Katholieke Universiteit

  • Location: Leuven, Belgium
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.


Leuven, the capital of the province of Flemish-Brabant, is known for its architecture, university, and chocolate. Leuven is located 20 minutes from bilingual (French and Dutch) Brussels on the west. This city is situated practically in the center of the country—in about an hour and a half you can drive from Leuven to the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Federal Republic of Germany, France, or the North Sea coast, from which you can cross to Great Britain.

  • Visa:

    Required. In addition, students must register at the local City Hall within 8 days of arrival. The local authorities will provide an identity document for a foreign student temporarily living in Belgium. This document will allow the student to enter and leave the country. This document will also show the exact duration of stay.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for paying the program.

  • Requirements

    Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Dutch language course.

    Academic Credit

    The number of courses a student must take depends on the amount of semester hours allotted per course. A student needs a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester to receive 4 Haverford College credits. The Dutch language course is mandatory. Fulfills Haverford’s language requirement. Students may audit a class with permission from the instructor, but no credit will be awarded. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    University courses

    Course Highlights

    Art History, Biology, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Cultural Anthropology, Dutch, English Linguistics and Literature, Ethics, Feminine & Gender Studies, French Literature, German Literature, History, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Public Policy, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Religion.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Students receive an orientation of 3-5 days, which includes field trips and introductory lectures.

    Number of Students: Approximately 27,000 students of whom 3,700 are international students. Approximately 50-75 PECS students attend each year.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Dorm or private residence, (most likely) guaranteed. Haverford students may not opt for housing not provided by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: Field trips to Flanders, Wallonia and the German-speaking part of Belgium. Highlights include visits to historic and cultural sites in Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Breendonk, Bokrijk, Bouillon, Rochefort, Dinant, Eupen, Henri-Chapelle and Trois Bournes.

    Cultural Activities: Sessions are held on intercultural awareness. The Hospitality Programs allows students to spend weekends and holidays in Belgium homes. Opportunities to participate in athletic and musical groups. Cheap bike rental and free use of city bus.

    Sports: Athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, cycling, dance, fencing, `ishing, football (Am) futsal (indoor), gymnastics, handball, hockey, karate, kung fu, rugby, soccer, swimming


For more information, check out the PECS website.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Mid-September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early February to mid-June
  • Year: Mid-September to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 1
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: February 1
Faculty Contact

Kathleen Wright