KU Leuven

Belgium

Public

KU Leuven

Dutch, Belgium

Public

Fall, Spring

Intakes

100%

Acceptance Rate

19:1

Student: Teacher Ratio

Fall, Spring

Intakes

100%

Acceptance Rate

19:1

Student: Teacher Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings 

The Catholic University of Leuven or Louvain was founded in 1834 in Mechelen as the Catholic University of Belgium, and moved its seat to the town of Leuven in 1835, changing its name to Catholic University of Leuven. In 1968, the Catholic University of Leuven parted from the Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, based in Leuven, and the French-language Université catholique de Louvain, which moved to Louvain-la-Neuve in Wallonia, 20 KM southeast of Brussels. Since the 15th century, Leuven, as it is now called, has been a major factor in the development of Catholic theology. It is considered to be the oldest Catholic university in existence.

KU Leuven has ranked in the major ranking tables among the top 100 universities in the world. In the Times Higher Education rankings for 2021, it is ranked 42nd, 70th in the QS World University Rankings, and 87th in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university is affiliated with CESAER, Coimbra Group (GC), European Aeronautics Science Network, European University Association, Venice International University among others. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The main campus of KU Leuven is located in Leuven, with school faculties, libraries, institutes, residential halls, the university hospital UZ Leuven, and other facilities scattered around the city and just outside its ring road in the Heverlee district. Pangaea, the city's intercultural gathering place, is located in the heart of the city. Heverlee is home to the University Sports Centre, which includes the Univ-Fit gym. In addition, the institution owns the UNESCO World Heritage Site Groot Begijnhof, a historic beguinage in the city's south, and it serves as one of the university's many residence halls. On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the university will host an online open day to tell students about their English-language programmes. They will enable students to learn more about the international programmes, admissions, housing, and more at Europe's most innovative university. In addition, it has its satellite campuses in 11 Belgian cities Kortrijk, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Geel, Ostend, Aalst, Diepeenbeek, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, and in Belgium’s capital city Brussels where it provides degree programmes. 

Accomplishments and Alumni 

When it comes to the commercialization of research and innovation, KU Leuven is a leader. The KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) technology transfer office was one of the earliest in Europe. Patenting, licencing, partnering with industry, and forming spin-off firms are all part of LRD's long and successful history. KU Leuven is the only non-American university among the top five most innovative universities in the world, according to Reuters (2017). A large number of publications, citations, industry collaborations, and patent applications are some of the key reasons for this good standing. The university was also home to some well-known notable alumni such as Leon Bekaert (Economics, Businessman), Peter Carmeliet (Physician and Medical Scientist), Koen Lamberts (President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield), Rudi Pauwels (Pharmacologist, Co-founder of Tibotec and Virco) among others. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The Université Catholique de Louvain educates an estimated 27,261 students from 127 nations in all academic institutions at its various institutions. In 2006, it was ranked 76th in world-class universities established by the Times Higher Education supplement (24th in Europe).

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History, Affiliations and Rankings 

The Catholic University of Leuven or Louvain was founded in 1834 in Mechelen as the Catholic University of Belgium, and moved its seat to the town of Leuven in 1835, changing its name to Catholic University of Leuven. In 1968, the Catholic University of Leuven parted from the Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, based in Leuven, and the French-language Université catholique de Louvain, which moved to Louvain-la-Neuve in Wallonia, 20 KM southeast of Brussels. Since the 15th century, Leuven, as it is now called, has been a major factor in the development of Catholic theology. It is considered to be the oldest Catholic university in existence.

