Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (often referred to as KU Leuven) is a university in Flanders, Belgium. It is located at the centre of the historic town of Leuven, home to the university since 1425. The Catholic University of Leuven split into the KU Leuven and the French-language Université Catholique de Louvain, which moved to Louvain-la-Neuve in Wallonia. Since the fifteenth century, Louvain, as it is still often called, has been a major contributor to the development of Catholic theology. With approximately 39,000 students, KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium.
The Law exchange agreement between King's and KU Leuven allows for up to 2 Full Year Equivalent (FYE) places for undergraduate students only. This equates to 2 students going for a full academic year OR 4 students for a single semester OR a mixture of the two.
The Philosophy exchange agreement between King's and KU Leuven allows for up to 1.5 Full Year Equivalent (FYE) places for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This equates to 1.5 students going for a full academic year OR 3 students for a single semester OR a mixture of the two.
Eligibility for King's students
Important: Final decision on students' study abroad application to their host institution rests entirely with that host institution. Students must also meet their departments’ academic requirements to obtain final departmental approval to study abroad. It is usually at least a 60% average prior to departure, however this can vary amongst departments. Students should double check with their Study Abroad Tutor if they are unsure of their academic requirements.
King’s students that wish to study abroad at this institution should check the ‘Undergraduate options by department’ page to see if this institution is indeed an option for them.
Estimated living costs
Please see here for current estimated living costs, but actual expenses may vary depending on student lifestyle. The cost of travel to and from the country is not included in these estimates.
A reminder that King's students on exchange are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university, but you may incur administrative and/or orientation fees at the host. There may also be mandatory insurance costs, and transcripts may incur a fee.
Please also note that, if required, student visas often require applicants to supply evidence of financial support throughout the duration of the study abroad programme. Sometimes this will mean showing financial evidence for a specific amount, so please pay attention to the advice on this from the host institution.