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Europe Inside Out: a 2017 summer school unlike any other

With its exciting range of options and its setting in one of Europe’s greatest cities, KU Leuven’s EU summer course truly stands out from the crowd.

During this 14-day residential course jointly offered by the Faculties of Arts, Economics & Business and Social Sciences you combine two majors, chosen from a list of four: Doing Business with Europe(ans); Policies & Politics in the EU; Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe; and Social & Demographic Issues. The course includes visits to Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges and Luxemburg.

Several European capitals are easily accessible by train directly from Leuven, including Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and London.

Why choose KU Leuven?

The three organising Faculties have all amassed a wealth of experience at English-taught international master programmes and short-term courses. Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is the oldest university in Belgium, as well as being the oldest surviving Catholic university anywhere in the world. With more than 42,000 students, it’s also Belgium’s largest higher education institution and is considered to be one of the most prestigious research universities in Europe. It is in 12th place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Europe and number 40 in the world.

Target audience

The course targets graduate students in e.g. Arts, Economics & Business, Law or Social Sciences. Undergraduate students in their final year are also welcome to apply. Students with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees from other disciplines should have had some exposure to at least one of the fields under study.

Dates & location


The summer course takes place at KU Leuven, Belgium. By train the town of Leuven is 13 minutes away from Brussels Airport (BRU) and 20 minutes from Brussels’ Central Station.


The 14-day course runs from Monday July 3rd, 2017 to Sunday July 16th, ending with a certificate awarding ceremony and farewell drink.


Irish College | KU Leuven
Irish College | Founded in 1607

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Students coming under a bilateral agreement with a partner university will be hosted in the Irish College (a 5 min. walk from the course venue). Other summer school participants are free to make their own accommodation arrangements. Here are some options:

The programme at a glance

There is a multidisciplinary and broad common part which all students have to take. These core sessions cover about half of the contact hours. From the following majors students choose two, each representing about eight class hours. These majors are

1. doing business with Europe(ans)
2. politics and policies in Europe
3. social and migration issues
4. innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe

More information on the previous edition (June 2016) can be found here.


All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Students who attend all lectures will receive 4 ECTS. It is possible to earn extra credits when writing a paper on a topic dealt with in class. There will be an extra fee for this paper.

Tuition fees

The participation fee for the course depends on the time of registration and will include tuition, social and cultural events and reading materials.

Leuven's Town Hall (1455-)


Early Bird
(until Febr. 1)

Full price
(until May 1)

Current exchange students

€ 400

€ 500

Students from partner institutions          € 500            € 600
Students from unaffiliated institutions          € 800            € 1100

Visiting Scholar fee



Important details:

  • Registering for this course can be done at any time by filling out our registration form. We advise you to book early as our course fills up quickly. Your registration only becomes binding after payment of the course fee, within 2 weeks after registration.
  • `Visiting Scholar’ enrolment implies that
    (i) KU’s Admissions office issues the visa letter, which guarantees a faster response than a letter issued by a regular Department of KU Leuven;
    (ii) KU offers accident and medical insurance; and
    (iii) you receive a student card that ensures access to KU’s Wifi network, restaurants, sports facilities, medical help, etc. 
    Click here for more information.
  • Insurance. Participants enrolled at KU Leuven as visiting scholars or exchange students automatically enjoy medical and accident insurance. If you are not enrolled as an exchange student/visiting scholar, KU Leuven will not be rsponsible for any damages or injuries sustainied during the course. Please acquire cover of your own. If this summer school is accepted for credit at your home institution, their insurance may apply; do ask your Exchange Coordinator.
  • Visa applications. Either the International Office or our Department will issue invitation letters upon receipt of your payment (see 'visiting scholar').

Apply now

  • Click here to connect to the registration module. You will receive an e-mail with payment details after registration.

Contact details

Faculty of Economcs and Business: Vanessa Geers | | +32 3 201 18 20

Faculty of Social Sciences: Ria Laenen | | +32 16 32 32 87

Faculty of Arts: Bart Van den Bossche | | +32 16 32 48 36