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									2006   LIVING
2007   IN LEUVEN
                                                                                         Contents                3

■ 1 Foreword                                        4    ■ 7 Student Organisations                          44

                                                              1    K.U.Leuven                               44
■ 2 Introduction                                     6        2    KHLeuven                                 47
                                                              3    Group T                                  48
     1    Belgium                                    6        4    Lemmensinstituut                         48
     2    Leuven                                     9
     3    Higher education institutions in Leuven   10   ■ 8 Examination Regulations                        50

■ 3 Formalities upon arrival                        12        1    K.U.Leuven                               50
                                                              2    KHLeuven                                 55
     1    Institutions of higher education          12        3    Group T                                  55
     2    City of Leuven                            16        4    Lemmensinstituut                         55

■ 4 Accommodation                                   20   ■ 9 Day-to-day life                                56

     1    International housing                     20        1    Cultural Adjustment and Places to Meet   56
     2    Practical information on renting                    2    Money matters                            57
          student accommodation                     23        3    Schools and Child-Care Services          57
     3    City of Leuven                            24        4    Language schools                         61
                                                              5    Shopping in Leuven                       63
■ 5 Insurance and Health Care                       26        6    Dining                                   64
                                                              7    Environment                              65
     1    Health insurance                          26        8    Transportation                           67
     2    The Health Care System                    30        9    Communications                           69
     3    Other Types of Insurance                  32        10   Sports                                   73
                                                              11   Culture                                  75
■ 6 Offices Providing Services                                 12   Libraries                                81
     for International Guests                       34        13   Religion                                 83
                                                              14   Police and safety                        85
     1    K.U.Leuven                                34        15   Births, marriages and deaths             86
     2.   KHLeuven, Group T                                   16   SOS/Emergency services and numbers       87
          and Lemmensinstituut                      39        17   Hospitals                                87
     3    City of Leuven                            39
4   foreword                                                                                                                          5

                                                 1   foreword

                                                     The City of Leuven and the Institutions of Higher Education welcome you
                                                     proudly to this city and its various educational institutions. We have joined
               Colofon                               forces and efforts to produce the booklet that you now hold in your hands.
                                                     “Living in Leuven” has been written for all those who come to Leuven
               Verantwoordelijke uitgever:
                                                     to pursue studies, research or further teaching and training. It contains
               Denise Vandevoort,
               Alderman for Student Affairs,
               schepen van studenten-
                                                     information concerning Belgium, daily life in Leuven and the various
               City of Leuven (Muntstraat 3)
               aangelegenheden,                      institutions of higher education in the city.
               Stad Leuven (Muntstraat 3,
               3000 Leuven)                          This brochure also contains information that will help you to deal with the
               Editorial team:
               K.U.Leuven, City of Leuven,           practical problems that everybody has to face when arriving in this country.
               KHLeuven, Group T,
               Stad Leuven, K.U.Leuven,              It will also help you to better understand the Belgian idiosyncrasies and
               KHLeuven, GROEP(Hogeschool
               Lemmensinstituut T,                   life-style so that your day-to-day life here soon becomes a positive and
               voor Kunst en Wetenschap)
                                                     fruitful experience.
               (Hogeschool voor
               Contact person:
               Wetenschap & Kunst) en
               Marie-Thérèse Deloddere,              Although “Living in Leuven” will not answer every specific question, this
               International Office
                                                     booklet will be of most help to you if you read it calmly and carefully.
               Naamsestraat 22
               tel. 016 32 40 25
               dienst onderwijs,                     While doing so, take account of all the cultural, administrative and practical
               tel. 016 23 68 79                     information contained in it.
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6   INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7

    2          INTRODUCTION

    1. Belgium                                                   ■ Name Three Famous Belgians
                                                                 Before coming here, hardly anyone is able to name
    ■ Synopsis                                                   even three famous Belgians. We hope that, by the time
                                                                 you leave Leuven, you will be able to identify at least
    Belgium is a small, densely populated country (10,39         the following ten:
    million inhabitants with 339 people/km2), with three offi-
    cial languages: Dutch, French and German. Its capital,         • Hieronymus Bosch
    Brussels, doubles as the capital of the European Union.        • Pieter Brueghel and sons
    Belgians enjoy their “creature comforts”: most own             • Peter Paul Rubens
    their own homes and spend a lot of time and money in           • Victor Horta
    constantly renovating, decorating and improving them.          • Father Damian
    They tend their gardens meticulously, love good food           • Jacques Brel
    and drink, benefit from an excellent social security and        • Hergé (creator of Tintin)
    health-care system, and insist on having their roads and       • Peyo (creator of the Smurfs)
    highways brightly lit at night (the illuminated “Belgian       • Jean-Claude Van Damme                                 The country entered the Industrial Era at an early stage, and   an excellent (almost free) educational system, universal
    Window” can apparently be seen from space).                    • Justine Henin-Hardenne                                is now firmly established primarily as a service economy         health-care and social-security coverage, usually own
                                                                   • Kim Clijsters                                         with over 70% of the working population employed                their own homes, and have never started or engaged
                                                                                                                           outside of agriculture and industry. The standard of living     in an armed conflict, either internally or internationally,
    ■ Politics and Languages                                                                                               in Belgium is among the highest in the world.                   except for a futile attempt at self-defence against the
                                                                 ■ Rich Past, Thriving Present                                                                                             Germans in World Wars I and II.
    Despite its small size, Belgium has a unique and com-
    plex institutional and political structure. The country is   Some Belgian towns, notably Tongeren and Tour-             ■ “There Are No Belgians”                                      This lack of pride in its own achievements contributes
    divided into three language groups: Dutch-speaking           nai, date back to Roman times, when Julius Caesar                                                                         largely to Belgium’s indeterminate, or non-existent,
    (6 million), French-speaking (4 million) and German-         declared ancient Belgians to be the “bravest of all       “Your Majesty, there are no Belgians” – a Belgian politi-       identity abroad. Chocolate springs most readily to
    speaking (70,000), each with their own administration        Gauls”, after conquering them of course. In the High       cian once famously exclaimed to the king. This state-          mind when foreigners are asked what they know of
    in charge mainly of cultural and educational affairs. In     Middle Ages (1200-1500) many Belgian cities flour-          ment exemplifies the attitude of many Belgians towards          Belgium, an embarrassed silence usually follows fur-
    addition, there are three geographical regions, again        ished and expanded. The ports of Bruges and Ant-           their own country. Although the politician in question         ther enquiries. Whereas other small countries, such as
    with their own governments: Flanders (in the north),         werp were among the largest and busiest in Europe,         meant to refer to the fact that Belgium is divided into        the Netherlands, Portugal or Norway, have been suc-
    Wallonia (in the south), and Brussels. Lastly, the federal   cathedrals rose up everywhere, elaborate town halls        different linguistic groups, it also reflects the high          cessful in projecting a coherent image of themselves to
    government mainly has authority over foreign affairs,        proudly proclaimed the city-dwellers’ new-found            degree of self-criticism characteristic of almost all          the outside world, Belgians have never really tried.
    immigration issues, social security and defence.             freedoms and wealth. At that time, only Northern Italy     Belgians. There is no such thing as a patriotic Belgian.
                                                                 could boast a similar level of development and cul-        Attractively modest though this attitude might seem,
    Although seven governments might seem a touch                ture. Many different countries ruled over what is now      it does lead to a distorted image of Belgium abroad.           ■ The Belgian Character
    exaggerated for such a small country, and the situ-          known as Belgium, including the Spanish, Austrians,        After all, who will take a country seriously when even
    ation is often derided by Belgians and non-Belgians          French and Dutch.                                          its own citizens deride it?                                    The one thing that most non-Belgians would agree on
    alike, this system is a typical embodiment of one of                                                                                                                                   when first confronted with the Belgians on their home
    the most attractive features of the Belgian character:       Finally, Belgium gained its independence in 1830, drew    As an international student or scholar in Belgium, you          turf is that they are a reserved and introverted people.
    the art of compromise. When Belgians disagree, they          up a constitution and imported a monarch from among       will find that most Belgians will agree whole-heartedly          This impression usually lasts until their first visit to a
    try and find the middle ground. No civil wars or ethnic       the German nobility. Belgium is thus a constitutional     with any criticism you have to offer of their country,          Belgian’s home, where they will be very cordially wel-
    conflicts have ever taken place between Belgians. Leu-        monarchy. The present king and queen are King Albert      customs or politics. To redress the balance, we would           comed and fed large amounts of excellent food and
    ven is situated in Flanders, just above the language         II and Queen Paola. 21 July is the Belgian national       like to reiterate that the standard of living in Belgium is     drink. A Belgian feels most relaxed and comfortable in
    border, and is part of the Dutch-speaking community.         Feast Day.                                                among the highest in the world, its citizens benefit from        the midst of his close circle of family and friends.
8   INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9

    Family ties are very important – witness the weekly          children’s homes on the eve of December 5, and climbs
    exodus of Belgian students from Leuven, who routinely        the roof seated on his white horse, accompanied by
    spend every weekend at home with their parents and           his faithful servant Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) to sur-
    childhood friends. Friendships are enduring; once you        reptitiously deliver presents through the chimney. The
    have made a Belgian friend, you will find that it is very     Sinterklaas tradition is much older than any mention
    hard to get rid of him.                                      of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, and dates back
                                                                 to a legend about the 4th-century Bishop of Smyrna
    Another attractive feature of the Belgian character is the   (now Izmir in Turkey) who once miraculously saved
    trend towards egalitarianism. There are no obscenely         some children from captivity and death. Extravagant
    wide gaps in income, the rich are never super rich,          amounts of chocolate are consumed by both adults
    the poor are provided for, and the number of home-           and children to celebrate the Sinterklaas feast.
    less people might well be the smallest in the entire
    industrial world. It is fashionable among Belgians           An excellent opportunity to observe Belgians having
    and non-Belgians alike to complain about the level of        fun in large numbers outdoors is on the occasion of
    bureaucracy in the country and the inordinate number         a local kermis. A kermis is a typically Belgian type of
    of holidays that Belgians enjoy. In fact, economic pro-      fair, complete with noisy fairground rides, bumper cars,
    ductivity is among the highest in the world, and the         smoutebollen (a variety of doughnut), escargots (snails)
    anarchic streak in the Belgian character ensures that        and frites (fries) stands, and the penetrating cries of
    bureaucrats never gain the upper hand. Despite the           lottery ticket vendors (“Everybody wins!”). When you
    highly publicised Dutroux case, Belgium is a very safe       arrive in Leuven during the first 3 weeks of September,      ■ Hot Topics                                               maal. The majority of the educational institutions and
    country, with a remarkably low crime rate. Brussels,         you will witness what the ‘kermis’ is!                                                                                 student lodgings are either in Leuven or in Heverlee.
    according to some surveys, is the safest capital in the                                                                  Though this introduction to Belgium has mainly high-
    world in terms of the murder rate.                           Though a kermis can be enjoyed by most people, it is        lighted the positive side of the country, we would not     Leuven has more than 90,000 inhabitants. If we add to
                                                                 quite a different matter to participate in a Belgian car-   be Belgians if we did not feel the need to point out       this the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 high-school
    Leuven, we can assure you from a lifetime of personal        nival. Though hardly comparable to the bacchanalia in       some of Belgium’s problem areas. The budget deficit is      students, it should come as no surprise that the streets
    experience, is without a doubt a very safe university        Rio de Janeiro, carnival in Belgium can get very lively     currently among the highest in the industrialised world.   are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a
    town. Anyone, including unaccompanied women, can             indeed. Some towns with a particularly strong carnival      Worries about the growing number of elderly people,        student’s rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the
    walk around town at all hours of the day and night, with     tradition are completely taken over by noisy parades        coupled with a low birth rate, have led to serious dis-    academic year and, later, relative calm during vacation
    very little fear of molestation. The main crime element      and rowdy drunks for two, three or even four days           cussions about the future feasibility of the country’s     and examination periods. The centuries-long presence
    to watch out for are bicycle thieves.                        before Ash Wednesday, the official end of the carnival       generous social-security system.                           of the university has also left its mark in other areas of
                                                                 season. For a more artistic experience, the carnival in                                                                city life. The population of Leuven has a high average
    ■ A Very Short Introduction                                  Binche (Wallonia), famous for its colourfully clad Giles     However, the biggest challenge facing Belgium             level of education, probably because many students
       to Belgian Popular Culture                                with their eerie blank-faced masks, is highly recom-         today, as in other European countries, remains the        remain in Leuven after they have graduated. Employ-
                                                                 mended, and was recently elevated to the status of a         so-called immigration issue. In addition to a large       ment is primarily in the tertiary and quaternary sectors,
    Some aspects of Belgian popular culture hardly need an       UNESCO World Heritage tradition.                             number of “Eurocrats”, who drive up real-estate           though Leuven’s global image is also influenced by the
    introduction. Most students will not need any encour-                                                                     prices in and around Brussels, but are not other-         city’s other large employer, Inbev (Beer brewery).
    agement to try out the hundreds of delicious Belgian                                                                      wise resented, Belgium hosts a number of minori-
    beers. According to one commentator, Belgian beer                                                                         ties from outside Europe, mainly descendants from         Although the city of Leuven has had a university for
    is “a heavenly liquid which Belgians have perfected                                                                      “guest workers” invited in the sixties to work in Bel-     over 575 years, it is only recently that students were
    thanks to centuries of intense contemplation by silent                                                                    gian coal mines and industries. Many Belgians feel        given a place on the local political agenda. In 2001, an
    orders of monks. Beer is the very essence of the land,                                                                    uncomfortable with these minorities, and are strong       alderman responsible for student affairs was appointed
    the blood of the nation, heaven served in a variety of                                                                    supporters of the “Fortress Europe” policy of tighter     and the Education, Citizenship and Student Affairs
    peculiarly shaped drinking receptacles.”                                                                                  border controls.                                          Committee began to discuss the trials and tribulations
                                                                                                                                                                                        of student life in Leuven. Relations between the city
    A lesser-known attraction, and one that routinely cre-                                                                   Read more on                                and the students were given a fresh start.
    ates confusion among non-Belgians, is the figure of
    Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). Affectionately known as                                                                    2. Leuven                                                  One result of which is the brochure you are holding in your
    de Sint, he is often described as the Belgian (and Dutch)                                                                                                                           hands, which we hope will answer some of your questions
    version of Santa Claus. However, he has no connection                                                                    The city of Leuven is an agglomeration of five commu-       about the city in which you now live and study. The City of
    with Christmas. Dressed in magnificent red robes and                                                                      nities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele and Wijg-     Leuven is assuming half of the cost of this brochure.
    a bishop’s mitre, Sinterklaas visits Belgian (and Dutch)
10   INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11

     3. Higher Education Institutions                           KHLEUVEN                                                      ■ Rega Department                                           graduate teacher-training programmes, at present
        in Leuven                                                                                                               ➟ Departement Rega                                        in Dutch only.
                                                                Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven                                     i Sint-Maartenstraat 55d, B-3000 Leuven                  Leuven Anticipative Continuing Education focuses
                                                                                                                                   Tel. 016 29 85 11 • Fax: 016 21 44 17                  on professional programmes in continuing educa-
     K.U.LEUVEN                                                  i   Abdij van Park 9, B-3001 Heverlee                                                          tion. English programmes include the English-lan-
                                                                     Tel. 016 39 86 60 • Fax: 016 39 86 66                                                                                guage Advanced Certificate in Enterprising, the pro-
     Katholieke Universiteit Leuven                                                           Bachelor of Bio-Medical Laboratory Technology, Phar-     fessional programme in Information Technology
                                                                                                        maceutical and Biological Techniques, Bachelor of        and the professional programme in Enterprising
      i   Oude Markt 13, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                           Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Chemistry, Bio-     Communication. ACE-GROUP T also offers a wide
          Tel. 016 32 40 10 • Fax: 016 32 40 14                 The Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven was founded in                  chemistry, Environmental Protection, Process Tech-       selection of language courses with a strong focus
                                      1995 as a merger of six existing Colleges of Higher Edu-         nology, Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences,        on communication skills (Dutch, Spanish, English,
                                       cation. Its headquarters are housed in the Park Abbey.           Bachelor of Health Care Office Management                 French, Italian, German, and Chinese).
                                                                Its various departments operate on several campuses
     The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) is         in and around the city.                                       ■ Department of Nursing and Obstetrics                      GROUP T has forged partnerships at home and in Asia,
     the oldest university in the Low Countries (founded        The Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven has one clear objec-           ➟ Departement Verpleegkunde en Vroedkunde                 resulting in exchange programmes with key universi-
     in 1425). Throughout its six centuries of existence,       tive: it wants to prepare its students for the job market        i Kapucijnenvoer 39, B-3000 Leuven                       ties in China and in the countries of the Greater Mekong
     K.U.Leuven’s hospitality and academic excellence           of the 21st century by providing state-of-the-art higher           Tel. 016 23 83 11 • Fax: 016 22 45 10                  Subregion. The mixed audience of Flemish and inter-
     have attracted men and women from all corners of the       education of the highest quality in terms of content               v&                                        national students makes their campus an ideal place
     world. Today, K.U.Leuven continues to be an institution    and methodology. Over 5,000 students are preparing                                                                        for learning amidst a plurality of worldviews.
     with high standards of teaching and research. It is also   for their future careers at KHLeuven under the profes-           Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Obstetrics
     a cosmopolitan and multicultural university with 12%       sional guidance of more than 500 staff members.                  Advanced Bachelor’s Programme: Bachelor of Inten-
     of its student body coming from countries outside Bel-     KHLeuven is currently composed of five departments.               sive and Emergency Care                                LEMMENSINSTITUUT
     gium. The university is composed of 14 faculties, which    They offer a wide range of undergraduate and post-                                                                      (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst)
     are subdivided into 3 groups.                              graduate courses, both full-time and part-time.               ■ Department of Social Studies
                                                                                                                                ➟ Departement Sociale Hogeschool                           i   Herestraat 53, B-3000 Leuven
     Every faculty is in turn divided into different depart-    ■ Department of Teacher Training                                 i Groeneweg 151 , B-3001 Heverlee                             Tel. 016 23 39 67• Fax: 016 22 24 77
     ments. In addition to the academic facilities, there are     ➟ Departement Lerarenopleiding                                   Tel. 016 23 45 41 – Fax: 016 23 80 37             
     also extensive student services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                      i   Campus Heverlee
                                                                          Naamsesteenweg 355, B-3001 Heverlee                    Bachelor of Social Work and Welfare Studies              Lemmensinstituut is a department of the “Hoge-
     Group Humanities
                                                                          Tel. 016 39 92 00 • Fax: 016 40 70 87                                                                           school voor Wetenschap & Kunst” devoted to Music,
     • Faculty of Theology
                                                                                            GROUP T LEUVEN HOGESCHOOL                                   Performance Arts and Education. Several decades
     • Faculty of Canon Law
     • Institute of Philosophy                                                                                                                                                            ago the school developed into a complete conserva-
     • Faculty of Law                                                Bachelor of Education: Pre-school education, Pri-        ■ Campus Vesalius                                           tory, providing training in all possible disciplines:
     • Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics                    mary school education, Secondary education                  i Vesaliusstraat 13, B-3000 Leuven                       • Music (Music Education, Music Therapy, Composi-
     • Faculty of Social Sciences                                    Advanced Bachelor’s Programme: Bachelor of Spe-               Tel. 016 30 10 30 • Fax: 016 30 10 40                    tion, Conducting, Instrument, Singing and Jazz)
     • Faculty of Arts                                               cial Education                                                                           • Dramatic Arts (Declamation)
     • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences                                                                    
                                                                ■ Department of Economics                                                                                                 After obtaining the master’s degree, students can opt
     Group Exact Sciences                                         ➟ Economisch Departement                                       GROUP T consists of three closely linked schools:        to specialise in a particular discipline. The Lemmensin-
     • Faculty of Science                                                                                                        Leuven Engineering School, Leuven Educating              stituut is situated in a large park area overlooking the
     • Faculty of Engineering                                         i   Hoger Onderwijs – ECHO                                 School and Leuven Anticipative Continuing Educa-         Gasthuisberg university hospital. The institute’s facili-
     • Faculty of Bioscience and Applied Engineering                      Hertogstraat 178, B-3001 Heverlee                      tion (ACE-GROUP T). Leuven Engineering School            ties include concert halls, theatres, ballet studios, mul-
                                                                          Tel. 016 39 92 92 • Fax: 016 40 42 83                  runs both undergraduate and postgraduate pro-            timedia rooms, a library and a number of rehearsal
     Group Bio-medical Sciences                                                                        grammes in engineering.                                  studios. In terms of activities, the institute holds con-
     • Faculty of Medicine                                                                                                       These programmes, including the flagship                  certs, introductions to concerts, masterclasses, spe-
     • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences                            Bachelor of Business Management: Accountancy – Tax,         advanced Masters in e-Media and the Joint Inter-         cial projects which involve the preparation and per-
     • Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences            Finance & Insurance, Marketing, Bachelor of Office Man-      national Engineering Programme, recognised by            formance of musical masterpieces, specialised stu-
                                                                     agement: Management Assistant , Business Translator         several key universities in China, are also taught       dent ensembles for ancient and contemporary music,
                                                                     Advanced Bachelor’s Programme: Bachelor of                  in English. Leuven Educating School offers under-        chamber orchestras and big bands.
                                                                     Advanced Business Management
12   FORMALITIES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             13


     1. Institutions of Higher Education                              • for non-EEA (European Economic Area) students:
                                                                        €13.00 for the mandatory third-party liability insur-
                                                                        ance policy,
     K.U.LEUVEN                                                       • a copy of your housing rental contract (if you
                                                                        already have an address in Leuven).
     Registrar’s Office ➟ Studentenadministratie
                                                                      Apart from your student card, you will be given a
     i   University Hall, Naamsestraat 22, B-3000 Leuven              proof of registration, which you will need when regis-
         Tel. 016 32 40 40,                            tering at city hall (see below for more information).

