KU Leuven

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

Read about student experiences.


General information (arts & humanities, languages)
General information (Religion and Theology)

Course information (arts & humanities, languages)
Course information (Religion and Theology)

Orientation Days

Academic calendar

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

Academic Calendar

Areas of study open to exchange students

Arts and Humanities (at the faculty Letteren). Subjects taught here include:

  • Dutch Language and Culture
  • English Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Literary Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Culture
  • Musicology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Archaeology

Religion and Theology (faculty of Theology and Religious Studies). Subjects taught here include: 

  • Islamic and Arabic Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology

Students may take courses within other faculties at the university, but they must take at least half of the courses within their faculty (Letteren/Theologie). Courses at other faculties may have limitations.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Dutch and English


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).


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. 

Additional information


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!