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) and in the first term in Woluwe.

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 was held in Louvain-la-Neuve.

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

On the agenda there was:

  - Ask your questions to the representatives of the services listed HERE
  - Visit the library with a guide
  - Take part in guided tours of the campus
  - And much more...


Place and address of the day:

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


On Friday, September 23, 2022, from 12 AM to 2 PM, an information day for international students is held in Woluwe.

On this occasion, the following services will be attending:

   - Library of health sciences (BBS)
   - The Enrolment Service (SIC)
   - Artefac (UCL Culture): Presentation of the cultural season.
   - General Coordination of International Students (CGEI): City tour,
     help with arrival procedures (Commune registration, etc.)
   - The help service (AIDE): Information on the health system in Belgium
      (mutuelles), psychological and social support, jobs...
   - Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

Location and address of the day:

     Library of health sciences
     Avenue Hippocrate, 50
     1200 Woluwe St Lambert (Brussels)


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, ...

In the first term, the welcome party will be held:


In Louvain-la-Neuve on October 6th, 2022 at 6 PM, at the following address:
Restaurant Universitaire Le Sablon
Rue du Sablon, 11
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve




In the Woluwe campus, on October 11, 2022 at 6 PM, at following address:
Restaurant Universitaire Le Martin V
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (Brussels)