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IAGE Direct Enroll: KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Housing:
Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
University of KULeuven
Program Description:
 
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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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Courses

 
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:
 
Anthropology
Business (Informatics, Management, and Marketing)
Communications and Media Studies
Economics
European Union governance and policy
Law
Linguistics (taught in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish)
Literature (taught in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish)
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Theology
 
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.
 
Language
 
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.
 


Accommodations
 
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

Eligibility

  • 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 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.

Spring Semester Programs - September 15

Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs - February 15

 

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 Study Abroad Office 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. 

Step 2.) The Host University Application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY AN ADVISOR IN STEP 1):

  • If you are nominated by the Study Abroad Office 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
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Study Abroad Office 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
sao-europe@illinois.edu
 
Location and Mailing Address:

Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322

 

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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/22/2018 09/18/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.