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What does a continuing education programme entail?

Our international programmes beyond the bachelor level help you to prepare for specific professional challenges or to make a new start.  

  • one-year or one-semester programmes
  • profession-oriented
  • to obtain an additional degree at UCLL
    after already having obtained your first bachelor’s (or undergraduate)  degree at UCLL or at any other recognised higher education institution.
  • At UCLL: interdisciplinary, management and education centred programmes


covid-19 & our international programmes

ucll steadies the course...

...even in these strange and taxing times. Follow in the regular updates on our Facebook page(link is external) and in the links below how we tackle the challenges of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic:

All our international programmes remain available

Association KU Leuven

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:

5 English-spoken continuinG education programmes

Some will provide you with another bachelor diploma, others with a certificate. But all of our programmes will give you an advantage in your professional life. 

Design thinking & innovation

  • offers classes from guest lecturers, experts from  within the corporate world
  • training to apply Design Thinking methods to create innovative future-proof solutions for companies and organizations
  • students apply these insights in a consultancy-project of four months in a company or organization

International Management

International Management:

  • offers classes from experts with expertise from  within the corporate world
  • focus on problem-solving innovative thinking and management on a global scale
  • students apply these insights in a consultancy-project of four months in an international team

International Cooperation and Development Studies

International Cooperation and Development Studies :

  • 2 months of theory and training at the UCLL campus in Leuven
  • 6-month internship at a UCLL partner organisation in the 'Global South' 
     India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Senegal, Benin, Uganda, Brazil, Paraguay or Peru
  • Interdisciplinary: open to various areas of expertise

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL):

  • only available to students who have already completed teacher training
      allowing them to teach in at least one non-language course
  • Training to teach said non-language course in a foreign language 
      French, German, English or Dutch
  • Optimising the synergy between language and course content

International Educating Class (IEC)

International Educating Class (IEC) :

  • a UNESCO-oriented programme
  • the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are front and center
  • students across the globe and from all areas of expertise 
  • develop new means to tackle global challenges and to enhance a growth mindset 
  • becoming a trailblazer whose skills can be used in various areas of expertise
     from management to education
  • Interdisciplinary: open to various areas of expertise



UC Leuven-Limburg is – in a way – ‘bilingual’; we speak both the academic and the professional language, and are a key player in the process of a better understanding between higher education and its practical application in the workplace.

Job market

UC Leuven-Limburg offers profession-oriented degree programmes on a professional bachelor level.  Our programmes guarantee a successful start on the job market:

  • 93% of our alumni has found a job or continues to study within 6 months of graduation
  • International oriented professionals are in increasing demand in the wider regions of Leuven and Limburg.