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Education Abroad Office

Louvain School of Management

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Louvain
Country: Belgium
Term: Spring

UofSC's International Business exchange program at the Louvain School of Management (LSM) is designed to expose American students to Belgian life and culture and international business practices. The Université Catholique de Louvain is the first and largest French-speaking university in Belgium, with 27,000 students. The Louvain School of Management is ranked #1 in Belgium and receives more than 200 exchange students per year.

LSM is located in Louvain-La-Neuve, approximately 20 miles southeast of Brussels in the French-speaking part of Belgium. It is the quintessential "college town", as the city was built to house the university and it is very pedestrian-friendly, with everything in walking distance. The city has a young population with an average age of 27, almost 20% of the population is international, and it is at the heart of Europe.

Category: 2,  students must have successfully completed at least one 300-level French language course.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Louvain compared to other countries in the world. Students should plan for $750-1,000 in monthly costs. 

A full-time course load at LSM is 30 ECTS, which is equivalent to 15 credits at UofSC. Courses offered in English are available for exchange students to take, as well as language training is available during the semester through the Institut des Langues Vivantes (ILV). It is free of charge for exchange students. Courses are also offered prior to the start of each semester for an additional fee.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

This program does not offer organized excursions, however exchange students at Louvain have the opportunity for individual travel and to join student activities and organizations.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students may apply to live in the University Accommodation, which ranges in cost. The rent includes all costs except for electricity. University accommodation includes kots à projets, an apartment of six to twelve students who work together on a project of social, cultural or humanitarian dimension, or a basic shared "flat", or apartment. Students may also search for non-university accommodation through private landlords.

The spring semester takes place from late January/early February to late June.

There is a mandatory orientation and information day just prior to the start of each semester arranged by the School of Management for International Business exchange students. In addition, the university organizes a general International Welcome for international students in all departments to help them upon arrival.

Students who attend LSM for a semester are required to obtain a Belgian student visa.  Students must register for an appointment and appear in person at the Belgian consulate or embassy. If you are 21 years old or older, you will be required to obtain an FBI background check as part of your visa application. SC residents will go through the Atlanta consulate. Out-of-state students should check the consulate website for their jursidiction. 


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