Language courses

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Language courses

All students, researchers and lecturers can take advantage of language courses at the UCLouvain Language Institute (Institut des langues vivantes, ILV).

The ILV teaches 15 languages: German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Turkish and Belgian French sign language.

Individuals who want to improve their French can register for French classes at the UCLouvain Language Institute. Moreover, the university, in collaboration with the Louvain Language Centres (Centres de Langues de Louvain, CLL), offers intensive French summer and winter holiday programmes specially designed for international students. 

Students can also improve their French by joining one of the student organisations that offer language-based conversation groups and knowledge exchange and writing activities.

OLS - Online Linguistic Support

Erasmus+ exchange students can improve their knowledge of French before they arrive by taking a free interactive French course offered by the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) system. Students should contact their home university for more information.

CLL Language Centre

Students, researchers and lecturers can also take advantage of CLL Language Centres, which offer several language courses, including intensive French language courses and a series of educational activities to learn about Belgian and French-speaking culture. CLL Language Centres are located in Louvain-la-Neuve, central Brussels, Brussels Woluwe, Namur and Liège.