covid-19 & our international programmes
...even in these strange and taxing times. Follow in the regular updates on our Facebook page and in the links below how we tackle the challenges of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic:
All our international programmes remain available
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:
- Federal Public Service Public Health
- World Health Organization (global epidemiological information)
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (epidemiological information for Europe)
- Institute for Tropical Medicine (general information for travellers)
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs (travel advice)
- Travel to Belgium
- Sciensano (guidelines from the Belgian government for handling people suspected of being infected with SARS-CoV-2)
- Website of the Belgian government
- KU Leuven webpagina Coronavirus
What is CLIL?
Since September 2014, secondary schools in Flanders can offer the choice of studying school subjects through the medium of a foreign language. In this way pupils can, for instance, take Biology classes in German, Economics in English, or PE in French. CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is an educational approach in which French, English or German are used as the language of instruction for another non-language subject. In Wallonia this approach, known by the name of ‘immersion’, has already been used for years.
In order to start out as a CLIL teacher one should meet a number of requirements. First of all, one needs to have the legal qualifications to teach the subject. On top of that, one should have a proven knowledge of CLIL methodology and be proficient in the language of instruction. In Belgium these languages are limited to English, French, German or Dutch (for those who wish to teach in Wallonia).
UC Leuven-Limburg is the first university college in Flanders to offer a full-fledged programme in CLIL by means of this post-graduate. An increasing number of schools are starting up a CLIL stream and are looking for suitable teachers. Therefore, this certificate may prove to be an important asset for a future-oriented career!
Aims of the programme
Our post-graduate offers to aim a substantial and well-balanced programme for both individual teachers and teams who have recently started a CLIL programme or who are considering doing so in the near future. The programme’s scope is sufficiently broad to appeal to coordinators and school management, next to dedicated CLIL teachers.
We aim to offer general insights as well as concrete concepts that can be used by the participants in their classroom practice. Next to practical workshops and didactics, theoretical courses and managerial aspects of CLIL will be covered as well.
First and foremost, our programme is aimed at subject teachers and language teachers as well as and non-teaching school staff in secondary schools who have recently started a CLIL trajectory or who are considering doing so, and who experience a need for extra training in this field.
The programme is aimed at CLIL teachers in Flanders and in the Netherlands, as well as at immersion teachers in Wallonia.
Teachers who are not active in a CLIL context, but who wish to discover new methodologies that provide a richer language environment in the classroom, can enrol for the entire programme or for specific courses.
Beginning teachers considering taking up an additional course fall within our target audience as well. Those who are already qualified as language teachers can combine the post graduate programme (17 SP) with a reduced bachelor course that leads to an additional qualification in a non-language subject (45 SP). In this way they can improve their employment opportunities in just under a year.
Good to know : UCLL also offers a bachelor-after-bachelor programme in Multilingual Education. For further information : www.ucll.be/meertaligheid
How the programme is set up
The post-graduate programme consists of 5 courses, combining a total of 24 credits, which will help the student meet the two legal requirements needed to start out as a CLIL teacher : a solid knowledge of CLIL didactics and proficiency in the language of instruction (C1 level of the CEFR).
The programme contains the following courses with respective credits:
- CLIL didactics - 4 SP in fall & spring
- CLIL linguistics - 3 SP in spring
- Organising CLIL - 3 SP in fall
- Linguistic environments - 4 SP in fall
- Language, code and culture - 3 SP in spring
- Language *: choice of English, French, German or Dutch as a foreign language - 7 SP in fall & spring
* The language course can be taken in a school or language centre of one’s own choice (or through self-study) or at the Centrum voor Levende Talen (CLT) in Leuven. Candidates who already have the required level of proficiency (C1 level) are exempt from this course.
One can also decide to enrol for individual sessions (in-service training) or for individual courses.
The programme covers one academic year (October to June) but it can be spread over two or more years.
Candidates who do not succeed in achieving the required language level by the end of the programme will not be awarded their certificate, as this can only be awarded after the language certificate has been obtained.
The courses will be taught in English and French. A passive knowledge of these languages should suffice to be able to follow the courses.
The courses are planned on Wednesday afternoons and evenings (3.30-8.00pm) and take place in our campus in Heverlee.
The enrolment fee is 680 euros. This fee does not include the cost of the language course.
Those who wish to enrol at the CLT in Leuven will pay an additional 180 euros for the language course.