The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in English : Catholic University of Leuven; known as KU Leuven, is a research university in the city of Leuvenin, Flanders in Belgium. The renowned university is known for its international-focused programmes. Ever since its founding in 1425, it has become one of the leading universities in Belgium. It was Belgium’s first official university. The schools is constantly ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. In 2016, it was ranked number 40 globally, by the Times Higher Education ranking. The Catholic University of Leuven offers a variety of degree programmes in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as Medicine. Most courses are taught in Dutch but many are offered in English, specifically the graduate programmes. The main campus is based in Leuven, but the school also has satellite campuses in Kortriijk, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ostend and other Belgian cities, including Brussels. KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium, and home to more than 55,000 students. In addition to its state-of-the-art facilities to train students on campus, the university also has a teaching hospital, which is called Universitair ziekenhuis Leuven (UZ Leuven). Its largest campus is Gasthuisberg, which is home to the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences and the faculty of medicine. The Katholieke Univesiteit Leuven is an excellent educational institute, graduates of this establishment are sought-after by employers throughout the world, as those appreciate the fact that graduates are well-rounded individuals with extensive knowledge in their chosen field of studies. As mentioned before, the school consistently ranks among the best schools in the world: in 2016, it was named 93rd best university by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is an innovative and interactive school, which is proven by its outstanding 1st place ranking in Thomson Reuters’ list of Europe’s most innovative universities in 2016 and 2017.
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KU Leuven is a great university offering a wide variety of courses. The quality of education is very good and tuition costs are low (at least for EU students). The university has a good reputation and is known to be the most difficult university in Belgium.
Leuven is a nice city, but be aware that it is quite small. I have been here for three years now and wouldn’t want to stay much longer. However, it’s not too boring as almost half of the population are students. There is also a campus in Brussels, so if you enjoy living in a bigger city you could go there.
Overall, I would certainly recommend going to KU Leuven.
Very good university with tough exams that really check your knowledge. Easy to get accepted, diverse and international atmosphere. Renovated classrooms and nice canteens. Decent teachers. On the more negative side, I had some issues with administration, due to the fact that my campus was located in Brussels and therefore I couldn’t use all the facilities for students in Leuven. Also, coffee vending machines are permanently broken.
KULeuven has a very engaging syllabus, and students have to strive to achieve excellence. This university also tends to make us more resilient to challenges, better planners and ambitious learners.
They have great infrastructure, excellent resources for their students to learn and really first-class education.
I believe this is the best university I can imagine. The professors take their job very seriously and demand a certain level of quality; The city where its located is the best student city I’ve heard of. Many events, parties every day, A big Erasmus community, Many student organisations who organise after-school lectures and events that increase the skill of students further. There is an entrepreneurial atmosphere and students know the balance between partying like crazy but then also studying like crazy when the exams come.
I would definitely recommend KU Leuven! The university is well-organised, the administration is very helpful and professors are professionals with high-level expertise on topics they give lectures. Furthermore, the application procedure is easy and the university assigns its staff to each candidate in order to guide and help potential students during the whole procedure of admission.
KU Leuven is an amazing school. The wide-range of courses and the high calibre of instruction is complemented by plentiful resources for students and a lovely, peaceful student town. I have professors who are at the top of their fields, many of whom are also performing important roles in the Belgium and EU government systems. Students come from around the world to study here, so you get a truly international experience. The Belgium grading system is a bit tough – be prepared to study hard!
The cost of living in Leuven is quite affordable, though you do need to be able to handle a lot of cloudy and rainy days (and get used to carrying an umbrella). Well-equipped libraries, study centers, and coffeeshops provide great places to study. When you’re ready for a break, the Belgian beers are the best in the world and the cafes that serve them abound. Nearly everywhere in the town is easily accessible by a short bike ride, so make a bicycle one of your first purchases.
Among the three universities I have studied at, the KU Leuven is undoubtedly the one that offered the most services for the students. Orientation week every semester full of information, sports, student discounts for public transport, etc. The quality of the lessons (at least in the Master I am taking) is also remarkable, and if you want to study a language for a reasonable price, you will also be able to do so here. Finally, Leuven being a student city, the atmosphere is also something to be underlined, which is also enhanced by student organisation such as AEGEE-Leuven, where I volunteer and which organises several enjoyable events throughout the semester.
I generally enjoy this university. The professors are really good and as an engineer, you are introduced to a broad background. The only thing that could be improved is to make the students have less theory and more practical experience (e.g. by promoting internships). You can do it optionally in your last year in masters but it is not promoted well IMO.
The perfect city for a student. The city radius is only about 1 km, so everything is close by.
The university comes highly recommended, so it will look good when applying for a job.
And last but not least; it has many cafes, bars, bistro’s,…. so you can enjoy a nice out 🙂