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Program Description:

Program Overview
In collaboration with the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), the University of Illinois has developed a study abroad program in Leuven, Belgium, that provides you with unique intercultural learning opportunities across the social sciences and humanities. European and US students participate in common classes and curriculum.

A selection of core courses with focus on European Culture and Society are strongly recommended for international students.  In addition to these courses, you can also have a multidisciplinary experience by choosing classes at the different departments and faculties at KU Leuven, ranging from the Arts (History, Literature, Linguistics), the Social Sciences, Anthropology, Political Sciences and International Relations, Business and Economics, Psychology, Theology, Philosophy and language courses.  You will be taking approximately 5 classes per semester, together with students from Leuven, Europe and the rest of the world.

 You can participate in this program during the fall or spring semester.  


Program Specific Information
General Study Abroad Information
Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information
Passport/Visa Information

Academic Environment
Where You Will Study

At nearly six hundred years of age, University of KULeuven is one of the oldest and most respected centers of higher learning on the continent. Around 40,000 students enroll in courses offered in 14 faculties. Amongst the 40,000 students, KU Leuven hosts over 7,000 international students each year from study abroad and exchange programs such as ERASMUS, ATLANTIS, and PECS, and offers an extensive portfolio of courses with a comparative or international dimension. As a hallmark of its tradition and commitment to the future, KU Leuven provides its study abroad students with access to a wide range of services that help facilitate and support international exchange.
For more information on where you will study please visit this site
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Hosting over 7,000 International Students, Leuven has a wide variety of course options across multiple disciplines. Sample departments with course offerings in English include:
Business (Informatics, Management, and Marketing)
Communications and Media Studies
European Union governance and policy
Linguistics (taught in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish)
Literature (taught in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish)
Political Science
For a full listing of courses, click on the following link

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.

Class size 
Similar to that of the University of Illinois, class sizes will vary at this large institution. Large lectures are accompanied by smaller discussions, which range from 15-30 students per classroom.
With the exception of several linguistics and literature courses, all coursework is in English.
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Onsite Support
 KU Leuven has an onsite resident director whose purpose is to support you both inside and outside of the classroom during your time abroad. Your resident director during your semester abroad is Annelies Kindt. She is the coordinator of the PECS program and staff officer in the International Mobility and Cooperation Office at the KU Leuven Faculty of Arts.

You will live in one of a range of student dormitories within walking and biking distance from the university. You can choose whether you want to stay in a single or a double room, with or without private bathroom.  More information can be found here.
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Application Process


  • To participate on the program you must be a Illinois undergraduate and have a GPA of at least 2.75; however a 3.0 or above is preferred.

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.


How to Apply

Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Application, which includes:

  • Official transcript
  • 1 letter of recommendation (must be from an academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay in English
  • Online questionnaires

Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above. 


  • If you are nominated by llinois Abroad and Global Exchange based on your application in Step 1, you will then submit a host-university application to KULeuven. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.

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Resources and Contact Information
Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
First Steps Info Sessions:

Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
Mainland Europe Program Advisor
Mike Nelson
Location and Mailing Address:

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820


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Program Dates
Please review the program dates table below:



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/23/2018 09/18/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 01/29/2019 06/28/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.

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