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International Staff Week Faculty of Economics and Business KU Leuven


Join us at FEB's International Staff Week, a 5-day event organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) of the KU Leuven to strengthen the cooperation between FEB KU Leuven and its partner institutions. The International Staff Week takes place in Leuven and includes daytrips to FEB's campuses in Antwerp and Brussels.

The International Staff Week 2019 took place in May. Click here to see the photos of the 2019 edition.

Date for the 2020 edition yet to be announced.



A 5-day programme on a central theme, including seminars by KU Leuven staff and by guest lecturers, social and cultural activities, and visits to FEB's campuses in Antwerp and Brussels. Explore the baroque beauty of Rubens' hometown of Antwerp and be swept away by the overwhelming grandeur of Brussels' Grand Place, voted most beautiful square in Europe.

Participants get to know Belgium and FEB's Campuses in Leuven, Brussels and Antwerp through first hand experience of its sights, sounds and its love of fine food and drink. Swap best practices on internationalisation with fellow colleagues over Belgian waffles, chocolates and beer.

Take a look at more details on the programme.



Looking for a place to stay in Leuven? Visit Leuven lists a whole range of accommodation options. Accommodation anywhere within the city centre gives you easy access to the location of the International Staff Week, especially since Leuven is compact and easy to navigate on foot.


Registrations closed

Registration fee is € 75. The fee includes the lunches, coffee breaks, receptions, seminars and workshops, a walking dinner through Leuven, social activities and visits to Antwerp and Brussels. Participants have to pay for travel, accommodation and the other meals themselves.

European participants can apply for an Erasmus+ Staff Training Grant at their own institution's International Office.

A maximum of 1 participant per university will be considered to ensure diversity of the group. Priority will be given to registrations from FEB's partner universities.


International Office FEB KU Leuven

FEB's International Staff Week


Programme International Staff Week 2019 - "Community feeling/building"

Monday 13th May - Welcome in Leuven

Meet the sights and delights of Leuven: guided tour of the city, including 3 courses in 3 different restaurants.


Welcome session on KU Leuven, FEB and Leuven Campus



A taste of Belgium



A taste of Leuven



Opening sessions - short presentations by representatives of each institution


Tuesday 14th May - Leuven


A web with many threads: from informing to homecoming. IT in the International Office.

With the growing numbers of student mobility, managing the exchanges, keeping track of data, involving all players from student to administrator and academic becomes an increasing challenge for the international office. As an answer to this challenge, FEB KU Leuven created a digital platform or a web with many threads connecting all actors in the field.









Community building through PECS

Immersion has transformed into a go-to buzzword to market study abroad programmes. Students strive to become a more worldly person, a global citizen, by learning about different ways of life and people around the world. But this immersion does not happen automatically. The biggest pitfall to avoid is falling into stereotypes and a narrow perception of a culture.
The PECS programme at the Faculty of Arts has developed several strategies to help students integrate purposefully, pull them out of the Erasmus bubble and create their own community in Leuven.
This session asks you to exchange best practices on community feeling.

Community engagement in local secondary schools – testimonies

PECS students can opt for a service learning experience in local secondary schools. Find out more about this project through testimonies from students and teachers and how it helps these international students to understand local culture and link with other communities.



International Student Services

How to create community feeling through the orientation week, a buddy system, an international meeting centre and various other activities for international students.


Wednesday 15th May - Brussels



Learn more about the I-Portfolio by which extra-curricular activities by students are valorised. Reward students for community building.



Creating a community feeling & sense of belonging on Haverford's campus

Ms. Rebecca Avery - Director of Study Abroad & International Exchanges at Haverford College, USA


Thursday 16th May - Antwerp


Service Learning: Students reaching out to the community

A different way of making students leave their comfort zone and getting them to interact with different people, integrated in their curriculum.


Friday 17th May - Leuven



Closing key-note speaker

Mr. Han Vloeberghs - Policy Advisor Economics, city of Leuven

Community building within a city. How to integrate new international arrivals in a city context.