Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).


The pursuit of quality is equally central to the educational programmes. KU Leuven wants its students to become independent and critical thinkers. It therefore trains them to become professional specialists but also individuals characterised by intellectual openness, a real taste for culture, and a sense of civic responsibility.The university is both the intellect and the conscience of the contemporary, cosmopolitan, and knowledge-based society. KU Leuven does not shun debate and dares to take the lead. Based on its Christian inspiration, the university makes well-founded ethical and philosophical choices. Its mission includes the dissemination of knowledge but also a firm commitment to society.


The University of Leuven is a modern university, located within the vibrant city of Leuven in the centre of Belgium and close to Brussels, the centre of Europe. KU Leuven offers an ideal research and learning environment, rooted in a solid and venerable tradition but with its sights set squarely on the future.Research, defined as critical reflection oriented to the advancement of knowledge, is independent and does not shy away from experiments and risks. The university nurtures a varied and complementary set of scientific disciplines, based on fundamental, applied, clinical, and policy-oriented research.


KU Leuven is a richly varied community of people, with diverse interests, missions, nationalities, and expertise. That is why they invest in collaboration and human relations. They actively encourage the integration of all staff and students. Equal opportunities for all are a cornerstone of the policies. Young talent is given the necessary space to grow, in a stimulating environment. Outstanding student services are central to their vision of a university. The network of Leuven alumni reinforces the ties between the university and its former students.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (27)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (20)
Social Sciences (19)
Humanities (11)
Business & Management (9)
Applied Sciences & Professions (7)
Computer Science & IT (5)
Law (4)
Medicine & Health (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Education & Training (1)

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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 services

To promote the integration of all international students.

  • Study Advice Service

Advice and support on study-related matters.

  • Service for Students with Disabilities

Housing services

  • Leuven is a small but lively city with a population of about 46 000 students. Student life is fully integrated into the local community.
  • Leuven offers a wide range of housing options at reasonable prices. Most KU Leuven-students stay in individual rooms with shared facilities in houses on the local private housing market.
  • Housing in university residence halls or dorms is limited.
  • Assistance with all housing issues is provided by the University Housing Service.

Library services

The different library collections contain up to 200,000 volumes, most of which are available on open shelves, and continue to be adapted to accomodate the different faculties. The library has general collections collections as well, such as the Library of the French Netherlands and an archive that consists of old and collector's editions.

ICT services

The reading rooms are equipped with internet access and power outlets for laptops. There is wireless (WIFI) Internet access available in the entire library.You can print directly from your PC on one of the copy machines in the library.There are two information screens in the library. The one in the cloak room provides general information and current library-related announcements.

Medical services

  • Medical Centre
You can consult a doctor with extensive experience in student-related health issues.
  • Psychotherapeutic Centre
For students dealing with personal or psychological problems.
  • Ombudsperson
To deal with certain kinds of unacceptable behaviour.

Student Life

Campus life

The city of Leuven is an agglomeration of five communities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods.

Sports facilities

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

Student clubs

New opportunities for the integration and improvement of education are offered by the KU Leuven Association. The university and twelve institutions of higher education in Flanders have joined forces in order to strengthen their position in Europe. Within this Association, KU Leuven firmly and energetically assumes its responsibility for research and education.


Accreditation for Belgian physicians :

  • Friday, April 17th, 2015 :
6 CP for International Meetings

3,5 CP for Ethics & Econom

  • Saturday, April 18th, 2015 :
6 CP for International Meetings1,5 CP for Ethics & Economy
  • Accreditation for Dutch physicians :
Accreditation has been granted by the NVOG

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