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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN) reviews

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Jonba
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
Law, European Community/EU, Graduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
During my year in Leuven I improve my english since I did not know, before my stay, law technical english. I already adance english since before I had have some experiences abroad (USA 3 months, New Zealand 3 months and England 3 months). I also learnd some french even thouhgt it was not the local languaje.
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anonymous
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
In terms of languages, the academic side involved english-taught courses. Having a bilingual diploma I am completely fluent in English, hence having no difficulties academically. Dutch, the language spoken in Leuven was unknown to me before going to Belgium. Since my stay wasn't for too long I didn't get involved in Dutch courses. In terms of French, spoken in Brussels and widely throughout part of Belgium, I had everyday knowledge that was further developed.
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anonymous
Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon, Portugal
Architecture, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
everyone spoke english, but not at ease. I could easily comunicate, but not improve my english. I tried to learn flemmish, but had to quit the classes because of my final project. I understand a little but speak almost nothing of flemmish/dutch.
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Renato
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Leuven is in Flanders, so they speake Dutch and (at least to latin language speakers) was a very difficult thing to learn. But that is no problem because everybody speaks English and so it's very easy to make a conversation with anybody
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anonymous
Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala, Sweden
Law, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
As the language of instruction was English, I did not have problems in class. Communication was not a problem in the host country, since people generally understood English if there was something I could not communicate in Dutch.
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Mualla
Hanover College, Hanover, IN, United States
European Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
We had a term-long mandatory course in Elementary Dutch twice a week with a couple of cultural trips to different cities, where we were forced to use Dutch. Since we were living in the Flemish culture, it was much easier to get used to hearing the language and to practicing it. On the other hand, you would be perfectly fine with English since the majority of the population speaks it fluently.
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