About KU Leuven
Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries.
Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.
It is an autonomous university. In late 2011, it changed its name from ‘Katholieke Universiteit Leuven’ to ‘KU Leuven’ and elaborated its mission statement: KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for open discussion of social, philosophical, and ethical issues and a critical centre of reflection in and for the Catholic community. KU Leuven offers its students an academic education based on high-level research, with the aim of preparing students to assume their social responsibilities.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad.
About the city
Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods.
© Rob Stevens
Leuven is situated at the very heart of Europe, only 20 minutes from Brussels.