KU Leuven

Leuven, Bruxelles, Ghent

Language of instruction


Situated in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international Master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. KU Leuven is ranked among the Top 50 universities worldwide.

The city of Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers programmes in Brussels and Ghent.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Second Semester February–July
Semester 2 First Semester September–February

View KU Leuven's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Depending on the KU Leuven campus you choose to study at, there are resources available to help get the most out of your exchange.

Exchange student information


KU Leuven has multiple campuses, which exchange opportunities available at:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • M Architecture
    Semester 1, 2019
    A rich period of my life that was full of fun, friendship, culture and new experiences.
  • M Architecture
    Semester 1, 2019
    The experiences and knowledge I have gained from this semester have been superb and I hope to return again someday!

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at KU Leuven is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at KU Leuven.

Masters level exchange only.

Find courses

Search the KU Leuven course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

KU Leuven is available for postgraduate Architecture only.

Additional academic information

KU Leuven has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


There are various types of on-campus and off-campus housing available for students at KU Leuven. The University's Housing Service provides a database of rooms available for students Leuven. 

Cost of living

KU Leuven provides a rough estimate of average monthly and yearly living expenses in Leuven to help students budget for exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Belgian Embassy and Consulates for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.