Saint-Louis University, Brussels

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Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
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Former names
Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (1929–2012)
Faculté universitaire Saint-Louis
Type Free university (state funded)
Established 1858
Parent institution
UCLouvain (informally)
Affiliation Roman Catholicism
Budget €39,785,004 (2018)[1]
Rector Pierre Jadoul
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 4,150[2] (2017)
Location Brussels, 1000, Belgium
50°51′11.21″N 4°21′40.59″E / 50.8531139°N 4.3612750°E / 50.8531139; 4.3612750Coordinates: 50°51′11.21″N 4°21′40.59″E / 50.8531139°N 4.3612750°E / 50.8531139; 4.3612750
Campus Saint-Louis (urban) ; Marie Haps (urban)
Colours Red
Affiliations Académie Louvain

The UCLouvain Saint-Louis - Bruxelles or Saint-Louis University, Brussels, (officially, in French Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles) is a public university in Brussels, belonging to the French Community of Belgium. Prior to 2012 it was known as the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (abbreviated FUSL). From September 2018 on, the university uses the name UCLouvain, together with the University of Louvain, in the context of a merger between both universities.


The school was founded in 1858 as the Philosophy Department of the Institut Saint-Louis (a diocesan secondary school), to prepare candidates for the higher liberal arts certification that would qualify them to enroll for a university law degree.[3] In 1929 it became a distinct university-level institution and a dutch speaking section emerged, EHSAL (St. Aloysius University College of Economics) which would later become the Catholic University of Brussels (KUBrussel), then Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel and today constitutes the KU Leuven campus Brussel, still located in the same street as Saint-Louis University, the rue du Marais/Broekstraat.

Until 2015, Saint-Louis University and three other Belgian French-speaking historically Catholic universities; the University of Namur, the Université catholique de Louvain and the Facultés universitaires catholiques de Mons (now a part of the previous) made up the Académie universitaire Louvain network.[4] After the reform of Belgian French-speaking universities in 2013, Saint-Louis became a founding member of the Pôle académique de Bruxelles, along with the Université libre de Bruxelles.

In may 2017, Saint-Louis University, Brussels and the Catholic university of Louvain (which has 2 campuses in Brussels) officially announced that the two universities are going to merge to create a single institution named UCLouvain.[5]

Its main campus is located on the northern edge of the historic inner city, opposite the Botanical Garden of Brussels across the small ring road. In 2015 the Bachelor of Translation programme of the Institut libre Marie Haps was transferred to the newly established Marie Haps Faculty of Translation and Interpreting at Saint-Louis University, Brussels.[6] This programme is taught in buildings on the Rue d'Arlon, near the European Parliament.

Faculties and institutes[edit]

  • Faculty of Philosophy, Languages & Literatures, and Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics, Social, Political and Communication Sciences
  • Marie Haps Faculty of Translation and Interpreting
  • Institute for European Studies

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ A Short History of Saint-Louis, University Website. Accessed 20 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Académie universitaire Louvain / English / Members" Check |url= value (help).[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "L'UCL et l'USL-B : en route vers la fusion | UCLouvain". (in French). Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  6. ^ Isabelle Lemaire, L’UCL et Saint-Louis cooptent Marie Haps, La Libre Belgique 22 February 2015; updated 23 February 2015. Accessed 20 February 2016.

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