Overview

KU Leuven

City: Leuven
Language of instruction: Dutch, English
  • Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for almost six centuries
  • Research-intensive, internationally oriented university that consistently ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide
  • Main campus located in Leuven - a lively student city 20 minutes east of Brussels
  • Students can choose to study at the Leuven, Brussels or Antwerp campus
  • 50,000 students

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)ForestryLand and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Courses taught in Dutch and English in both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Leuven Language Institute offers Dutch language courses

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

Term dates

  • Semester 1: mid-September to end-January (exams in January can sometimes be written by distance)
  • Semester 2: Early February to early July

Timing

  • Students on exchange in term 1 may be able to write some exams in December
  • Exams not available in December may sometimes be written in January at UBC
  • Coordination of invigilation and any related costs are the responsibility of the student (please contact Go Global at least 4 weeks before the exam)
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

10-11

Grading scheme

  • Minumum: 0
  • Maximum: 20

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Study in the Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB) is open to COMM students only
  • COMM students may also choose from the main campus (Leuven), Antwerp or Brussels:https://feb.kuleuven.be/eng/international/information-package/courses
    • Leuven: Courses in economics and finance tend to be very analytical (bachelor students should be well versed in mathematics/statistics)
    • Antwerp and Brussels: Courses have a more hands-on approach, with slightly less focus on quantitative skills and slightly more on management skills
      • Antwerp: Undergraduate and Graduate (Master of Science in Business Administration) programs available for incoming exchange students
      • Brussels: English-taught Bachelor and Master of Science in Business Administration, an English-taught Master of Science in Business Engineering as well as a MSc in International Business Economics and Management

Full course load information

  • Minimum: 27 ECTS per semester
  • Maximum: 33 ECTS per semester

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Popular Culture
Partner course code: SOF 82A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Literature, Religion and Art in Europe: an Interdisciplinary Approach
Partner course code: FO VL7A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-04
UBC course: Anth 316
Title: Political Anthropology
Partner course code: B-KUL S0D66A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-17
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Welfare, Inequality and Poverty
Partner course code: D0M46B
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-04
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Economic Aspects of European Integration
Partner course code: D0M09A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-18
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Labour Economics
Partner course code: D0E35A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-19
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Environmental and Transportation Economics
Partner course code: B-KUL D0M36B)
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Welfare Economics
Partner course code: B-KUL D0M44B
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Church and Religion in the Middle Ages
Partner course code: B-KUL F0TS0a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-21
UBC course: LASO 4th
Title: Juvenile Justice and Youth Criminology
Partner course code: C09C5A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-08
UBC course: PHIL 3rd
Title: Arabic Philosophy
Partner course code: W0AM9A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-25
UBC course: PHIL 3rd
Title: Aesthetics
Partner course code: W0ED5A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-25
UBC course: POLI 327
Title: International Relations and European Integration after WWII
Partner course code: F0GA3A 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 327
Title: International Relations and European Integration since WWII
Partner course code: FOG A3a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Institutions and Policy of the EU
Partner course code: F0GA2A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Human Rights
Partner course code: B-KUL C00J5a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European Cultural Policy
Partner course code: N0A60A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 363
Title: Marketing strategy modeling
Partner course code: D0R16A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-05
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Asset Prices: Basic Models and Tests
Partner course code: B-KUL-D0M75B
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2017-01-23
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: The Empirics of Financial Markets
Partner course code: B-KUL-D0M40B
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2017-01-23
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Organizing in an International Context
Partner course code: D0M24a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-24
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Social Marketing
Partner course code: D0O51A
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2016-11-14
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Organizing in an International Context
Partner course code: DOM 24a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-19
UBC course: COMM 467
Title: Brand Management
Partner course code: DOR 42a
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-10-06
UBC course: COMM 477
Title: Financial Engineering
Partner course code: B-KUL-G0Q22A
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2017-01-23
UBC course: COMM 482
Title: New Product Development
Partner course code: BS3105
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2016-10-03
UBC course: COMM 498
Title: International Business Strategy
Partner course code: D0M19B
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-01
Land and Food Systems
UBC course: FNH 3rd
Title: Current Topics in Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences
Partner course code: I0V31a 1617
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-12

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Anthropology of Children and Youth
Partner course code: ANTH B-KUL-S0D5
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-19
UBC course: ANTH 4th
Title: Urban Anthropology
Partner course code: ANTH S0D88a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-19
UBC course: ANTH 4th
Title: Anthropology of Ethnicity and Race: Theories and Application
Partner course code: B-KUL S0E09A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-15
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Flemish Art and European Culture
Partner course code: B-KUL F0GA1A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-18
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Highlights in European Literature
Partner course code: F0GA0a
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-09
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Media Effects
Partner course code: S0B02C 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-10
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Literature, Religion and Art in Europe: an Interdisciplinary Approach
Partner course code: B-KUL F0VL7A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-15
UBC course: ARTS 4th
Title: Intercultural Interaction: Concepts, Approaches, Practices
Partner course code: B-KUL F0XX1A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-10
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: Organizational Behaviour
Partner course code: B-KUL D0T33A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-03
UBC course: LANG 1st
Title: Dutch as a Foreign Language
Partner course code: B-KUL F0XI5A
Language of instruction: Dutch
Evaluated date: 2019-05-06
UBC course: PHIL 3rd
Title: Political Philosophy and the Ethics of Globalisation
Partner course code: B-KUL W0EP8A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-14
UBC course: PHIL 4th
Title: Political Philosophy: Advanced Course
Partner course code: B-KUL W0Q27A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-15
UBC course: POLI 310
Title: International relations and European integration since WWII
Partner course code: FOGA3A
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2018-11-05
UBC course: POLI 364
Title: Institutions and Policy of the EU
Partner course code: B-KUL F0VK6A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-03
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Children and Adolescents with Special Educational Needs
Partner course code: B-KUL P0P40A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-01
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychology, Culture and Society
Partner course code: B-KUL P0R63A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-23
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychodynamic Psychology
Partner course code: B-KUL P0S84A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-23
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Western Media Policy for the Social Sciences
Partner course code: S0F28A 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-08
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • For summer programs, tuition and other fees, aside from the application fee, are paid directly to the partner
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • The majority of exchange students rent in the private housing market
  • University residence rooms and private residence halls rooms are available in Leuven, but space is not guaranteed
  • Students often live in Leuven, even if commuting to the Brussels (20 min away) or Antwerp campus (45 min away)

Partner Housing Information

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