get your French up to speed. With some exceptions, a doctorate can be pursued entirely in English.
  • The academic year begins in mid-September and ends at the end of June. Full-time students (those pursuing a full year of study or a degree) must begin their studies in September, whereas exchange students can begin in September or February and doctoral students at any time of year.
  • Excepting certain programmes, tuition fees for the 2016-17 academic year consist of the base fee (€835) plus fees applicable to students from countries outside the European Union. Specific fees apply to exchange and doctoral students.