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KU Leuven Summer School - Europe Inside Out
Leuven, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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KU Leuven Summer School - Europe Inside Out

: Leuven, Belgium
Program dates: 1 - 13 July 2019
Exchange Application deadline: 10th April 2019
Non-exchange Application deadline: 1st May 2019
Duration: 2 weeks
Places available: 3 (2 exchange, 1 non-exchange)

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Program Details
In this 14 day course you will take two modules studying European economics, policy, business, entrepreneurship and demographics. While the program in based in Leuven, it also includes visits to Brussels, Antwerp and Brugges. The courses are delivered by three faculties from KU Leuven; Faculty of Economcs and Business, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts. They offer a wealth of experience in European studies making this an ideal opportunity if you are interested in studies in this area.

View full program details on the KU Leuven website.

Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate
Language: Classes are instructed in English
Relevant subject areas: Arts and Social Sciences, Economics, Business
Credit points: 4 ECTS
Note: It is possible to gain 7.5 ECTS by submitting an additional paper on a topic covered in class. 
General conversion: 7.5 ECTS = 6 Sydney credits
Courses available:
All students are required to complete core sessions from two of the following major study areas:
- doing business with Europe(ans)
- politics and policies in Europe
- social and migration issues
- innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe


Further information on the final program for 2019 will be details on the KU Leuven program page when available.

Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit. 

Useful Information 

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 beer – Leuven is a prominent brewing centre.

Host institution
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. Students study in small groups, with approachable teachers and excellent pass rates. Much of the town beats to the rhythm of student life, with plenty to keep you occupied along with a peaceful, supportive environment.?

KU Leuven recommend that participants stay at 'Irish College' which is a five minute from where the classes are held. They have negotiated a discounted price of 50 EURO per night including breakfast and internet. This price is based on sharing a room, however double, single rooms are available at a different price. They list other recommendations on the program website.
View further information about accommodation.



Tuition: The University of Sydney has an exchange agreement with KU Leuven, which allows students from each institution to study at the other, as part of the student exchange program. University of Sydney students in this course will be enrolled in an exchange unit of study at the University of Sydney and will pay tuition fees at Sydney for this unit. You will not pay tuition fees at KU Leuven, however you must ensure you budget for the KU program fee and other expenses.

Program fee: TBC
Program fee includes: tuition, social and cultural events and reading materials.

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are still being finalised. Check this page for updates in 2019.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Leuven.
  OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.


How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (April/May) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.
If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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