Catholic University of Louvain: Statistics

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#273 of 14,131 In the World
#103 of 2,785 In Europe
#4 of 63 In Belgium
#1 of 2 In Louvain-la-Neuve
#48 of 1,009 For UX/UI Desgin
Top50% For 220 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The Catholic University of Louvain is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate and entrance examination, or foreign qualifications if recognized under agreement concluded with the Belgian Government. Other foreign qualifications subject to the approval of the faculty concerned
Academic CalendarSeptember to July (September - February; February-July)

Research profile

Catholic University of Louvain is a world-class research university with 66,357 scientific papers published and 1,934,496 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Medicine, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Quantum and Particle physics, and Biochemistry.


Catholic University of Louvain majors

by publication & citation count

36,821 / 1,342,029
31,072 / 1,100,192
29,105 / 860,122
27,685 / 802,184
26,498 / 926,128
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
25,747 / 617,725
Computer Science
23,366 / 696,136
Environmental Science
22,722 / 704,514
Quantum and Particle physics
18,588 / 509,552
18,393 / 754,891
18,151 / 768,660
Organic Chemistry
16,734 / 567,868
13,833 / 289,917
Materials Science
13,737 / 412,166
13,461 / 351,811
12,810 / 386,699
12,169 / 423,946
Geography and Cartography
11,174 / 309,154
11,133 / 459,945
Political Science
10,707 / 222,669
9,904 / 317,262
9,845 / 276,996
8,968 / 202,480
8,787 / 214,831
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
8,692 / 205,122
8,263 / 187,873
8,177 / 217,389
7,765 / 291,484
7,608 / 254,573
6,887 / 230,018
6,730 / 173,932
Optical Engineering
6,632 / 175,603
Metallurgical Engineering
6,224 / 185,672
6,171 / 291,417
Electrical Engineering
6,094 / 124,054
6,053 / 168,078
5,990 / 153,007
5,768 / 184,858
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
4,911 / 150,963
Machine Learning
4,590 / 110,840

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 539 4672
1991 605 4895
1992 622 5778
1993 703 5809
1994 747 6784
1995 795 7527
1996 861 8451
1997 880 9857
1998 904 11593
1999 985 13603
2000 1078 15025
2001 1126 16970
2002 1189 19785
2003 1251 22527
2004 1360 26038
2005 1522 30877
2006 1591 34961
2007 1776 39287
2008 1837 45169
2009 2156 50436
2010 2643 57191
2011 2406 66027
2012 2535 74600
2013 2764 83587
2014 2771 92935
2015 2770 98678
2016 2874 102569
2017 2969 108235
2018 2897 110587
2019 3054 127228
2020 3290 150536
2021 3592 189981
2022 2875 174055
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Catholic University of Louvain gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program EU Students Non-EU Students
Bachelor's Degree €840/year €4,180/year
Master's Degree €840/year €4,180/year
PhD €840/year €4,180/year

The Catholic University of Louvain has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Catholic University of Louvain.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Master Administration, Advertising and Publicity, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Biology, Building Technologies, Business and Commerce, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civics, Civil Engineering, Criminology, Crop Production, Cultural Studies, Data Processing, Demography and Population, Dentistry, Development Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Educational Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Food Science, Food Technology, Health Sciences, History, Human Resources, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Music, Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Philology, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Sports, Statistics, Teacher Training, Theology, Town Planning
Doctorat Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Education, History, Management, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences, Translation and Interpretation, Veterinary Science

Catholic University of Louvain alumni

  1. Rafael Correa Delgado

    Rafael Correa Delgado
    Born in
    Ecuador Flag Ecuador
    1963-.. (age 60)
    Enrolled in the Catholic University of Louvain
    In 1991 graduated with master's degree in economics

    Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado is an Ecuadorian politician and economist who served as President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2017. The leader of the PAIS Alliance political movement from its foundation until 2017, Correa is a democratic socialist and his administration focused on the implementation of left-wing policies. Internationally, he served as president pro tempore of the UNASUR.

  2. Gustavo Petro

    Gustavo Petro
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1960-.. (age 63)
    Enrolled in the Catholic University of Louvain
    Studied in 1995
    partisanenvironmentalistpoliticianeconomistinternational forum participant

    Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego is a Colombian economist, politician, and former guerrilla fighter who is the current president of Colombia since 2022.

  3. Queen Mathilde of Belgium

    Queen Mathilde of Belgium
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    1973-.. (age 50)
    Enrolled in the Catholic University of Louvain
    In 2002 graduated with master's degree in psychology
    international forum participantspeech and language therapistconsort

    Mathilde is Queen of the Belgians as the wife of King Philippe. She is the first native-born Belgian queen. She has founded and assisted charities to decrease poverty in the country.

  4. Abdul Qadeer Khan

    Abdul Qadeer Khan
    Born in
    India Flag India
    1936-2021 (aged 85)
    nuclear physicistmetallurgistacademicengineerphysicist

    Abdul Qadeer Khan, NI, HI, FPAS, known as A. Q. Khan, was a Pakistani nuclear physicist and metallurgical engineer who is colloquially known as the "father of Pakistan's atomic weapons program".

All 100 notable alumni

Catholic University of Louvain faculties and divisions

Campus : Bruxelles Saint-Gilles Architecture, Town Planning
Campus : Bruxelles Woluwe Biomedicine, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health
Campus : Charleroi Administration, Management
Campus : Louvain-la-Neuve Administration, Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Behavioural Sciences, Biology, Building Technologies, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Crop Production, Cultural Studies, Data Processing, Dutch, Earth Sciences, Economics, Educational Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Food Science, French, German, Greek, History, Information Technology, Italian, Journalism, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanics, Medieval Studies, Modern Languages, Musicology, Oriental Languages, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Romance Languages, Social Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Sports, Statistics, Teacher Training, Theology, Town Planning, Veterinary Science
Campus : Mons Administration, Advertising and Publicity, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Demography and Population, Development Studies, Economics, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Campus : Namur Biology, Biotechnology, Building Technologies, Civil Engineering, Cultural Studies, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Social Studies, Teacher Training
Campus : Tournai Architecture, Regional Planning, Structural Architecture, Town Planning

General information

Alternative names UCL
Université Catholique de Louvain
Founded 1425
Accreditation Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles)
Motto Sedes Sapientiae
Seat of Wisdom
Colors blue, white

Location and contacts

Address Place de l'Université, 1
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
City population 11,000

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