Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven
University description (as per official university website)
Who are we?
Leuven University College is a university college with campuses in Leuven and Diest. In 2008, the university college has around 6,000 students and around 650 members of staff. You can follow bachelor degree courses in the areas of education, commercial sciences and business administration, health care, industrial sciences, and social and community work.
Leuven University College also offers advanced bachelor's programmes, postgraduate certificates and other continuing studies. As an institute of knowledge, the university college also takes part in research and provides services.
Leuven University College comprises four departments:
Department of Business Studies
Department of Teacher Training (in Leuven and in Diest)
Department of Health and Technology
Department of Social Work, Heverlee
Our education, staff, IT, communication, finance, administration and logistics policy is co-ordinated at Central Services. These are housed in the fantastic Abdij van Park in Heverlee.
Leuven University College aims to set itself apart in a positive way. By the quality and flexibility of our education, for example. The professional focus of the education is an essential element of Leuven University College. The students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that will prove to be very important in their subsequent profession. Leuven University College also focuses on students. Just take a look at the extended student support and the many courses tailored to the individual student.
Leuven University College educates its students and offers them values that allow them to develop in a general sense, as a person. By doing so, we make a contribution to training self-assured, democratically-minded and committed world citizens.
Leuven University College is also an important partner to socioeconomic, cultural, political and ideological players within and outside the Leuven region. It therefore collaborates very openly with university colleges and universities both in Flanders and abroad. And reserves an important place for research and services within its strategy.
The Leuven University College is governed by the Board of Directors, under the direction of Mr. Jos Clijsters. The daily management of the institution is provided by the General Management, under the direction of Dr. Toon Martens. The head and assistant heads of our four departments form part of this weekly meeting. An Academic Council is responsible for academic changes to the degree programmes. Both students and staff form part of this body.
Each degree programme is coordinated by a head. This head of programme chairs the Educational Committee where the daily management of the degree programme is discussed. An Examination Committee organises the examinations and validates the results.
Want to study at a dynamic and professional university college? Leuven University College is the right choice for you. Here you can take a bachelor degree course together with more than 6000 other students.
This diploma gives you access to the job market after three years. A typical feature of the education at Leuven University College is that our programmes prepare you for an actual profession. You acquire knowledge and develop skills that will be crucial in your job.
Want to continue studying after three years? You can do that at Leuven University College or another institution. Advanced bachelor's programmes, postgraduate certificates, other continuing studies or moving on to a master's course. It's all possible.
12 basic programmes
At Leuven University College, you choose from twelve basic programmes in a wide variety of subject areas: commercial sciences, business administration, industrial sciences and technology. Or do you prefer the idea of education, healthcare or social and community work?
You follow these programmes in one of Leuven University College's five departments: the Teacher Training department with Heverlee and Diest campuses, the Business Studies department, the Healthcare and Technology department, and the Social School department in Heverlee.
You can find more information on our bachelor degrees, advanced bachelor's programmes, postgraduate certificates or other continuing studies elsewhere on this site.
Leuven or Diest?
Want to study in Leuven? Then you'll be in a bustling town with almost 30,000 other students working towards bachelor's and master's degrees. Throughout the year, there are activitiesócultural, sporting and socialórun by and for students. Your time as a student is sure to be an unforgettable one!
If you opt for a teacher training programme, you may also study at our campus in Diest. A small but sociable campus in a charming provincial town where students form a central part.
Bologna? K.U.Leuven Association!
The Bologna Declaration of 1999 dramatically altered the higher education landscape. Throughout Europe, university colleges and universities are developing a new BA/MA structure. This means you have the enormous advantage of being able to collect credits at different institutions in Belgium and abroad that lead to a diploma. Leuven University College is a member of the K.U.Leuven Association. This collaborative partnership aims to offer clear added value for you as a student. For example, transferring to programmes within the association and abroad is now a smoother process.
Credits? Compentences? Work load?
Leuven University College works with the European Credit Transfer System or ECTS. This allows our students to be mobile throughout Europe while working towards their diploma. Do you want to know how what we mean by credits, course units, work load,...? You will find this information under the heading 'Education Activities' in the education and examiniation regulations.
Education and examination regulations
Leuven University College offers you a programme tailored to your needs, with valuable tutoring and support. This makes us one of the most flexible university colleges in Flanders. Our education and examination regulations illustrate how we approach this task.
The advantages of a Leuven University College education
Studying at Leuven University College. This means studying at a university college that places enormous value on the quality of its courses. Enthusiastic lecturers, up-to-date professional knowledge, practice-oriented education and work placements are an important part of each course. But what are our greatest assets?
Leuven University College's greatest asset is its strong vision of what good education should be. Education at Leuven University College is student-oriented and result-oriented: After you graduate, you can really reap the rewards. 93% of our graduates find work within three months.
Sustainable and diverse
Our educational vision brings out the best in you. In a rapidly changing world, Leuven University College wants to train committed professionals. Respect for people, beliefs and races, as well as for the future of subsequent generations: that's what we believe in. Sustainable development and diversity are therefore of fundamental importance in our education.
Leuven University College's courses are practice-oriented and are based on situations that are true to life. We also consider the ways in which research can be integrated into education. Via work placements, dissertations or projects, you make a contribution to developments in the field.
Tailored to your needs
As a Leuven University College student, you shape your own course of studies. We recognise your previous experience and/or knowledge via the EVC/EVK procedure (accreditation of prior experiential/certificated learning). You may therefore be eligible for a tailor-made short-track programme.
Leuven University College organises study options and option paths, and offers numerous optional programme elements. You're bound to find a learning path that appeals to you. Our excellent study and student support will help you in making your choices.
Want to move on to a master's course?
Studying at Leuven University College allows you to keep your options open. Perhaps you want to obtain a master's degree but have doubts about the workload. The well-known 'salmon model' means that with your bachelor degree from Leuven University College, moving up to the university is now an increasingly smooth process.
At Leuven University College, you study in a modern learning environment. On all our campuses, students will find themselves in pleasant new buildings that are ideally suited to 21st century education.
You can also complete part of your course abroad. Rather stay in Leuven? You can also get a taste of the international at Leuven University College.
Studying at Leuven University College also means getting involved. The students' organisation and participation are important aspects of life here. You can even obtain credits for them; we reward dedication and involvement.