The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is a destination within the European Liberal Arts Network (ELAN) for University College Utrecht students, located in Leuven, Belgium.

Acclaimed subjects

Since this is an ELAN-destination, the focus will be on Humanties and/or language courses. The English-taught courses in the Humanities department are recommended.

Semesters available

We recommend going in Spring semester, since that semester lines up better with UCU’s academic calendar.

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall: End of September – Beginning of February
Spring: Half February – end June

Language of instruction

English and/or Dutch

Application deadlines

For Fall semester: 30 April
For Spring semester: 1 October

Course offerings

An impression of the courses offered to exchange students can be found here.

Credit system

KU Leuven uses ECTS, just like UCU. Most courses are 6 ECTS, which means that you will need to take 5 courses to obtain 30 ECTS.

Grade system
18-20 A+ Excellent
16-17 A Outstanding
15 A- Very Good
14 B+ Good
13 B Satisfactory
12 C+  Sufficient
11 C Barely Sufficient
10 D Barely Sufficient
<10 F Insufficient

The Housing Service assists international students in finding suitable housing. More information can be found here.


Costs and some more practical information can be found here.


The Orientation Days take place at the beginning of each semester, a week before the start of the academic semester in September and February. Participation is free, except for certain weekend activities and food. We strongly advise you to participate in order to get a good start of your academic adventure in Leuven.

Student experiences

KU Leuven is a new destination, and therefore we have not received feedback from our students yet. Be the first UCU student to explore this university!

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.