|Program Dates & Deadlines:||Click here to view|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Requirement:||None|
|Housing:||Dormitory||Illinois Sponsor:||Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)|
|Credit or Not for Credit:||For credit|
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 as you explore the social and demographic transitions that accompany and underpin globalization. You will select courses from multiple academic pathways, ranging from social science specializations to a broader multidisciplinary experience across the humanities, business, and communication. You can study abroad on the KU Leuven-Illinois Experience during fall or spring semester. Spring students will also enroll in a core course on family dynamics and population change. This program is available in both the fall and spring semesters.
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Where You Will Study
For more information on where you will study please visit this site.
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)
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
*Required Spring Core Course Description:
Family Dynamics and Population Change
You will explore how the extent and timing of key life course transitions such as completion of schooling, marriage, and parenthood lead people to consider the following types of questions: When do women have their children and how many do they have? Who goes to college and who doesn't? What are the avenues and constraints for career mobility? When does retirement occur? How has the temporality of these phenomena changed over time?
Each Illinois Center has an onsite resident director whose purpose is to support you both inside and outside of the classroom during your time abroad.
Fall semester: Roger Janssens
Spring semester: Gray Swicegood
You will live in one of a range of student dormitories within walking and biking distance from the university.
- 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. Preference will be given to students applying by the priority deadlines.
Spring Semester Programs
Priority Deadline: June 15
Final Deadline: September 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Priority Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: February 15
How to Apply
Please click the Create App button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking Create App 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
9:00 am - 4:45 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
Location and Mailing Address:
Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
Please review the program dates table below:
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2015||09/15/2014 **||Rolling Admission||01/29/2015||06/27/2015|
|Spring Semester||2016||09/15/2015 **||Rolling Admission||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