KU Leuven

World University Rankings 2022
World Reputation Rankings 2021
Oude Markt 13, Leuven, 3000, Belgium

KU Leuven. Inspiring the outstanding.
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe.

As Europe’s most innovative university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of study programmes in English, all supported by innovative and interdisciplinary research.

Good to know:

  • A KU Leuven degree is highly valued around the world. We consistently perform well in international rankings (top 100 university worldwide)and were declared Europe’s most innovative university for the 3rd year in a row by Reuters;
  • Come study at our campus in Leuven, a modern, bustling and safe student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. Why not take a virtual tour before you arrive?
  • Prefer studying in the European capital? We also offer degree programmes in 9 other Belgian cities, including Brussels; the beating heart of Europe.
  • The Flemish government’s generous co-financing system ensures that tuition fees remain relatively low, not only for EU students, but also for students from other parts of the world. Find more about our fees and funding opportunities.
  • KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international students and staff, with over 150 nationalities represented. Don’t miss out on our international welcome activities!
  • From Science, Engineering and Technology to the Humanities and Social Sciences,  KU Leuven has 15 faculties and offers international degree programmes in virtually every academic discipline – take your pick!

Science, Engineering and Technology:
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Technology

Biomedical Sciences:
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences:
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Institute of Philosophy
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Overview of our international undergraduate degrees (bachelor programmes)
Overview of our international graduate degrees (master and advanced master programmes)
PhD opportunities

Excellence in education and excellence in research go hand in hand. KU Leuven’s study programmes are research-based, which ensures that students acquire academic competences while also developing a critical and research-oriented attitude. Flexibility and state-of-the-art technology are integral to each study programme. A KU Leuven degree offers a significant competitive advantage and is highly valued around the worlds. The ECTS Quality Label guarantees that all credits obtained at KU Leuven are transparent and fully transferable.

KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international students and staff members spread out over its various campuses. 18% of the university’s students are international, representing 160 countries. KU Leuven’s Doctoral Schools provide internationally oriented PhD tracks for more than 5 000 doctoral students. KU Leuven works with a select number of top-level partner institutions worldwide and stimulates purposeful international mobility and intensive research cooperation. It continually strives to integrate the local and international student and research communities on all its campuses through a variety of programmes and activities.

Learn more about studying at KU Leuven: https://www.kuleuven.be/prospective-students/

Our university has 14 campuses in ten Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

KU Leuven boast a strong international reputation for research excellence. As a comprehensive university, it pursues curiosity-driven and strategic frontier research as well as targeted and demand-driven research, all in an interdisciplinary environment. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a select group of distinguished research-intensive universities that sets the tone for research in Europe. KU Leuven has a strong record of securing funding from the most competitive research funds, including the prestigious ERC Grants awarded by the European Research Council. Its total research output consistently ranks among the European top.

Read more about KU Leuven’s research: https://www.kuleuven.be/english/research/

Also visit our website for PhD opportunities: https://www.kuleuven.be/english/research/phd

KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) is the technology transfer office of KU Leuven. Established in 1972 as one of the first technology transfer offices in Europe, LRD has a long tradition of collaborating with industry, patenting, licensing and creating spin-off companies. LRD is dedicated to valorising research, building bridges between science and industry, and transferring knowledge and technologies to the marketplace.

Visit KU Leuven LRD’s website for more information about our tech-transfer office: https://lrd.kuleuven.be/en

Explore rankings data for KU Leuven

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Key statistics

  • 36.3
    No. of students per staff
  • 16%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 51 : 49
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 46,327
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings