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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment, On-Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.4 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Arts, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, History, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Med, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistics
Program Description:
Why EuroScholars KU Leuven?

EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe.

Situated at the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. The university was founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, and as such it bears the double honour of being the oldest extant Catholic university in the world as well as the oldest university in the Low Countries. Through the ages, the university’s academic fame has attracted numerous scholars and scientists who have made valuable contributions to European culture. The University of Leuven can look back on a glorious past, but it also moves with the times. Today, international co-operation is regarded as essential for a modern university. Top-level research is judged according to international standards and implies interaction, co-operation, and exchange, both of researchers and results. As such, European surveys rank KU Leuven among the top ten European universities in terms of its scholarly output.


Academic Highlights

The program is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor.

At KU Leuven, knowledge is transferred through high quality interdisciplinary teaching. Study programs pay special attention to the integration of professional training into a broad ethical, cultural and social context of education. Rather than passing on mere factual knowledge, students are encouraged to develop their skills to identify, formulate and solve problems. Thus, the necessary conditions for a stimulating educational experience are created. Special attention is paid to the steady evaluation of the teaching process in order to enhance the students’ capacity to study independently, to provide intensive individual guidance and an adequate evaluation system, and to make sure that the teaching staff has excellent didactic qualities, making use of new teaching methods and technologies. In addition, KU Leuven concentrates on the training of young researchers, mainly within the context of their doctoral studies. The university also offers postgraduate programs in a number of fields.


Student Life

Leuven is bustling with student life. Unlike most university towns, it does not have a closed campus. The university buildings are spread all over town. Numerous old colleges and residence halls give Leuven the stylish face of a university town with a tradition. Its high number of international students makes it a place where numerous cultures meet and experiences are exchanged to everybody’s advantage and pleasure. The Orientation Days take place at the beginning of each semester: in September and February to help you get settled during your first days in Leuven and to learn more about our university. As a new international student or scholar at KU Leuven, you will be faced with a multitude of changes, decisions and adjustments. Perhaps the most exciting of these challenges will be your on-going adjustment to life in Belgium. To help you find your way around the university, Leuven and Belgium, you can request a personal buddy, a KU Leuven student (a Flemish student or another international student) who will answer all your practical questions. Most of the buddies will also introduce you to Belgian habits and customs, and some even to their own family. Some buddies will be guiding a group of newcomers. The KU Leuven Culture Card is indispensable to anybody who wants to experience culture in Leuven. It grants discounts at all the major cultural centres, free entrance to UUR KULtUUR and exclusive access to numerous actions. The University Sports Centre provides a wide range of sports facilities at all levels. LOKO is the Student Body Council of KU Leuven. About ten percent of all students in Leuven are international students. It occurred to LOKO a long time ago that this group of students also needed representation, also needed a voice. LOKO International was created to be the voice of international students to make sure they participate in all aspects of student life and that their opinions and needs are heard & respected.


Living in Leuven

KU Leuven is located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, a small but dynamic country in northwestern Europe. Leuven is situated in the very heart of Europe, only 20 minutes from Brussels.  Amsterdam, Paris, London and Cologne are only about three hours away by train. The city of Leuven is an agglomeration of five communities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods. Try out the hundreds of delicious Belgian beers. According to one commentator, Belgian beer is “a heavenly liquid which Belgians have perfected thanks to centuries of intense contemplation by silent orders of monks. Beer is the very essence of the land, the blood of the nation, heaven served in a variety of peculiarly shaped drinking receptacles.” Whue you're at it, introduce yourself to Sinterklaas, and attend belgian carnivals and fairs such as Kermis. There is much to see!