International

Internationaal ensures that international students feel at home at our faculty and have the best time here in Leuven. We guide and help you to learn about our beautiful city, university and VTK. Between all your lectures and projects, we organise specific activities for you ranging from a quiz to a cantus, a traditional student activity in Belgium and the Netherlands. With our activities we will actively try to introduce you to each other and the amazing student life that Leuven has to offer. Furthermore we work together with other faculties to give you the richest possible experience while studying in Leuven.

Besides taking care of international students, our job also consists of advertising studying abroad to local students. A big event for us is the Go Global week, from 15 until 19 November. During this entire week there will be activities for our Belgian students to get them to experience other cultures and get them enthusiastic for an international adventure. Make sure to come and take a look!

In addition we also try to bring international and local students together. One way we do this is via the Buddy Programme. This is a very popular way for Belgian students to meet you, the international students, and vice versa. This program allows you to discover Leuven with a local student. Furthermore, the Buddy Program lets our local students get a taste of other cultures without leaving this beautiful city.

We also support a working group called ‘Fiesta’. Fiesta offers international students the opportunity to organise events here in Leuven. So if you would like to be part of this working group and organise fun activities for your fellow students, just send us an email and we will bring you together with the other students who would like to be part of Fiesta.

Last but not least we offer help with everything study related. So if you have any questions concerning your courses, an exam, etc., you can contact us freely.

At any time, you can reach us with your questions and thoughts by sending an email to

International students

Just arrived? Be sure to take a look at Getting started.

The Glossary will help you blend in on campus.

Under VTK? you can find an explanation about who we are at VTK and what we do for you.

The name says it all, the Calendar gives you all information about our most important activities.

For more information, you can join our Facebook and our WatsApp-group.

Orientation days

From the 20th to the 25th of September and from the 7th to the 13th of february, the KU Leuven International Office, together with LOKO International and the student associations, organizes the Orientation Days for new international students. During these days you can meet new people and make friends before classes start. Definitely worth checking out!!

International possibilities

This page is about the international options for students at our faculty. There are different options to discover new cultures abroad all varying in time and intensity. This page gives you a short overview:

Erasmus

Probably the most known option. Study abroad for 1 or 2 semesters.

Athens

This program is only for students in there first and second Master year. During this program, you follow classes with other students from Europe in a foreign university. For this program you can receive 3 study credits. You can participate in this program every year of your master degree.

http://eng.kuleuven.be/internationalisation/Athens.html

Interim Abroad

Some organisations as IAESTE and Humasol provide you with the option to work as an interim abroad during a couple of weeks.

FIESTA

Fiesta? Fiesta! Each year we welcome a lot of international students at our faculty. International already organises many events for these international students, but some of you might be looking to get creative yourselves. This is where Fiesta comes in. Fiesta is a working group for international students that would like to organise events themselves here in Leuven. The international team of VTK provides support concerning financial and logistical affairs, whilst giving you all the creative freedom to organise whatever you want. Are you looking to take your experience in Leuven to another level and want to be a part of this fantastic working group? You can simply send an email to the international team via and we will bring you together with the other students who would like to be part of this incredible Fiesta!

About us

Last year, over 1200 students (PhD included) were enrolled at the Faculty of Engineering Science, which makes ours the most international faculty of KU Leuven. Next to that, we have a lot of local students taking part in an experience abroad, from one week Athens courses to a year long Erasmus exchange. No wonder then, that we at VTK have a unit dedicated to this internationalisation.

If you want to get in touch with us, click .

  • Nicolas Van Grimberge (groupscoördinator)
  • Janpieter Van Lierde
  • Simon Beelen