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Study in Belgium for a Semester or Year!


The Universite de Catholique (UCL) offers majors across a wide range of faculties.  While the primary language of instruction is French, UCL does offer several options for students to study in English.  Appalachian students can apply to study in the School of Management and the School of Political Science.


UCL's main campus is located in Louvain-la-Neuve, a town built to house the university. The town offers a wide variety of facilities and services: as well as cultural, sport and leisure activities (theatres, cinema, music halls, extensive sport facilities and one of the largest shopping malls in the region).  Transportation is supported with a railway station, public transport (bus) and a modern bike and road infrastructure.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Mid September to Mid December
  • Spring Semester: Late January to Late June

For more information about the academic calendar please visit UCL’s website.


Students attending UCL will need to apply for housing as a part of their application. UCL arranged housing isn’t guaranteed so the earlier that students submit their application the more likely they are to receive housing.  If students are unsuccessful in their UCL arranged housing there are private housing options available.  If students aren’t able arrange housing before their arrival they will be assigned local student support to help with their search during the first week on campus.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to the UCL or their housing provider.

For additional information about housing please visit the UCL accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1 OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Fall Spring Academic Year
Airfare $1200 - $1800 $1200 - $1800 $1200 - $1800
1Housing $1800 - $2500 $2200 - $3000 $4200 - $6000
Housing Deposit $150 - $300 $150 - $300 $150 - $300
Meals $1500 - $2000 $1800 - $2200 $3200 - $4200
2Personal Expenses $1000 - $1500 $1300 - $1800 $2300 - $3200
Books and Materials $200 - $350 $200 - $350 $400 - $700
Local Transportation $200 - $350 $250 - $400 $500 - $700
3Visa (for US Citizens) $234 $234 $234
FBI Report (for students 21 y/o) $40 $40 $40
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $100 - $300 $100 - $300 $100 - $300
Passport $150 $150 $150
US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies Varies
5Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
1Housing costs will vary by housing type.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, utilities, clothing, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
3Estimated visa costs does not include the cost of an FBI report (for applicants 21 or older - approximately $40) or potential travel costs to the Consulate.
4Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


When applying to UCL students will need to select either the School of Management or Political Science.  Most of the courses offered are at upper levels so students should have a significant background in the area that they want to study at UCL.  To find specific course options please click on the links below.

Exchange students are able to take a credit bearing French language course during their time at UCL.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UCL program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.