KU Leuven

Exchange Programs

Founded in 1425, the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe.

As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research carried out at both the university and its internationally acclaimed hospitals. Boasting an outstanding central location in the heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education, world-class research and cutting-edge innovation.

KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international scholars spread out over its various campuses. 14% of the university’s 54,000 students are international, representing 140 countries. KU Leuven’s Doctoral Schools provide internationally oriented PhD tracks for more than 4,000 doctoral students.

In 2017, JI established a student exchange with the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven. Education at the Faculty of Engineering Technology is organized in a unique way. Students can choose to follow their programme of choice at no less than 7 locations throughout Flanders: from Ostend, Ghent, Aalst or Sint-Katelijne-Waver over Leuven, to Geel or Diepenbeek. The Faculty of Engineering Technology ensures that the unique approach and quality of the programmes taught at each of these campuses is guaranteed, while bearing in mind common goals and interests. Research is conducted in collaboration with the departments of the Science, Engineering & Technology Group and is organized in so-called technology clusters.

 Faculty of Engineering Technology (website)  Faculty of Engineering Technology Leaflet (PDF file)  Information for Incoming Students (website)

Major: ECE or ME

Study Year: Sophomore, Junior or Senior year

GPA Requirement: None

English Requirement: TOEFL 90, IELTS 65 or equivalent

1st semester : late September – early February

2nd semester : mid-February – early July

Details can be found here:

 Term Dates

There are several English-language engineering programs that students may select courses from. Here are a few that may be of particular interest to JI students:

 Bachelor of Engineering Technology

 Master of Electromechanical Engineering Technology

 Master of Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology

Since the Bachelor program at KU Leuven is only three years long, Master-level courses may be appropriate for Senior JI students.

JI students continue to pay tuition at JI; no tuition is paid at the KU Leuven. Administrative costs may be charged. Cost of living is approximately 750 Euro / month, including housing, and a model budget can be found here.