Non-degree seeking students
Exchange students remain enrolled at their home university while spending a few months to a full academic year at KU Leuven, free of charge.
They take part in one of the European Commission’s educational programmes, such as Lifelong Learning Programme/ Erasmus. Others are visiting Leuven in the framework of an exchange agreement at faculty level between their home university and KU Leuven.
International scholars are EEA or non-EEA citizens admitted to conduct research at KU Leuven either in preparation for a doctorate that they will obtain at their home university, or within the framework of research or studies conducted at their home university.
These international scholars remain officially affiliated with their home university. Mostly, they come to KU Leuven with a scholarship within the framework of an agreement or in the context of an exchange programme. They may reside at KU Leuven for a longer period (i.e., for more than three months but not exceeding eighteen months).
These are EEA and non-EEA citizens who are admitted to come to KU Leuven, with a scholarship or as self-supporting students, in order to participate in a specialisation programme. In the Faculty of Medicine, they are also referred to as clinical observers.
Mostly, they come to KU Leuven in the framework of an agreement or in the context of an exchange programme.
They may reside at KU Leuven for a longer period, i.e. for more than three months but not exceeding 24 months.