         Open:                                                        Arrival at your Faculty
         From August 16 to September 29:
         from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on September 4)          The first person to see when arriving at your faculty
         From October 2: from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 noon                 is, of course, your contact person. Each faculty also
                                                                      has its own exchange programme co-ordinator,
     ■ Exchange Students                                              i.e. a staff member who co-ordinates all exchange
                                                                      activities within the faculty. You can rely on him/her
         Although exchange students remain registered                 for information about courses, timetables, student
         at their home university during their study period           organisations, etc. When necessary, he/she will
         abroad, they also need to register officially as              refer you to the appropriate office.                       ■ Visiting Scholars (Short-term)                              Researchers and Guest Professors are asked to
         exchange students at K.U.Leuven. This is why it is                                                                                                                                   contact Ms. Bernadette De Leye at the K.U.Leuven
         absolutely essential that, after your arrival in Leuven,   ■ Regular Students                                              i   International Office                                   Human Resources Department. Please do make an
         you go to the K.U.Leuven Registrar’s Office in order                                                                            University Hall, Naamsestraat 22, B-3000 Leuven       appointment beforehand.
         to get registered and receive your student card.             When registering at the K.U.Leuven Registrar’s                    Tel. 016 32 40 20 • Fax: 016 32 37 73
         This card is generally considered to be the proof            Office, all EEA and non-EEA (European Economic                                                KHLEUVEN
         that you have been recognised by the academic                Area, see list p. 26) students must submit the fol-
         authorities as a K.U.Leuven student. You will need           lowing documents:                                                 Open:                                               ■ Exchange Students
         it when taking exams, to use the library or to get                                                                             Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 noon
         reduced prices at the university restaurants. Make           • valid passport or identity card,                                Visiting Scholars should visit the International      Although exchange students remain registered at their
         sure that you always have it with you.                       • admission letter from the International Office (see              Office for all administrative formalities.             home institution during their study period abroad,
                                                                        p. 13),                                                                                                               they still need to register as an exchange student at
         In order to register as an exchange student,                 • tuition fee or certificate of scholarship,               ■ Researchers and Guest Professors                            the host institution. This is why it is essential that after
         you must submit:                                             • €13.00 for the mandatory third-party liability                                                                        your arrival in Leuven you get registered and receive
                                                                        insurance,                                                  i   Human Resources Department, International             your student card. This registration will take place
         • your passport or identity card,                            • a copy of the housing rental contract. This applies             Office (Personeelsdienst), Mrs. Bernadette De Leye     during the introduction week or in the department.
         • a certificate or a valid student card from your home          to all regular students: undergraduate, post-gradu-             Parijsstraat 72B, B-3000 Leuven                       The student card is generally considered to be the
           university proving that you have been enrolled as            ate, pre-doctoral, doctoral, international scholars,            Tel. 016 32 83 55 • Fax: 016 32 83 10                 proof that you have been recognised by the academic
           a regular (i.e. fee-paying) student there,                   and students in specialised programmes. In addi-                          authorities as a KHLeuven student. You may need it
         • your permission to register as an exchange stu-              tion to your student card, you will be given a proof                                                                  when taking exams, or when going to the library or
           dent at K.U.Leuven (supplied via your contact per-           of registration which you will need when register-              Open:                                                 to one of the university restaurants and for free local
           son by the International Relations Office before              ing at Foreigners’ Office (see below, p. 16 for more             Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.                 bus transport (see also p. 68). So make sure that you
           your departure),                                             information).                                                                                                         always carry it with you.
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                                                                                                                         ■ Regular Students                                             who obtain a TOEIC score of 605 (which roughly
                                                                                                                                                                                        corresponds to 507 on the pen-and-paper TOEFL),
                                                                                                                           Regular students need to register in their respective        confirmed by the oral proficiency test, may begin
                                                                                                                           departments (see p. 10-11).                                  their studies without restriction.
                                                                                                                           Please bring the following documents:
                                                                                                                           • your passport or identity card,
                                                                                                                           • one passport photograph,                                  LEMMENSINSTITUUT
                                                                                                                           • your permission to register as a student at KHLeu-
                                                                                                                             ven,                                                       In order to register (see address p. 11) you have to
                                                                                                                           • for non-EEA students: € 24.00/month to subscribe           submit:
                                                                                                                             to a third-party liability insurance policy if not pro-
                                                                                                                             vided by the home institution,                             • identity card or passport,
                                                                                                                           • a copy of your housing rental contract (if you             • the certificate from Lemmensinstituut proving you
                                                                                                                             already have a permanent address in Leuven).                 passed the admission test,
                                                                                                                                                                                        • authenticated copies of your diplomas in the origi-
                                                                                                                                                                                          nal language,
                                                                                                                         GROUP T                                                        • notarised translations of your diplomas in English,
                                                                                                                                                                                          French, German or Dutch, if one of these is not
                                                                                                                         ■ Campus Vesalius                                                your native language,
                                                                                                                                                                                        • academic transcripts of your previous studies
                                                                                                                            i   Vesaliusstraat 13, B-3000 Leuven                          (with details of content, study credits and grades
                                                                                                                                Tel. 016 30 10 30 • Fax: 016 30 10 40                     per academic year and per course),
                                                                                                                                                                                        • a copy of your housing rental contract,
                                                                                                                           GROUP T’s International Relations Office is in
                                                                                                                           charge of the registration and reception of interna-         For postgraduate studies your diploma must be
                                                                                                                           tional students. The International Relations Office is        officially recognised as equivalent with the Flemish
                                                                                                                           also at the disposal of international students who           diploma. Information about this procedure is avail-
                                                                                                                           experience academic or social problems.                      able at the Belgian embassy in your country or at
                                                                                                                                                                                        the Student Administration (carl.oleffe@lemmens.
                                                                                                                           You need to submit:                                

                                                                                                                           • official diplomas obtained upon graduation in your          The admission fee must be paid: either cash at the
                                                                                                                             own country, together with a certified translation          admission desk or by proving that the entire fee has
                                                                                                                             in English,                                                been transferred to our bank account or that the
      In order to register as an exchange student,              Apart from your student card, you will be given a          • passport.                                                  transfer order has been given (by producing a bank
      you have to submit:                                       proof of registration, which you will need when regis-                                                                  machine printout or other dated bank document).
                                                                tering at city hall (see below for more information).      After registration you will receive a student card, a
      • your passport or identity card,                                                                                    proof of registration intended for city hall, and a doc-     You will be given a proof of registration, a student
      • a certificate from your home university, proving         Arrival at your Department                                 ument intended for the health-insurance company              card and a pass that allows you to travel by bus in
        that you have been enrolled as a regular (i.e. fee-                                                                (see p. 26 and following for more information).              Leuven for free.
        paying) student there,                                  The first person to visit when arriving at your
      • your permission to register as an exchange student      department is, of course, your contact person. Each        Language Requirements                                        An intensive Dutch course for international stu-
        at KHLeuven (supplied via your contact person by the    department also has its own exchange programme                                                                          dents is available during the summer vacation at
        International Relations Office before your departure),   co-ordinator, i.e. a staff member who co-ordinates all     In order to assess the extent to which non-native            K.U.Leuven (ILT, see p. 61) and continues through-
      • for non-EEA students: € 24.00/month for a third-        exchange activities within his/her department. You         speakers are proficient in English, applicants for            out the academic year. This course is highly recom-
        party liability insurance policy, if not provided by    can rely on him/her for information about courses,         GROUP T’s study programmes in English will be                mended, since it makes integration much easier. An
        the home institution, a copy of your housing rental     timetables, student organisations, etc. When neces-        asked to take the TOEIC (Test of English for Inter-          elementary knowledge of Dutch is a considerable
        contract (if you already have a permanent address       sary, he/she will refer you to the appropriate service     national Communication) as well as an oral profi-             advantage in our institute.
        in Leuven).                                             for students.                                              ciency test upon arrival at GROUP T. Applicants
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     2. City of Leuven                                                ■ For Visiting Scholars                                       IDENTITY CARD                                                 ■ Loss of your Identity Card
                                                                        Non-EEA citizens who are NOT required a visa to                                                                             If you lose your identity card, you must report this
                                                                        enter Belgium for a period of three months or less          The card you receive after registering at city hall is your     in person at the Foreigners’ Office and sign an offi-
     FOREIGNERS’ OFFICE                                                    • valid passport or identity card                        official residence permit. It also functions as your iden-       cial declaration of loss. Bring along three passport
     ➟ DIENST BEVOLKING –                                                  • three recent passport photographs                      tity card in Belgium. This is an extremely important            photographs as well. After an investigation by the
     AFDELING BUITENLANDERS                                                • € 5.00                                                 document and you are required to carry it with you at           police, you will be given a duplicate identity card.
                                                                                                                                    all times! Take care not to lose it.
      i   Muntstraat 3, B-3000 Leuven                                    Non-EEA citizens who are required a visa to enter                                                                        ■ Leaving Belgium Temporarily
          Tel. 016 21 17 13 • Fax: 016 21 17 24                          Belgium for a period of three months or less               ■ To extend the validity of your Identity Card                  If you temporarily have to leave Belgium for a
                                                                            • valid passport                                          You should report in person to the Leuven For-                period longer than three months, you must contact
          Open:                                                             • the Schengen Visa stamped in your passport              eigners’ Office preferably before the expiry date              the Foreigners’ Office at city hall to find out what
          Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from                          before leaving for Belgium                              of your identity card. Non-EEA students will have             administrative procedures you must follow.
          9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                                            • three recent passport photographs                       to present another proof of enrolment and a
          Thursday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.                             • € 5.00                                                  proof of solvency. Postdoctoral researchers and             VISIT FROM THE POLICE OFFICER
                                                                                                                                      visiting professors, depending on their financing,
     Students, visiting scholars, postdoctoral researchers               EEA citizens                                                 must first obtain either a new letter of appoint-            After you register at the Leuven Foreigners’ Office,
     and visiting professors are required to register at the               • valid passport or identity card                          ment / grant attestation or an extension of their           your friendly neighbourhood police officer will drop
     Foreigners’ Office (in Dutch: Dienst Buitenlanders)                    • three recent passport photographs                        work permit, after which their identity card will           by your Leuven address to verify that you actually live
     within three days of registering at your school. Below,               • € 5.00                                                   be extended.                                                there. If you are not at home at the time of the officer’s
     we list the documents you will have to present.                                                                                                                                              visit, you will receive a letter inviting you to report to
                                                                         After registration, you will receive proof that you have   ■ Change of Address                                           the police station in your district. Make sure you do this
     ■ For Students                                                      registered in Belgium for the duration of your stay.         Every time you change your address within Leu-              as soon as possible in order to avoid misunderstand-
       • valid passport or identity card (Identity card suf-                                                                          ven, you must report your new address within eight          ings or future administrative problems. Visiting profes-
         ficient only for EU citizens)                                 ■ For Postdoctoral Researchers                                  days to the Foreigners’ Office. If you are moving to         sors and students living on the Arenberg Campus are
       • the Authorisation for Provisional Sojourn stamped              and Visiting Professors                                       another town or city in Belgium, you must report to         under the supervision of the student police officer and
         in your passport before coming to Belgium (for                 • valid passport or identity card (Identity card suf-         the Foreigners’ Office or town hall of your new city         should visit the branch office at Celestijnenlaan 200P,
         non-EEA citizens only)                                           ficient only for EU citizens)                                or town.                                                    B-3001 Heverlee (between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.,
       • three recent passport photographs (four for EU citi-           • the Authorisation for Provisional Sojourn stamped                                                                       see p. 85).
         zens)                                                            in your passport before coming to Belgium (for               You are likewise required to inform the university,
       • proof of registration at your school                             non-EEA citizens only)                                       the health-insurance company, and other relevant           Before leaving Belgium permanently, please make sure
       • an official proof you have health-insurance cover-              • letter of appointment from K.U.Leuven (for post-             offices of your change of address. At the end of            that you visit the Foreigners’ Office to turn in your Bel-
         age valid in Belgium (for EEA citizens only)                     doctoral researchers who will receive a grant from           your stay in Belgium and before your actual depar-         gian identity card. If you ever need to come back to
       • a proof of solvency or scholarship attestation                   K.U.Leuven)                                                  ture, you should give notice of your departure to the      Leuven, this will save you and the city’s officials a great
                                                                        • a work permit (for self-supporting postdoctoral              Foreigners’ Office and hand in your identity card.          deal of time and trouble.
     Around six weeks after registration, non-EEA citizens                researchers and for visiting professors who are
     will receive their residence permit (also referred to as an          non-EEA citizens only)
     identity card, or white card). As a rule, a police officer will     • three recent passport photographs (four for the EU
     have to visit you at your place of residence to verify your          citizens)
     address in Leuven. This residence permit / identity card           • proof of health insurance need not be submitted
     is valid until October 31 of the subsequent year or, in the          in this case
     case of exchange students, until the end of their study
     period in Leuven. EEA citizens will receive an equivalent           Around six weeks after registration, non-EEA citizens
     Belgian identity card (the “blue card” or in Dutch: ”ver-           will receive their residence permit (also referred to
     blijfskaart”).                                                      as an identity card, or white card). As a rule, a police
                                                                         officer will have to visit you at your place of resi-
                                                                         dence to verify your address in Leuven. This resi-
                                                                         dence permit / identity card is valid for the period
                                                                         of your work permit. EEA citizens will receive an
                                                                         equivalent Belgian identity card (the “blue card”).
18        FORMALITIES                                                                                       19

     1    Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 32 40 10 • Fax 016 32 40 14

     2    Centrale Diensten
          Abdij van Park 9, 3001 Leuven
          Tel. 016 39 86 60 • Fax 016 39 86 66
     3    Departement Lerarenopleiding Campus Heverlee
          Naamsesteenweg 355, 3001 Heverlee
          Tel. 016 39 92 00 • Fax 016 40 70 87                         10               5

          Departement Lerarenopleiding Campus Diest
          Weerstandsplein 2, 3290 Diest                                     6
          Tel. 013 35 06 90 • Fax 013 33 54 01
     4    Departement Economisch Hoger Onderwijs
          Hertogstraat 178, 3001 Heverlee
          Tel. 016 39 92 92 • Fax 016 40 42 83
     5    Departement Rega
          Sint-Maartensstraat 55d, 3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 29 85 11 • Fax 016 20 44 17

     6    Departement Verpleegkunde en Vroedkunde
          Kapucijnenvoer 39, 3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 23 83 11 • Fax 016 22 45 10                     7                            8

     7    Departement Sociale School Heverlee
          Groeneweg 151, 3001 Heverlee
          Tel. 016 23 45 41 • Fax 016 23 80 37

     8    Campus Vesalius (ingenieursopleiding)
          GROEP T Leuven Engineering School
          Vesaliusstraat 13, 3000 Leuven

     9    Campus Comenius (lerarenopleiding)
          GROEP T Leuven Educating School
          Tiensevest 65, 3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 30 10 30 • Fax 016 30 10 40
 •                                                              2
           LEMMENSINSTITUUT (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst)
     10   Departement Muziek, Podiumkunsten en Onderwijs
          van de Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst
          Herestraat 53, 3000 Leuven                                                        4
          Tel. 016 23 39 67 • Fax 016 22 24 77

