Learning Languages

Bruxelles Saint-Gilles, Bruxelles Woluwe, Charleroi, Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons, Tournai

Learning languages is a priority throughout the bachelor’s programme, empowering the student to achieve genuine multicultural and professional integration.

UCLouvain strives to help every student attain, by the end of the bachelor’s programme, the level of B2 in a second (and/or third, fourth, etc.) language according to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

UCLouvain Language Institute

Using labs equipped with cutting-edge technology and open to all UCLouvain students, the UCLouvain Language Institute conducts university programme language classes. Some are specific to the student’s choice of major, others are general. Fifteen languages are taught: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Turkish and Belgian French sign language.

In addition, the institute offers courses outside degree programmes in 11 languages: German, Arabic, Chinese, French, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian and Turkish.

During the academic year, the institute offers a series of courses in French as a foreign language.

Courses in other languages

UCLouvain offers master’s programmes that are taught partially or entirely in English. Some English-language courses are integral to degree programmes, mainly in the fields of law, economics, social sciences, political science, management, philosophy and letters, sciences, applied sciences, and health sciences.

More details on course language and English-language course offerings are available in the course descriptions in the UCLouvain course catalogue.

Courses taught in Spanish, Italian and Dutch are limited to the field of philology.

General intensive French course

The Louvain Language Centres (CLL) offer intensive French language courses for young adults and international students, as well as a series of educational activities to learn about Belgian and French-speaking culture.

All information about these courses on the CLL Website "French courses in Belgium"

Student mobility and joint degree programmes

UCL offers many student mobility and joint degree programme opportunities. UCLouvain students can take a language course free of charge in the run-up to their departure for an exchange programme at another university. Exchange students coming to UCLouvain can take both degree programme and French classes.

Complete information for exchange students.

Other language courses at Louvain-la-Neuve

Louvain Language Centres - CLL

Voie Cardijn 8 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Tel. + 32 (0) 10 45 10 44


Centre Placet

All levels of French courses for non-French-speaking foreign students

Rue des Sports, 2 - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Tel. +32 (0) 10 47 46 90                                                

Contact: Michèle Gosselin

Language practice and ‘kots à projets

Het Nederlandskot (Dutch language and culture)

Rue des Blancs-Chevaux, 14/001-009

Tel. + 32 (0) 10 45 47 10

Kot Ardoise

Place des Brabançons, 2 – 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve