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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven LAW EXC
Leuven, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2)
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Sydney Law School
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Faculty of Law

Applications must be lodged through the Sydney Law School directly.

Location: Leuven
Year established: 1425
Student population: 41,300
KU Leuven is the world's oldest surviving Catholic university, situated in the pleasant, safe student town of Leuven, in the heart of Western Europe. It’s Belgium’s highest ranked, largest and leading research university and attracts about 7400 international students.
KU Leuven’s point of difference is its warm, friendly campus situated right in the centre of Europe – it’s only 25 km to Brussels, the capital of the EU, and has easy access to other European cities like Amsterdam, Paris and London. Much of the town beats to the rhythm of student life, with plenty to keep you occupied along with a peaceful, supportive environment.

Unique characteristics
KU Leuven offers a comprehensive range of Dutch and English-language programs and conducts high quality, interdisciplinary research. The Faculty of Law offers a broad-based curriculum, with an international and comparative approach to education in law and criminology. Its two main programs are Law and Criminology, both of which are offered at Bachelor’s and at Master’s level.

Leuven is a picturesque ancient town in Belgium. It’s small and intimate, with historic sites close to the campus and the rest of Europe easily accessible. With about 45,000 post-secondary and secondary students milling around in term time, the streets are bustling with young people. There’s plenty to do, including good food and one of the liveliest bar scenes in Europe – Leuven is a prominent brewing centre.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university. Consult the Sydney Law School for further information.

Subject Area/s: Law
Exclusions apply.

Applications must be lodged through the Sydney Law School directly, not through the Sydney Abroad Office.

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September - January
Semester 2: February - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

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The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A – best 10%
B – next 25%
C – next 30%
D – next 25%
E – next 10%
More information on the host university's grading system

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Languages of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Dutch.

Language Requirements
While there are units of study taught in English, students wanting to study in Dutch will need to meet the proficiency requirementsDutch language classes are available to exchange students.

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.
Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their stay as exchange students.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Orientation Days take place at the beginning of each semester.
To help you find your way around the university, the city and campus, 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.
Support Services 
Student Services includes a number of different counselling services whose objective is to promote the social, physical, mental and financial well-being of all students. There is a Student Health Centre where you can book consultations with General Practitioners and Psychologists and Psychiatrists. There is also a Disability Office that provides support services to students with disabilities and function impairments.
Information from the host university.
Information from the Embassy of Belgium in Australia.

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Student Experiences

Alex Batchen
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, Semester 2, 2014
Host City Highlights
Architecture in the centre was amazing. The main square was always busy at night and the Christmas markets were a must-see. A wide variety of student events meant there was plenty of social events. 
Uni Life
Excellent university culture, as it was a small university town. Clubs and societies were quite active, a lot of social events especially for international and exchange students. It could be challenging to meet many of the local students but very easy to meet other international students.
All my classes were one lecture a week only - normally two or three hours. Most had readings, some had assignments but most were 100% exams.
The local specialty was frites or 'belgian fries', they are definitely a must try.
There's basically two options; private rental or student housing. I lived in a student dormitory on a floor of Belgians. It was nice, but I think that finding housing there could have been better in terms of forming closer connections with room mates - so I would recommend getting organising a share house with some friends.
Money Matters
I could cope comfortably on 35 euros a day including rent. I did not work when studying.
Getting Around
Hire a bike when living there, because you can get everywhere in less than 15 minutes. To travel to Brussels or the airport, ride your bike to the station where it can be locked up.
Being very close to Brussels and on a major train line made it very easy to visit almost anywhere in Belgium. It’s about 10 euros return to get to Bruges, Brussels or Gent - all good places to go for a day or overnight trip. If wanting to travel further around Europe, buses are usually cheaper than trains but not nearly as nice. Search around for cheap flights too if going long distances.
Top Tips
Try to meet as many people as you can in the first few weeks – it means you'll always have someone to hang out with.

Want to read more experiences from KU Leuven? Find more here.

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