KU Leuven is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Leuven, Belgium. The university is also known by its Dutch name 'Katholieke Universiteit Leuven'.

Student experiences
Academic calendar

Semester I: mid September – early February
Semester II: mid February – early July

Academic Calendar

Areas of study open to exchange students
  1. Arts and Humanities – Offered by the faculty Letteren
  2. Religion and Theology

Subjects taught at the Faculty of Letteren (Arts) cover Archeology, Dutch Language and Culture, English Studies, French Studies, German Studies, History, History of Art, Italian Studies, Literature, Linguistics, Musicology, Arabic & Islamic Studies, Classical Languages, Hispanic Studies, Japanology, Sinology, Slavonic Studies, and Translation and Interpretation. Note that Slavonic Studies is being phased out; students interested in this subject area should consult either the website to find out in advance which subjects will be taught in the semester/year they are here. Also, the faculty does not offer language proficiency classes in modern European languages except Polish and Russian. In those fields students are expected to study the language concerned, not learn it. Learning a language is possible in the Centre for Modern Languages, but courses there are payable.

Also, students are also invited to take courses at other departments within the university. Students will always have to choose at least one course from the Faculty of Arts. Note that 'N'-numbered courses in the MA in European Studies that are not 'included in other courses of study' (cf. course descriptions) are not accessible to exchange students.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Dutch and English

Housing assistance

More information (Faculty of Arts)

More information (General)

Estimated living costs per month

Average price private accommodation: €400 /month.

More information about cost of living 


Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS

Number of places available

Arts and Humanities: 2 places per year. NOTE: Semester 1 only!

Religion and Theology: 1 place per year. 

Languages: Master Literair vertalen: by mutual agreement.

Additional information

Many courses are in Dutch. However, as a rule, the English, French and German language and culture courses are entirely in those three languages from the start. However, students should be aware that translation and interpreting courses usually involve Dutch as well! For many Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Russian courses, knowledge of Dutch is required, especially in the first Bachelor years. We do advise students to have at least B2 level in their foreign languages of study before coming to our campus. Nominated students receive more information by e-mail on the courses they can choose. In general, they do not have problems drafting a study programme of around 30 credits in the first semester. We do not receive many exchange students in the second semester, as the number of available courses is rather limited then (except for students with a good level of Dutch).


More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).

You can also see stories of students who have been abroad on Instagram!

International Office Humanities

Our front desk is currently closed until further notice. This means that there are no walk-in hours and it is not possible to make an appointment.  

You can reach us in the following ways:

Please mention your student number in all correspondence!


We are unable to sign physical documents. If you need to have a document signed, please send it to us via email.

Mailing address

Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht
+31 (0)30 253 6046


  • Sanne Boomsma - Head International Office Humanities;
  • Pooi Ji Hang - Exchange Coordinator (South and East Europe, Asia, Central and South America);
  • Monique Hanrath - Exchange Coordinator (North and West Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America);
  • Nelline Bogerd - Support Officer;
  • Agaath Sluijters - Support Officer.
Walk-in office hours

Our front desk is currently closed.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment via this online form or send an email to internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.

Handing in and picking up documents

Send an email to internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.