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KU Leuven Ranking

The KU Leuven ranking in the GPA system is Top 50 / Tier 2.

Official name: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, not to be confused with the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, French for Catholic University of Louvain, but usually not translated into English to avoid confusion with the Catholic University of Leuven (1834–1968)) is Belgium’s largest French-speaking university. It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve, which was expressly built to house the university. UCL has satellite campuses in Brussels, Charleroi, Mons and Tournai.

KU Leuven is a venerable Catholic institution of higher learning established in 1425 which has maintained an outstanding record of academic excellence to this day. Its GPA tends toward the Tier 3 status due to lack of named recognition (in spite of its high THE ranking). The institution is highly globalized and have significant positive impact of alumni outcomes. The institution’s Internet presence is sub-standard relative to peers and expectations.

KU Leuven ranking

Other Agencies providing KU Leuven Ranking information:

  • QS World University Ranking (2015–16) Not ranked
  • THE World University Ranking (2015–16) 35
  • GPA World’s Top 50 Ranking (2016) Included in Top 50 as Tier 2

Additional information: Institutional History

  • The Catholic University of Leuven, based in Leuven (“Louvain” in French), 30 km east of Brussels, provided lectures in French from its refounding in 1835, and in Dutch from 1930. In 1968, the Dutch-language section became the independent Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which remained in Leuven, while the French-speaking university was moved to a greenfield campus and town, Louvain-la-Neuve, 20 km south-east of Brussels, in a part of the country where French is the official language. This separation also entailed dividing existing library holdings between the two new universities. Plans to expand the French-speaking part of the university at a campus in Brussels or Wallonia were quietly discussed from the early 1960s, but it was not anticipated that the French-speaking section would become an entirely independent university and lose all of its buildings and infrastructure in Leuven. The first stone of the new campus at Louvain-la-Neuve was laid in 1971, and the transfer of faculties to the new site was completed in 1979.

Additional information: Tuition Fees

Bachelor’s and Master’s:

Provisional collected amounts at registration Definitive amount
Diploma or credit contract: € 890 (full-time registration) or € 560 (part-time registration) € 230 fixed fee + € 11 per study point
Diploma or credit contract: more than 1 registration
Not in combination with advanced masters or special categories
€ 890 € 230 fixed fee + € 11 per study point
Exam contract
only possible for EEA students
€ 345 (full-time registration) or € 225 (part-time registration) € 105 + € 4 per study point


KU Leuven web site: https://www.kuleuven.be/english

THE (Times of Higher Education) ranking: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings