Studying in Leuven, Belgium

Leuven

Belgium

Leuven at a glance

Leuven is a small city in Belgium with a young population that creates a lively atmosphere among the Gothic architecture buildings. The historical charm of Leuven attracts international students as much as its top universities do. Earn your degree abroad in Leuven and discover a mix of cultures in an educational centre with plenty of accredited programmes!

Studying

Studying in Leuven

Bachelor’s degree programmes in Leuven are available in philosophy, religious studies, business management, education and international cooperation. However, the educational offer is much richer when it comes to Master’s degree.

Students that wish to find a Master’s degree can benefit from preparation courses before their Master’s programme in English begins, for fields such as financial economics, engineering, physics or education.

After graduating on a full-time or part-time basis, you can earn your Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in law, economics, information management, cultural studies, statistics, education and psychology, engineering sciences, astronomy and others. These fields also include advanced Master programmes, for a more in-depth research.

If you wish to pursue a PhD programme, you will find courses in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, bioscience engineering, economics, religion and law. You may also continue your education with online degree courses in public sector innovation, special development planning, biomedical engineering or enrol in one of the university short courses that are held during summer.

Career

Career opportunities in Leuven

The universities from Leuven have a high significance on a national level and employers take them into consideration every time a graduate knocks on their door. One of the higher education institutions has a strong presence on the research market and influences the local economy. The city is home to biotech companies, an academic hospital and a research centre.

In Leuven there also are governmental institutions, transport corporations and a large international producer of beverages.

Life

Leuven city life

Leuven’s urban life is mainly focused on the city centre, Oude Markt, the place where students prefer to spend their evenings socializing in cafes, bars, restaurants and other venues. However, during the weekends most students go home, so entertainment events usually are held on Thursdays. Local cuisine is attractive, as well as the rich offer of beverages. Grote Markt is also an entertainment hub.

Some of the city’s cultural hotspots are the M – Museum Leuven, the Higher Institute of Philosophy or the university library of Leuven. If you wish to take a walk around, you may admire the architecture of the Collegiate church, the city hall, Namestraat building, Fonske statue, the University Hall, the Totem statue or the Large Beguinage - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Other outdoor destinations could be Abbey Park or Saint-Donatus Park. You may enjoy a quiet walk or a healthy ride with the bicycle. If you wish to visit the surroundings, you have easy access to Kessel-Lo town or even Brussels.

Leuven annually holds a summer rock festival called Marktrock and a winter cyclocross race.

International atmosphere in Leuven

Leuven has a small population, but around 10% of its inhabitants are international students. You have high chances of meeting young people from all cultures in Leuven but with whom you will share the achievement of a degree abroad.

Dutch-speaking locals are friendly to visitors and eager to show students more of Leuven’s traditions and culture.

Weather Leuven

The city of Leuven has a cool and sometimes windy weather, based on four seasons. Rainfall usually appears, especially in July, while May is the driest month. During winter, you may notice occasional frost or snowfalls. Temperatures range from 1°C (33.8°F) in winter and 23°C (73.4°F) in summer.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Leuven

Students may find accommodation in university halls or private rental apartments.

  • Standard student dormitories are mostly single and are valid for students with a scholarship. Their price is around 326 EUR/month.
  • Comfort rooms are available for all students and include private bathrooms. Their average price is 377 – 600 EUR/month, depending on the campus they are located in.
  • Private rental apartments should be reserved before the admission response arrives, since their price rises, as the start of the school year approaches. If you wish to share a three-bedrooms apartment, total rental costs are around 880 – 1,140 EUR/month.
  • One-bedroom private rental apartments have prices of 550 – 630 EUR/month.

Living costs in Leuven

Leuven is a relatively cheap education centre, in comparison to its correspondents in Europe. Total living costs for one person usually add up to 720 - 820 EUR/months. Extra expenses might come from the basic utilities invoice, which is around 100 EUR/month and the transport pass that costs 40 EUR/month.

Universities in Leuven

The University of Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university as well as one of the most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university, KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English.

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Group T is an innovative and international university college situated in Leuven, Belgium, in the heart of Europe. We have made a name with our English-language bachelor and master degree programs in Engineering. Our approach has now taken us beyond engineering, acquiring wide expertise in enterprising and educating alike.

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