Catholic University of Leuven Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) 

Belgium - Flemish Community

top General Information


Street:Naamssestraat 22


Post Code:3000

Tel.:+32(16) 32-40-27

Fax:+32(16) 32-40-22


Institution Funding



Founded 1425 by Bull of Pope Martin V on the initiative of Duke John of Brabant. Collegium Trilingue established by Erasmus 1517. Suppressed 1797 under French occupation and closed during the reigns of Napoleon and William I of Holland. Re-established 1834 as Catholic University by Belgian episcopate. Reorganized 1969 with two divisions, the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven and the Université catholique de Louvain which became separate legal entities in 1970. The titular head of the University is the Cardinal Archbishop of Malines; it is independent of direct State control but receives a full State subvention.

Academic Year

September to June (September-January; February-June)

Admission Requirements

Secondary school leaving certificate or foreign equivalent if formally recognized under agreements concluded with the Belgian Government. Other foreign qualifications subject to the approval of the faculty concerned



Student Body


top Officers

Head : Rik Torfs

Job title:Rector

Senior Administrative Officer : Koenraad De Backere

Job title:General Administrator

International Relations Officer : Bart De Moor

Job title:Vice-Rector, International Policy

top Divisions

Centre : Agrarian Bio and Environment Ethics

Fields of study:Agriculture, Environmental Studies, Ethics

Centre : Biomedical Ethics and Law

Fields of study:Biomedicine, Ethics, Law

More details:Interfaculty

Centre : Ethics

Fields of study:Ethics

More details:European

Centre : Risk and Insurance Studies

Fields of study:Insurance

Faculty : Arts

Fields of study:American Studies, Archaeology, Arts and Humanities, European Studies, Fine Arts, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Medieval Studies, Modern Languages, Musicology

Faculty : Bioengineering Sciences

Fields of study:Bioengineering, Food Technology, Management, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Natural Resources, Water Science

Faculty : Business and Economics

Fields of study:Business Administration, Economics

Faculty : Canon Law

Fields of study:Canon Law

Faculty : Engineering

Fields of study:Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering

Faculty : Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science

Fields of study:Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Therapy

Faculty : Law

Fields of study:Law

Faculty : Medicine

Fields of study:Medicine

Faculty : Pharmaceutical Sciences

Fields of study:Pharmacy

Faculty : Psychology and Educational Sciences

Fields of study:Education, Psychology

Faculty : Science

Fields of study:Astronomy and Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics

Faculty : Social Sciences

Fields of study:Anthropology, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology

Faculty : Theology

Fields of study:Ethics, Religious Studies, Theology

Institute : Energy

Fields of study:Energy Engineering

Institute : Labour Studies

Fields of study:Labour and Industrial Relations

Institute : Language

Fields of study:Modern Languages

More details:Leuven

Institute : Philosophy

Fields of study:Philosophy

top Degrees


Fields of study:Archaeology, Bioengineering, Canon Law, Criminology, Economics, Education, Engineering, History, Law, Medicine, Modern Languages, Notary Studies, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Psychology, Social Sciences, Theology


Fields of study:Archaeology, Criminology, Economics, Education, History, Law, Modern Languages, Natural Sciences, Notary Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education, Social Sciences, Theology


top Student Services and Facilities

Student Services

Academic Counselling


Careers Guidance

Cultural Activities

Facilities for Disabled People

Health Services

Nursery Care

Social Counselling

Sports Facilities

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Main Press

University Press

Updated on 26-02-2015