Welcome activities for international students

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 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 2022-2023, on September 16, 2022 and on February 3, 2023).

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, September 16, 2022, from 9 AM to 4 PM, an information day intended specifically for international students is held in Louvain-la-Neuve.

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

On the agenda:

  • Ask your questions to the representatives of the services listed HERE
  • Watch videos on student life, procedures, assistance, sports and so on;
  • Take part in guided tours of the campus;
  • Collect the brochures containing all the information;
  • And much more...

The event is free of charge, but prior registration is required. Please fill in the registration form.

Place and address of the day:

Bibliothèque des sciences et technologies & Learning center Pasteur (BST)
Place Pasteur, 2
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

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

Held every late September/early October (in Louvain-la-Neuve and Woluwe) and in mid-February in Louvain-la-Neuve,
it marks the end of the welcome period.

You will have an opportunity to meet plenty of new students, as well as students who have been here a while and can
share their own experiences.
On the program: Welcome speech by local Authorities, discovery of Belgian culture and gastronomy, entertainment,
music, ...

This year, the welcome party was scheduled on February 5, 2022, but due to the Covid-19 measures, the event did not take place.

Pictures on January 28, 2022

The floor is yours!