Welcome to Centre Placet, an international house for UCLouvain students from partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation

Centre Placet would like to collect your testimony as a resident of our accommodation: this will enable us to improve our services for the well-being of the placer community and to leave a memory of your visit to our Association. Please send a message with your name and photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your testimonial will be published on this page “testimonial”. Thank you in advance.

I am doing a PhD in Health Psychology and Community Health at the Doctoral School of Burundi in collaboration with UCLouvain, the social and human sciences programme

This is the third year that I know Centre Placet: first time from September 2018 to November 2018, second time from April 2019 to July 2019 and third time from March 2020 to August 2020.

Centre Placet has welcomed me and accompanied me in my daily life. The centre provides the internet connection, small kitchen equipment and guidance in other services that the residents might need. Personally, I really appreciated the help and the support I received during the preparation and facilitation of an exchange workshop on the theme of "Managing a health crisis: Similarities between HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, the case of Burund". I really appreciate the collaboration with the staff of this Centre. I wish them courage and good continuation of their mission.

Dr. Bonaventure Nikoyandoye, August 2020
Exposé sur la gestion d'une crise sanitaire au Burundi : similarités entre le VIH et le COVID-19
I came to Centre Placet in October 2017, a few days after landing in Belgium.
I am originally from Benin.

I am doing my Master’s 120 in Ethics and Public Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy of UCLouvain and I am going to enroll for a PhD in Philosophy of Nature. It took me some time to adapt to life in the hostel and the ARP (Association des Résidents du Placet) officials at the time helped me to integrate. The first Placet activity I attended was Nicolas’ (Delbar) digital creation workshop.

By becoming president of the ARP, I became more involved in the center’s activities. The Internet and Wi-Fi is good; it is a service that residents appreciate very much. Housing assistance should be promoted.

Alain Linsoussi, August 2020
I testify as a resident of Placet: I am from Guinea and I am in a Master’s degree in Labour Sciences. I arrived at the accommodation on 2 September 2019. I benefit from the services and other advantages offered to Placet residents.

Kadiata Barry, August 2020
My name is Perla Massó, I am from Cuba and I arrived in the academic year 2016-2017. I was a placement student, because I was doing a Master’s degree in Development, Environment and Society at UCLouvain with an ARES scholarship, and from that period, I have the most beautiful memories of you.

Now I am a doctoral student at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and I will be at UCLouvain as a visiting researcher during the next months of February, March and April.

Perla Massó, September 2020
I came from Ecuador to Louvain-la-Neuve in 1992 and entered the Faculty of Engineering at University of Louvain to pursue a Master’s degree.

I arrived at Placet in 1993, when we got a comfortable flat for me and my three children. I found at Placet a warm welcome and a multicultural atmosphere that my children and I very quickly appreciated.

I remember that our children's birthdays were celebrated in one of Placet’s rooms with the appropriate reservations. My husband, who until then had already joined the family, celebrated his 40th birthday there and we celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the Placet family with many friends from several African, Latin American and Arab countries. We enjoyed participating in the coordination of Placet. I do not remember all the plans we made. I remember the community bus trips to Holland, Prague, and Cologne ... and I still remember working to better integrate different nationalities, to understand our differences and appreciate our diversity.

Even today, my children still remember Centre Placet with affection. We continue to value the friendship of friends in the present. I returned to LLN for a while and the momentum I learned at Placet has not disappeared: I am now a local councilor for the town of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve.

Cecilia Torres, October 2020
Photo taken on the courtesy of the town of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
I arrived at Placet in 2008 (Editor’s note: Bora came to Belgium from the Democratic Republic of Congo with his mother, a Placet resident student at the time, he was 15 years old).

David (Amram, coordinator of the CEC of the Placet Centre) supervised us and took us on a tour of Belgium (Blankenberg, Dinant, and Flanders); we also went camping and photoshootings as models.

Thanks to David, I was able to go after my dreams full of audacity. I am now a consultant for the African Union and the European Union.

