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Welcome to Leuven!

Our Welcome Days will guide you through all "need to know" and "nice to know" information on Belgium, Leuven and our university.

From a warm welcome at our campus to a city tour and a local brewery visit in which you can get to know your fellow students a little better; this week will ensure a one of a kind start of your stay with us.

All  students  are invited!  
(enrolled in any of the degree, exchange or short programmes)

  • September 2021: 13-18 September
  • February 2022: 7-11 February

Take a look at the preliminary schedule below.
Please check back on a regular basis for the most recent updates. 


The fee is €25 - this includes all activities from 7-11 Feb 2022.

  • To: UC Leuven-Limburg, Geldenaaksebaan 335, B-3001 Leuven,
  • Belfius Bank, Pachecolaan 44, B-1000 Brussels
  • IBAN: BE07786548582066
  • Your reference: "First name + Last name + Welcome Days Feb 2022"

By paying the fee you are automatically enroled for the Welcome Days' activities. In January, you'll find the final schedule on this page.

Welcome Days Programme Fall 2021

  Mon 13/09 Tue 14/09 Wed 15/09 Thu 16/09 Fri 17/09 Sat 18/09
09:00         BBM and BME students: obligatory kick-off day  
09:30       Exchange students Management and Technology only: obligatory infosession    
10:00     Online Kot coaching  by KU Leuven Housing Service    Exchange students Teacher  Education and PIEC students: obligatory kick-off day  
11:00   Dutch crash course        
13:00-17:00  Kick-off meeting  + quiz and drinks (on campus Proximus and online)    


  INSIGNIA Brussels Tour 
14:00   INSIGNIA guided city tour 

Beer tasting @ Coureur micro brewery

Visit International Meeting centre Pangaea    
15:00     Beer tasting @ Coureur micro brewery ESN Hike    
20:30 ESN Pub Crawl ESN City Game     INSIGNIA international party  


All activities are subject to COVID-measures and may still change during the following days. Please check UCLL International Facebook and this website regularly.


All students who are in compliance with the travel rules (PCR-testing, quarantine,...) are welcome to participate! It is your responsability to know the rules in Belgium and to act accordingly.

Plan your travel to Belgium according to the COVID guidelines: 


If you do not yet have a student room during the Welcome days, you can book a room in the youth hostel. However, given the high demand on the housing market, we recommend you to find a room before arrival.



If you want to get a headstart, we can recommend having a look at our "Living in Leuven" city guide for students on the Student Life webpage. It will answer most (if not all) questions you may have about student services, cost of living, transport, etc.

Also "Life at KU Leuven" provides useful information in a nutshell.


Please remember to arrange for health insurance during your stay in Belgium before arrival.  If you do not have health insurance, please consult the "Living in Leuven" brochure for specific information.


Please note that we cannot process any individual requests for student housing in Leuven.

If you want to rent a student room, check out our housing in Leuven page.


A buddy is a student from Leuven, who can help you to get settled in our city and at our university college. 

We are working on a buddy system that will be up and running as from September 2021. Click here to  request a buddy.


If you want to learn more about living in Leuven as a student, please visit the Residence, mobility, environment web pages where you will find information about student responsibility, waste disposal, bike, bus and train travel, and so much more.