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KU Leuven

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and international orientation. Our scientists conduct basic and applied research in a comprehensive range of disciplines. University Hospitals Leuven, our network of research hospitals, provides high-quality healthcare and develops new therapeutic and diagnostic insights with an emphasis on translational research. The university welcomes more than 50,000 students from over 140 countries. The KU Leuven Doctoral Schools train approximately 5,000 PhD students.

KU Leuven consistently performs well in the international rankings. It is currently ranked 48th in the Times Higher Education World Ranking and 81st in the QS World University Ranking. 


Programs

Bachelor's degree
Business Delivery method Length Location
Bachelor of Science in Business Engineering On campus 3 years Brussels
Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration On campus 3 years Brussels
Engineering & Technology
Industrial Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Leuven) On campus 3 years Leuven
Humanities & Culture
Philosophy
Bachelor of Philosophy (Leuven) On campus 3 years Leuven
Religion & Theology
Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (Leuven) On campus 3 years Leuven
Master's degree
Art & Design
Architecture
Master of Architecture (Brussels) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Architecture (Ghent) On campus 2 years Leuven
Business
Master of Science in Business and Information Systems Engineering On campus 2 years Leuven
Business Administration
Master of Science in Business Admin​istration On campus 1 year Multiple (2)
Entrepreneurship
Master of Science in Business Economics On campus 1 year Leuven
Finance
Master of Science in Actuarial and Financial Engineering On campus 2 years Leuven
International Business
Master of Science in Advanced Studies in Economics On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Science in Economics On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Science in International Business Economics and Management On campus 1 year Brussels
Management
Master of Science in Business Engineering On campus 2 years Leuven
Computer Science & IT
Master of Engineering: Computer Science (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Information Technology
Master of Digital Humanities (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Science in Information Management On campus 1 year Leuven
Software Engineering
Master of Artificial Intelligence (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Engineering & Technology
EIT-KIC Master in Energy (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Engineering: Energy (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Mathematical Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Molecular Biology (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Nuclear Engineering (Leuven et al) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Safety Engineering (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Aerospace Engineering
Master of Space Studies (Leuven et al) On campus 1 year Leuven
Biomedical Engineering
Advanced MSc in Innovative Health Technology On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Biomedical Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Bioscience Engineering: Cellular and Genetic Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Bioscience Engineering: Human Health Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Chemical Engineering
Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Chemical Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Civil Engineering
Master of Civil Engineering Technology On campus Ghent
Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Construction
Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Human Settlements (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Electrical Engineering
Master of Electrical Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Environmental Engineering
Master of Bioscience Engineering: Agro- and Ecosystems Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Water Resources Engineering (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Industrial Engineering
Master of Biochemical Engineering Technology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Chemical Engineering Technology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Electromechanical Engineering Technology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Welding Engineering (Sint-Katelijne-Waver) On campus 1 year Leuven
Material Engineering
Master of Materials Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Mechanical Engineering
Master of Mechanical Engineering (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Health & Well-Being
MSc in Global Health (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Dentistry
Master of Forensic Odontology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Nutrition
Master of Food Technology (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Physiotherapy
Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (New programme as from 2018-2019) (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Public Health
Master of Bioethics (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Biomedical Sciences (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Deglutology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Sports Science
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master of Arts in Sports Ethics and Integrity (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
International Master of Adapted Physical Activity (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Humanities & Culture
Anthropology
Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Criminology
Master of Criminology (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
History
Master of History (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Linguistics
Master of Advanced Studies in Linguistics (Leuven et al) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Linguistics and Literature: English (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Western Literature (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Philosophy
Master of Philosophy (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Research Master of Philosophy (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Political Science
Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of European Politics and Policies (Leuven et al) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of International Politics (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Psychology
Master of Psychology: Theory and Research (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Religion & Theology
Master of Theology and Religious Studies (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Sustainable Development
Master of Sustainable Development (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Law
International Law
Master of Canon Law (Iuris Canonici Licentiatus) (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of European Social Security (Leuven et al) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Intellectual Property and ICT Law (Brussels) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Law (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Laws (LLM) (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Master of Society, Law and Religion (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Media & Communications
Master of Communication Sciences: Digital Media and Society (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Digital Media
Master of Cultural Studies (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Science
Erasmus Mundus Japan Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality (Ghent et al) On campus 2 years Ghent
Astronomy
Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Biology
Master of Bioinformatics (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Biology (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Chemistry
Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Chemistry (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Food Science & Technology
European Master in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering, Technology and Business On campus 1 year Leuven
Geography
Master of Geography (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Geology
Master of Geology (Leuven et al) On campus 2 years Leuven
Mathematics
Master of Mathematics (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Master of Statistics (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Physics
Master of Physics (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Teaching & Education
Master of Educational Studies (Leuven) On campus 1 year Leuven
Transport & Logistics
Master of Engineering: Logistics and Traffic (Leuven) On campus 2 years Leuven
Graduate diploma / certificate
Science
Food Science & Technology
Postgraduate Programme in Malting and Brewing Sciences On campus 2 semesters Leuven

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

Campuses

KU Leuven offers degree programs at various campuses in 10 Belgian cities, including Brussels. Five of these campuses offer programs in English. The city of Leuven has been the focal point of the university’s educational mission for almost 600 years.

Student lifestyle

Whether as a student or researcher, you’ll discover in Belgium a country full of surprising contrasts. A country rich in art, history, and architecture. You’ll be treated to its local specialties in a friendly atmosphere. Belgian cities have so much to offer to students: a cosmopolitan lifestyle, great sport facilities, libraries, bookshops, restaurants, cafés, and a dynamic cultural scene

As an international guest, you might find Belgians initially reserved – an impression that will only last until you share a round of beers at an outdoor café or make your first visit to a Belgian home, where you will be warmly welcomed and well fed. Belgium is also an ideal base for exploring the rest of Europe. London, Paris, Cologne, and Amsterdam are all a proverbial stone’s throw away. It is the headquarters of many international organisations and companies and the beating heart of the European Union.

Accommodation

Leuven offers housing opportunities at reasonable prices. 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 assistance. The university owns and manages a number of student residences. A limited number of rooms in these residences is reserved for international students. You can also browse the Housing Service’s online database. Will you be studying at one of our campuses? There are databases for housing in each of the KU Leuven campus cities. Visit the institution’s webpage for more information.

Scholarships & funding

For certain programs, eligible candidates can apply for an Erasmus+ or VLIR-UOS scholarship. The EU-funded Erasmus+ program aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation. VLIR-UOS, the Flemish Interuniversity Council for Development Cooperation, awards scholarships to students from developing countries to follow one of the International Course Programs (ICPs) offered at KU Leuven. For general information on scholarship opportunities, visit the KU Leuven website

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Leaves you unprepared for the challenges a sustainable developer is facing in the real world. The top-down teaching is old-fashioned straight forward and theoretical. Few interaction , e.g. although half the students are foreign origin, their expertise is completely exclude. The courses themselves don't form the required holistic perspective nee...
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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
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