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)
45 - KU Leuven is ranked 45th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2020)
80 - KU Leuven is ranked 80th in the QS World University Rankings (2020)