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Program Description:
ACES in Belgium at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Semester or Academic Year
Leuven, Belgium

For ACE Students ONLY!

Quick Links
Program Overview
The City of Leuven
Academic Environment
Program Cost and Advance Fees
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Pre-Departure Resources
Contact Information

Program Overview

K.U. Leuven's Vlerick business school, chartered in 1425, is the leading business school in Belgium and was ranked 10th worldwide in the Financial Times in 2009. Vlerick specializes in entrepreneurship, doing business in Europe, and corporate social responsibility. Classes are taught in either Dutch or English. Vlerick is accredited by the AACSB.
Courses at Leuven are particularly attractive for ACES students majoring in ACE. Students should be in their Junoir or Senior year.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. 
This program is only open to ACE student and is not open to freshmen. It is strongly recommended that students in their last semester not participate, because their graduation will be delayed.  
Language Requirement 
This program does not require prior knowledge of another language. You will be able to communicate in English in and outside the classroom.

Country links
KU Website:
Travel Info:

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 The City of Leuven

Leuven is a dynamic city surrounded by breathtaking countryside. It is small enough (35,000 residents within the old city walls, plus 30,000 students), safe, vibrant, and an architectural treasure, full of student life, art, intellect and an active nightlife. By train, Leuven is 20 minutes from Brussels, 2 hours from Paris and 3 hours from London.

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Academic Environment 

To search through courses offered in English at KU, click here.

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

Exchange students staying for one semester will receive a list of students that will sublet their room to an international student while they are studying abroad themselves. You are strongly encouraged to book your housing in advance.
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Program Cost

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!
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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at

Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
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Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

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Passport / Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
Participants do need to obtain a Dutch study permit prior to traveling to the Netherlands. The procedure will be explained upon acceptance into the program. Refer also to the consular website at

More information about passports and visas can be found at
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Application Process
First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires

After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application.  

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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Pre-Departure Respources

The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also  

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Contact Information

ACES Study Abroad
ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 02/12/2018 07/07/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission 09/26/2018 12/24/2018
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed