KU Leuven

3.9 out of 5 (189 ratings / 94 reviews) Leuven, Belgium
KU Leuven is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university as well as one of the most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university, KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English. 

Master's Programmes

About

History

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has a long and rich history in research and education. 

Education

We are organising an online open day on Wednesday 1 December 2021 to inform students about our English-language programmes. Discover Europe’s most innovative university and learn more about our international programmes, admissions, housing and much more.

The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

Research

KU Leuven provides a stimulating home for all types of research, from fundamental to applied, and from individual research projects to large-scale, international research consortia.

Career

Our team consists of motivated advisors and career coaches. Every one of us aims to use his/her skills and knowledge to prepare you in the best possible way for your career after graduation. We can help you get extracurricular experience during your study and, in your final year, an attractive starter job.

Supervisors, employers

Internship supervisors and employers can also contact us. We gladly support you too with questions regarding extracurricular experience, entrepreneurship and the transition to the labour market. Should we be lacking experience in the subject of your question then it’s our job to forward you correctly.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
42 3
2021
45
2020
45
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
70 14
2021
84 -4
2020
80
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
87 10
2020
97 -12
2019
85
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
48 8
2020
56
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.

Services

Student services

Student services includes a number of different counselling services whose objective is to promote the social, physical, mental and financial well-being of all students.

  • Student employment Information about jobs, taxes and salaries for students.
  • Social servicesTo promote the integration of all international students.
  • Study Advice Service Advice and support on study-related matters.
  • Service for Students with Disabilities
  • General practitionersYou can consult a gp with extensive experience in student-related health issues.
  • Psychologists and Psychiatrists For students dealing with personal or psychological problems.
  • Ombudsperson
  • Residential culture, mobility and environment advisors
  • Career Guidance KU Leuven

Housing services

Leuven offers a wide range of housing options at reasonable prices. Most students choose to rent a room (in Dutch, ‘kot’) in a privately-owned student house with shared common spaces and facilities. The KU Leuven Housing Service offers assistance regarding housing. The university owns and manages a number of student residences. A limited number of low-rent rooms is reserved for international students holding specific scholarships.

Library services

KU Leuven’s extensive library network is spread across the university’s various faculties and campuses. Together they form the University Library. You can also find a place to study at the AGORA Learning Centre, which offers a fully-equipped space for students and staff, with a focus on collaboration and new technologies.

Medical services

The general practitioners at the Student Health Center are there to provide answers to all your health-related questions and problems. They are especially trained in common student problems, such as:

  • infections
  • fatigue
  • vaccines
  • sleep disorders
  • contraception
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • travel advice
  • concentration disorders
  • performance anxiety
  • certificates of good health
  • prescriptions
  • absence certificates

Student Life

Campus life

Since its foundation, KU Leuven has been located in the city of Leuven in the region of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Leuven is a modern, bustling, and safe student city with a long and rich history. The city’s beautiful, charming centre, which dates from the Middle Ages, is punctuated with stately colleges and historic buildings constructed over centuries by and for the university. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound.

Leuven has always been the centre of our university, but you can also study at KU Leuven in 11 different cities across Flanders.

Sports facilities

  • Fitness centre Univ-Fit
  • Swimming pool
  • Sports for staff
  • University Teams
  • Events:
Bike & RunClosing Student Tournament

Student clubs

There is a wide network of student associations at KU Leuven. LOKO, the student body council, acts as a representative of all students and student unions of the KU Leuven in all organs deciding on policies ranging from social issues to education. In this extend, LOKO is able to contribute to all the policies in order to make sure that the interests of the students are protected and that important issues are resolved quickly. Within LOKO, three departments are dealing with Sport, Culture and International matters. Next to LOKO, a whole range of student faculty unions exist representing students towards the different faculties.

Student Reviews

Ambition by environment
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university is located in the small city of Leuven, Belgium. The campusses are spread all over the city which makes the students feel like home. The Belgian spirit among students is ambitious, but fun, which is nice to be surrounded by. In my opinion our university is driven by academic excellence. They push their students to dig deeper in the information from the...

The reason why
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying in a small, beautiful city full of people close to your age is an amazing experience. Meeting new people from all around the globe, new cultures, tastes and lifestyle enrich you with special provisions for your life. Personally, i made friendships that will last forever and met people from several countries. If studying abroad is not a lifetime experience, then...

Perks of studying in KUL
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved the campus, the support system, the sport organized by the university, and the international activities organized by Pangaea. The city is really lovely, with lots of places to eat or do a picnic with friends. Plus, there is also the possibility to go to different libraries (not only your faculty) which I very much appreciated. On another note, there are workshops...

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