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                                                                                                                           They will also answer specific questions about rent-          are not provided. Each room has a private sink, but
                                                                                                                           related issues such as contracts, legal regulations,         showers, toilets and kitchen are shared. Access to
                  ACCOMMODATION                                                                                            fire insurance, security, rental surcharges, etc. Should
                                                                                                                           you have any complaints about your accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                        the internet (see Kotnet p. 72) is widely available in
                                                                                                                                                                                        private student accommodation. Rooms are rented
                                                                                                                           or a dispute with the landlord, they can also provide        for a term of 10 to 12 months. The average rent
                                                                                                                           assistance and mediation.                                    varies between € 230.00 and € 250.00 per month,
                                                                                                                                                                                        including expenses for utilities.
     Leuven owes its lively atmosphere to the large
     number of students (about 35,000 at last count).                                                                      K.U.LEUVEN                                                 • Studios
     Student life is fully integrated into the community                                                                                                                                “Studio” is the word commonly used in Leuven
     since there are no separate student campuses except                                                                   ■ Temporary Housing                                          to refer to a one-room flat, with a private bath-
     for the Science and Engineering campus in Heverlee.                                                                                                                                room and kitchenette. Studios usually come fur-
     Because the supply of housing provided by the                                                                            Depending on your period of arrival, you will be          nished and have an average size of 15 to 20 m2.
     educational institutions themselves is quite limited,                                                                    referred to a guest room in one of the university         Some larger studios may be suitable for couples,
     about 80% of students are accommodated in the                                                                            residences, to the Guesthouse from the Fathers            but most of them are intended for one person
     private sector. The private housing market offers a                                                                      Oblates (Pellenbergstraat 160, B-3010 Kessel-Lo), or      only. The rent ranges from € 350.00 to € 450.00
     wide range of rooms, flats and apartments, of diverse                                                                     to the youth hostel ‘De Blauwput’ (Martelarenlaan         per month. The most common rental period for a
     quality, price level and location.                                                                                       11A, B-3010 Kessel-Lo). Temporary guest rooms             studio is 12 months.
                                                                                                                              cost between € 15.00 and € 25.00 per night.
     Addresses of vacant rooms can be consulted at the                                                                                                                                • Apartments
     Housing Service, but students need to view the proper-                                                                ■ Regular Students, Researchers and                          Apartments are suitable for couples and families. In
     ties, negotiate with landlords and sign the rental contract                                                             Visiting Scholars                                          addition to a kitchen and bathroom, they have a liv-
     personally. This means that for international students it                                                                                                                          ing/dining room and at least one separate bedroom.
     is almost impossible to arrange permanent accommoda-                                                                     • Private Accommodation:                                  Furniture is normally not provided. The rental period
     tion in advance from outside Belgium. All students are                                                                     Kotwijs,                                 for an apartment is at least one year. The rental price
     therefore strongly advised to come to Leuven as early                                                                      International visitors who stay in Leuven for a         of a one-bedroom apartment is generally € 500.00
     as possible and move into temporary housing for the                                                                        full academic year can look for housing using the       to € 600.00; a two or three-bedroom apartment will
     first few days. Room hunting will then take a few days                                                                      online search programme ‘Kotwijs’, in which they        cost € 750.00 or more per month.
     of running around, but with some help from the housing                                                                     will find a detailed survey of private rental accom-
     officers, all international students should be able to find                                                                  modation. Addresses vacant for the new academic       • University Residence Halls
     their new ‘home’ in Leuven within about a week.               ■ Visiting Professors and fellows:                           year are advertised from the 1st of June.               K.U.Leuven reserves a small number of housing
                                                                                                                                                                                        units (i.e. rooms for single students, flats and
                                                                       i   Ms. Leen Bogaert                                     Throughout the summer period, the programme             apartments for families) in university residence
     1. International Housing                                              Tel. 016 32 84 13 • Fax: 016 32 43 90                can be consulted locally in the computer room           halls. Only students from a developing country
                                                                                              of the Housing Service. You can enter your              who hold a modest Belgian scholarship are eligi-
     i   Van Dalecollege, Naamsestraat 80, B-3000 Leuven                                                                        requirements regarding type of accommodation,           ble for these accommodations. Allocation always                             ■ Exchange students (Socrates/Erasmus):                      facilities, maximum rent, etc., and the system          takes place after the student’s arrival in Leuven.
                                                                                                                                will print out a selection of suitable addresses,
         Open:                                                         i   Ms. Heidi De Clercq                                  together with the landlord’s details. Kotwijs is      • Married students
         Weekdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.                                   Tel. 016 32 44 05 • Fax: 016 32 44 07                constantly updated: rented rooms are removed            While single students have the option of moving
         From June 1st till September 30th:                                                and new ones are added. After performing a              into a guestroom upon arrival, there are no such
         Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon                                                                                  search via Kotwijs, it is recommended that you          facilities for families. For this reason, married
         and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.                           This office assists international students, both from         view the rooms as quickly as possible.                  students should always arrive in Leuven alone
                                                                   K.U.Leuven and from the other Leuven institutions,                                                                   at first and bring their families to Belgium later,
     ■ Regular students, visiting scholars                         in finding suitable housing. Newly arrived students         • Student Rooms                                           only after suitable permanent accommodation
       and researchers:                                            should come immediately to this office for temporary          Single students generally rent a room (or “kot”) in     has been found. Students arriving together with
                                                                   accommodation. The office can provide information             a student house shared with between 5 and 15 fel-       their family cannot be given priority on the wait-
          i   Ms. Joske Vettenburg and Ms. Leen Bogaert            about the various types of permanent housing in              low students. Rooms are usually furnished and are       ing list for university apartments, but they will be
              Tel. 016 32 44 02 • Fax: 016 32 43 90                university residence halls and in the private sector.        about 12 m2 in size. Bed linen and kitchen utensils     referred to the private sector.
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     ■ Exchange Students (Socrates/Erasmus)                         must be requested in writing, if possible at least          Kotwijs online database of private student rooms           Services. Standard contracts are freely available at the
       Exchange students are always referred to the pri-            three months in advance.                                    and apartments. Those staying for one semester             Housing Service. Alterations are seldom to your advan-
       vate sector for permanent accommodation since                                                                            only will be given a list of rooms to be sublet by         tage and both parties must always initial them.
       they are not eligible for a place in a university resi-      Priority is given to international visitors who are         Belgian students who have gone to study abroad for
       dence. For assistance, information and suitable              appointed as visiting professors by the GEBU, to            a single semester (see p. 20).                             Every rental contract, even if it has been altered, will
       addresses they are welcome to visit the office for            visitors who have been granted a senior fellowship                                                                     be valid if both tenant and landlord sign it. If the land-
       exchange housing.                                            by the Research Fund, and to visiting fellows under                                                                    lord insists on his own type of contract, please drop by
                                                                    the auspices of a bilateral agreement. Allocation of     GROUP T                                                       the Housing Service before you sign it. The housing
        Exchange students staying for the entire academic           the available housing units is always based on the                                                                     officers will read it through and let you know if it is reli-
        year will be referred to the Kotwijs database (see          family size and the specific needs of the applicant. As   ■ Regular Students                                            able or not. The common rental period for rooms is 10
        p. 21).                                                     already mentioned, not all demands can be met.             GROUP T provides only a limited number of rooms             months, for studios 12 months and for apartments 12
                                                                                                                               for foreign students. However, students can turn to         months to 3 years. Terminating a rental contract before
        Exchange students staying for only one semester             Visitors whose application has been turned down            the K.U.Leuven International Housing Service for            its expiration date is very difficult.
        will find it difficult to negotiate with landlords who        will be referred to the International Housing Serv-        information about available rooms, studios and
        are seldom prepared to sign a rental contract for less      ice for help in finding suitable housing in the pri-        apartments in the private sector (see p. 21). Since
        than 10 months. These students will receive a list of       vate sector. Like regular students, they are strongly      it is difficult to find permanent housing in advance,         THE DEPOSIT
        rooms being sublet by Belgian students who have             advised against signing a rental contract without          it is advisable to arrive some time before the begin-
        gone to study abroad themselves for one semester.           having inspected the property personally. For inter-       ning of the courses and contact GROUP T’s Interna-          When you conclude a contract, the payment of a deposit
        The list of exchange rooms for the first semester is         national visitors, temporary accommodation can be          tional Relations Office for help in arranging tempo-         is required. For rooms, a deposit of one month’s rent
        available from the beginning of July (for the second        provided upon arrival.                                     rary accommodation.                                         is usual. For studios and apartments, deposits may
        semester, from the beginning of December).                                                                                                                                         amount to 2 or 3 month’s rent. This sum should never
                                                                 KHLEUVEN                                                    ■ Visiting Scholars and Professors                            be considered as payment for the rent and can only be
     ■ Visiting Professors and Fellows                                                                                         The International Relations Office of GROUP T pro-           used to compensate for damage to the rented property,
       Visiting professors and fellows can apply to Ms.          ■ Temporary Housing                                           vides visiting scholars and professors with informa-        caused by the tenant or by third parties to whom the
       Leen Bogaert of the International Housing Service           Upon arrival in Belgium, international students of          tion about the various types of accommodation.              tenant has granted access.
       for suitable accommodation in the University Cen-           KHLeuven should proceed to the youth hostel ‘De
       tre ‘Groot Begijnhof’. These rental units are fully         Blauwput’, (Martelarenlaan 11 A, B-3010 Kessel-Lo)                                                                      The deposit or its balance will be reimbursed upon return
       furnished and adapted to the needs of international         where they will be accommodated during the intro-         LEMMENSINSTITUUT                                              of the keys and after the landlord has inspected the state
       visitors whose stay in Leuven does not exceed a             duction week.                                                                                                           of the property. The landlord should have the opportu-
       period of one year. However, the number of avail-                                                                     The K.U.Leuven Housing Service (see p. 20) can assist         nity to draw up the final bill for heating, electricity, etc.,
       able units in Groot Begijnhof is limited. Since the       ■ Regular Students                                          you in finding a student room in Leuven. A list of available   before he can return the balance of the deposit.
       demand often outstrips the supply, accommodation            International students who stay at KHLeuven for           student rooms in the neighbourhood of Lemmensinstituut
                                                                   an entire academic year will be referred to the           can also be obtained at the reception desk of the school.
                                                                   K.U.Leuven International Housing Service. The             Music practice rooms are available each day from 7:30         SUPPLEMENTARY EXPENSES (UTILITIES)
                                                                   procedure to find permanent housing is the same            a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Friday till 5:30 p.m.).
                                                                   as for students from K.U.Leuven (see p. 21). They                                                                       If the cost of heating, electricity, water, etc. is not included
                                                                   can search the Kotwijs online database of private                                                                       in the rent, it should be clearly stated in the contract how
                                                                   rental student accommodation (            2. Practical Information on Renting                           these costs will be calculated. If each housing unit is
                                                                   KHLeuven itself has one residence hall at the Depart-        Student Accommodation                                      equipped with an individual electricity and gas meter, the
                                                                   ment of Nursing and Midwifery (Kapucijnenvoer 39,                                                                       tenant and the landlord should make a note of the meter
                                                                   B-3000 Leuven. Tel. 016 33 67 17).                                                                                      reading at the beginning and at the end of the rental
                                                                   KHLeuven students cannot apply for housing in a           THE RENTAL CONTRACT                                           period. The tenant pays for these units at the rate stipu-
                                                                   K.U.Leuven residence hall.                                                                                              lated in the contract. If no individual meters are available,
                                                                                                                             Although a rental contract may be oral or written, a          the landlord is allowed to divide the total costs propor-
                                                                 ■ Exchange Students                                         written contract can help you to avoid disputes later         tionally among the residents of the house. Many contracts
                                                                   Once settled in at their temporary residence,             on. In practice it will be difficult for you to prove some-    state that the tenants have to pay a monthly advance for
                                                                   exchange students from KHLeuven will be accom-            thing that has been agreed orally; moreover, an oral          the costs, over and above the cost of the rent.
                                                                   panied to the office for exchange housing for assis-       agreement can be terminated at one month’s notice.
                                                                   tance in finding permanent accommodation. Those            You should only accept the standard K.U.Leuven rental         When the final bill is submitted, tenants are entitled
                                                                   staying for the entire academic year may consult the      contract, which is recognisable by the logo of Student        to see the individual invoices for the various utilities.

     Tenants of apartments and houses normally have an             In cases of conflict with the landlord, they can help
     individual contract with the gas, electricity and water
     utility companies. In this case they will receive the
     invoices directly from the company concerned.
                                                                   you solve the problem or mediate between tenant
                                                                   and landlord. Complaints about the conditions of the
                                                                   property should be reported to the Housing Service
                                                                                                                                        Ride the bus
                                                                                                                                 for free in Leuven
                                                                   first, before you undertake further steps. If necessary,
     MUNICIPAL TAX                                                 a housing officer will visit you to assess your housing
                                                                   situation on the spot and advise you on what proce-
     The city of Leuven levies a local tax on the rental of stu-   dure you should follow.
     dent rooms (housing units with communal bathroom
     and kitchen). This tax amounts to € 75.00 per room.
     Basically, the tax is levied on the owner, but most land-
     lords stipulate in their contracts that they will recover
                                                                   3. City of Leuven                                            with your student bus pass
     this sum from the tenant.
                                                                   i   Housing and Property Office
     FIRE INSURANCE                                                    ➟ Dienst Huisvesting en Grondbeleid
                                                                       Boekhandelstraat 9, B-3000 Leuven
     When you rent a property, you are responsible for dam-            Tel. 016 21 17 30 • Fax: 016 21 17 48
     age caused by fire, water, or explosion, except in cir-  
     cumstances beyond one’s control (i.e. “acts of God”).   
     You should take out insurance to cover these risks. Ten-
     ants may take out individual insurance policies. Since            Open: office-counter
     landlords must insure the building, they can have the             Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Thursdays
     “renunciation of redress” clause taken up in their own            from noon to 4:30 p.m.
     fire-insurance policy, by means of which the risks of              If necessary, an appointment can be made outside
     the tenant are also covered. The landlord then pays a             the office hours.
     higher premium, which the tenant will reimburse. The
     tenant’s share of the landlord’s policy depends on the        This office supervises the quality of rented proper-
     value of the house and the type of coverage. The sum          ties in Leuven, in close co-operation with the local
     usually varies between € 20.00 and € 25.00 per tenant         fire department and the Flemish regional authorities.
     per year. The tenant’s personal belongings, however,          The municipal housing office draws up an inventory
     are never covered by the landlord’s insurance policy.         of unoccupied and dilapidated dwellings and investi-
                                                                   gates problems with quality and safety in houses and
     If you want to insure damage to your own property,            student rooms.
     you need to take out separate insurance coverage. Ten-
     ants of apartments and houses normally cannot insure          Landlords can apply to this department to obtain a
     themselves through the landlord’s policy. They need           certificate of conformity (“conformiteitsattest”), i.e. an
     to take out individual insurance to cover the risks of        official confirmation that their property complies with
     damage both to the landlord’s property and to their           the legal regulations. Students can turn to this office for
     personal belongings. An individual policy is obviously        information about the legal quality standards imposed
     more expensive, and may amount to € 75.00 or more             by the regional and local authorities. Shortcomings in
     per year, depending on the coverage and the value of          student houses, however, should be reported to the             I n f o   t i m e t a b l e s

                                                                                                                                    070 220 200
     the property and furnishings insured.                         K.U.Leuven Housing Service in the first instance.

     WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF PROBLEMS?                               Only in cases of serious quality problems, for which the
                                                                   mediation of the Housing Service has proved unsuc-
     Whenever you have difficulties in understanding your con-
     tract or any other document related to your rental accom-
                                                                   cessful, an official complaint to the municipal housing
                                                                   office can be considered. In the event of serious short-
     modation, you can turn to the International Housing Ser-      comings, the local council can decide to close down the
     vice for translation and interpretation of the contents.      premises and impose a penalty on the landlord.
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                                                                                                                                  Once you have received your identity card at the Foreigners’       tional scholar, it is not subject to Belgian social-secu-
                                                                                                                                  Office (see p. 16-17) you can take out health insurance cov-        rity contributions. You will be provided with health
                INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE                                                                                         erage as a “resident”. This means a cost of € 13.50 per quar-
                                                                                                                                  ter. A supplementary fee of € 5 must be paid in January.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     insurance, usually via the Christelijk Ziekenfonds
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Leuven - St. Pietersbond (a major health-insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                     company). The staff of the International Office will
                                                                                                                                  If your family needs to be insured as well, your part-             take care of all the formalities related to the sub-
                                                                                                                                  ner must visit the health-insurance company in person              scription and the reimbursement procedures. The
     1. Health Insurance                                        NON-EEA CITIZENS WHO ARE                                          because she/he must sign the insurance documents                   costs are included in the scholarship and will be
                                                                SELF-SUPPORTING STUDENTS                                          personally. She/he can be covered from the moment                  paid directly to the health-insurance company by
     All residents of the country, Belgian or otherwise, are    (or whose scholarship doesn’t include health insurance)           she/he has a Belgian identity card (white card). If a child        the office.
     required by law to be covered by a health-insurance                                                                          is born during your stay in Belgium you must report
     policy. It is also in your own best interests. Without     Self-supporting students, or those with a scholarship that        this to the health-insurance company and submit the             ■ Doctoral students who hold a K.U.Leuven
     insurance coverage, the cost of medical care can           does not include health insurance, should take out a health       proof of birth, which you can obtain at the Registry              doctoral scholarship
     quickly spiral out of control. For instance, a single      insurance policy. If you arrive after July 1st, you can wait      Office (Burgerlijke Stand, Muntstraat 3).                          Doctoral scholarships are subject to partial (for non-
     night’s stay in the hospital can cost up to € 300.00 not   until the start of the university’s registration period. If you                                                                     EEA citizens) or full (EEA citizens and citizens of
     including treatment or medicine. A standard health-        have medical expenses between July 1st and the time               If you arrive before July 1st, we recommend that you              the following countries with bilateral agreements
     insurance policy will reimburse about 75% of the           you register at the university, these costs will be covered       take out a temporary private health-insurance policy              with Belgium: U.S.A., Canada, Algeria, Turkey,
     cost of a doctor’s visit, medicine and hospitalisation.    retroactivily until July 1st. With your proof of registration,    until July 1st (see p. 26). The cost of private insurance         Israel, Tunesia, Morocco, San Marino, Serbia &
     The information about health insurance is grouped          you can take out a health-insurance policy at the insur-          is € 41.15 per month for men and up to € 60.49 per                Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
     according to the following categories: self-supporting     ance company of your choice (see p. 31). However it may           month for women and children.                                     F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Chile) social-security coverage
     students, students with a scholarship, postdoctoral        be useful to know that K.U.Leuven has excellent relations                                                                           in compliance with Belgian law.
     researchers, visiting professors and visiting scholars.    with “Christelijk Ziekenfonds Leuven”.
     Please turn to the section that applies to your                                                                              STUDENTS WITH A K.U.LEUVEN                                         This means that in the case of partial social-security
     particular situation.                                      The “Christelijk Ziekenfonds Leuven” regulary holds               SCHOLARSHIP OR GRANT                                               coverage you are covered for health insurance and
                                                                information and sign-up sessions for health insurance                                                                                job-related accidents and illness and you are also
                                                                at Pangaea (see p. 31), the International Meeting Cen-            ■ Scholarships not subject to social security                      entitled to receive child allowances. In the case of
     EEA STUDENTS                                               tre. For more information concerning the exact dates of             If you hold a K.U.Leuven scholarship or grant as a               full social-security coverage, you will also have
                                                                the sessions, you can contact the Social Service - Inter-           pre-doctoral student, master’s student or interna-               retirement and unemployment rights.
     If you are an EEA national (Austria, Denmark, Finland,     national Students (see address p. 31).
     France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
     the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United       The documents to submit:
     Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and the new        • passport,
     member stated Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hun-        • Belgian identity card (if you have it already),
     gary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and       • the certificate of “family composition” (which you can
     Slovenia) as well as nationals from Algeria, Tunisia,        obtain at the Foreigners’ Office, see page 16-17) if you
     Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia, you should obtain a       have family members to be insured,
     so-called E111 or E128 form or International Insurance     • bank account number,
     Card proving you already have insurance coverage in        • the certificate of registration which you will obtain auto-
     your home country.                                           matically upon registration at the K.U.Leuven Registrar’s
                                                                  Office (this is not the same as your student card).
     Any medical costs you may incur will be reimbursed by
     a Belgian health-insurance company if you show them        The fee consists of a quarterly payment, which entitles
     the E111 or E128 or Insurance Card. This also applies to   you to all benefits from the first day of that quarter. The
     the cost of drugs and medication: ask for a 704N form      quarters are divided as follows: from the beginning
     at the pharmacist’s.                                       of October to the end of December, from January to
                                                                March, from April to June and from July until Septem-
     If you have no E111 or E128 form or International          ber. During the first quarter of your stay as a student in
     Insurance Card, you are required to follow the same        Belgium you have to take out health insurance cover-
     procedure as non-EEA students and take out health-         age as a “student”, if you have not received your iden-
     insurance coverage in Belgium.                             tity card. For 2006, this costs € 62,78.
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      You are required to take out a health-insurance             son because he/she must sign the appropriate docu-            insurance policy, but the choice of the company is up
      policy, but the choice of the company is up to you.         ments personally. Partners of non-EEA citizens can            to you. For the costs, see p. 26-27.
      The cost is € 13.50 per quarter. A supplementary            be covered from the moment they have a Belgian
      amount of € 5 must be paid in January. If you               identity card (white card). EEA citizens can obtain        ■ Unsalaried visiting professors
      are a non-EEA citizen, the International Office will         coverage immediately.                                        EEA citizens need to obtain a E111 or E128 proving
      arrange for your health-insurance coverage with                                                                          coverage in their home country and enabling them
      a Belgian health-insurance company. For non-                                                                             to get medical treatment in Belgium reimbursed.
      EEA scholarship holders, the costs are mostly            POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS                                        Non-EAA citizens are advised to take a personal
      included in the scholarship and will be paid by the                                                                      insurance that covers them for medical care during
      International Office. If you are an EEA citizen, the      ■ Postdoctoral researchers with a scholarship                   their stay in Belgium; Belgian health-insurance cov-
      Human Resources Department (address, see p. 31:                                                                          erage is possible but the cost is proportional to your
      K.U.Leuven Human Resources Department) can                  Postdoctoral scholarships are subjected to partial           taxable income (income earned anywhere).
      assist you in making the practical arrangements.            (for non-EEA citizens) or full (EEA citizens) social-
                                                                  security contributions, in compliance with Belgian
      If your family needs to be insured as well, your part-      legislation. In the case of partial social-security cov-   VISITING SCHOLARS
      ner has to visit the health-insurance company in per-       erage, you are covered for health insurance, job-
                                                                  related accidents and illness and you are entitled to      K.U. Leuven provides an insurance package designed
                                                                  receive child allowances. In the case of full social-      especially for visiting scholars who come to Belgium
                                                                  security coverage, you will also have retirement and       for a period of three months maximum (EEA citizens
                                                                  unemployment rights. You are required to take out          may come for a maximum of six months).
                                                                  a health-insurance policy, but the choice of the com-
                                                                  pany is up to you. For the cost: see p. 26-27. At your     The cost of this package is approximately € 75.00 for
                                                                  request, Ms. B. De Leye of the Human Resources             three months. Upon registration at the International
                                                                  Department (see address p. 31) will assist you.            Office, visiting scholars receive this policy. It covers
                                                                                                                             accident and medical costs. It does not cover third-
                                                                  If your family needs to be insured as well, your           party liability nor the exercise of the following sports:
                                                                  partner has to visit the health-insurance company          skiing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, delta gliding,
                                                                  in person because he/she must sign the appropri-           parachuting and hang-gliding.
                                                                  ate documents personally. Partners of non-EEA citi-
                                                                  zens can be covered from the moment they have              Your family cannot be insured through this policy and       COVERAGE OUTSIDE BELGIUM
                                                                  an attestation of immatriculation (orange card). EEA       will have to obtain private insurance in their home
                                                                  citizens can obtain coverage immediately.                  country or in Belgium.                                      Whether or not you have coverage abroad (i.e. outside
                                                                                                                                                                                         Belgium) depends on a number of criteria. Just to be
                                                               ■ Postdoctoral researchers with a salary                                                                                  sure, you should contact your own health-insurance
                                                                 Salaried postdocs are subject to full social-secu-          SIS CARD                                                    company or get advice from the Social Service - Inter-
                                                                 rity contributions. This means they are covered                                                                         national Students.
                                                                 for health insurance, job-related accidents and ill-        When you take out health insurance you will receive a
                                                                 ness, and retirement and unemployment. You are              membership card (known as a SIS card), an informa-
                                                                 required to take out a health-insurance policy, but         tion booklet and a number of yellow stickers. Please        COVERAGE FOR PARENTS,
                                                                 the choice of the company is up to you. For the             take your SIS card and stickers every time you go to        SIBLINGS AND FRIENDS
                                                                 costs, see p. 26-27.                                        the pharmacist’s, visit a doctor, go to a hospital or to
                                                                                                                             the health-insurance office. You may be asked to show        When coming to Leuven for a visit, your parents, sib-
                                                                                                                             your SIS card or use one of the yellow stickers.            lings or friends are not covered by your health-insur-
                                                               VISITING PROFESSORS                                                                                                       ance policy (whether you are a student or K.U.Leuven
                                                                                                                             If you have to go to hospital and you don’t have your       personnel).
                                                               ■ Visiting professors with a salary                           SIS card you will get an invoice of the total cost. Don’t
                                                                 Salaried visiting professors are subject to social          pay it and bring it to the health insurance company.        We would advise your guests to take out a temporary
                                                                 security and have the right to health insurance,            They will take care of a corrected invoice.                 private insurance policy to cover their period of stay in
                                                                 job-related accidents and illness, retirement and                                                                       Belgium. ‘Verzekeringen Vandeven’ is a recommended
                                                                 unemployment. You are required to take out a health-                                                                    option in this case (see p. 31).
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     2. The Health Care System                                        cialist in a private practice or a local hospital, or to the
                                                                      K.U.Leuven University Hospitals.
     There are three different levels of health care service
     in Belgium:                                                      MEDICAL BILLS AND REIMBURSEMENT
         General practitioners (GPs)
         Specialists                                                  If you do not require hospitalisation, 75% of your medi-
         Specialists at a local or an academic hospital.              cal expenses will be reimbursed by your health-insur-
                                                                      ance company. For a consultation with a general prac-
     GENERAL PRACTITIONERS (GPS) AND SPECIALISTS                      titioner, for instance, you will be reimbursed € 12.37 of
                                                                      the € 17.00 that you paid the doctor. In cases of hospi-
     If you have a health-related problem, it is best to see a        talisation, the hospital will charge you the supplement
     general practitioner first rather than going immediately          (the charges not covered by the insurance policy).
     to the hospital. As a student, you could first go to one of
     the GPs of the Medical Center for Students (see p. 38).          The main costs are paid directly by the insurance com-
                                                                      pany to the hospital. Fees for convenient extras (e.g. a
     A GP can solve most medical problems. If the GP decides          private room, telephone costs) will never be reimbursed
     that you should consult a specialist, he/she will refer you      by the insurance company. When buying drugs, reduc-
     to one who is best qualified to deal with your problem.           tions amount to 60%. The pharmacist charges you only
     You can usually reach a GP during office hours and in             the noninsured amount upon presentation of your SIS
     emergencies even at night. If your regular GP is unavail-        card. In cases of serious medical problems or hospitali-
     able when you call, you will be referred to another GP.          sation where your financial situation is threatened, you
     There are many advantages to consulting a GP first,               may contact the Social Service - International Students
     before seeing a specialist:                                      for partial or full reimbursement (address: p. 31). This
       • GPs are easier to reach; there could be a long wait-         does not apply to researchers or visiting professors.
         ing list to consult a specialist.
       • A GP will keep your medical history on file. This is impor-   PHARMACIES
         tant since information from previous medical examina-
         tions may be relevant to your present condition. It also     In Belgium, drugs and medicines are only sold in pharma-
         means that the GP does not need to repeat medical tests      cies. In the yellow pages of the phone directory, pharma-      ADDRESSES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE
         or examinations you may already have had. This can           cies and drugstores are listed under the word “apotheken”.
         save you a lot of money, time and possible discomfort.       They are open every day except Saturday afternoons, Sun-       • Christelijk Ziekenfonds Leuven              • K.U.Leuven -
       • With certain medical conditions, it is not always clear      days and holidays. When closed, all pharmacies will post         Leopoldstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven               International Office
         which specialist is best qualified. On your own, you          in their window a list of after-hours pharmacies (“wacht-        Tel. 016 31 49 10                             Naamsestraat 22, B-3000 Leuven
         might have to try several specialists before finding          dienst”). This information is also published in the weekly     • Neutraal Ziekenfonds. Brabant and Limburg     Tel. 016 32 42 20
         the right one, whereas a GP can quickly diagnose             newspaper Passe-Partout (see the section entitled “Apothe-       Vaartstraat 56/1, B-3000 Leuven             • K.U.Leuven -
         your problem and refer you to the proper specialist.         kers van dienst in Leuven en omliggende”).                       Tel. 016 30 16 43                             Human Resources Department
                                                                                                                                     • Socialistische Mutualiteit                    ➟ Personeelsdienst
     Hospital emergency services are expensive. If your               THERMOMETERS                                                     Mechelsestraat 70, B-3000 Leuven              Parijsstraat 72B, B-3000 Leuven
     condition is not immediately life-threatening, you can                                                                            Tel. 016 22 57 04                             Tel. 016 32 83 55: B. De Leye
     save a considerable amount of money by consulting a              In Belgium we use Celsius thermometers. These are              • Liberale Mutualiteit van Brabant            • Pangaea
     GP instead. If you officialy register with one GP - which         larger than the Fahrenheit ones, and are usually placed          Vital Decosterstraat 84, B-3000 Leuven        Vesaliusstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven
     is called Globaal Medisch Dossier or GMD - the Bel-              in the armpit. Readings from the armpit will be one              Tel. 016 20 61 12                             Tel. 016 32 33 96
     gian public health insurance rewards you with a higher           degree lower than those taken orally. Always tell the          • Partena Onafhankelijk Ziekenfonds           • Private Insurance: Filip Vandeven nv
     reimbursement. Ask your GP about this.                           doctor which method you have used.                               Naamsestraat 102, B-3000 Leuven               Tessenstraat 3, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                                       Tel. 016 22 78 60                             Tel. 016 31 09 70
     Most medical doctors speak English, French and Dutch.            VACCINATIONS                                                   • K.U.Leuven –
     When discussing your condition, however, please try to                                                                            Social Service - International Students
     make yourself clear, and speak slowly and calmly. For            Parents are required to vaccinate their babies and young         Naamsestraat 80, B-3000 Leuven
     consultation, make an appointment or go to the doc-              children at regular intervals. In Belgium, this service is       Tel. 016 32 44 36
     tor’s office when he/she is available for general con-            organised by “Kind en Gezin” (see p. 43). Please contact
     sultation. If necessary, the GP will refer you to a spe-         them if you have children below 3 years of age.
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     3. Other Types of Insurance                                          • Damage caused to goods of which the insured party
                                                                            is the owner, for example: the insured party damages
                                                                            the sanitary fittings of the building he/she is renting,
     CARE INSURANCE “ZORGVERZEKERING”                                     • Damage caused by a motor vehicle. This dam-
                                                                            age is insured by the legal insurance “Burgerlijke
     In 2002 the Flemish government introduced the care                     Aansprakelijkheid Auto” (Civil Liability Car),
     insurance. It is a collective insurance to provide finan-             • Damage caused while under the influence of alco-
     cial assistance to seriously ill patients. You will receive            hol or drugs,
     a bill of € 25.00 for this insurance when you live in Flan-          • Damage caused while carrying out professional
     ders and are at least 25 years old. You are encouraged                 activities. In case of an accident, please report it
     to pay this bill before December 31st.                                 as soon as possible to the Social Service - Inter-
                                                                            national Students. This office will file the claim on
     THIRD-PARTY LIABILITY INSURANCE                                        your behalf with the relevant insurance company,
     (ONLY FOR STUDENTS)                                                    and help you in following up your claim.

     Under European legislation, EEA-students are not                  JOB-RELATED ACCIDENT INSURANCE
     required to take out this insurance, but we strongly
     recommend that you do so. K.U.Leuven requires all                 ■ Insurance Office K.U.Leuven ➟ Verzekeringsdienst
     non-EEA students to take out third party liability insur-
     ance coverage. The only non-EEA students exempted                    i   Krakenstraat 3, B-3000 Leuven
     from this requirement are those who can prove they                       Tel. 016 32 40 96 • Fax: 016 32 40 93
     already have private third-party liability coverage. Past                                                                        Beer brewed carefully,
     experience has shown that the cost associated with                   This group insurance policy covers the entire uni-          to be consumed with care.
     damage you cause, even in a minor accident, can turn                 versity community for study-related and job-related
     out to be much higher than many students are able to                 accidents and illness. This policy also covers you
     pay. This policy covers any damages to third parties                 when you are abroad on professional business or
     caused by the student, or one of the student’s family                study trips. Every accident covered by this policy,
     members, while not on university property. Personal                  including accidents abroad, must be reported within
     injury is not covered by this policy, only damage to                 48 hours to the Insurance Office. They will provide
     third parties. The policy also covers the costs of legal             you with insurance claim forms and will take care of
     assistance. For example, if you accidentally scratch a               the claim’s settlement.
     parked car while riding your bicycle, and you are held
     responsible for the damage, then the insurance com-
     pany will cover the cost of the damage to the car, but
     not the costs of any damage to your bike, or personal
     injury you might suffer. You pay € 13.00 annually year
     for this insurance.

     Should you be involved in an accident that occurs off univer-
     sity property, please report it as soon as possible to Social
     Service – International Students (see address p. 31). This
     office can file the claim on your behalf with the relevant insur-
     ance company, and help you in following up your claim.

