University of Liège

The University of Liege is the only public, pluralist and complete university institution of the French Walloon-Brussels community. It is a part of the Wallonia-Europe University Academy. It aims at maintaining a fair balance between teaching, research and community service activities, in the broad lines recognised by its complete university status.



The founding of the University of Liège in 1817 on the initiative of King Wilhelm the First of the Netherlands was in fact the culmination of a long intellectual tradition going back to the origins of the Principality. From the XIth century on, the Schools of Liège, under the aegis of the prince-bishops, attracted students in pursuit of their first degrees as well as researchers anxious to immerse themselves, as Petrarch did, in the treasures of the libraries.


Fully integrated in the Bologna process aiming at establishing a large harmonised zone of higher education in Europe, Ulg welcomes 20000 students spread out over nine Faculties, one Institute and one Management School. The University offers a very large range of courses: 38 degree courses, 200 masters courses (of which 33% are unique in French-speaking Belgium) and 68 complementary masters courses. Located at the crossroads of the German and Latin cultures, with a global outlook on international aspects, the University of Liege devotes a considerable part of its teaching to foreign language classes in order to ensure that its students are citizens who are truly active on a European level.


As in all of the universities in Europe and throughout the world, the teaching at ULg is kept alive through research. This teaching-research complementarity is at the heart of the university project. The ULg pays special attention to essential research, the basis of new knowledge. Although the Institution backs certain subjects and research orientations in particular, that it deems as priorities, it does not wish to be deprived of those that exist and that are inseparable from its status as a complete university.

  • 530 research units in all subject areas
  • 20 large-scale inter-disciplinary research centres
  • 1,500 contractual researchers


The ULg Employment Unit is a university service offered to final year students and graduates. It offers a wide range of services to help them start, reinvigorate or redirect their professional careers: employment seminars, professional coaching upon appointment, advice through the website and access to job offers on the My ULg portal.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (15)
Business & Management (7)
Social Sciences (6)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Law (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Medicine & Health (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The International Office provides advice and assistance for international students upon their arrivaland during their studies. It also coordinates student exchange and study abroad programmes andother inter-institutional links to make international learning experiences available to every student.Its members help develop programmes suited for every step of a student’s or PhD’s academiccareer, for example: internships, exchange opportunities, language courses or courses that fit intoa degree plan.

Housing services

The University of Liège is based mainly in Liège, in the city centre and on the Sart Tilman University campus, which is about ten kilometres to the south. It is very easy to find accommodation. Thanks to its numerous and reasonably priced accommodation possibilities, Liège is the cheapest University town in Belgium. Indeed, in addition to those in the University residence, about 7000 student places are offered in every area of the city and in the surroundings of the Sart Tilman campus (rooms, studios, apartments, houses).

ICT services

Since the beginning of the 2006-07 academic year, ULg has been equipped with a WiFi network; probably the most extensive in Belgium, it numbers more than 800 terminals and covers all buildings on campus. This network features both hotspot (ULg-Open) and secured (ULg-Secure) connections.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Liège is principally located in the Liège city centre and the Sart Tilman campus situated ten kilometers to the south. It operates additional centres in the south of Belgium in Arlon and at Mont-Rigi (Hautes Fagnes) as well as the Stareso oceanographic base at Calvi (Corsica) .

Sports facilities

Physical activity is essential for good health. It plays an undeniable role in the prevention of diseases such as cardiovascular disease. It also helps you to feel fit and to reduce stress. Owing to these benefits, the university authorities have integrated sport into the health policy it hopes to develop at the university for its members of staff, students and even external visitors.

Student clubs

ULg's lively student community has resulted in numerous associations. The biggest one is the Federation of ULg Students. Present on all fronts, this non-profit organisation defends students and represents them among academic authorities. It also plays an important role in activities associated with student life and takes an active part in embracing the international side of the university community, thanks in particular to the Erasmus Commission. The Federation is a member of the European Student Network (ESN).


  • ULg has twice been awarded the European labels of ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and DS (Diploma Supplement), making it the only Belgian University to have obtained these European quality labels since 2010. The European Commission acknowledged the quality approach of the University by delivering its label of « HR Excellence in research ».
  • Nine Master programmes in civil engineering and bio-engineering have recently been accredited EURACE (European Quality Label for Engineering Degree Programmes) by the CTI-Commission (Commission des Titres d’ingénieur)