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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 on-line 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 availablity 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 annoncements, 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 wordlwide 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:

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!