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erasmus teacher education exchange programme 

your future is in your hands…

UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) is one of the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in Belgium with over 8 campuses and 15,500 students. Our campus locations allow for easy travel to Brussels as well as all European capitals. As a member of the European Universities Initiative with E³UDRES², we encourage transnational alliances to promote cooperation across borders and disciplines, while addressing societal challenges and improving the future skills of our students.       

As the largest faculty of teacher education in Flanders, with almost 4,000 students, the faculty is known for its  outstanding quality, practice orientation and personal guidance of each student.

More than 1000 young people with an international background already study with or visit us each year for a short or long exchange experience.
 

join us!

  • Gain valuable knowledge in new teaching methods, while developing  your language skills, but also the soft skills that you will need for personal growth and success in the future.  
  • Join a unique University of Applied Sciences that is focused on pushing the boundaries  and moving towards a sustainable and just society. 
  • Our campuses are situated at the heart of Europe. You have fast and easy access to neighbouring countries, where you broaden both your horizons and cultural awareness!
  • The campus location in Diepenbeek offers both safe and green surroundings. In non-COVID times, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, cafés, festivals, cultural performances, activities and museums on offer, so, you will always have something to do. 
  • You will build an international network of friends and connections for the future
  • An international experience in Leuven will prove to be invaluable  for your future (educational) career.


what's on offer...

The Faculty of teacher education offers a spring semester to you as an exchange student. You can opt for different packages that focus on inclusive or multilingual education. We offer courses where you can study with native Belgian (Dutch-speaking) students; you will also have the opportunity to engage in project-based learning experiences. Although the main language in the region of Flanders is Dutch, all courses are taught in English. 

spring programme limburg: start 7 february

 


ready to join? now what?

apply here

 

frequently asked questions

What is the content and duration of an internship?

A limited internship (+/- 5 days) is included in the programme, but it’s not a separate subject.

During the internship, you will be linked to a Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgian student) student. For 5 days, you will join the Flemish student in his or her internship school. You choose the exact days together depending on your schedules. The objective is to become acquainted with and be able to reflect upon the Flemish school context through a ‘participant observation assignment’. Moreover, you will become a pioneer in international (co-)team-teaching. The challenge is to ultimately reach an active collaboration while teaching together in the classroom. Of course, it is up to you and your native partner to design a co-teaching plan.

Can I also take subjects from the regular (Dutch-language) program?

1. You can follow the English-language courses in the exchange programme of the UCLL’s Faculty of Teacher Education. All courses in English are given by lecturers who are native English speakers or have the necessary qualifications and language proficiency to teach in English. 

2. When you are a native Dutch-speaker or are fluent in Dutch, you can decide to only follow courses in Dutch. For this, students select courses from the regular Dutch-language Teacher Education Programme. Of course you need to check whether the selection of courses is possible according to the course planning.

3. You can mix courses of the English Language exchange programme with courses from the Dutch-language Teacher Education Programme. For this combination, you are free to choose between both English and Dutch taught courses. Of course you need to check whether the combination is possible according to the course planning.

How many credits do I have to take from the common / elective programme?

You must take all of the courses from the ‘Common Programme’ in your Learning Agreement (LA). The Common Programme is the core component of the international curriculum of the UCLL’s Faculty of Teacher Education.   Thereafter, you will supplement this core component with additional elective courses.

Can I combine courses from the various packages?

Students can only choose courses out of one single elective package.

What are the options when I am fluent in Dutch?

1. You can follow the English-language courses in the exchange programme of the UCLL’s Faculty of Teacher Education. All courses in English are given by lecturers who are native English speakers or have the necessary qualifications and language proficiency to teach in English. 

2. When you are a native Dutch-speaker or are fluent in Dutch, you can decide to only follow courses in Dutch. For this, students select courses from the regular Dutch-language Teacher Education Programme. Of course you need to check whether the selection of courses is possible according to the course planning.

3. You can mix courses of the English Language exchange programme with courses from the Dutch-language Teacher Education Programme. For this combination, you are free to choose between both English and Dutch taught courses. Of course you need to check whether the combination is possible according to the course planning.

Is there a fall programme in Limburg?

No, we only offer a Spring semester in Limburg. Please have a look at the possibilities at our other campus in Leuven if you are searching for a programme in the fall semester. 

Is there a possibility to take other courses in English in teacher education or other faculties?

No, unfortunately not.  We suggest you take the course in design thinking as described in our brochure.

Can I follow language courses (Dutch or French) in the exchange programme?

No, unfortunately not. You can take classes offered by other outside organisations.