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Europe Inside Out: a 2019 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 & Cultural Interactions. The course includes visits to Brussels, Antwerp and Flanders Fields.

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 47 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 will run from Monday July 1st to Saturday July 13th 2019, ending with a certificate awarding ceremony and farewell  lunch.


Irish College | KU Leuven
Irish College | Founded in 1607

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee but we advise you to stay at Irish College (a 5 min. walk from the course venue). 

There are other options as well:

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 cultural interactions
4. innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe

Course descriptions on the modules can be found here. The preliminary programme will become available soon. 


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

Current (exchange) students

€ 400

€ 500

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




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 and . Your registration only becomes binding after payment of the course fee, within 2 weeks after registration. The deadline for non-EEA students is May 1st, 2019. Number of participants: maximum 50.
  • Visa applications. The International Office will issue invitation letters upon receipt of your payment. Students will also receive a visa support letter if they made a reservation with the Irish College. Applicants are expected to visit the Visa Centre by themselves to submit their application.
  • Cancellation by the participant

    If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, 50 % of the registration fee can be reimbursed to the participant. If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, nothing will be refunded. All refunds are made in Euros. The organization cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges.

Apply now

  • Click here to download the online application form.

Contact details

Faculty of Economics and Business: Vanessa Geers | | +32 2 210 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