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KU Leuven


The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is a research-oriented university in Flanders, Belgium. The University of Adelaide's agreement with KU Leuven relates to Business and Economics and Law.

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Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region, Belgium. It is located about 25 kilometres east of Brussels, close to other neighbouring towns such as Mechelen, Aarschot, Tienen, and Wavre. The township itself comprises the historical city of Leuven and the former municipalities of Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, a part of Korbeek-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal. It is home to Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer group and one of the top-five largest consumer-goods companies in the world; and to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the oldest Catholic university still in existence.

KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today it's Belguim's largest and highest ranked university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. KU Leuven is ranked 47th in the world in THE University Ranking (2017-18). It was ranked 1st by Reuters' Most Innovative European University for a third year in a row in 2018.

Please see KU Leuven's Guide to Living, Studying, and Working in LeuvenLink to external website

Students need to take Business, Economics or Law courses at KU Leuven. Students will be nominated for KU Leuven (Business and Economics) or KU Leuven (Law).

Students studying in the Faculty of Business and Economics have the option to choose which of three campuses they would like to study at while on exchange: Leuven, Brussels or Antwerp. Business and Economics courses at the Leuven campus tend to be very analytical. It is recommended that Bachelor students selecting courses at this campus are well versed in mathematics and statistics. Courses at the Brussels and Antwerp campuses have a more hands-on approach, with a lesser focus on quantitative skills and a greater focus on management skills.

An overview of the courses available at each campus can be found on the Courses Offered to Exchange Students page.

Language of Instruction: Dutch and English. English Courses for the Faculty of Economics and Business can be found on their Exchange PageLink to external website. KU Leuven offers intensive Summer Language CoursesLink to external website as well as Introductory Dutch Language CoursesLink to external website for exchange students.

Course Workload: KU Leuven operates within the European Union's 'European Credit Transfer System' (ECTS). A full-time normal workload at this institution is a minimum 22.5 ECTS or maximum 30 ECTS per semester.

Restrictions: There is a high demand for KU Leuven's International Studies related courses. Students must be flexible if they intend to enrol in these courses.

Please see KU Leuven's Guide to Living, Studying, and Working in LeuvenLink to external website.

Credit Approval (Post-Decision Phase): Prior to departure for exchange, it is recommended that exchange students seek credit approval, in GLAS, from their Adelaide Faculty for more courses than they intend to complete on exchange. It is likely that course offerings won’t be finalised until shortly before arrival or upon arrival at your exchange destination. Students need to have flexible back up options in the case that the courses they are wanting to undertake are not offered.

If, after initial approval in GLAS, further changes are required, these can be presented via an email to your Adelaide Faculty. Students should be aware of the implications of not having back up courses in the event their preferred courses are not available.

KU Leuven has reserved about 400 of its 2000 non-subsidized university residence rooms to house international students. These rooms are randomly located amongst rooms for Flemish students and they are spread over 13 residences across the city centre. The offer of rooms in university residences is limited.

You can find more information concerning these rooms on KU Leuven's Accommodation for International Students in Residence Halls GuideLink to external website.

You may consider renting a room in one of the private residence halls. 20% of the available rooms are allocated to international students. The rooms are randomly located amongst rooms for Belgian students.

Alternatively, you may search for housing in the private housing marketLink to external website. Most Belgian students rent private rooms in shared student houses. Students arriving to KU Leuven during the first semester or for a full academic year are recommended to arrive at least two or three weeks in advance to arrange their housing.

If no permanent housing has been arranged before your arrival to Leuven, you are recommended to organise guesthousingLink to external website for about one week.

Students studying in the Faculty of Business and Economics have the option to choose which of three campuses they would like to study at while on exchange: Leuven, Brussels or Antwerp. Please note that you will need to clearly indicate which KU Leuven Campus you wish to study at in your application to Study Overseas.

AntwerpA city combining baroque charm and modern innovative architecture.

Brussels: Modern, multicultural and cosmopolitan. The economic beating heart of Europe, centre of decision making.

Leuven: A safe, cozy old town feel. Medieval grandeur combined with world class education in a vibrant, dynamic city.

Each faculty at KU Leuven has its own student organisation or union, called ‘kring’ (circle), which organises cultural activities such as debates, plays, movies, political meetings, sporting activities and parties. Please see KU Leuven's Guide to Living, Studying, and Working in LeuvenLink to external website.

Health Insurance: You are required by law to have health insurance. You are recommended to check whether the University's health insurance is sufficient to meet Belgium's requirements. For information about insurance, see the KU Leuven Guide to Health InsuranceLink to external website

Third-party Liability Insurance: KU Leuven requires all non-EEA students to take out third-party liability insurance coverage.

Costs: The overall academic year expenses are estimated to cost an undergraduate student between 7000 and 8000 Euros. For information about the cost of living and other expenses, see the KU Leuven Cost of Living GuideLink to external website

Please see KU Leuven's Welcome Activities for New International StudentsLink to external websiteGuide to Living, Studying, and Working in LeuvenLink to external website and the Admissions Guide for Exchange StudentsLink to external website

Visa Information: Study Overseas is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask Study Overseas to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

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  • Join the Exchange Student NetworkLink to external website- a student-run organisation for University of Adelaide students interested in study abroad and exchange
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