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Cultural Studies

KU Leuven

12 months
9500 EUR/year
961 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Culture is expressed in many different forms – ranging from dance, literature, photography, to material and (im)material heritage – and is transmitted through different media, from live to digital.The Cultural Studies at  KU Leuven  combines theoretical reflection and a more hands-on approach via an internship in the cultural sector.


You study the relationship between art, society and all the media and techniques that shape our culture today. You will focus on cultural phenomena (both art and popular culture) and investigate how they work in practice today.

You acquire a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on culture with attention to both policy and topical national and international debates in various media and cultural practices. You also pay a lot of attention to the digital society and practical cultural competences.

The Cultural Studies at  KU Leuven links theoretical reflection to practical competences, which you develop during an internship in the cultural sector and the elaboration of a group project. You learn to function within a group or larger organisation, to organize a project, to apply for funding and to present your work to your peers.

Career opportunities:

Both hands-on and theoretically oriented, the Master of Cultural Studies opens up a broad range of career opportunities in the cultural field, including all levels of cultural policy-making and management in the public sector, working in various arts institutions and organizations, the media as well as the creative industries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Studies: Capita Selecta
  • Cultural Policy
  • Cultural Semiotics
  • Online Publishing
  • Contemporary Dance and Dance Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students with an academic BA in one of the following fields: arts, literature, history can be admitted to the programme.
  • Admission decisions will be based on the applicant's undergraduate diploma and on the required documents. A thorough knowledge of various sectors of contemporary Western culture (literature, cultural theory and art history), as demonstrated by the bachelor curriculum or relevant work experience, is required.
  • Applicants are required to submit a file showing substantial academic background in the field of study. In addition to the documents specified by the University's Admissions Office, the file should contain:
  • (1) for the undergraduate courses that the applicant considers most relevant to the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, a brief course description (one half to a full page) according to the standard guidelines for an ECTS study guide. These course descriptions may be in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, or German;

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    961 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 961 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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