Bora K., child of a student at the Placet Centre in 2008, December 2020
Testimony in video for Bora.
Thanks to Placet for the space (Editor’s note: virtual, the workshop took place as a webinar on Zoom and on Facebook) which allowed me to present the results of my research started in 2016.

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It is a feeling of satisfaction, in this context of Covid, that Placet was able to make this moment available. I would like to thank Isabel (Alvarez, sociologist and resident support worker at the Centre Placet), the Placet team and the participants (at the webinar).

Espoir Kalambi Bisimwa is a Congolese doctoral student (Democratic Republic of Congo) from UCLouvain, at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Prospective (LAAP). In the context of an exchange workshop on "the study of sexual violence of the Mai-Mai tribes in South Kivu (DRC)”, he was able to testify about the support of the Placet Centre for the presentation and promotion of his research..

Espoir Kalambi Bisimwa, December 2020
Webinar on sexual violence in South Kivu: the case of the Mai-Mai tribes.
My name is Yves Nyague and I am from Cameroon.

In Cameroon, I studied Bilingual Literature (English-French). After this curriculum, I had the opportunity to pursue my studies in Spain, more precisely at the Université du Pays Basque (Vitoria), from where I obtained my Master's degree in "Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings.

En ce moment, je fais un Master en Langues et Lettres Modernes, orientation générale, à finalité didactique (ROGE2MD) à l'Université Catholique de Louvain et j'ai la chance d'être un résident du Placet.

Now, I am doing a Master's degree in Modern Languages and Humanities, general orientation, with a didactic focus (ROGE2MD) at the University of Louvain and I am lucky enough to be a resident of Centre Placet. Why do I say that I am lucky ? It is since I have been well received in this environment and so far, the team is always listening. I will not fail to mention the activity that marks me the most at Centre Placet: Friday football. Thanks to this activity, I met my best friends.

Moreover, the Grand hall has always been my favourite place for course revision and exams.

In short, at Centre Placet, I feel well surrounded by people with values similar to mine, which are love, respect, equity, peace, responsibility, and tolerance.

Yves Nyage, March 2021
Having arrived at UCLouvain in 2007 for a Master's degree (2007-2009) and a Ph.D. (2009-2013) in psychological sciences,, I lived in Centre Placet from 2008 to 2013. During five years, my experience at Centre Placet was rich and memorable.

I was particularly impressed by the warm welcome adapted to my needs as an international student, especially with a family. Centre Placet offered me a wonderful and family development beyond the academic, the intercultural, and the international.

Together with my family, we were able to benefit from dignified and optimal conditions for a family-study balance abroad. It is not for nothing that that my children born in Centre Placet identify themselves as Belgians, support Belgian Red Devils football team, identify with Kevin De Bruyne... Centre Placet has something to do with this Belgian anchoring !

Personally, Centre Placet has offered me many opportunities, including the possibility to enjoy my favourite hobby, basketball. By supporting this activity, among others, Centre Placet has allowed me to continue combining business with pleasure, far from my homeland.

Furthermore, by participating in the ARP as a commissioner for sports and cultural affairs, I was able to benefit from an enriching involvement in organizations and community and multicultural meetings.

A multicultural richness that is of great interest in my daily professional life as a psychologist. Indeed, thanks to my Burundian-Belgo-Canadian background, and especially my multicultural encounter at Centre Placet, I am equipped with a rich and diversified multicultural listening experience for the benefit of my career as a clinical psychologist in Quebec.

I do thank Centre Placet for continuing to foster this personal, academic, family, multicultural, international... development of the residents..

Dr. Alexis Ndimubandi, April 2021
My name is Nirina. I am from Madagascar and I am in in ‘ Development, Environment and Societies’ Master of Specialization in ESPO Faculty. Since my registration procedure at the UCLouvain, I was immediately directed to choose Centre Placet because of the quality of the students’ kots, the services, but also the enriching intercultural activities organized by Centre Placet. I came here at the beginning of September 2021 and the welcome was warm since my arrival. This has made it easier for me to integrate into both the Center and our Community housing. As I am very curious and interested in everything, the activities such as conferences, workshops and excursions that lead to discovering and assimilating many things had a great positive impact on me. In addition, I learned a lot about the Belgian socio-cultural code and the health insurance, which are necessary in daily life and in the different administrative procedures.

