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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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pnjavier
Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Dutch
Was learning Dutch a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Dutch
How much did you improve your Dutch?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I had a litile difficulty at first, but after some friends had hepled me on how to learn the language and culture, everything was smooth sailing. I still remeber them vividly. For foreigners who will study at KUL, my advise is--if you want to survive, THINK BELGIAN!DO NOT TRANSLATE! MINGLE WITH TH EPEOPLE AND LEARN THEIR CULTURE. THEY LOVE IT IF YOU KNOW THEIR CULTURE!
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pnjavier
Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The standard of living in Belgium is higher than the Philippines.
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Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Travel, 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
Buy white products. They have almost the same quality as branded products.
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pnjavier
Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
They are globally competitive. Technology transfer is better than other universities.
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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
More access to facilities especially during weekends.
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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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pnjavier
Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The culture, the way of life, the industry, so that I had not spent time to adjust to local situations. For instance, I did not even know the meaning of a "Dutch Treat" when I went there!
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Kepp up your vision and mission for the students. I really love to go back, perhaps, as a guest lecturer, or an alumnus who had terrific experience at Leuven!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Adjust quickly to the quality of life. Again, let me sy, THINK BELGIAN! Have more local friends as you can. They can help you during your stay at KUL. Do not hesitate to expose your innocence with the culture. They love it if you know their culture.
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pnjavier
Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside 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
The town square. (was it Hoogesplein?)
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pnjavier
Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Engineering, Civil, Graduate, University Agreement
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
It is better that way. I feel safe inside the campus than outside.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Housiong ids picture-perfect. Loneliness comes only on weekends and holidays. But I did manage that by making friends and touring around town.
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