     Excluded are:
        • Damage caused by fire and the like originating
          from a building of which the insured party is at
          least partly owner, renter or user. This damage is
          normally covered by a fire insurance policy. The
          exception only applies to material damage,
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                OFFICES PROVIDING SERVICES                                                                               are participants in the Coimbra Group Hospitality
                                                                                                                         Scheme and in the Erasmus Belgica exchanges. The
                                                                                                                                                                                      Once a student has registered at the Registrar’s
                                                                                                                                                                                      Office, he/she will be issued a student card, a free
                FOR INTERNATIONAL GUESTS                                                                                 defining characteristic of an exchange student is
                                                                                                                         that he/she remains registered at his/her home uni-
                                                                                                                                                                                      bus pass, and all the certificates required for the Bel-
                                                                                                                                                                                      gian Railways, De Lijn (the bus company), the health-
                                                                                                                         versity while spending between a few months and              insurance company and for registering at city hall.
                                                                                                                         a full year pursuing his/her studies at K.U.Leuven,
                                                                                                                         free of charge.
     1. K.U.Leuven                                            International applicants and scholarships                                                                            STUDENT SERVICES
                                                              This office is the first point of contact between inter-     International (development) cooperation                   ➟ STUDENTENVOORZIENINGEN
                                                              national students and the K.U.Leuven administra-           The International Office also co-ordinates and sup-
     CENTRAL SERVICES                                         tion. It is the admission office for all international      ports the various forms of international cooperation      Student services encompass a number of different coun-
                                                              applicants as well as for those applying for scholar-      in which K.U.Leuven is involved, such as bilateral con-   selling services whose objective is to promote the social,
     ■ International Office                                    ships awarded in the framework of development              tacts and formal agreements with universities abroad,     physical, mental and financial well-being of all students.
       ➟ Dienst Internationale Relaties                       co-operation, inter-university staff exchange agree-       international networks of universities, university
                                                              ments and research activities. The International           development cooperation, and European exchange            Thanks to the co-operation agreements between Studen-
        i   University Hall, Naamsestraat 22,                 Office is in charge of the payment of scholarships          programmes for staff and students. The staff’s fre-       tenvoorzieningen K.U.Leuven and the non-profit associa-
            B-3000 Leuven                                     and, in exceptional cases, the office can be asked to       quent contacts with international organisations keep      tions (v.z.w.’s) providing social services for the institutions
            For international admissions & scholarships for   mediate between students and the Ministry of For-          them abreast with the latest developments in the field     of higher education, most of the below ser-vices are cen-
            regular students                                  eign Affairs in Brussels when problems related to          of internationalisation in higher education.              trally organised for all Leuven students.
            Tel. 016 32 42 20 • Fax: 016 32 37 73             admission and visas arise.
                                                                                            Hospitality Programme                                     Except where otherwise mentioned, all offices are located
            Open:                                             Exchange students                                          As part of its job of welcoming students and guests       at the Van Dalecollege (Naamsestraat 80, B-3000 Leuven).
            Weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.     The International Office is also in charge of the           of the university, the International Office holds aca-
                                                              administration and admission of exchange students.         demic events and socio-cultural activities, includ-          See also
            For Exchange Students & International             Exchange students have a special status granted to         ing Orientation Days for new students and schol-             services/index.htm
            Cooperation,                                      all students who take part in the European Commis-         ars, a buddy programme for international guests
            Tel. 016 32 40 27 • Fax: 016 32 40 22             sion’s educational programmes of Socrates/ERAS-            and cross-cultural communication workshops for
                                MUS, TEMPUS, ALFA, EU/Canada, EU/JAPAN and                 K.U.Leuven personnel working with international           ■ International Housing Service
           others. Students who come to Leuven in the frame-          students and scholars. See
            Open:                                             work of an exchange agreement at faculty level                                                                           i   See also Chapter 4 – Accommodation
            Weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.     between their university and K.U.Leuven are also         ■ Registrar’s Office                                                 Tel. 016 32 44 02 and 016 32 44 05
            and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.                   officially granted the status of exchange student, as       ➟ Studentenadministratie                                          (exchange students)
                                                                                                                                                                                           Fax: 016 32 43 90
                                                                                                                          i   University Hall, Naamsestraat 22,                  
                                                                                                                              B-3000 Leuven                                                and
                                                                                                                              For international admissions & scholarships for    
                                                                                                                              regular students
                                                                                                                              Tel. 016 32 42 20 • Fax: 016 32 37 73                        Open:
                                                                                                                                                              Weekdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                              Open:                                                        From June 1 to September 30:
                                                                                                                              Weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00
                                                                                                                                                                                           noon and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                              For Exchange Students & International
                                                                                                                              Cooperation,                                            The International Housing Service receives
                                                                                                                              Tel. 016 32 40 27 • Fax: 016 32 40 22                   international visitors and provides them with
                                                                                                                                                        temporary housing and practical information
                                                                                                                                   or assistance in finding permanent housing.
                                                                                                                              Open:                                                   Throughout the academic year international
                                                                                                                              Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and               students can turn to this office for help and advice
                                                                                                                              from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.                             whenever they have questions or problems related
                                                                                                                                                                                      to their housing situation.
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     ■ Advisors for ‘Kot’ culture,                                  Membership costs only € 4.00 and includes benefits         The Study Advisory Centre acts as the central infor-        ■ Student Employment Office
       Environment and Mobility                                     such as free coffee or tea in the Pangaea lounge and      mation point on study-related matters for both
                                                                    discounts for activities organised by Pangaea.            national and international students. You are wel-              i   Tel. 016 32 44 34 • Fax: 016 32 44 39
         i   De Waag, Studentenwijk Arenberg 10,                                                                              come throughout your student career: before you          
             B-3001 Heverlee                                     ■ Social Service – International Students                    enter the university, while you are studying at the      
             Tel. 016 32 93 01 & 02 • Fax: 016 32 92 99                                                                       university and after you have graduated.                           jobservice/index.htm
                               i   (See also chapter 4, Insurance and Health Care)                                                                         Jobdatabase:
                                                                         Tel. 016 32 44 36 • Fax: 016 32 84 12                The office publishes information about study pro-
        The advisors for ‘Kot’ culture, environment and                        grammes at K.U.Leuven through brochures and/or                     Open:
        mobility are staff members of the Housing Service,                                                                    internet. You can also visit the library to find out which          Weekdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Queue
        whose specific task is to raise awareness about                   Open:                                                study programme fits best your particular wishes and                numbers are available as from 1:45 pm
        transportation, the environment and the unique cul-              Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday                    goals. If needed, you will be provided with some per-
        ture of the “kot”, or student house. They will answer            from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.                          sonal assistance during your search. Several informa-         Quite a lot of students look for a job to earn some extra
        any questions about waste prevention and sorting,                                                                     tive events are set up on behalf of the students and          money and to gain some experience. The Student
        responsible energy and water use, composting, bus           This service provides information and assistance          the office participates in all the major study fairs.          Employment Office can provide information concern-
        and train travel, bicycle safety, community participa-      to international students who have questions of a                                                                       ing employment possibilities. Job offers are posted on a
        tion, and many other issues. The advisors not only          legal, financial, or practical nature. Such questions      If you are already studying in Leuven you may                 notice board and are also available online. The type of job
        provide information but they also promote new               might involve residency status, social security, child    contact the Study Advisory Centre when you                    ranges from babysitting to translating, data entry, etc.
        projects and experiments in the area of sustainabil-        care, accidents, loans, insurance, etc.                   require personal study guidance. You can sign
        ity and ecologically responsible lifestyles.                                                                          up for various courses such as Effective Study                The Student Employment Office also informs you about
                                                                    The Social Service – International Students works with    Methods or work out a study planning system with              the Belgian employment law with its strict regulations
     ■ Pangaea                                                      Belgian volunteers who will introduce you to the prac-    the help of a counsellor. Before you graduate, you            regarding employing international students. Please keep
                                                                    tical aspects of living in Leuven through a tour around   are provided with a career counselling service,               in mind that many jobs require you to speak Dutch.
         i   Vesaliusstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven                       the city. To improve their Dutch, K.U.Leuven students     which prepares you for your first steps on the
             Tel. 016 32 33 96 • Fax: 016 32 33 90                  can rent a Dutch-language self-study course (Vanzelf-     job market.                                                   Students from outside the European Union and of
                                   sprekend) at this service (see also p. 62).                                                                             most of the new member states must have a work
                                                                                             If you wish to carry on studying, either in Belgium           permit type C if they want to work during the aca-
                                                                    It is a general rule that students have to provide suf-   or abroad, the Study Advisory Centre is also the              demic year. These students are not allowed to work
             Office:                                                 ficient funds for the period they spend here. However,     place to be.                                                  for more than twenty hours a week. Studying must be
             Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon                   in rare cases, this office can offer temporary financial                                                                  their main occupation. During the official school holi-
             and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.                             support to individuals who have run into severe finan-     The Centre can guide you through the maze of mas-             days, all students can work without a work permit.
             Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.            cial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. Each    ter’s, MBA and LLM programmes.
             Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                    case will be examined by the service and the request                                                                  ■ Legal Service
             Coffee Lounge: Monday to Thursday from 12:00           is then evaluated by the Study Finances Committee.
             noon to 8:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday from                                                                                                                                   i   Tel. 016 32 44 35 • Fax: 016 32 84 12
             noon to midnight.                                      Students who encounter both medical and financial                                                                   
                                                                    problems can submit a request for repayment of the
        ‘Pangaea’ is the name of the original single continent      amount that the health insurance does not cover. A                                                                      This office provides information and assistance on
        which made up the entire land surface of the earth          committee consisting of a member of the Social Ser-                                                                     legal matters: rental contracts, civil law (marriage,
        some 175 million years ago. ‘Pangaea’ is also the name      vice and a physician decides on a case-by-case basis.                                                                   insurance), criminal law, etc. It is not common prac-
        of the international students’ centre at K.U.Leuven.                                                                                                                                tice to consult the legal service directly. In general,
                                                                 ■ Study Advisory Centre                                                                                                    students are referred to the legal service by one of
        Pangaea is a lively meeting place where interna-           ➟ Studieadvies                                                                                                           the other services, only by appointment (e.g. the
        tional and Belgian students can get together in an                                                                                                                                  Social Service, Student Employment Service).
        informal setting. It has a lounge with a coffee bar         i    Van Dalecollege
        and a large assortment of international newspapers,              Tel. 016 32 43 11
        a recreational room with tabletennis facilities, a TV  
        room with a VCR, three computers and much more.
        Pangaea offers a wide range of activities such as                Open:
        concerts, lectures, workshops, trips, and language               Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
        conversation groups.
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     ■ Medical Centre for Students (*)                                  tre for professional help. The psychologists and         2. KHLeuven, GROUP T                                         3. City of Leuven
                                                                        psychiatrists of the Psychotherapeutic Centre run           and Lemmensinstituut
        i   Tel. 016 32 44 20 • Fax: 016 32 44 14                       various therapy and training sessions adapted to
                                           the individual needs of the student. English-speak-                                                                   The city of Leuven provides a number of social services
                                                                        ing therapists are also available.                       The services mentioned above are also open to students       that students are also welcome to call on for help.
            Consultations:                                                                                                       from KHLeuven (*), GROUP T and the Lemmensinstituut.
            Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.                     ■ Ombudsperson for Students                                 The co-operation agreements between StudentenVoorzie-
            House calls by request                                     K.U.Leuven has appointed an ombudsperson to deal          ningen K.U.Leuven and the institutions of higher education   GENERAL SERVICES
            Night and weekend service: 070 25 70 25                    with certain kinds of unacceptable behaviour (bullying,   are co-ordinated by the following non-profit associations:
            (a recorded voice will ask your ZIP code and               violence and sexual harassment) within the university                                                                  ■ Welfare Services
            automatically transfer you to the doctor on call)          community. The duty of the ombudsperson is to assist      LENS                                                           ➟ Dienst Welzijn
                                                                       students who are victims of this type of behaviour. The   Leuven Network of Social Services
        The Medical Centre is staffed by a team of doctors with        ideal outcome is to stop the unwanted behaviour with-                                                                      i   Boekhandelstraat 9, B-3000 Leuven
        extensive experience in student-related health issues,         out any negative consequences for the victim.             i   Van Dalecollege, Naamsestraat 80,                                Tel. 016 21 17 85 • Fax: 016 21 17 48
        such as concentration disorders, stress, contraception,                                                                      B-3000 Leuven                                           •
        etc. The Centre’s daily practice focuses on prevention and       i   Ms. Marleen Gheldof                                     Tel. 016 32 36 91
        information, and on the physical and mental well-being               Psychotherapeutic Centre                                                                       Open: office-counter
        of students in general. Students with problems of a psy-             Naamsestraat 63                                                                                 Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
        chological nature can be referred to the Medical Centre’s            Tel. 016 32 43 36 • Fax 016 32 43 43                    Co-ordinator: Anne-Mie Meers:                                    Thursdays from12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.
        psychiatrists or to the Psychotherapeutic Centre.                                                       If necessary, an appointment can be made
                                                                             ombudsperson.htm                                                                                                         outside the office hours.
     ■ Psychotherapeutic Centre (*)                                                                                              GROUP T
                                                                             Open:                                               is represented by Inter S                                       This office provides information concerning organi-
        i   Atrechtcollege, Naamsestraat 63,                                 Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.                                                                              sations in and around Leuven. Disabled persons
            B-3000 Leuven                                                                                                        i   Vesaliusstraat, 13, B-3000 Leuven                           (officially resident in Leuven) can request appli-
            Tel. 016 32 43 43 • Fax: 016 32 43 67                                                                                    Tel. 016 30 10 30 • Fax: 016 30 10 40                       cation forms related to special benefits (our bus
                                           (*) The Medical and Psychotherapeutic Centre are                                  cannot provide transportation for individuals). All
                                                                        open to students from K.U.Leuven, GROUP T and                                                    inhabitants of Leuven - including students officially
            Open:                                                       the Lemmensinstituut. Students from KHLeuven                                                                             resident in Leuven - can request application forms
            from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon,                               are referred to the general practitioners of Leuven      LEMMENSINSTITUUT                                                for birth and adoption premiums and assistance in
            and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.                                  (see also chapter IV – Health Care). For psychologi-     is represented by SoVo W&K, campus Lemmensin-                   raising a disabled child.
                                                                        cal counselling and therapy they should apply first       stituut
        Students dealing with personal or psychological                 to the student service of their department, which                                                                     ■ Youth Info Point (JIP)
        problems can apply to the Psychotherapeutic Cen-                will refer them to GIBS ( or CPR.            i   Campus Lemmensinstituut                                    ➟ Jongereninformatiepunt (JIP)
                                                                                                                                     Herestraat 53, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                                     Tel. 016 23 39 67                                            i   Brusselsestraat 61a, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                                                                        Tel. 016 24 66 91 • Fax: 016 24 66 99

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Weekdays from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 JIP informs young people about socio-cultural activ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ities and associations in Leuven (e.g. everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                 you need to know when organising a party, legal
                                                                                                                                                                                                 issues affecting young people, time management,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 etc.). This advice is provided free of charge.
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     ■ Youth Counselling Centre                                 ■ Child Abuse Support Centre                              HEALTH                                                       Driekant/& of organise a wide array of activities
       ➟ Jongeren Adviescentrum (JAC)                             ➟ Vertrouwenscentrum Kindermishandeling (VK)                                                                         where gays, lesbians and bisexuals from the Leuven
                                                                                                                          ■ Aids & STDs                                                area can meet. “&of” is the youth branch run by and
        i   B-3000 Leuven                                           i   Justus Lipsiusstraat 71, 3rd Floor,                                                                            for young people (26 and under). Every first Tuesday
            Tel. 016 24 10 24 • Fax: 016 21 01 02                       B-3000 Leuven                                        i   AIDS & STD Hotline: 078 15 15 15                      of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., information and
   •                         Tel. 016 30 17 30 • Fax: 016 30 17 31           •                        advice is available at the café Couperus & Cocteau,
                                                                                                                                             the same café in which after 8:00 p.m. the monthly
       JAC informs, advises and counsels young people                                   Available:                                            gathering of “&of” takes place. Everybody is wel-
       about the rights of minors, work, studies, sex, drugs,                                                                    Weekdays from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.                       come in café “Couperus & Cocteau” (Diestsestraat
       student jobs, etc. This service is free of charge.           Confidential assistance, guidance and counselling             Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to             245) on Thursday nights or at the monthly parties.
                                                                    is provided to people or children who are or have            10:00 p.m.                                            For dates, places and times of these parties or events
                                                                    been victims of child abuse.                                 Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.                       or for more information, visit the websites.
                                                                ■ Battered Women’s Shelter                                   Anyone with questions about AIDS or any other          ■ Labyrint
     ■ Incest and Sexual Violence                                 ➟ Vluchthuis voor Vrouwen                                  sexually transmitted diseases – STDs – can call the
       ➟ VZW Incest en Seksueel Geweld                                                                                       AIDS & STD hotline. Volunteers are on stand-by to         i   Postbus 1252, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                i   Contact:                                                 listen and give advice.                                       GSM: 0484 67 31 48
        i   Postbus 168, B-2100 Deurne                              Redingenstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven                                                                              
            Tel. 03 664 99 25                                       Tel. 016 20 12 73 • Fax: 016 20 27 37                 ■ Centre for Relationship and Pregnancy Problems       
                                                           •              ➟ Centrum voor relatievorming en zwanger-
       Victims of incest and sexual violence can contact                                                                      schapsproblemen                                          Labyrint is an association for lesbians committed to
       this service for confidential information, for a pre-         The aim of this shelter is to help prevent domestic                                                                sports and many other activities. Every third Friday
       liminary session, and for further counselling.               violence and support victims. It offers assistance,      i   Kapucijnenvoer 33, B-3000 Leuven                      of the month they meet in café “Couperus & Coc-
                                                                    support and protection to those women and their              Tel. 016 33 69 54 • Fax: 016 33 69 44                 teau” (Diestsestraat 245), where everybody is wel-
                                                                    children who have been or are victims of violence.           Tel. information about unwanted pregnancies:          come for conversation or information.
                                                                    Anonymity is guaranteed.                                     078 15 30 45
                                                                                                                                 (every day from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.)                ■ Holebifoon
                                                                                                                                 Tel. information about prenatal diagnosis:
                                                                                                                                 078 15 35 55                                          i   Holebifoon: 09 238 26 26.
                                                                                                                                 (Mondays till Thursdays during office hours)     
                                                                                                                                                                                       Call Holebifoon for information about and for homo-
                                                                                                                             Information about self-help groups dealing with           sexuals, lesbians and bisexuals. Every day except
                                                                                                                             pregnancy and abortion issues (i.e. unwanted preg-        holidays from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and every Wednes-
                                                                                                                             nancies, teen pregnancies, etc.). There are two hot-      day from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                             lines (prenatal diagnosis and unwanted pregnan-
                                                                                                                             cies) as well as self-support groups for women who     LEGAL ADVICE
                                                                                                                             have recently experienced an abortion.
                                                                                                                                                                                    ■ The Local Anti-Discrimination Centre
                                                                                                                          GAY AND LESBIAN ASSOCIATIONS                                ➟ Meldpunt Racisme

