Boasting an outstanding central location in the heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience. The highest-ranked Belgian university is considered one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. The institution is priding itself on its high-quality education, world-class research, and cutting-edge innovation. Since 2016 the university was consistently rated Europe’s most innovative university, seventh worldwide (Reuters). KU Leuven performs well in the international rankings. It is currently ranked 48th in the Times Higher Education World Ranking and 81st in the QS World University Ranking.
KU Leuven is a comprehensive university that offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs in a broad range of disciplines. All 15 faculties are grouped in three research groups, known as the Humanities and Social Sciences Group, the Biomedical Sciences Group and the Science, Engineering, and Technology Group. Students have a wide range of university services and facilities at their disposal, ranging from student accommodation and sports centers to student career services and internships.
Excellence in education and excellence in research go hand in hand. KU Leuven’s study programmes are research-based, which ensures that students acquire academic competencies while also developing a critical and research-oriented attitude. Flexibility and state-of-the-art technology are integral to each study programme. A KU Leuven degree offers a significant competitive advantage and is highly valued around the worlds. The ECTS Quality Label guarantees that all credits obtained at KU Leuven are transparent and fully transferable.
KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international students and staff members spread out over its various campuses. 19% of the university’s 58 000 students are international, representing 160 countries. KU Leuven’s Doctoral Schools provide internationally oriented Ph.D. tracks for more than 5000 doctoral students. KU Leuven works with a select number of top-level partner institutions worldwide and stimulates purposeful international mobility and intensive research cooperation. It continually strives to integrate the local and international student and research communities on all its campuses through a variety of programmes and activities.
The international orientation of KU Leuven is embodied by the six-century tradition of attracting the most brilliant and inspiring minds from all over the world. Among the long list of alumni, we find names as the famous scholar Desiderius Erasmus, father of the Big Bang Theory Georges Lemaitre, former Haiti president René Préval and former EU-president Herman Van Rompuy. No less than three alumni were awarded a Nobel Prize: August Beernaert (Peace, 1909), Dominique Pire (Peace, 1958) and Christian de Duve (Medicine, 1974).
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