The University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Today, it 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.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • High-quality education, world-class research and cutting-edge innovation.
  • International experience.
  • Outstanding central location in the heart of Europe.



Since its founding in 1425, the University of Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.


Excellence in education and excellence in research go hand in hand. KU Leuven’s study programmes are research-based, which ensures that students acquire academic competences while also developing a critical and research-oriented attitude. Flexibility and state-of-the-art technology are integral to each programme. A KU Leuven degree offers a significant competitive advantage and is highly valued around the world. The ECTS quality label guarantees that all credits obtained at KU Leuven are transparent and fully transferable. KU Leuven consistently performs well in rankings. It is currently ranked 40th in the Times Higher Education World Rankings (2016-2017) and 79th in the QS World University Rankings (2016-2017)


KU Leuven boasts a strong international reputation for research excellence. As a comprehensive university, it pursues curiosity-driven and strategic frontier research as well as targeted and demand-driven research, all in an interdisciplinary environment. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities, a select group of distinguished research-intensive universities that sets the tone for research in Europe. KU Leuven has a strong record of securing funding from the most competitive research funds, including the prestigious ERC Grants. KU Leuven ranks sixth in total projects under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. Its total research output consistently ranks among the European top.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (26)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (19)
Social Sciences (17)
Humanities (10)
Business & Management (8)
Applied Sciences & Professions (6)
Medicine & Health (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Computer Science & IT (4)
Law (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Education & Training (1)


Student services

Leuven is a student-friendly city. Meeting new people is easy. To help you settle in to your home away from home, KU Leuven organises a full programme of welcome and orientation activities.

Other student facilities include the Study Advice Service, a full staff of faculty-specific tutors and counsellors, the Social Service, Student Legal Services, the Student Employment Service, Student Health Centre, and various student restaurants.

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.

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.


ECTS quality label.

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