                                                                                                                          ■ Driekant/& of                                              i   Muntstraat 1A, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                             i Diestsestraat 245, B-3000 Leuven                            Tel. 016 21 16 33
                                                                                                                               Tel. 0472 34 75 09                                
                                                                                                                                                              The Local Anti-Discrimination Centre employs a
                                                                                                                                                                 preventative approach to solve racial problems in
                                                                                                                                                                  the community by promoting tolerance. Any resi-
                                                                                                                                                                                       dent of Leuven can as such report racial discrimina-
                                                                                                                                                                                       tion incidents at this centre, simply by making an
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                                    appointment to fill out a form explaining what has           ■ House of Justice ➟ Justitiehuis                                De Bakermat provides home-care services for new moth-
                                    occured. Your case will be assessed during the local                                                                         ers, pre-natal or post-natal housecalls, information, and
                                    consultation and you will be advised as to which                i   Bondgenotenlaan 116 bus 3, B-3000 Leuven                 helps with the rental or purchase of child-care material.
                                    steps you might opt to take (for instance, filing an                 Tel. 016 30 14 50 • Fax: 016 30 14 55
                                    official complaint with the authorities or instituting               Tel. 016 30 14 60 (lawyers)                           ■ Child & Family ➟ Kind & Gezin
                                    legal proceedings against someone).                       
                                                                                                                                                                 i    Regiohuis Leuven, Lei 10, B-3000 Leuven
                                 ■ Legal and Victim Assistance Centre                              The Leuven Justitiehuis provides free legal advice                 Tel. 016 23 24 39
                                   ➟ Centrum voor Algemeen Welzijnswerk (CAW)                      every Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday          
                                   Justitieel Welzijnswerk – Centrum Slachtofferhulp               from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00   
                                                                                                   a.m. On Wednesday (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and Thursday
                                     i   Redingenstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven                           (10:00 to 12:00 a.m.) advice is given by telephone.                Open:
                                         Victim Assistance:                                                                                                           Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
                                         Tel. 016 21 01 03                                      DRUGS                                                                 Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
                                         Legal Assistance:                                      ■ The Drug-Line                                                  Kind en Gezin offers a wide range of baby and child
                                         Tel. 016 21 01 05                                                                                                       care services. Expecting parents, and parents of chil-
                                                                          i   Tel. 078 15 10 20                                        dren up to 6, can get free medical assistance and advice
                                                                                                              on baby care and feeding. Contact the regional office to
                                                                                                                                                                 ask questions or get the information that you need. You
                                         Open:                                                  The Drug-Line answers questions about drinking, drugs            can also make an appointment for a housecall.
                                         Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Victim           and substance abuse. Anonymity is guaranteed.
                                         Assistance)                                                                                                             ■     Birth and Adoption Premium
                                                                                                ■ Het Veerhuis                                                         Welfare services ➟ Dienst Welzijn
                                    These offices give advice to anyone who has to deal
                                    with legal issues, whether as an alleged perpetrator,           i   St.-Annastraat 1, B-3000 Leuven                           i   Boekhandelstraat 9, B-3000 Leuven
                                    a victim or a relative of a perpetrator or victim. The              Tel. 016 23 65 57• Fax 016 23 92 62                           Tel. 016 21 17 94 • Fax: 016 21 17 84
                                    Victim Assistance Centre is at the service of victims of                 
                                    crime in any form (i.e., robbery, break-in, vandalism,                                      
                                    rape, etc.). They also offer legal aid to convicts in the           Open:
                                    Leuven jail, including arranging for family visits.                 Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon                     New parents officially resident in Leuven (i.e. every-
                                                                                                        Thursday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.                          one living here for longer than 3 months) can apply
                                 ■ Tenants Association                                                                                                           for a birth or adoption premium. When declaring
                                   ➟ Huurdersbond Vlaams-Brabant                                   Het Veerhuis is an easily accessible drug aid centre          the birth or adoption of a child at Registry Office of
                                                                                                   and helps all those with questions about illegal drug         births, deaths and marriages (Burgerlijke Stand), an
                                     i   Diestsesteenweg 104, B-3010 Kessel-Lo,                    use. The staff is ready to help with individual counsel-      application form will be provided. The amount of
                                         Tel. 016 25 05 14 • Fax: 016 25 39 76                     ling, self-help groups for people who want to quit, and       the premium depends on the parents’ income.
                                                            various other activities and workshops.
                                                                                                STUDYING WITH CHILDREN
                                         Phone for an appointment:
                                         Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.,                         ■ Maternity care ➟ De Bakermat
                                         the other Weekdays from 9:00 till noon
                                                                                                    i   Redingenstraat 27, B-3000 Leuven
                                         Consultation days:                                             Tel. 016 20 77 40
                                         Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday from          
                                         2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday from noon to            
                                         3:00 p.m. and Friday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.                    Open:
                                                                                                        Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                    This office gives legal advice to tenants of rental                  and by appointment
                                    units and houses.
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                                                                                                                                                 These are Loko’s main concerns:                                    ven who work independently to give students from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    their country or faculty a warm welcome and a home
                  STUDENT ORGANISATIONS                                                                                                          ■ Education
                                                                                                                                                   Educational matters are followed up both within the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    away from home. They organise cultural events, pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mote integration and introduce the Flemish popula-
                                                                                                                                                   university, and also on the Flemish and the European             tion to the richness of countries around the world.
                                                                                                                                                   levels. LOKO sends student representatives to various
                                                                                                                                                   university bodies including the Academic Council, the         ■ International Student Associations
     1. K.U.Leuven                                                                                                                                 Education Council and other working committees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ethiopian Students Association (ESAL):
     K.U.Leuven students are well organised both in their                     LOKO is the umbrella organisation comprising student               ■ LOKO-Social Affairs                                              is an association organized by Ethiopian students
     faculties and in student clubs and organisations.                        councils at the faculty level. These councils represent              LOKO aims to help minimize socio-cultural barriers for           registered at the K.U.Leuven. Currently, ESAL has
     Student participation is considered very important                       the students of the various faculties and programmes                 higher education by keeping an eye on scholarships,              about 30 members. A chairman and a secretary,
     at K.U.Leuven. In this chapter, we explain how                           of study. LOKO is the organisation that speaks on                    Alma- and Acco-prices, accommodation,... LOKO                    each chosen to do the job for one year, coordinate
     international students can get involved and play a                       behalf of K.U.Leuven students to the academic and civil              offers free legal advice and help if you have problems           and represent the association. ESAL plays a
     significant role in this participation.                                   authorities. Since a few years, the student Councils of              with your electricity/heating or problems with the               link role for all Ethiopians residing in and around
                                                                              the other Leuven institutes of higher education are also             deposit of your student room.                                    Leuven, irrespective of political, religious and eth-
     LOKO                                                                     represented. LOKO’s mission is to put into practice the                                                                               nic differences.
     i   ‘s Meiersstraat 5, 3000 Leuven                                       democratisation of education and society in general. It            ■ Faculty Student Councils Co-ordination                           Web:
         Tel. 016 22 04 66 • Fax. 016 22 01 03                                has three main objectives: representation, faculty and               Faculty Student Councils’ problems are discussed                 Email: •                                           individual service and the organisation of major events              here, as well as cross-councils’ initiatives, co-ordination
         Open: weekdays from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                            (sports, theatre, debates, etc.).                                    between fakbars, agreements with the town etc.                   Mount Cameroon is an all Cameroonian socio-cul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tural association. The aim of the organisation is to
         Student Councils ➟ Studentenkringen; some of them have an Erasmus Committee                                                             ■ Veto                                                             help fresh Cameroonian students and other Afri-
         Alfa (Archaeology)          i ‘s Meiersstraat 5, B-3000 Leuven                              cans, as the need may arise, to adapt quickly in
         Apollonia (Dental Science)         Tel. 016 22 44 38 • Fax: 016 22 01 03                         the European University system and society while
         Apolloon (Physical Therapy and Kinesiology)                                                                            on the other hand reducing or avoiding the culture
         Babylon (Linguistics and Literature)                                                             shock. Mount Cameroon vies to promote better
         Bios (Biology)                                                                            inter-student and inter cultural relations and also
         Canonica (Canon law)         Veto is a weekly Dutch-language newspaper that                  with the university administration.
         Chemika (Chemistry)                reports on Loko activities and its councils. It also            President: Emmanuel Berinyuy, Tel. 0477 432197
         Crimen (Criminology)
                                                                                                                                                    reports on student and university affairs.
         Ekonomika (Economics)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Latin Association “Associacion latina” is a
         Eoos (Slavic and Eastern European Studies)
         Farma (Pharmaceutical Science)                          ■ LOKO International (formerly Portulaca)                          group of Spanish or Portuguese speakers students
         Geologische Kring (Geology)                  i Home Vesalius                                                 who share several activities like going to alma 2 at
         Historia (History)        Vesaliusstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven                              1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and after a coffee at Pan-
         Katechetika (Theology and Religious Studies)                                Tel. 016 32 33 95 • Fax. 016 32 33 90                         gaea. The association has its football team, organ-
         KULAK (Campus in Kortrijk)                                                                    ises a “latin week”, has a catholic community on
         LBK (Bio-Engineering)                                                                                    sundays at Sint-Michiels church and has a ‘yahoo-
         LLK (Speech Therapy and Audiology)                          LOKO International is the branch of Loko that works             mailgroup’ (
         Mecenas (Art Studies)                      specifically to represent international students. It             Web:
         Medica (Medicine)                          defends the concerns of international students to               E-mail:
         Medisoc (Clinical Nursing and Health Care Management)
                                                                                                                                                    the university and the city of Leuven.
         Merkator (Geography)
                                                                                                                                                    LOKO International also helps with the academic                 The International Muslim Students Association
         Musicologica (Musicology)
         NFK (Philosophy)          and social problems of the individual student. If               (IMSAL) was established in 1984 by the Muslim stu-
         Pedagogische Kring (Pedagogical Science)                       you run into a problem during your stay in Leuven,              dents of the university. Its main office and Students
         Politika (Political and Social Sciences)                                 LOKO International can intermediate on your behalf.             Mosque are located in Rijschoolstraat 25. A wide
         Psychologische Kring (Psychology)                    It is run by an elected committee and overseen by               range of activities are yearly organized for Muslims
         VRG (Laws)                       a General Meeting consisting of representatives of              and non-Muslims alike, e.g. public lectures about
         VTK (Civil Engineering)                              international student associations.                             Islam, movies, trips, sports, study circles of Quran,
         Wina (Mathematics, Informatics, Physics)                                           LOKO International is also the umbrella organisation            Fiqh (jurisprudence), etc. Web:
         You can find an overview of the regional student clubs on:                                          for these international student associations of Leu-
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      Indian Students Association (ISAL)                        ■ The Voice                                                   ■ LOKO Culture                                                  2. KHLeuven
      ISAL is a small non-income generating association
      of Indian students. They come together to share              i   Vesaliusstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven                           i   STUK, Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                    ■ Overkoeplende studentenraad (O.S.R.)
      and to express their unity in diversity of cultures,             Tel. 016 32 33 95 • Fax: 016 32 33 90                          Tel. 016 32 03 11
      traditions and faiths. In a year ISAL members gather                                                                                        i   ‘s Meiersstraat 5, B-3000 Leuven
      on the occasion of three major festivals: Christmas,                                                                                                 Tel. 016 20 05 77
      Holi and Deepawali.                                                                                                        LOKO Culture is run by and for students. All students     
                                                                  The Voice is an English-language magazine by and               are welcome to get involved in cultural projects and to   
      ISAL also exposes its multicultural richness to non-        for the international student community in Leuven.             assist in organising them. LOKO Culture also focuses
      Indian students, while organizing cultural events           For all its functions, it relies on volunteer support. It      on student artists, providing space and opportunities           Each department at KHLeuven has a student coun-
      and tours etc., which allows them to join hands with        is produced monthly (1,500 copies) and distributed             to exhibit their work. It runs creative courses (photogra-      cil (Departementale Studentenraad or DSR), com-
      ISAL and exchange their ideas and talents. Moreo-           free of charge throughout Leuven.                              phy, music, contemporary dance and theatre), as well            posed of student representatives. Also first years
      ver, ISAL provides logistic information, to those who                                                                      as exhibitions and larger arts festivals such as Ithaka.        are welcome! DSR is mainly concerned with issues
      are willing to study in K.U. Leuven, or in any other        The content of The Voice depends on the topics                                                                                 like education, student restaurant, equipment of the
      Universities in Belgium and about living in Belgium.        students want to write about. In this way, The              ■ Fakbars                                                          library and the computer rooms, ...
      The committee and members of the ISAL can be                Voice is truly a spokesperson for the international
      contacted via e-mail:                student community. Since it takes a lot more than           Pavlov              Psychology     Tiensestraat 51,                OSR is the umbrella organisation comprising these
      Web:                just writers to keep this magazine going, you                                                  3000 Leuven                     student councils and speaks on behalf of the stu-
                                                                  should be aware that The Voice can always use               Politika Kaffee     Political      Tiensestraat 55,                dent representatives to the academic council about
      ROSE, an organisation for Supporting Education              layout editors, photographers, grammatical editors,                             and social     3000 Leuven                     topics concerning education, examinations, student
      Rose is an independent not-for-profit organization.         webmasters, advertising and funding managers,                                   sciences                                       administration, ICT-provisions, ... Via LENS, OSR is
      Its mission is to support and foster primary educa-         recruitment officers, event trackers and reviewers,          Huis der Rechten    Law           Tiensestraat 53,                 also occupied with social matters. Finally OSR co-
      tion for children from economically disadvantaged           brainstormers, not to mention an editor-in-chief. In                                          3000 Leuven                      operates with the city of Leuven, VVS (umbrella
      rural communities in developing countries. Rose             other words, The Voice needs people with an active          De Capsule          Pharmaceuti- Parkstraat 4,                     organisation of all Flemish student councils) and
      has chosen to meet its mission by improving basic           imagination and a flair for the unusual. Why not                                 cal science   3000 Leuven                      StAL (Student Association Leuven).
      facilities in primary schools. To this end, it is work-     give it a try? It really is worth it!                       Fakbar Letteren     Arts          Blijde-Inkomststraat 11,
      ing on well-identified and sustainable projects on a                                                                                                      3000 Leuven                   STUDENT ORGANISATIONS
      first hand basis.                                         ■ LOKO Sports                                                 Sportzak            Physical      Tervuursevest 60,
      Web:                                                                                                                        education and 3000 Leuven                   ■ Overkoepelende Kringraad (OKER)
      Email:                                     i   Tervuursevest 101, B-3000 Leuven                                           physiotherapy
                                                                       Tel. 016 32 91 33 & 34 • Fax: 016 32 91 99             Dulci               Economics     Tiensestraat 77,                 i   ’s Meiersstraat 5, B-3000 Leuven
      Chinese Students and Scholars                                                                                                      3000 Leuven                          Tel. 016 20 05 77                                                               Doc’s Bar           Medicine      Brusselsestraat 246,       
                                                                                                                                                                3000 Leuven                
      Palestinian Student Association                             LOKO Sports promotes student participation in               Gnorgl              Bio-          Waversebaan 71,                                          sports by supporting various sporting projects, pro-                            Engineering   3001 Heverlee                    The student organisations at KHLeuven are struc-
                                                                  viding subsidies for the more expensive sports, run-        ‘t Elixir           Civil-        Tervuursevest 60,                tured slightly differently than at K.U.Leuven. There
      Arab Students and Academics                                 ning a sports equipment rental service, and much                                Engineering   3000 Leuven                      are two sorts: the student representatives and the                                         more. LOKO Sports also holds some well-known                Délibéré            Groep T       Tiensestraat 146,                student councils. The student representatives voice
                                                                  annual events, such as the student half marathon,                                              3000 Leuven                     the students’ opinions on educational and social
      Association of Nigerian Students                            the 24-hour relay race, and the Leuven International        De Cuythoeck        Steil          Kapucijnenvoer 5,               issues to the directors of the school. They propose                                      Student Sports Tournament (LISST).                                              (KHLeuven)     3000 Leuven                     suggestions for making student life more attractive.
                                                                                                                              De Cuythoeck        Soca           Kapucijnenvoer 5,               Every department has its own board which, in turn,
      Student’s Association of the International                                                                                                  (KHLeuven)     3000 Leuven                     is co-ordinated by the “supervisory student council”
      Theology Section                                                                                                        Weirdo’s            De Kelten      Naamsestraat 32,                (i.e., O.S.R. or Overkoepelende Studentenraad).                                                                                                                      (KHLeuven)     3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                              Weirdo’s            Didactica      Naamsestraat 32,                The student councils organise various cultural and
      Circle for Intercultural Philosophy                                                                                                         (KHLeuven)     3000 Leuven                     sporting activities, as well as the occasional party.                                                                                                The Pocket          Diana          Minckelersstraat 76,            Each department has its own student council.
                                                                                                                                                  (KHLeuven)     3000 Leuven                     These councils are co-ordinated by the umbrella
48   student organisations                                                                               49
                                                                         Loop eens langs bij

        student council (OkeR or Overkoepelende Krin-
        graad), a council that has its office in the same
        room as O.S.R. You can keep informed of the activi-
        ties being planned by reading the notices placed on
        the departmental bulletin boards. You can also find           Je vindt er meubels, kleding,
        them on the internet.                                     fietsen, huisraad, boeken, platen,
                                                                     cd’s en pakken snuisterijen…
     3. GROUP T
                                                                          De Kringwinkel SPIT:
     ■ Student Council GROUP T                                    IJzerenmolenstraat 10-12 te Heverlee

        i    Campus Vesalius, Vesaliusstraat 13,
             B-3000 Leuven                                                                016 65 29 57
             Tel. 016 30 10 88

        The Student Council is the students’ representative
        body at GROUP T. Its aim is to promote the inter-
        ests of GROUP T students and to communicate stu-                     Open: di – vr: 10 – 18 u
        dents’ opinions on educational issues to the profes-                       zat:     10 – 17 u
        sors and the management of GROUP T.                                        zo – ma: gesloten

     ■ Industria & Educata

        i and

        Industria & Educata, the two departmental student
        unions at GROUP T, organise various student activi-
        ties during the academic year (sports, culture, enter-
        tainment, and more).

