Many international students contact us, asking for opportunities to perform their bachelor or master thesis during the stay which they plan at the Louvain school of engineering (EPL). Due to high demand, and also due to some constraints in the agenda, we have to impose strict conditions regarding bachelor and master thesis (except for double/joint degrees students).
We do not advertise any subject outside EPL. If you wish to work on your bachelor/master thesis during your stay in EPL, you should first find a professor of your home institution who accepts to make the first contact and recommend you to a professor of his/her field at EPL, maybe because he/she already knows this professor.
Document that should be sent to the Inernational Office :
If you wish to come as an exchange student to work on your a thesis, we ask you as a prerequisite to send a letter explaining:
1- the project you would like to work on (a minimum of 2 pages, with description of the subject, purpose and methodology)
2- the name of a professor in your home university liable to promote your project
3- an academic correspondent at UCL willing to supervise your project here, already in contact with your home institution supervisor
If you gather these 3 prerequisites altogether, your registration at EPL will in principle be accepted under no further condition.
If you have no defined project, no academic contact neither at your home university, nor at EPL, likely to promote your thesis project, please note that as a general rule we will then not be able to accept your application.
Please note that a professor belonging to another UCL faculty may never be supervisor for the final thesis of an EPL incoming exchange student.
It is important to note that EPL students start searching for their final work project during Spring of their 4th year, to start working on their final thesis during the 5th year. It is therefore highly recommended to follow the same timing when applying for a final thesis, as each Faculty member can only supervise a limited number of students.
More specifically, students applying as exchange students at EPL in the frame of their master or bachelor final thesis, must ensure that the final thesis project is validated both by their local coordinator and their future EPL coordinator:
by 30 June at the latest, if registering for the next first semester (Fall Semester) or full academic year, due to Summer break which prevents EPL from finalizing the administrative process properly
by 15 December at the latest, if registering for the second semester (Spring Semester) of same academic year, due to Christmas break (same reason as above).