Catholic University of Louvain: Statistics



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#281 of 14,131 In the World
#106 of 2,785 In Europe
#4 of 63 In Belgium
#1 of 2 In Louvain-la-Neuve
#54 of 1,001 For UX/UI Desgin
Top50% For 222 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 75,223 scientific papers published and 2,213,551 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Medicine, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Quantum and Particle physics, and Biochemistry.


Catholic University of Louvain majors

by publication & citation count

41,699 / 1,564,160
34,859 / 1,275,134
32,982 / 1,015,066
31,532 / 939,828
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
30,673 / 754,976
29,853 / 1,081,922
Computer Science
26,746 / 824,241
Environmental Science
26,115 / 828,445
Quantum and Particle physics
21,594 / 623,456
20,711 / 882,394
20,285 / 892,725
Organic Chemistry
18,938 / 669,590
16,921 / 365,434
Materials Science
15,654 / 489,311
15,413 / 428,407
14,398 / 463,534
14,193 / 503,839
Geography and Cartography
13,062 / 370,961
Political Science
12,891 / 281,798
12,676 / 540,831
11,610 / 391,525
11,381 / 339,179
10,422 / 251,215
10,364 / 271,339
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
9,959 / 256,210
9,584 / 262,064
9,400 / 237,306
9,047 / 339,206
8,526 / 297,855
8,008 / 214,322
7,826 / 278,856
Optical Engineering
7,804 / 221,555
Metallurgical Engineering
7,287 / 228,801
7,152 / 204,785
Electrical Engineering
7,074 / 164,758
6,848 / 177,360
6,842 / 333,705
6,529 / 221,736
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
5,474 / 173,538
Machine Learning
5,299 / 146,050

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 639 5568
1992 657 6550
1993 754 6559
1994 798 7536
1995 863 8431
1996 917 9480
1997 952 10934
1998 947 12669
1999 1071 14976
2000 1167 16411
2001 1251 18340
2002 1558 22616
2003 1461 24988
2004 1549 29050
2005 1748 33867
2006 1792 38829
2007 1989 43756
2008 2033 49123
2009 2385 55474
2010 2547 63407
2011 2665 72228
2012 2786 81392
2013 3028 90410
2014 2953 100106
2015 2942 105548
2016 3150 109743
2017 3163 112917
2018 3296 123302
2019 3395 138242
2020 3641 162312
2021 3577 185484
2022 3294 185842
2023 2937 180861
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. Gustavo Petro

    Gustavo Petro
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1960-.. (age 64)
    Enrolled in the Catholic University of Louvain
    Studied in 1995
    partisanwriterinternational forum participanteconomistpolitician

    Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego is a Colombian politician, economist, and former member of the M19 armed guerrilla movement. He has been serving as the president of Colombia since 2022. Upon his inauguration, he became the first left-wing president in the recent history of Colombia.

  2. Rafael Correa

    Rafael Correa
    Born in
    Ecuador Flag Ecuador
    1963-.. (age 61)
    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.

  3. Queen Mathilde of Belgium

    Queen Mathilde of Belgium
    Born in
    Belgium Flag Belgium
    1973-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in the Catholic University of Louvain
    In 2002 graduated with master's degree in psychology
    consortspeech and language therapistinternational forum participant

    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)
    theoretical physicistphysicistengineeracademicmetallurgist

    Abdul Qadeer Khan,, 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 : Saint-Louis Bruxelles Anthropology, Economics, European Studies, French, German, History, Human Rights, Information Sciences, Law, Management, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Public Law, Romance Languages, Sociology, Translation and Interpretation
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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