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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN) reviews

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4.07 / 5 based on 488 reviews
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anonymous
Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I've learnt dutch throughout the years, so it isn't a problem to communicatein either english or dutch. But in any case, everybody in belgium speaks pretty good english, so language won't be a problem here
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anonymous
Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Because I was on my own...back home I had my parents to pay for all of it of course!
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Travel, Overall, Telephone, Nightlife, Food, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Don't spend your money in the begining of the master!! Many students get all excited about the fact of meeting new ppl from all over the world and that stuff, and go out everyday (lunch, coffees, etc). Before you realize you've spent up to twice you thought on spending everymonth! You can save a lot of money in food by shopping in supermarkets like Lidl, Aldy or Colruyt and then cooking home. Organizing parties at the student residence is also a good alternative to going out...
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anonymous
Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Quality of teachers is high...and most of the english based courses are very well structured
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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anonymous
Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Is always good to stick around with other people on the weekends, otherwise you'll have this "homesick" feeling...actually, you will get it anyways: just start working on that idea before you travel, it makes it easier to know you're expecting this than rather just have that feeling out of the blue.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Leuven rocks in everysense. Comparing it to my previous international experience (at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Gent, Belgium) I can say that the student atmosphere is by far thousand times better. But, eventhough the city can offer everything, is still quite small. In that sense I think Gent is a better place to live, but Leuven a better place to interact with other international students and with the university itself.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I've worked and studied at the same time and been able to handle it perfectly. You should do it to...is a great way to make money to pay for expenses/travels/night outs, etc. For foreign students: you can apply for a work permit C at the city hall which allows you to work as a student 20 hours a week.
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anonymous
Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Go to the oudermarkt...you'll have lots of places to choose. Other nice spots: Villa Ernesto (vismarkt) and the FAK Bars (student bars for each of the faculties from the university)
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anonymous
Universidad de Lima, Lima, Peru
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Room in a building
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Studio
Why?
Somewhere closer to the city perhaps...I had to bike/walk everday quite a bit to go to classes or go out
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I think people make a lot of difference. I had the luck of having nice and friendly student mates living in the same house.
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