What is a degree programme?
A degree programme is started and completed at the same educational institution. Upon successful completion of the full programme, you will obtain a degree of that institution.
If you opt for a degree programme at UCLL, you will graduate with a UCLL degree, rather that of any other institution. Degree programmes therefore cannot be part of another programme or course of study (in either Belgium or another country).
For a short course after which you will obtain a certification of participation rather than a degree, check our short programmes. If you are looking for a one-semester stay within another course of study in another teaching institution, various exchange programmes are awaiting you.
2 Types of degree programmes
Advanced Bachelor / Continuing Education Programmes
- one-year or one-semester programmes
- to obtain an additional degree at UCLL
- After already having obtained your first bachelor's degree at UCLL or at an (international) partner institute.
- At UCLL: Management and education centred programmes
Meet our moving minds!
Any further questions? Our student ambassadors are happy to answer them during one of our video chat sessions.
During these sessions, staff members will also introduce the Business programmes and the Admissions procedure.
All you need is a laptop or desktop computer (no mobile device), internet connection and a web browser to join our video conference sessions.
During our Open Days you can ask us questions directly as well. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit your future campus.
- Proximus campus (for Business Management and International Marketing)
- Hertogstraat campus (for International Education Classes and CLIL)
- Social School campus (for ICoNS)
- Our other campuses (if you are interested in a Dutch-language degree programme)
Welcome Days for Degree Students
Each of our programmes have a tailor-made welcome package. Before the start of the academic year or semester, and after you have received a Letter of Admission, you can register for our Welcome Days! Here you will learn all about Student life in Leuven and meet the people you will be taking classes with.
covid-19 & our international programmes
...even in these strange and taxing times. Follow in the regular updates on our Facebook page and in the links below how we tackle the challenges of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic:
All our international programmes remain available
As active member of Association KU LEUVEN we stay committed to offering you the same quality higher education as before the pandemic:
- Whenever possible and safe, we'll organise your classes on the UCLL campuses.
- But as long as lockdown measures or travel restrictions prevent you to physically attend, we'll provide the highly interactive online course alternatives our Belgian and international students currently participate in.
- We will continue to closely monitor these aspects going forward and adapt our response accordingly to honour our availability and quality commitments to international UCLL students.
- UCLL is on top of the situation and currently reviewing the viability of the autumn mobility programme for international students coming to Belgium. Therefore, we advise students to make no unrecoverable costs like flights or accommodation until further updated around June 15th.
Unchanged level of affordable tuition fees for next academic year
Many aspiring international students face severe budget constraints in the face of soaring prices due to Covid-19's economic impact. Partly helped by the stable government subsidy for higher education in Belgium, UCLL maintains its high value for money offerings. Check for yourself in our tuition fee overview.
Stepping up our tradition of excellent student support
UCLL's consistently well reviewed student counseling, services and support is extended considerably to help international students cope:
- We regularly reach out to our international student community and worldwide partner institutions with pertinent updates of the measures we take in the face of the global pandemic.
- We filter out only the reliable bits relevant to our international students from the deluge of news announcements, summarising them in handy overview leaflets and trustworthy posts.
- To alleviate the added stress of prolonged isolation due to the lockdown measures, we proactively initiate personal contact with our international students through weekly videochats with student psychologists, programme coordinators and UCLL International Office experts, as well as in Facebook Live chats.
- For the numerous non-European study applicants experiencing various administrative delays due to the pandemic, we've postponed the deadline of relevant application steps from May 1 to June 1, 2020.
Outstanding healthcare for international students in Belgium
Both local and international students at UCLL campuses enjoy the benefits of the excellent Belgian healthcare system, consistently in the top of European and worldwide rankings:
- In view of the high number of available hospital beds and intensive care beds per inhabitant both nationally and in UCLL's Leuven-Limburg area , if needed international students are assured of proper care.
- A large majority of healthcare professionals are fluent in English, often their second language in a country famed for its multilingual prowess.
- Thanks in part to the large government financing of the Belgian health system, for the user healthcare services are affordable and accessible without excessive delays.
Here are the top grade data guiding UCLL's pandemic response
We act on the best informed, most recent sources from carefully vetted official and scientific information suppliers and policy makers, openly sharing access to their reliable knowledge bases also with our international students and applicants:
- Federal Public Service Public Health
- World Health Organization (global epidemiological information)
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (epidemiological information for Europe)
- Institute for Tropical Medicine (general information for travellers)
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs (travel advice)
- Travel to Belgium
- Sciensano (guidelines from the Belgian government for handling people suspected of being infected with SARS-CoV-2)
- Website of the Belgian government
- KU Leuven webpagina Coronavirus