UCLL consists of campuses in and around the cities of Leuven and Hasselt (Diepenbeek). An ancient capital, Leuven is now home to a vibrant student scene and is a major center of Belgian brewing. Home to a picturesque city center and upbeat, creative atmosphere, Leuven offers a rich history and amazing architecture. Much of the local economy is concentrated on research, including high-tech fields such as robotics, IT and biotech.
Bachelor Courses in English
Business & Law; Chemistry; Applied Information Technology. Students must enroll in 20-30 ECTS units of credit (10-15 credit hours) per semester, which represents 3-6 courses. Courses taught in English can be found here (click “Course Catalogue” under the desired field).
During the spring semester, students also have the option of a unique and innovative transdisciplinary international program, which uses state-of-the-art teaching techniques (such as design thinking). Students studying in UC Leuven can follow the transdisciplinary program of UC Limburg and vice versa, providing there is no overlap in the timetables.
Master Courses in English
Master-level students are not able to be accepted.
To help students integrate, UC Leuven organizes informal Dutch conversation classes which are taught by local teacher education students.
UC Leuven has received the ESF-label as recognition of its project work. Its business programs also have an accreditation by the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS).
At UC Leuven, Welcome Days is a one-week program offered at the beginning of September and the beginning of February. Participants receive information on living in Leuven (including housing, facilities and insurance) as well as on higher education in Belgium (including education and evaluation guidelines). The program also includes social activities so that participants can meet other exchange students prior to the start of the semester.
A buddy program is offered at both UC Leuven and UC Limburg. This program allows international students to easily be in contact with local students. International students can also be in contact with other international students through organizations such as the Erasmus Student Network and Pangaea (Leuven only).
Unpaid on- and off-campus internships are generally available in the areas of web design, institutional marketing, finance, research and for non-profits; however, only on-campus internships will be supervised by UCLL (off-campus internships must be supervised by the home institution). Usually, internships require 32-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. If a learning agreement is drawn up, internships can be granted 14-17 ECTS (approximately 7-9 credit hours); a D visa is required.
Non-EEA incoming students must apply for a D visa, which is converted into a residence permit upon arrival in Belgium. This D visa includes a work permit which allows students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students must locate their own part-time employment, but students in Leuven can utilize the Student Career Center as a resource.
Students with Disabilities
Students with a disability are entitled to the same facilities as regular students and will be connected to student services, where they will receive all necessary guidance.
Grades & Transcripts
The university uses the ECTS grading and credit system, which consists of letter grades from “A” to “F”, with “E” being the minimum passing grade. For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.
Students are not required to purchase insurance through the university, but they should have adequate coverage for their time abroad.
55 EUR. This fee includes some meals and activities during the week-long orientation event in Leuven.
90 EUR. Students who spend the spring semester at UC Leuven are required to participate in an international week during the actual semester. This week brings together students from all over Europe to work on a business case. The registration fee includes several meals, cultural activities and a formal dinner.
Sports Card (optional)
25 EUR/year. This provides access to all sports facilities.
Bus Pass (optional)
5 EUR/year. This provides for discounts on several bus lines.
Bike Rental (optional)
25 EUR/year (plus a 70 EUR deposit)
Approximately 75 EUR per semester. Actual costs vary depending on the courses.
Off-Campus Residence Hall or Apartment. UCLL does not own residence halls, but as a member of the KU Leuven Association, it does have access to a number of rooms in the residence halls of the university of Leuven. Students coming to Leuven can, therefore, apply for such a room during the Welcome Days. Rooms are limited and the prices start at 270 EUR/month. UCLL also assists students with off-campus options in Leuven and in Limburg, which start at 270 EUR/month. Most students prefer privately-owned accommodation. If required, UCLL can assist in regard to the legal aspects of the rental agreement.
Students can prepare their own meals at home or enjoy student restaurants. Meal plans are not available.
Fly to Brussels Airport and take the train to your final destination (approximately 15 minutes to Leuven).
There is extensive public transportation, and students can also rent a bicycle to get around during the semester.
Belgium is noted for its variety and quality of beer, and Leuven is a prominent brewing center (home to Stella Artois brewery and the Anheuser Busch InBev headquarters). The picturesque city center of Leuven provides for a variety of activities, including shopping, pubs and good-value dining. Enjoy museums, architecture, nightlife, theatre, festivals, the Oude Markt, and more! In addition, UC Leuven-Limburg is a member of the KU Leuven Association, which means UCLL has access to all the facilities of the university and can offer a wide variety of sports and cultural activities.
You’ll find a variety of shops, including fashion, vintage, secondhand, trinkets and chain stores, as well as open air markets. The pedestrian area of the city centers also serves as a relaxing and recreational environment.
The area has a mild, temperate climate with precipitation distributed throughout the year. On average, low temperatures during the winter are typically 32ºF, while high temperatures during the winter are typically 42ºF, with snow likely. Summer temperatures average 70ºF for highs and 50ºF for lows.