KU Leuven has ranked in the major ranking tables among the top 100 universities in the world. In the Times Higher Education rankings for 2021, it is ranked 42nd, 70th in the QS World University Rankings, and 87th in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university is affiliated with CESAER, Coimbra Group (GC), European Aeronautics Science Network, European University Association, Venice International University among others. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The main campus of KU Leuven is located in Leuven, with school faculties, libraries, institutes, residential halls, the university hospital UZ Leuven, and other facilities scattered around the city and just outside its ring road in the Heverlee district. Pangaea, the city's intercultural gathering place, is located in the heart of the city. Heverlee is home to the University Sports Centre, which includes the Univ-Fit gym. In addition, the institution owns the UNESCO World Heritage Site Groot Begijnhof, a historic beguinage in the city's south, and it serves as one of the university's many residence halls. On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the university will host an online open day to tell students about their English-language programmes. They will enable students to learn more about the international programmes, admissions, housing, and more at Europe's most innovative university. In addition, it has its satellite campuses in 11 Belgian cities Kortrijk, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Geel, Ostend, Aalst, Diepeenbeek, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, and in Belgium’s capital city Brussels where it provides degree programmes. 

Accomplishments and Alumni 

When it comes to the commercialization of research and innovation, KU Leuven is a leader. The KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) technology transfer office was one of the earliest in Europe. Patenting, licencing, partnering with industry, and forming spin-off firms are all part of LRD's long and successful history. KU Leuven is the only non-American university among the top five most innovative universities in the world, according to Reuters (2017). A large number of publications, citations, industry collaborations, and patent applications are some of the key reasons for this good standing. The university was also home to some well-known notable alumni such as Leon Bekaert (Economics, Businessman), Peter Carmeliet (Physician and Medical Scientist), Koen Lamberts (President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield), Rudi Pauwels (Pharmacologist, Co-founder of Tibotec and Virco) among others. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The Université Catholique de Louvain educates an estimated 27,261 students from 127 nations in all academic institutions at its various institutions. In 2006, it was ranked 76th in world-class universities established by the Times Higher Education supplement (24th in Europe).

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QS

Quacquarelli Symonds (Q.S.) is a corporation based in the United Kingdom that specialises in the analysis of higher education institutions worldwide. Nunzio Quacquarelli launched the company in 1990. It publishes the Q.S. World University Rankings every year. The Q.S. rating, which is considered one of the three most widely read university rankings globally, is approved by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). The institution uses six metrics, namely Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per faculty, International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio, that effectively capture university performance. It also publishes rankings in Young universities, Graduate Employability, and Subject Rankings. Q.S. provides an auditing service to universities, which offers information on the institution's strengths and shortcomings. The Q.S. Stars audit procedure rates universities based on over 50 different indicators.

THE

The Times Higher Education, originally The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), is a British magazine that focuses on higher education news and topics. It annually publishes The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It has received worldwide acclaim for its new and improved rating algorithm. Since 2004, it has provided students and their families, academics, university executives, governments, and businesses with reliable university performance data. The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer). It also produces subject rankings and rankings for Young Universities, Impact, Reputation, And Emerging Economies.

Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper that first appeared in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian and was renamed The Guardian in 1959. The Guardian University Guide is published once a year. The goal of the University Guide is to show how each university's department is likely to provide an overall beneficial experience to future students, and to do so; they look at how previous students in the department fared. A league table was created using nine performance criteria for 54 disciplines spanning all stages of the student life cycle. Entry standards, Student-staff ratios, Expenditure per student, Continuation, Student satisfaction, Value Added, Standardisation, Subject Classification, and Career Prospects are the indicators utilised by the organisation.

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CourseDurationFee/Year
M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence12 Months-
M.Sc in Space Studies (Adv.)12 Months-
M.Sc in Biochemical Engineering Technology12 Months-
M.Sc in Nuclear Engineering12 Months-
MA in Cultural Studies12 Months-
M.A in Philosophy12 Months-
MS in Information Management12 Months-
Msc in Business Administration12 Months-
MSc in Economics12 Months-
MSc in Criminology12 Months-

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CourseDurationFee/Year
M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence12 Months-
M.Sc in Space Studies (Adv.)12 Months-
M.Sc in Biochemical Engineering Technology12 Months-
M.Sc in Nuclear Engineering12 Months-
MA in Cultural Studies12 Months-
M.A in Philosophy12 Months-
MS in Information Management12 Months-
Msc in Business Administration12 Months-
MSc in Economics12 Months-
MSc in Criminology12 Months-

Scholarships

Students with extraordinary academic credentials and who are interested in politics are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility

Applicants must have good knowledge of the German language (B2-level), undergraduate degree, and excellent academic background.

