KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Motto: Sedes Sapientiae (Latin) - Seat of Wisdom

Leuven, Belgium

No. Students: 41,255 (6,724 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 6,849
Funding type: Public
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There is a growing awareness within the public and political arenas of the crucial importance of scientific research in safeguarding the prosperity of our society. Investing in Science and Innovation is of paramount importance to guarantee economic growth, health and social welfare both in Flanders and across the globe (VRWI). Flanders should exploit its largest asset, knowledge, as a source for economic and societal innovation. The emerging modern knowledge society requires steps to be taken now to ensure that our university is equipped with the capacity to respond to this evolution.


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. Our university nurtures a varied and complementary set of scientific disciplines, based on fundamental, applied, clinical, and policy-oriented research.

The pursuit of quality is equally central to our 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 our contemporary, cosmopolitan, and knowledge-based society. KU Leuven does not shun debate and dares to take the lead. Based on its Christian inspiration, our university makes well-founded ethical and philosophical choices. Its mission includes the dissemination of knowledge but also a firm commitment to society. This is amply illustrated by the health care offered by the University Hospitals, the research valorisation process mediated by our centre for Research and Development, and the policy-oriented research carried out by the Higher Institute for Labour Studies and its attention to the problems of the economically challenged and other groups at risk in our society.

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

Leuven is a dynamic city, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, and teeming with the nightlife, leisure, and cultural opportunities you expect from a major city. Located in the young province of Vlaams-Brabant, and geographically connected to the rest of Flanders through its campus in Kortrijk, KU Leuven is working hard to strengthen its profile as a European and international scientific institution. Leuven has an international outlook. Scholars and students from across the globe are our guests, and our own alumni can be found all over the world. KU Leuven actively promotes collaboration with foreign universities and research institutions, among other partnerships, within the framework of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Special attention is given to co-operation with our sister university, the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels. While we share common roots, we also represent cultural diversity and this allows us to create possibilities for the complementary development of strong and socially oriented research and education in Belgium and Europe.

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.


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.

AccommodationLeuven 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.

Transportation * Walk: The university buildings in the city centre are located at walking distance from one another. In Leuven there are many car-free pedestrian zones.
* Cycle: For longer distances, the bicycle is ideal. Second only to walking, it is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly mode of transport. It is also the fastest way from point A to point B in Leuven.
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Dining in LeuvenThe university restaurants ALMA provide a wide variety of meals and a place where you can meet with friends.

CultureThe KU Leuven Cultural Activities Office offers free cultural events as well as opportunities to get involved in cultural activities.

Student life

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
* 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.
* Residential culture, mobility and environment advisors

The residential culture, mobility and environment advisors strive to develop more durable student life.
* Career Guidance KU Leuven

Study Advice Service organises several activities which prepares last year students of KU Leuven for their future career.

Master's Programmes at KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI)

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

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