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Top reasons to study at KU Leuven

  • Accessible and affordable world-class education: study at a top-50 university with affordable tuition fees.
  • Curiosity driven students and researchers: We get the best out of our students because we expect the best.
  • Diversified international student population: a mix of +150 different nationalities and +15.000 international students.
  • Unique campus experience blended in historical 'campus-cities': a 600-year old institution in the heart of a historical city.
  • Innovation alongside tradition: we are generally acknowledged as one of the most impactful universities in the world – and have been so for centuries.

About KU Leuven

Country Belgium
City Brussels
Number of courses 123
Year founded 1425
Number of students 60000

KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding. 

KU Leuven is Belgium’s highest-ranked university. Founded in 1425, the university has been a centre of learning and research for almost six centuries. KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university and a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The university offers a wide range of programmes taught in English. These programmes are supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research carried out at both the university and its internationally acclaimed hospitals. Boasting an outstanding central location in the heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education, world-class research, and cutting-edge innovation.


KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international students and staff members, with 18% of the university’s 57,535 students coming from outside of Belgium. Together, they represent over 140 countries, spread across our various Belgian campuses. The university also works with a select number of top-level partner institutions worldwide, and stimulates purposeful international mobility and intensive research cooperation. It continuously strives to integrate the local and international student bodies with research communities across all its campuses through a variety of programmes and activities. Internationalisation is a key policy area for the university’s board.


1 - Most innovative university of Europe (Reuters, 2019)

42 - KU Leuven is ranked 45th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2022)

70 - KU Leuven is ranked 80th in the QS World University Rankings (2022)

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Courses at KU Leuven

There are 123 courses listed from KU Leuven. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Location of KU Leuven

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at KU Leuven

Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • On campus medical facilities
  • Religious Facilities - Christianity
  • Religious Facilities - combined facilities
  • Religious Facilities - Muslim prayer rooms
  • Social Activities
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Swimming pool
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

Accommodation Information for Students

Leuven offers a wide range of housing opportunities at reasonable prices (~ 360 euro/month). Most students choose to rent a room (‘kot’ in Dutch) in a privately-owned student house with shared common spaces and facilities. If you need any help with this, the KU Leuven Housing Service can offer some assistance. The university owns and manages a number of student residences and a limited number of rooms in these residences is reserved for international students.

Facts about KU Leuven

  • Year institution founded: 1425
  • Total enrolled: 60000
  • Number of Full-time students: 60000
  • Number of academic staff: 7430

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