Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

2022 - 2023 Programme


Proficiency in foreign languages through general and specialised disciplines has been a key issue for over 20 years for Saint-Louis University, aware of the importance of polyglottism in a society increasingly open to the world.

Unique in the academic landscape of French-speaking Belgium, the Faculty of Economics, Social and Political Sciences and Communication offers bilingual or trilingual Sociology and Anthropology programmes spread out over the three years of study.

Two study course are available: either bilingual French / English or trilingual French / Dutch / English at a rate of 3 to 4 courses in the target language per year of study.

  • French-English bilingual Major: three courses per academic year are taught in English.
  • Trilingual French-Dutch-English Major: for each academic year, two courses are taught in English and two courses are taught in Dutch.

At any time, the student who wishes so can switch to the unilingual programme (unilingual major), retaining the credits earned for courses that he would have followed in English or Dutch as part of the multilingual formula. (For details, refer to the presentation of programmes on the "multilingual degrees" page).

Students who wish to remain in the unilingual course of study (see “Unilingual Major”) also receive quality language lessons. Language courses and courses taught in foreign languages are an integral part of their programme, as they must follow an English and Dutch language course during the first and second year, and choose one of the two languages in the third year: in addition, during the second term of the third year, students are under the obligation to follow a course in Dutch (Milieu en samenleving) or in English (Society and environment).

These language courses focus on the progressive acquisition of skills that enable students to deal with various situations, particularly in the context of sociology and anthropology. Taught in groups of limited size, they follow an interactive approach based on numerous exercises of listening comprehension and oral expression. This language training is accompanied by a "language lab".

In addition, many courses in the mandatory programme in French require the reading of texts in English.

Students who wish so, may, during the second semester of the third year, experience an Erasmus or similar stay, chosen from 22 universities whose programmes are taught in a language other than French and with whom the Faculty has established a convention. (For more details, refer to the "Mobility" page).

Another proposed formula: students who have successfully completed the year’s programme after the June session can apply for an annual grant for a summer language trip in Flanders or abroad.