KU Leuven

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2018–19) 81
  • THE World University Ranking (2018–19) 48

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • The Student Employment Service provides guidance for international students wishing to work part-time and mediates placements with potential employers

Disability support

  • KU Leuven’s Service for Students with Disabilities provides facilitation and support to students with hearing or vision impairment, physical disabilities, chronic illness, learning disabilities and psychiatric disabilities (including ASD and ADHD). 
  • Staff assist students with disabilities in following lectures, organising self-study, taking examinations, etc.

Students' Union

  • All student organisations are overseen by LOKO, KU Leuven’s umbrella student organisation. LOKO representatives sit on all major governance bodies of the university and play an active role in university life and policy. 
  • LOKO International, the international chapter of LOKO, represents international students in municipal governance bodies and university meetings concerning foreign students or international programmes. LOKO International also organises regular social events for international students.
  • The various faculty-specific student organisations often have chapters or events for international students.
  • For an overview of all student organisations, see www.kuleuven.be/english/student_organisations


  • Founded in 1425, KU (for Katholieke Universiteit) 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 well-regarded universities in Europe.
  • It is a comprehensive university with campuses across Flanders and Brussels. 
  • Member of the prestigious university networks LERU and COIMBRA.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Herman Van Rompuy, First Permanent President of the European Council
  • Paul Bulcke, CEO Nestlé SA
  • Koen Lenaerts, Vice-President of the European Court of Justice
  • Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency


KU Leuven, Oude Markt 13, box 5005, 3000 Leuven, Belgium