KU Leuven

71–80 th
World Reputation Rankings 2017
40 th
World University Rankings 2017
Oude Markt 13, Leuven, 3000, Belgium

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding.

Founded in 1425, the University of Leuven – KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly 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 international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. From Science, Engineering and Technology to the Humanities and Social Sciences, KU Leuven has 16 faculties and offers degree programmes in virtually every academic discipline – take your pick!

Since its foundation, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a modern, bustling and safe student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels - the beating heart of Europe.

Boasting an outstanding central location in the heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education and world-class research and innovation.

Quick facts:

  • Highest-ranked university in the Benelux (#40 THE-ranking 2016-2017) and most innovative university in Europe (Reuters 2016);
  • More than 150 nationalities represented;
  • Choose from 79 bachelor’s programmes, 203 master’s programmes, 48 advanced master’s programmes

Key statistics

  • 46,381
    Number of Students
  • 41.9
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 16%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 49 : 51
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016

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