Study in Liège


Liège as a student city

Neighbouring the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France, the University of Liège is strategically positioned at the heart of Europe.

The University of Liège (ULiège), founded in 1817, is the largest French-speaking public university in Belgium. It is composed of 11 faculties representing the humanities, health sciences, sciences and technology. ULiège is located in 3 towns in Wallonia: Liège, Gembloux and Arlon. It collaborates with more than 1,000 teaching and research institutions around the world. It is strengthening its research centres in areas such as biotechnology, life sciences and medical sciences (human and veterinary), agro-bio tech, space sciences, engineering and the environment. It plays an active role in social and environmental transition, encouraging responsible citizenship and ethical, transdisciplinary research. ULiège has strong expertise in the exploitation of research through the management of patents and the creation of spin-off companies. It is a major employer : more than 5,600 employees, and 12,000 jobs together with the University Hospital (CHU) of Liège.

Liège is situated in the valley of the Meuse, in the East of Belgium, close to the German and Dutch borders. Historically, Liège’s industry was focused on coal and steel and is now the economic and cultural centre of the region, as the 5th biggest city in the country. Today, Liège is known for its music festivals such as “Les Ardentes” and sporting events such as cycling races and football matches. Through its traditions, history and many cultural and touristic sights, Liège offers a dynamic lifestyle for students who can also enjoy the many infrastructures the University of Liège provides across the city and around.

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Study at the University of Liège

ULiège provides programs in all areas of knowledge. It offers some full English and bilingual programs and 10 Erasmus Mundus masters. ULiège counts nearly 28,000 students, 25% of whom are international students, with 123 nationalities represented.

The first edition of the ULiège “festival of cultures” was held in 2023, highlighting the diversity present within our institution and underlining the importance of human links.

ULiège is active in several Partner networks: e.g. the UNIC Alliance, gathering universities located in post-industrial cities, the University of the Greater Region (UniGR)…

Around 6,000 professors, lecturers, researchers, administrative, and technical staff are committed to teaching, research and to the service of society. As a student in our university, you benefit from an innovative and increasingly participatory pedagogy within a university which is engaged in an ongoing evaluation process that is responsive to the needs of society.

ULiège is proud to hold a growing number of international certifications and accreditations. Among them, Eur-Ace and CTI labels. These labels, conferred by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), provide recognition that programmes meet the highest European academic and professional standards and guarantee that students’ degrees will be immediately recognised throughout Europe.

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ULiège fosters and promotes excellent multidisciplinary research that is directly in line with its teaching, both on its campuses in Belgium, and abroad at research centers based in Europe and beyond. More than 3,000 researchers are engaged in top-level research at ULiège.  There are also more than 100 active spin-offs.

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Getting to Liège

By plane:

Brussels Airport (BRU) is located near Brussels. It is possible to travel by train from Brussels to Liège.

Brussels South Charleroi airport (CRL) is located at the outskirts of Charleroi. From there, you can take busses and trains.

Liege Airport (LGG) is located outside Liège. From there, you can take the bus to go to Liège.


By train:

Liège-Guillemins train station is the main train station in Liège. This astonishing piece of architecture designed by the famous Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava is well worth a visit. Not only is Liège-Guillemins one of the busiest train stations in the Wallonia Region, it’s also an important railway hub for high-speed trains. Eurostar, ICE and InterCity trains easily connect the city of Liège with Germany, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.