Applicability

An online application must be submitted.

Students with extraordinary academic credentials and who are interested in politics are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility

Applicants must have good knowledge of the German language (B2-level), undergraduate degree, and excellent academic background.

Applicability

An online application must be submitted.

It is offered to students who excel in their chosen field and wish to study abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants who want to pursue a full-time master’s, MPhil, or doctorate program.

Applicability

Applicants can apply for the scholarship through an online application available on the official website.

It is offered to students who excel in their chosen field and wish to study abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants who want to pursue a full-time master’s, MPhil, or doctorate program.

Applicability

Applicants can apply for the scholarship through an online application available on the official website.

Deutschland Stipendium program offers financial and non-material support to high-performing students from across the globe.

Eligibility

Applicant must be studying or commencing studies at UG or PG-level degree at the institution and should have proficiency certificate in English or German language.

Applicability

An applicant’s entire personality is taken into account during the selection process, from academic excellence to personal achievements. Applicants must directly apply to the university, they are getting enrolled.

Deutschland Stipendium program offers financial and non-material support to high-performing students from across the globe.

Eligibility

Applicant must be studying or commencing studies at UG or PG-level degree at the institution and should have proficiency certificate in English or German language.

Applicability

An applicant’s entire personality is taken into account during the selection process, from academic excellence to personal achievements. Applicants must directly apply to the university, they are getting enrolled.

This scholarship is aimed primarily at international students and is awarded for study and research visits to universities and non-university research institutions in Germany.

Eligibility

International student having an offer letter to study in a German university is eligible.

Applicability

An online application is to be submitted.

DAAD Scholarship

DAAD Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed primarily at international students and is awarded for study and research visits to universities and non-university research institutions in Germany.

Eligibility

International student having an offer letter to study in a German university is eligible.

Applicability

An online application is to be submitted.

The scholarship is open for multiple applicants of foreign origin including India who possess excellent academic background.

Eligibility

Applicants have to demonstrate exceptional command over the German language (at least B2) even if the course that candidate has opted for a program in English.

Applicability

An online application is to be submitted.

The scholarship is open for multiple applicants of foreign origin including India who possess excellent academic background.

Eligibility

Applicants have to demonstrate exceptional command over the German language (at least B2) even if the course that candidate has opted for a program in English.

Applicability

An online application is to be submitted.

Application Procces

  • Visit the official website of the institution. 
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  • Complete filling your education history with all the qualifications.
  • Fill in the details of your employment history.
  • Fill in your personal statement.
  • Submit the application form by paying the mentioned fees.

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Documents Required

  • All official academic Transcripts and grade cards
  • Passport size photographs 
  • Passport photocopy
  • Visa
  • Updated CV/Resume
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Statement of Purpose

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FAQs

Leuven is the traditional university in a pleasant Flemish city full of baroque buildings, spires, and mullioned windows. Louvain-La-Neuve, inspired by the ideal cities of the Renaissance, and with traffic out of sight underground, has a more cosmopolitan and Latin air.
Leuven is the traditional university in a pleasant Flemish city full of baroque buildings, spires, and mullioned windows. Louvain-La-Neuve, inspired by the ideal cities of the Renaissance, and with traffic out of sight underground, has a more cosmopolitan and Latin air.
Leuven is a very English friendly city and you can get by without knowing the local language, which is called “Flemish”.
Leuven is a very English friendly city and you can get by without knowing the local language, which is called “Flemish”.
KU Leuven uses dutch as its main language of instruction. However, some of the bachelor’s programs are taught in English.
KU Leuven uses dutch as its main language of instruction. However, some of the bachelor’s programs are taught in English.
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six countries. Today, it is Belgium’s highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe.
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six countries. Today, it is Belgium’s highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe.
UCLouvain is ranked 148 in best global universities rankings by U.S News & World Report and has an overall score of 4.0 stars.
UCLouvain is ranked 148 in best global universities rankings by U.S News & World Report and has an overall score of 4.0 stars.

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