UCLouvain organizes plenty of welcoming activities for international students arriving at the Louvain-la-Neuve and Woluwe (Brussels) campuses:
- In particular, an International Students' Day takes place on the Friday before the beginning of each term of the academic year (for 2019-2020, on September 13, 2019 and on January 31, 2020).
- Local students offer a special "meet and greet" service to help new students in their approach upon arrival and hence to facilitate their integration.
- Faculties also organize group or individual welcome sessions to inform international students about academic topics.
- 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.
- 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.