     4. Lemmensinstituut

     ■ Cluster

         i   Herestraat 53, B-3000 Leuven
             Tel. 016 23 39 67

        Cluster includes the student representatives and the
        student council. The former represents the needs
        and questions of all our students in several boards
        and meetings, such as the Faculty Board, the Aca-
        demic Board and Social Services. The latter organ-
        ises parties, sporting activities, cultural affairs and
        many other creative events.
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                                                                                                                                                                                           exams in his/her preferred order and at his/her
                                                                                                                                                                                           preferred pace. The K.U.Leuven feels however
                EXAMINATION REGULATIONS                                                                                                                                                    that the order in which courses are taken as well
                                                                                                                                                                                           as the duration of the study period itself should
                                                                                                                                                                                           be kept under control.
                                                                                                                                                                                           For these reasons the K.U.Leuven opted for a
     1. K.U.Leuven                                                 Higher Education (30 April, 2004). Cornerstone of                                                                       system which organizes the curriculum in coher-
                                                                   the decree is the abandonment of a year system of                                                                       ent blocks of 60 ECTS-points (= 1 year of full time
     WHAT ARE EXAMINATION REGULATIONS?                             higher education in favor of a credit system: a cur-                                                                    study). After every block of 60 ECTS-points the
                                                                   riculum is henceforth conceived as an ordered set                                                                       student learns whether he fulfilled the passing
     All examinations held at K.U.Leuven are governed by           of courses (each with ECTS points) and no longer as                                                                     criteria for that block as a whole. If not, the stu-
     the official examination regulations. The most recent          the sum of a number of (independent) study years.                                                                       dent will have to retake those courses for which
     version of the examination regulations is available           Beyond this principle and a minimal number of                                                                           he failed, and depending on the number of credits
     online:             mandatory elements the Decree left all further spe-                                                                     he already acquired, will be given the opportunity
     regulations.htm                                               cific regulatory activities up to the individual institu-                                                                to add courses of a later block of 60 ECTS-points
     You are strongly advised to read these regulations            tions of higher education.                                                                                              to his study program.
     carefully, so that you will be aware of your rights and                                                                                                                               Minor failing grades on one or two courses per
     responsibilities at exam time.                             ■ The K.U.Leuven and flexibility                                                                                            block of 60 ECTS-points are condoned (toler-
                                                                                                                                                                                           ated), provided a sufficient overall performance is
     Important note: in addition to the general examination        • General rules (imposed by the Decree)                                                                                 achieved (and – in some cases – provided some
     regulations, some faculties also have supplemental              - Exams are graded on a 20 point scale, or – in spe-                                                                  additional conditions).
     examination regulations which apply only to examina-              cific cases – on a pass/fail scale. A student with a
     tions in that faculty. Supplemental examination regula-           score of at least 10/20 (or a passing mark) obtains                                                               b. Specific rules
     tions may not contradict the general K.U.Leuven exami-            a credit for that course, with the number of ECTS-                                                                  Per block of 60 ECTS-points:
     nation regulations, but they may lay down certain addi-           points associated with the course. Once acquired,                                                                   • A student passes for the block if he obtains at
     tional requirements. Be sure to check with your faculty           a course credit is permanently valid, but after 5                                                                     least 10/20 (or pass) for all the courses, or – given
     or ombudsperson to see whether any supplemental                   years – if studies are interrupted or if they have                                                                    a weighted overall percentage of at least 54% -
     regulations, or exceptions, apply to your programme.              not been completed – the curriculum committee                                                                         when he obtains one 9/20 or one 8/20 or twice
     In particular the international master’s programmes               can impose an ‘actualization’ study program.                 cases – other part time variants) and an indi-           9/20, while passing all the other exams.
     often include supplemental examination regulations.                                                                            vidual study trajectory (adjusted to an individual       Note: first year bachelor students also pass,
                                                                    - Students can be exempted from courses based on                student’s needs, following examination of his/           given an overall percentage of at least 56%,
     CREDIT SYSTEM?                                                   (a) credits acquired elsewhere (another program,              her case).                                               when they obtain one 7/20 or one 9/20 and one
                                                                      another institution),                                       - Important notice for foreign students: students          8/20, while passing all the other exams.
     ■ The Bologna Declaration and Flexibility in                     and (b) competencies acquired outside a formal                from countries not belonging to the European           • The curriculum committee may decide that for
       Higher Education                                               learning context (i.e. prior experiential learning).          Economic Region (EER), i.e. students coming              some specific courses (e.g. a skill course) failing
       Aside from formulating the principles underlying                                                                             from countries other than the European Union             grades are not condoned, or it may decide that
       the generalized introduction of the bachelor-master          - When registering, the student gets to choose                  countries, Liechtenstein, Norway or Iceland, can         multiple failing grades may not occur within a
       system, the Bologna Declaration (1999) also con-               among three types of study contracts:                         only register for a full time diploma contract.          particular cluster of courses.
       tained a plea for the gradual introduction of a credit         * a diploma contract towards obtaining a bach-                They will not be granted a residential permit          • Under special circumstances and in individual
       system, based on ECTS (European credit transfer                  elor’s or a master’s diploma;                               upon attempting to obtain any other type of              cases the exam jury may deviate from the
       system) as a means of promoting the mobility of                * a credit contract towards obtaining credits for             registration (a part time or individual trajectory       above rules.
       students through programs and institutions. Stu-                 one or more individual courses;                             diploma contract, a credit contract or an exam         • Every student is entitled to at most two exam
       dents should have the possibility of using credits             * an exam contract towards obtaining a diploma                contract).                                               opportunities per course per academic year.
       acquired via formal and nonformal learning towards               or independent credits, based exclusively on                                                                       • A student who passes in spite of condoned
       the acquisition of diplomas in their home country                exams (without participation in class activities).    ■ Specific K.U.Leuven rules: a conditional credit               failing grades does not receive credits for the
       and abroad.                                                                                                              accumulation system                                          failed courses.
                                                                    - Within a diploma contract, the student can                a. Principles
        Flanders implemented this part of the Bologna                 choose between one of several model study tra-              The most extreme application of the Flexibility
        Declaration via the Decree on the Flexibility of              jectories (full time, half time and/or – in some            Decree would allow a student to take courses and
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                                    • Passing decisions about part time students and     EXAMINATION SCHEDULES
                                      students with an individual study trajectory are
                                      made following the completion of a block of 60     An examination schedule is drawn up by the faculty
                                      ECTS-points.                                       for each examination session. If you think you need to
                                    • A student who has used up his exam oppor-          have more time between some of your exams, please
                                      tunities for the year and who has not passed,      do not hesitate to mention this to your student repre-
                                      will retake the failed courses in the next year.   sentatives, or to the ombudsperson of your programme
                                      Upon completion of the retaken courses (and        or faculty. They will try to have your suggestions taken
                                      exams) the exam jury will decide whether the       into consideration as much as possible.
                                      student passes for the block of 60 ECTS-points.
                                      Depending on the number of credits acquired in     The examination schedule will be posted at least five
                                      the prior year the student can add courses of a    weeks before the first and second examination ses-
                                      later block to his study program.                  sions, and at least two weeks before the examination
                                                                                         session in August/September. Once the schedule has
                                  For the curriculum as a whole                          been posted, you are expected to take every exam
                                    • A student, who has met the passing criteria for    at the time indicated in the schedule. Not taking an
                                      each component block of 60 ECTS-points (one        examination can jeopardise your chances of passing.
                                      or more blocks depending on the overall size of    If an exam is scheduled in January and you do not
                                      the curriculum), obtains the bachelor or master    take the exam, you normally only get a chance to re-
                                      diploma.                                           take the exam in August/September. Only in very spe-
                                    • Based on a weighted overall percentage the         cial cases may the faculty board decide to give you a
                                      diploma is awarded with a degree of merit (cum     second chance in June/July. The fact that you are an
                                      fructu, cum laude, magna cum laude, summa          international student and that you want to get home as
                                      cum laude).                                        soon as possible are not by themselves considered to
                                                                                         be sufficient justifications for an early re-take. Bear in
                                  Study progress and additional specific measures         mind that if you take an examination for the first time
                                    • The curriculum committee can impose bind-          only in August/September, then this will be your only
                                      ing conditions upon students who have not          chance during that academic year, and a re-take will not
                                      acquired a minimal number of credits at the end    be possible.                                               EXAMINATION FORMAT
                                      of each year of their study trajectory.
                                    • The curriculum committee can refuse a third        If you want to re-schedule one or more exams, or if        The examination is normally administered by the person
                                      registration following two consecutive failures    you have decided not to take any exams during a ses-       in charge of the course. The examination schedule will
                                      within a study trajectory.                         sion, please get in touch with the ombudsperson. He or     have to indicate if more than one examiner is acting for
                                                                                         she might be able to re-schedule some exams, circum-       a single course, or if there are several people in charge
                               EXAMINATION SESSIONS                                      stances permitting.                                        of the course and you only have to take an exam with
                                                                                                                                                    one of them. Exams may be administered by people
                               Except in a few advanced master programmes, exami-        OMBUDSPERSON                                               other than the professors in charge only in cases of
                               nations at K.U.Leuven are not spread out over the aca-                                                               lab examinations, seminars etc. The professor is still
                               demic year but concentrated into three examination        The ombudsperson is someone who mediates between           responsible for the final grade and the professor is the
                               sessions: in January (following the first semester),       the students and the examiners. If you encounter prob-     only one who deliberates on the board of examiners.
                               June/July (following the second semester) and August/     lems of any kind during your examinations, do not hesi-
                               September (re-takes). After the second examination        tate to consult the ombudsperson for your programme.       At the start of every course, professors are required
                               session, the board of examiners meets and evaluates       They are there to help you. It is no disgrace to talk to   to provide students with detailed information not only
                               — or “deliberates” — each student’s examination           the ombudsperson about your uncertainties or expec-        about the course content and its objectives, but also
                               results from the first and second examination sessions.    tations. Be sure to make an appointment as early as        about the examination material and evaluation meth-
                               The third examination session in August is for those      possible so as to enable any necessary measures to be      ods, including the relative weighting of any separate
                               students who are required to re-take one or more of       taken. The name of the ombudsperson and how to con-        parts of the course for which a partial grade might be
                               their exams, or who have postponed them from a pre-       tact them will be indicated on the examination sched-      assigned. If this differs from examination period to
                               vious session. Note that you only have at most two        ule. You can also find a list online:   examination period, this should also be clarified before
                               chances in one academic year to take an examination                        the end of the lectures.
                               for the same subject.
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     The format of the examination, i.e. oral or written, is      EXAMINATION IRREGULARITIES, SANCTIONS                       2. KHLeuven                                                 3. GROUP T
     determined at the beginning of the academic year.            AND APPEALS
     In oral examinations you have the right to a (written)
     preparation period of at least 20 minutes. In many           If you are suspected of having committed an irregularity    Detailed information about objectives, learning con-        GROUP T uses two systems of evaluation: permanent
     cases you will be admitted into the same room where          during an examination, you have the right to continue       tent, bibliography, assignments and the type of exami-      evaluation and summary evaluation. Permanent evalu-
     the professor is examining other students. You will be       that examination. It is up to the board of examiners to     nation must be communicated to the students by the          ation refers to regular evaluation of a student’s perform-
     handed your questions and will have to prepare while         decide, afterwards, whether you have indeed commit-         lecturer of the course unit in the study contract given     ance during the academic year. Summary evaluation
     one or more students take their oral exams. This is not      ted a serious irregularity. The board may request fur-      to the student at the beginning of the academic year.       refers to the evaluation of their performance during
     at all unusual, so be prepared for this.                     ther comments from you before it makes a decision.          The student is entitled to two examination opportuni-       the examination periods (January, June, and re-exami-
                                                                  The board of examiners decides what sanction, if any,       ties per registration for the course unit.                  nations in September). Registered students are auto-
     If there are special circumstances (such as a handicap,      will be applied. Possible sanctions include failing the                                                                 matically registered for the entire examination period.
     etc.) for which you think you would like to request a dif-   course or being denied the opportunity to take other        During the examination periods an ombudsperson is on        GROUP T students will be provided with the full text of
     ferent examination format, please submit your request        examinations for the rest of that academic year.            stand-by to help students with any problems that might      the examination regulations upon registration.
     before the beginning of the examination period.                                                                          arise. There are two main examination periods: the first
                                                                  If you believe that an examiner has committed a pro-        period is split up into two sessions: a) a maximum of 14    Ombudsperson
     If you feel uncertain about the objectivity of an exam-      cedural irregularity (e.g. failure to indicate what is      calendar days in the second half of January for course      During examinations the ombudspersons ensure
     iner during an oral examination, you can ask to have         expected of students, rude behaviour during exams,          units or parts thereof taught in the first semester, and     good communication between students and staff. If
     another person (not a relative, nor someone enrolled in      etc.) it is important to notify the ombudsperson, who       b) in June for course units taught in the second semes-     you encounter any problems during the examination
     the same programme) sit nearby during the exam. You          can contact the chair of the board of examiners. He will    ter and/or first semester. In the second half of August      periods, make sure you inform the ombudsperson.
     must request this at the latest 7 days before the exam.      investigate your claim and undertake actions accord-        and the first half of September, a second examination        Students are always welcome to send an e-mail to:
                                                                  ingly. If the board of examiners decides to impose a        period is organised. A mark of 10/20 is validated with
     COMMUNICATING THE EXAMINATION RESULTS                        sanction on you, you are entitled to an appeal. More        a credit certificate for life. The final detailed timetable
                                                                  generally, you have the right to appeal any decision        of the examinations is posted at least 30 days before
     Examiners are not allowed to give you direct feedback        made by the board of examiners. Appeals are submit-         the start of the examination period, after a provisional    4. Lemmensinstituut
     after an examination, so there is no point in asking         ted to the Dean of Students up to five days following        draft has been posted for 7 calendar days beforehand
     them. If you think you need to know how you did on           the announcement of the disputed examination result.        for consultation and written amendment proposals to
     certain exams because you feel terribly unsure about                                                                     the ombudsperson by all involved.                           There are two main examination periods (January +
     continuing, then the ombudsperson can give you a             Be sure to strictly observe this period. After consulting                                                               May/June and August/September). Examination regula-
     general picture of how you have been doing so far. But       all parties involved, the Dean of Students will decide      All arrangements for examinations as described above        tions are updated annually. Every student receives a copy
     even he or she is not allowed to tell you specific grades     whether a new decision should be made or whether            are to be communicated to the students in the study         of the examination regulations at the registration desk.
     during the examination session. The overall results will     the decision can be upheld. Bear in mind that the           contract given to the student at the beginning of the       During examination periods the ombudspersons ensure
     be publicly announced immediately after deliberation         ombudsperson can be a very important person for you         academic year. The examination regulations are              good communication between students and staff.
     by the board of examiners. Your detailed results will        in these matters. He or she can assist you and guide        updated annually.
     be provided by the administration of your faculty. After     you through all the procedures.
     the examination period is over, you can ask for further                                                                  Ombudsperson
     explanation from the examiner, or from a person that         If you are still dissatisfied with the final decision made    The ombudsperson is someone who has been appointed
     has been specifically appointed for that purpose.             by the Dean of Students affairs or the outcome of a new     to mediate between students and lecturers in cases of
                                                                  decision by the board of examiners, there is always the     dispute. When and where this person is accessible will
     If you want to appeal your grades, you can ask to con-       possibility of taking the matter to court. Procedures       be posted on the bulletin boards.
     sult your examination papers. This way you can check         exist with the Court of Examination Disputes as well as
     any comments the examiner has written on your                with normal courts. The Court of Examination Disputes       The ombudsperson fulfils a very important role. He/she
     paper. You are not allowed to ask detailed information       can ask the university to make a new decision. The nor-     decides whether an examination can be postponed or
     about things the professor might have written down           mal courts can, in principle, only award you damages;       not, and mediates in conflicts. If you have problems
     in a separate document.                                      they cannot overturn the university’s decision.             of any kind during the exams, you can go and talk to
                                                                                                                              him/her. If you do not show up for an exam, without
                                                                                                                              previously notifying the ombudsman, you will be con-
                                                                                                                              sidered illegally absent.
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                                                                                                                                 2. Money Matters                                               recurring payments such as rent, gas, electricity, water

                DAY-TO-DAY LIFE                                                                                                  OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT
                                                                                                                                                                                                or telephone. This is highly recommended since the
                                                                                                                                                                                                payments are made even if customers forget or are
                                                                                                                                                                                                away for a period of time.
                                                                                                                                 Belgium has a very efficient and modern banking sys-          - Most banks provide Home-Banking possibilities (via
                                                                                                                                 tem. Branches of the principal Belgian and international       internet).
                                                                                                                                 banks can be found in all larger Belgian cities. Among the
     1. Cultural Adjustment                                       This is a natural reaction to living in a new culture. Here    best known Belgian banks are the following: ING, KBC,        PAYMENTS AND ACCOUNT STATEMENTS
        and Places to Meet                                        are a few guidelines to help you cope with it:                 Dexia, Fortis and Citibank. The university does business
                                                                                                                                 mainly with Fortis and KBC. Students are encouraged,         Payment by bank transfer is a very common method of
                                                                  First of all, it is important to realize that your reactions   however, to choose the bank that best suits their needs.     paying bills in Belgium. The companies will normally
     As a new international student or scholar at K.U.Leuven,     are very common. Stay in touch with your family and                                                                         indicate on their bills how they prefer to be paid. Pay-
     you will be faced with a multitude of changes, decisions     write them your reports and new experiences. Stay in           Belgian bank accounts can be “current accounts”,             ments by credit card such as Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard,
     and adjustments; perhaps the most exciting and chal-         touch with your programme co-ordinator. Talk about             “savings accounts” or “term accounts”. The first are          American Express, etc. are also common practice. For
     lenging of these will be your on-going adjustment to life    your feelings with friends or with a counsellor (see:          customarily used for current transactions, payments          a small fee to cover postage, Belgian banks will mail
     in Belgium. A pattern of cultural adjustment often occurs    Study Advisory Centre, Medical and Psychotherapeutic           or transfers; the second are self-explanatory; and the       daily, weekly or monthly transaction statements for a
     over a period of several weeks or months. Most of you        Centre, p. 38). Start a journal about your new adven-          third are interest-bearing accounts fixed for a given         current account. It is a good idea to make use of this
     will spend your first weeks settling in. During this period   ture and include your thoughts and feelings. It is most        period of time, and for which the rate of interest var-      service. An alternative to the daily posting service is
     you may feel excited, eager and happy to be in this coun-    important to get involved with other students.                 ies according to the ups and downs of the investments        the “poste restante”, whereby transaction statements
     try. After a while, however, things may not be as easy                                                                      of the bank. Several banks also offer the possibility of     are kept at bank for the customer to pick up. The easiest
     as you had expected. You may miss your accustomed            ■ Getting involved with other students                         opening saving accounts in US dollars. Deposits and          way of obtaining account statements is to print them
     ways of dealing with every day life. Speaking and listen-                                                                   withdrawals can be made in US dollar banknotes or            out at a “self-banking” terminal.
     ing to English or Dutch and trying to understand how            • join the Orientation Days on 20-26 September 06 or        checks. Withdrawals in dollars can be made any time.
     things are done here may seem to require big efforts.             on 8-11 February 07 (programme and registration           However, customers must notify the bank in advance           PROTON: ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS FOR SMALL
     This phase is often referred to as culture shock. You may         on to learn about Leuven,          and order the amount of dollars that they want to with-      AMOUNTS
     feel homesick and idealize your life back home. You may           the University and to meet other students                 draw. Travelers’ checks are sold at all banks but also
     become frustrated, angry, anxious and depressed.                • join one of the International student associations        need to be ordered some days in advance. At the end          Most Belgian banks in Leuven include a special facility
                                                                       (see LOKO International p. 45)                            of the calendar year, customers are generally billed for     on their debit cards, which is called ‘Proton’. Think of
                                                                     • contact the Erasmus committee of the Student              all the services that they have used during the year.        ‘Proton’ as a 21st century electronic coin purse. As holder
                                                                       Council of your Faculty                                                                                                of the current account, you will be able to ‘load’ the ‘Pro-
                                                                     • become a member of Pangaea, the International             After opening a bank account, customers receive a            ton’ chip on your debit card up to a maximum amount
                                                                       Meeting Centre, and join its activities (see p. 36)       debit card, which needs to be signed and activated by        of 125 € only and the ‘loading’ is done in your bank’s
                                                                     • ask for a personal and Flemish ‘buddy’ to help            choosing and confirming a personal “PIN code”. The            self-service ATM machine. You can use your debit card’s
                                                                       you finding your way in Leuven and in our culture          bank personnel will assist customers in this. Holders of     ‘Proton’ facility to pay (small amounts) in many stores
                                                                       (look at                           a scholarship or grant will most likely have their grants    and shops in Leuven that avail of a ‘Proton machine’.
                                                                     • you can enjoy the activities of the International         deposited directly into their accounts.                      There are no PIN codes to remember; all you have to do
                                                                       Contact Club (ICC)                                                                                                     is press the button ‘OK’ on the shop’s ‘Proton machine’
                                                                                                                                 These services are attached to your bank account:            and your payment is done. Your bank will surely be able
                                                                      i   Groot Begijnhof 16                                     - cash withdrawals, either at one of the branches of the     to provide you with more information about ‘Proton’.
                                                                                                       bank or at any ATM machines.
                                                                                            - debit card payments for items bought in shops or
                                                                                                                                   commercial centres.                                        3. Schools and Child-Care Services
                                                                  ICC is a volunteer organisation where the partners of          - forms to transfer money directly from the bank
                                                                  visiting professors and international students can get           account to somebody else’s bank account. This is very      THE SCHOOL SYSTEM
                                                                  together and meet Belgian people on a regular basis.             useful for paying rent and utility bills such as water,
                                                                  When you register as an international graduate stu-              electricity, internet and telephone. To be able to make    Schools in Belgium provide education from nursery school
                                                                  dent, post-doc or visiting professor, you, your partner          use of this service customers need to go in person to      to secondary school at little or no cost, and their academic
                                                                  and your family automatically become members of                  a branch of their bank.                                    standards are consistently high. We have several types of
                                                                  ICC. Membership is free. ICC organises trips, gather-          - transfers from any “self-banking” machine of any           education: the Community Education (also organised by
                                                                  ings, gymnastic, language courses, etc.                          branch of the bank.                                        the City Council and the Province), the Catholic Educa-
                                                                                                                                 - standing orders with the bank for making regularly         tion and the Alternative Education (Freinet, Steiner etc.).
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     There are also some private fee-paying schools in Brus-              as trips, swimming, school magazines, drinks, meals       During the summer holidays, the children of
     sels, many of which teach in English, and Jewish schools             and day-care after school hours. For post-secondary       K.U.Leuven international students can join the activi-
     in Antwerp. International pupils are welcome in the public           education tuition fees must be paid. The amount of        ties at Don Bosco in Oud-Heverlee and Groene Zone
     school system. They can study either in Dutch or in French,          these fees depends on the programme of study. All         in Heverlee. For more information about organisa-
     depending on the language of the town or district in which           kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have a       tion, costs and any reductions, you can contact the
     the school is located. Most international students enrol             five-day school week (Monday to Friday). Note: there       Social Service – International Students (see p. 31).
     their children in a Dutch-speaking school in or around               is no school on Wednesday afternoons.
     Leuven. The addresses of all schools in Leuven and sur-                                                                     ■ City of Leuven playground activities
     roundings can be obtained at the Social Service - Interna-         ■ The School Calendar
     tional Students (see p. 31). A list can also be found on the                                                                   During school holidays, children can go to a play-
     website of the city of Leuven:               Kindergarten:           September 1 to June 30            ground to play with children of their own age from
     (see “scholenlijst”). Parents are encouraged to examine              Primary Schools:        September 1 to June 30            7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo
     the curriculum and visit any of the schools, so that they            Secondary Schools:      September 1 to June 30            and Wilsele. They can play in groups oriented around
     can explain their interests as well as their child’s situation,      School Holidays:        One week in early November        a specific theme, or they can choose what they want
     problems and “post-Belgium” plans. The purpose of such                                       Two weeks at Christmas            to do. The fee is € 5.00 a day or € 2.50 for half a day
     a visit is to enable parents to decide which school offers                                   One week in February or           (reductions possible).
     them the most appropriate education for their children.                                      early March
                                                                                                  Two weeks at Easter               The “Grabbelpas”- activities (only in Leuven from
     ■ Classification of Schools                                                                   Two months in the summer          8:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.) offer workshops such as hand-
                                                                                                  (July and August)                 craft, sport, culture, daytrips, … during school holi-
                                                                          Higher Education:       September to July (varies)        days. The fee is depending on the kind of activity.
                  English                Dutch          French

                                                        Niveau          PLAYGROUND ACTIVITIES DURING VACATIONS                      Leuven:       4-15 years (easter and summer)
         Age      Type of school         Type school
                                                        d’école                                                                     Heverlee:     3-15 years (easter and summer)
                  Kindergarten           Kleuter-       Jardin          ■ K.U.Leuven                                                Kessel-Lo:    3-15 years (only summers)
         2, 5-6
                  or Nursery School      school         d’enfants                                                                   Wilsele:      3-12 years (only summer till aug.15)
                                                                          University Sports Centre organizes sports activities
                  Primary or             Basis-         Ecole
                  Elementary School      school         primaire
                                                                          during two weeks in July and August at the price of       You need to sign up for all these activities at Jeugd-
                                                                          € 60,00 per week. You can find more information on         centrum F, Brusselsestraat 61a, B-3000 Leuven. You
                  Secondary School       Secundaire              and              have to pay a onetime fee of € 5.00 for a “Youth          depends on your income and includes meals and regu-
                  Containing general,    school of      Ecole             at the University Sports Centre, ‘De Nayer’ building      Centre Pass”. See you in the holidays!                    lar costs. Nappies and bottle formula are not included.
                  technical, or voca-    middelbare     moyenne           entrance hall.                                            More information (addresses, prices, programme,           The day-care centres provide your child with the daily
                  tional education       school
                                                                                                                                    etc.) on the website or tel.          care and education that he/she requires. Children are