The multicultural encounters also allowed me to progress in my studies, thanks not only to the heterogeneous cultures, but also to the multidisciplinarity of the students, having various expertises in their own country. Centre Placet allows everyone to share and help each other and the staff is always there to accompany and advise us no matter what our needs or problems are.

In short, the well-being of each student is a priority here. I would like express my heartfelt gratitude and encourage the entire Centre Placet team to keep moving forward, because we all know that behind all the good things I just mentioned, you are there and that you work very hard behind the scenes.



Haingonirina Raholiarivao, December 2021
« My name is Karla Hidalgo, I am Ecuadorian and I came to do a PhD at UCLouvain on the condition of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador and intercultural philosophy. I arrived in Belgium with my daughter Melanie. »

« I came with my mother to study for two years at school while she was doing her thesis. I would like to thank Centre Placet for all the activities it offers workshops, trips like the one we made to Ostende which will remain in my memory. It was great to live together and share moments with young people, even if we do not see each other afterwards. Belgium is a very open country: people are welcoming and try to be friends with you. They even try to speak a few words in Spanish ! »

« We really enjoyed living at Centre Placet and there is a word I always use when talking about Centre Placet : « it is a real family » ! There were times when I missed the country, the food, the sun... A huge sadness for leaving my family with one of my daughters who stayed in Ecuador. I went through moments that were sometimes difficult to overcome and I found comfort at Placet, with smiles, people who reached out to me, and friends. It really touched my heart and that’s why Centre Placet is a family to me.

During my stay, I made a presentation (North-South/South-South workshop), and I explained that despite our different cultures, our different colours, and even if we come from different continents, we are all brothers and sisters. Humanity needs this feeling, to understand each other, all together.

Belgium is a country that is close to my heart: there are 3 countries that are close to my heart, but Belgium has marked my life. I would like to thank it; I feel very grateful. »

Karla (FILO3 DP) & Mélanie Hidalgo, August 2022
« Our names are Paula Vargas and José Adolfo Castañeda Ramirez from Colombia. Paula and I are currently in Belgium because I am doing a PhD in political science at UCLouvain. Paula came with me to live the life of a PhD student ».

P. « Discovering Belgium, learning its languages and get to know the culture of the country and the city of Louvain-la-Neuve. This city offers a good experience for its culture, its architecture and its type of urbanism ».

J. « We got to know Centre Placet in 2019, where we lived for a few months. After this first stay, we returned to Colombia. For this new stay in Belgium, we wanted to come-back to Centre Placet because it is a very interesting place, with a lot of possibilities of sharing, events and spaces to do something else than my PhD ».

P. It is a quiet place where I feel protected. The neighbours are friendly, all the activities offered are perfect to meet other people from other cultures who live here: Belgians, Africans, Latino, Asians, etc ».

J. « We love the friendliness and efficiency of the entire Centre Placet team. Their dedication to the students creates a commitment from the community. Centre Placet is not only a place to live, it is also a place to share things with the whole community. We really appreciate the workshops, events and activities we have participated in ».

P. « I like all the workshops I have participated in here, like the brewing workshop, the sculpture workshop, painting... A lot of things ! »

J. « Evenings ceremonies that allow us to meet our neighbours and share a meal or a drink … »

P. « As well as their subjects of study ! »

J. « Tasting food and drinks from other countries »

Paula Vargas & José Adolfo Castañeda Ramirez, October 2022
Centre Placet is really magical. My friend Mathieu paid a visit to me during his mission in Rwanda. We met at Centre Placet and now we’re back together once again. Many thanks to Centre Placet 🙏



Emmanuel Ndayambaje (Graduated from UCLouvain – Cohort 2020-21 DVLP2MC), January 2022

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