Welcome activities for international students

Accueil Internationaux - Bienvenue à UCLouvain


UCLouvain organizes plenty of welcoming activities for international students arriving at the Louvain-la-Neuve and Woluwe (Brussels) campuses.

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 2021-2022, on September 10, 2021 and on January 28, 2022).

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.

International Students DayOn Friday, September 10, 2021, from 11 AM to 3 PM, an information day intended specifically for international students was held in Louvain-la-Neuve.

Many university departments and student associations had stands at
« Foyer du Lac » (Aula Magna), Place Lemaire 1.

Orientation, financial and social aid, student life (sport, culture, folklore, etc.), all aspects of university life were presented. Several services of UCLouvain were there to guide international students in the best possible way.

This information day is rebroadcast online (especially for students subject to quarantine) through this virtual platform. Don't hesitate to ask your questions to the exhibitors via their social networks!

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 - InternationauxWelcome 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 - Discovery Rally


A Welcome Party marks the end of the welcome period. It is held in late September/early October in Louvain-la-Neuve and Woluwe and in mid-February in Louvain-la-Neuve. On the program: welcome speech, discovery of Belgian culture and gastronomy, entertainment, music, meeting with the Authorities and students of UCLouvain.

This year the welcome party is replaced by a rally in Louvain-la-Neuve

The numerous participants have discovered the city in an original way on October 20, 2021, by walking through the streets of the center.