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What is an exchange programme?

An exchange programme is a three- to six-month study, which allows you to do a part of your studies or internship abroad. An exchange programme therefore can only be part of another programme or course of study (in either Belgium or another country). The European version of this is called ‘Erasmus’.

When you have obtained all necessary credits to graduate, you return to your home educational facility and obtain a degree of your original teaching institution rather than that of the one you stayed with abroad..


not what you were looking for?

  • For a short course after which you will obtain a certification rather than credits imbedded in another programme, check our short programmes.
  • If you are looking for year programmes, to obtain a (first or second) full bachelor’s degree, our Bachelor programmes await you.
  • If it is a one-year or one-semester programmes, to obtain an additional degree at UCLL after already having obtained your first bachelor’s degree that you seek, we can recommend our Continuing Education Programmes.

how to get started

You may contact the international coordinator of the study area you are interested in if you wish to receive more specific information about our exchange programmes. We hope to receive your application soon so we can welcome you to Leuven or Limburg soon!


Types of exchange programmes at UCLL

Common international programme


Common International Programme (CIP) in Spring semester only

In addition to the specific study programmes, we provide common courses each Friday, grouped in our Common International Programme (CIP) which is open to all Erasmus or exchange students.  Each course is worth 3 ECTS credits.

  1. Social and Ethical Issues in IT    
  2. Cross-Cultural Communication   
  3. UN Sustainable Development Goals 


Common module "Design thinking"

A multidisciplinary, varied and challenging programme! In a common course of 12 ECTS credits on Community Design Thinking, you will do real life projects for a company or organisation in multidisciplinary mixed teams.   
This course can be combined  with max 18 credits in subject specific courses of the 5 Faculties (below)



 Business Management 

Office Management


Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation



Applied Information Technology



Chemical Engineering (Project work or Research)*

Electrical, Electronical-ICT and Mechanical Engineering (Project work or Research)*

* Tailor-made programme!



Biomedical Laboratory Technology

Dental Hygiene

Nursing *

Midwifery *

Nutrition and Dietetics

Required vaccinations for Midwifery/Nursing students:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine: at least the first two vaccinations before the start of the traineeship and preferably proof of antibody titre.  If insufficient antibody level, traineeship only allowed at low-risk ward.
  • tuberculosis:
    either proof of BCG vaccination (bacille Calmette-Guerin).  In certain countries, this vaccine is still given to children which is accepted,
    or a tuberculin test (e.g. Mantoux test) with proof of result.  Do not take the tuberculin test after BCG vaccination as it may cause a false positive result,
    or lung X-ray with proof of result.
  • Tetanus vaccination is no longer required.


Biomedical laboratory technology (Traineeships)**

Midwifery (Traineeships  at local hospitals)**

Nursing (Traineeships at local hospitals)*

** Tailor-made programme!

Social work


Social Work


Social work

Teacher Education


Teacher Education: International Educating Class


Teacher Education: CREOS programme