                                                                           i   Tervuursevest 101, B-3001 Heverlee                   016 24 66 90.                                             placed in small groups. The same person remains
         From     Higher                 Hoger onder-                          Tel.: 016/32.91.30; 016/32.91.31                                                                               in charge of the same children throughout their stay
         18       Education              wijs
                                                      supérieure               Fax: 016/32.91.95                                 DAY-CARE SERVICES                                            there. Concerns? Please ask the staff. On Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                   afternoons and during holidays, the Peutertuin wel-
                                                        Enseigne-                                                                There are a number of day-care centres in the Leuven         comes children up to six years of age.
                  University             Universitair
                  education              onderwijs                             Or ask the Social Service –                       area. Choose the one that is most convenient for you
                                                                               International Students (see p. 31)                and your children. Bear in mind that most day-care           • Babyhome
                  Non-university                                                                                                 centres have a long waiting list, in some cases longer         Tervuursevest 105, B-3001 Heverlee
                  education              Hoger niet-
                                                        supérieure      ■ Don Bosco                                              than one year, so you are strongly advised to apply for        Tel. 016 32 92 92
                  Nursing, teachers’     universitair
                  training, music,       onderwijs                                                                               a place as soon as possible. A list of day-care centres        Open: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                  technical training
                                                                           i   Groene Zone,                                      in the Leuven area is available at the Social Service -      • Peutertuin
                                                                               Groenveldlaan 42, B-3001 Heverlee                 International Students (see p. 31) or at the Kindercen-        De Croylaan 8, B-3001 Heverlee
     ■ School Fees                                                             Tel. 016 23 61 50                                 trum Craenendonck (see p. 60).                                 Tel. 016 32 24 52
                                                                               Contact person: Zr. Katelijn Vandekerckhove                                                                      Open: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
        Except in private schools, no fees are paid for kinder-                                                                  ■ K.U.Leuven Day-Care                                        • De Villa
        garten, primary or secondary education, which is sub-                  Don Boscolaan 15, B-3050 Oud-Heverlee                                                                            Steengroevenlaan 1, B-3001 Heverlee
        sidised by the government. However, you will receive                   Tel. 016 47 91 10 • Fax: 016 47 91 11                The following day-care centres welcome children             Tel. 016 23 32 58
        a monthly bill for various incidental expenses such                    Contact person: Johan Van der Meulen                 between six weeks and three years of age. The cost          Open: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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        • Kabouterberg                                             Craenendonck provides the following services, all         BABYSITTING SERVICES                                          4. Language Schools
          Herestraat 49, B-3000 Leuven                             at the above address:
          Tel. 016 34 54 74                                                                                                  ■ Student Employment Office                                    K.U.Leuven
          Open: from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.                        i   Regular day-care centre
        • ‘t Grootpark                                                 ➟ Kinderdagverblijf Craenendonck                          i   Naamsestraat 80, B-3000 Leuven                        ■ Institute for Modern Languages
          Groot Park 17, B-3360 Lovenjoel                              Tel. 016 27 19 10                                             Tel. 016 32 44 34,                                      ➟ Instituut voor Levende Talen (ILT)
          Tel. 016 46 31 12                                                                                                
          Open: from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.                            Open:                                                                                                                   i   Dekenstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven
        • Day-Care for Sick Children                                   Weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.                     The Student Employment Office (see also p.37) can                   Tel: 016 32 56 60 • Fax: 016 32 56 56
          Peutertuin                                                                                                            help you find a babysitter-student to take care of        
          De Croylaan 8, B-3001 Heverlee                           The day-care centre receives children from 6 weeks           your children. Applications should be made a few         
          Tel. 016 32 24 50                                        to 3 years of age. They are placed in small groups           days in advance.
                                                                   according to age. The cost depends on the parents’                                                                         The Institute for Modern Languages organises
         This service is available at K.U.Leuven’s “Peuter-        income.                                                   ■ Babysitting Services of the “Gezinsbond”                       Dutch courses throughout the academic year, both
         tuin” daycare. After your child has been examined                                                                                                                                    for beginners and for advanced students. It also
         by a doctor and the necessary documents have              i   Day-care in a host family for children under 12           i   For information and referral services:                   offers an intensive Dutch summer course, with 20
         been filled out, you can apply for this service by             ➟ Stedelijke Dienst Opvanggezinnen                            Marijke Poesen – Vandeputte                              hours of in-class time per week. Usually this course
         phone or at the reception desk of the “Peutertuin”            Tel. 016 27 19 11                                             Tel. 0478 91 60 30 (not during the weekend)              runs the entire month of August. During the aca-
         (016 32 24 50). A qualified caretaker will come to                                                                                                  demic year, students can also take intensive Dutch
         your house, so you can rest assured that your child           Open:                                                                                                                  course modules, so that by the end of the year they
         will be taken care of while you go to work.                   8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and also on Thursdays            Parents interested in making use of this service may          should be able to reach Level 4, and then Level 5
                                                                       from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.                                   consult the Gezinsbond’s register which provides the          during the summer. This is the level required by the
        • Day-Care Outside School Hours                                                                                         names of the babysitters, as well as the number of hours      university for anyone interested in registering for
          When your child starts attending nursery school,         This service helps you to find a place for your child         that they are willing to work. The babysitters have been      K.U.Leuven programmes taught in Dutch.
          he/she will still be welcome in the university day-      with a host mother or host father. The cost depends          screened beforehand and they are insured. The prices          International students enrolling for a programme
          care centres on Wednesday afternoons and dur-            on your income.                                              are fixed per hour. In addition, you pay a small annual        taught in English at K.U.Leuven are given the oppor-
          ing school holidays. Please note that this service is                                                                 fee to the Gezinsbond. You have to be a member of             tunity to upgrade their English language skills. From
          only available to children who went to the univer-       i   Limited day-care centre “t Margrietje”                   the Gezinsbond to use this service. When your child is        September until December the ILT offers two com-
          sity day-care centres. This will be a good opportu-          ➟ Occasionele kinderopvang ’t Margrietje                 born in Leuven, you automatically and for free become         plementary courses. These aim to improve the stu-
          nity for your child to meet with his/her old friends         Tel. 016 20 04 79                                        a member of the Gezinsbond for one year.                      dents’ knowledge of General as well as Academic
          again. These 3 to 6-year-olds are looked after by the                                                                                                                               English. They are a useful preparation to a success-
          nursery-school teacher and by extra staff working            Open:                                                                                                                  ful academic career. The General English course
          during the school holidays. Suitable activities (i.e.,       Weekdays and Saturday (also during vacations)                                                                          focuses on speaking skills, whereas the objective of
          nature trips, videos, etc.,) are organised. Since the        from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.                                                                                            the Academic English course is to improve the stu-
          staff is only able to care for a limited number of                                                                                                                                  dents’ writing skills. In addition to Dutch and English,
          children, you must register in advance.                  ‘t Margrietje offers a flexible solution for children up                                                                    the ILT offers Swedish, Greek, Norwegian, French,
                                                                   to 3 years. Children can come for a maximum of 16                                                                          Bulgarian, Czech, Polish and Swahili courses.
     ■ City of Leuven Day-Care                                     hours a week.
                                                                                                                                                                                           ■ CLT Language Centre
         i   Kindercentrum Craenendonck                            i   Hotline for Sick and Disabled Children                                                                                ➟ Centrum voor Levende Talen
             Lei 10, B-3000 Leuven                                     Tel. 016 20 04 95 or 0475 65 16 72.
                                                                                                                                                               i   Dekenstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven
                                                Open:                                                                                                                       Tel: 016 32 56 61 • Fax: 016 32 56 95
                                                                       Weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and                                                                         
        Anyone looking for child-care is strongly advised              from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (except Fridays).                                                                          
        to begin early. Usually, there are long waiting lists.
        Kindercentrum Craenendonck can help you in your            If your child is sick and you are unable to stay at                                                                        The CLT Language Centre runs language courses mainly
        search: they can provide an address list of day-care       home to look after him/her, a caretaker will come to                                                                       in the evening. You can study Arabic, Chinese, English,
        centres, private individuals who care for children,        your home to take care of your child. Maximum 10                                                                           French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Por-
        and facilities for after-school care. Kindercentrum        hours a day between 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.                                                                                tuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
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     ■ Business Language and Communication Centre                     can study Dutch as a Foreign Language, Spanish,            ordered from Acco (see p. 64 in this chapter).
                                                                      English, French, Italian, German, Chinese and Thai.        The sequel to this course, Niet Vanzelfsprekend, has
         i   Dekenstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                        recently been published. It is aimed at people with a
             Tel. 016 32 56 91 • Fax: 016 32 56 94                    • Dutch as a Second Language                               basic knowledge of Dutch, and leads the student to
                                          The objective is not to teach “academic” Dutch, but      an intermediate level. The course package contains
    or                     rather real-life, everyday Dutch. There are courses      a textbook, a workbook, a video and a CD and uses
                                                                        at elementary, intermediate and at advanced level.       a lot of ‘authentic’ material, such as radio and tel-
        Are you thinking about learning a language rapidly,             Beginners can start at their own pace: either in a       evision fragments, excerpts from newspapers and
        efficiently and while having fun? BLCC has the                   one-year weekly course, or in an intensive course        magazines.
        right programme for you! You will be able to make               with classes twice or more a week. There are
        significant progress in a short time thanks to our               several starting dates to choose from.                   Every chapter deals with a theme relevant to lan-
        fascinating language classes and the combination                                                                         guage learners of this level: money matters, work,
        of classroom learning and e-Learning for French,              • English Excellence                                       studies, travel and culture. As regards language
        English, Dutch and German. We also offer classroom              English Excellence is the English-language sup-          content the course builds on Vanzelfsprekend, but
        learning for Spanish and Italian. For those with specific        port programme especially for GROUP T students.          students who took a different elementary course
        language and communication needs, a customised                  The workshops are geared towards developing              can also use it. International students can rent the
        language programme is an excellent alternative.                 speaking and listening skills so that you feel con-      textbook, glossary, videos and audio cassettes of
                                                                        fident in speaking English whenever required, be          Vanzelfsprekend from the Social Service - Interna-
     KHLeuven                                                           it in an academic, professional or social context.       tional Students (see p. 31).
                                                                        At the end of the course you can take part in the
     Intensive Dutch courses can be followed in the above men-          TOEIC test (Test of English for International Com-        i   Vanzelfsprekend tekstboek:
     tioned language schools. However, exchange students                munication), which will provide you with an inter-            ISBN 90-334-3556-X, price: 37.10 euro
     who come for a shorter period than a trimester or semester         nationally recognised certificate.                             Vanzelfsprekend werkboek:
     can also follow intensive Dutch courses at KHLeuven itself.                                                                      ISBN 90-334-3557-8, price: 31.25 euro
     The self-study language learning packages as mentioned           • Other Language Courses                                        woordenlijst:
     below are available in the libraries of KHLeuven too.              GROUP T also offers courses at elementary level               ISBN 90-334-3558-6, price: 9.80 euro
                                                                        in Chinese, German and Thai, courses at elemen-               3 audiocassettes, price: 29.75 euro
     GROUP T                                                            tary and intermediate level in Italian, French and            2 videocassettes, price: 53.30 euro                5. Shopping in Leuven
                                                                        Spanish, and courses at elementary to advanced                Niet Vanzelfsprekend boek:
     ■ ACE-GROUP T                                                      level in English.                                             ISBN 90-334-5429-7, price: 45 euro                 SUPERMARKETS, SHOPS AND MARKETS
        i Vesaliusstraat 13, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                            Niet Vanzelfsprekend hulpboek:
          Tel. 016 30 10 30 • Fax: 016 30 10 40                    SELF-STUDY PACKAGES                                                ISBN 90-334-5430-0, price: 24.50 euro                Most supermarkets and shops are open every day
                                  (CD-ROMS AND VIDEOS)                                               dubbelcd, price: 26.50 euro                          except Sunday. There are a few supermarkets that
                                                                                                              video, price: 26.50 euro                             do open on Sunday morning: GB Express (on Brus-
                                                                   ■ Vanzelfsprekend & Niet Vanzelfsprekend                                                           selsestraat 60 and Tiensevest 10 in front of the bus
        ACE-GROUP T is the language division of GROUP T              Vanzelfsprekend is a multimedia self-study course                                                                     station, both open until 8 p.m), Super GB Partner
        and organises a wide selection of language courses           for adult learners of Dutch. Adults with a basic          ■ Go Dutch! A Language Course on CD-ROM                     (Koning Albertlaan 147, Kessel-Lo), Voeding Benny
        with a strong focus on communication skills. You             knowledge of English who have access to a VCR                                                                         (Geldenaaksebaan 123, Heverlee), Evin’s Winkel
                                                                     and a cassette recorder can learn Dutch at their own        The Go Dutch! course focuses more on the gram-            (Leeuwerikenstraat 23, Heverlee). Bakeries are usu-
                                                                     speed. Short and lively units cover the 2,000 most          mar and vocabulary needed to quickly learn to             ally open on Sundays and holidays. Many Night
                                                                     frequent words used in Dutch, the basic grammar             speak fluent Dutch in everyday situations. This            Shops open after 6 p.m. until late at night.
                                                                     and the essential functions of this language.               course is primarily intended for students who have
                                                                                                                                 completed higher education. The explanatory texts         Every Friday morning there is an open-air mar-
                                                                      Vanzelfsprekend has been designed to lead the              are all in English. Go Dutch! is available from most      ket in Leuven (Mgr. Ladeuzeplein, H. Hooverplein,
                                                                      student to a lower intermediate level. Non-Dutch-          bookshops and online booksellers in Belgium and           Brusselsestraat), on Wednesday afternoons from
                                                                      speaking international students and researchers            the Netherlands.                                          3:00 p.m. in Kessel-Lo (A. de Becker-Remyplein) and
                                                                      are strongly encouraged to start this course in their                                                                on Sunday mornings in Heverlee (at the station,
                                                                      country of residence as a preparation for coming to         i   Go Dutch:                                            Naamsesteenweg, Waversebaan). On Saturday
                                                                      Leuven. The materials package contains: textbook,               ISBN 90 6283 3594, price: 30 euro                    morning, there is a flee-market (M. de Layensplein,
                                                                      workbook, glossary, video cassettes and audio cas-                                          Mechelsestraat) and a food (vegetables, cheese,
                                                                      settes. The total package price is € 175.00. It can be                                                               etc.) and flower market (Brusselsestraat).
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        For those who do their own cooking and cleaning,                  Acco (“Academic Cooperative Company”) started                                                                               See also the brochure “Housekeeping Tips” on
        all kinds of food and supplies can be found in ALDI               in the 50’s as a students’ initiative for editing syl-             Alma locations             (see also
        (Weldadigheidsstraat 58 and J. P. Minckelerstraat                 labuses. The purpose of ACCO has never changed:
        76), LIDL (J.P. Minckelerstraat 116 and Vlinderlaan               offering syllabuses at reasonable prices. Currently                   • ALMA 1                                           WASTE PREVENTION, SELECTION
        2, Kessel-Lo) and COLRUYT (Lombaardenstraat 2;                    ACCO edits about 800 different manuals, all in close                    Tiensestraat 115, B-3000 Leuven                  AND REDUCTION
        Tiensesteenweg 237, Kessel-Lo and Groenveldstraat 71,             collaboration with university and college teachers.                   • ALMA 2
        Heverlee) at very reasonable prices, but also in GB or            Besides these manuals, ACCO’s bookshop offers                           Van Evenstraat 2c, B-3000 Leuven                 In Leuven garbage needs to be sorted. The more you
        AD Delhaize. In HEMA (Parijsstraat 2), BLOKKER (Bond-             a wide assortment of required and recommended                         • ALMA 3                                           produce, the more brown bags you will need and they
        genotenlaan 58) and CASA (Ridderstraat 4, Bierbeek)               reading material, scientific literature, computer                        Studentenwijk Arenberg,                          cost money. You can reduce your garbage by buying
        you can find furniture, housewares, electronic appli-              supplies, stationery, novels, etc. You can also buy                     Groenveldlaan 3, B-3001 Heverlee                 fewer packages, by using glass instead of plastic bot-
        ances and school supplies at very affordable prices.              a share in ACCO, a onetime investment of € 31                         • Pauscollege                                      tles, etc. This overview explains the different kinds of
                                                                          from which you will profit for the rest of your life.                    Hogeschoolplein 3, B-3000 Leuven                 waste, and how they are collected.
        When getting installed at your new place, it is worth             As a shareholder you are entitled to a 15% discount                   • Justus Lipsius College
        visiting these shops. For clothes, you certainly should           on office supplies, ACCO-syllabuses and all books                        Minderbroederstraat 15, B-3000 Leuven               • Paper and cardboard are collected separately from
        have a look around C&A (Bondgenotenlaan 64), H&M                  edited by ACCO. On top of this, members also ben-                     • Gasthuisberg Hospital                                 other garbage. You can include any kind of paper,
        (Bondgenotenlaan 69) and WIBRA (Bondgenoten-                      efit from special promotional actions. As an ACCO                        Onderwijs & Navorsing                                 if it’s clean and if there is not any plastic attached
        laan 74), three clothing stores with a great variety of           shareholder, you receive also a discount when                           Herestraat 49, B-3001 Heverlee                        to it. All paper needs to be tied up with string or
        clothes at affordable prices. CARREFOUR (Vlinderlaan              ordering various printing jobs from our digital print-                • De Moete                                              twine and left in front of the house or residence on
        1, Bierbeek) also has an extensive collection at very             ing service (Kaboutermansstraat).                                       Celestijnenlaan 200 P, B-3001 Heverlee                collection mornings between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m.
        fair prices. For health and beauty products, KRUIDVAT                                                                                   • De Spuye
        (Diestsestraat 55 and Bondgenotenlaan 95) and DI               6. Dining                                                                  Tervuursevest 101, B-3001 Heverlee                  • Glass should be taken to one of the big glass con-
        (Brusselsestraat 22) have a great selection at afford-                                                                                  • Trefpunt De Valk                                      tainers located throughout the city (Ladeuzeplein,
        able prices. There is also a large second hand shop            The university student restaurants, better known as Alma,                  Tiensestraat 41, B-3000 Leuven                        Vismarkt, Parkstraat-Vesaliusstraat and many more
        (called SPIT, Ijzermolenstraat 10-12, see p. 67).              serve dishes priced between € 2.35 and € 4.40. Everyday,                                                                         locations). Light bulbs or flat glass (for instance
                                                                       Alma offers at least one vegetarian meal, among a wide                                                                           from a window) are NOT allowed! Always rinse
     INTERNATIONAL FOOD SHOPS                                          choice of warm and cold dishes and a variety of sand-         7. Environment                                                     out glass bottles. Coloured glass usually goes in a
                                                                       wiches. In addition to the student restaurants, there are                                                                        separate container from clear glass.
        Most international students find their local food pro-          also cafes and restaurants that serve student menus that      The educational and civic authorities are fully com-
        ducts in Brussels. But in Leuven, you have a.o. the Thai       range from € 5.00 to € 9.00. Pizzas, pastas and salads are    mitted to sustainable development and the creation               • KGA (Small dangerous waste): Most students have
        House Supermarket (Alfons Smetsplein), the African             delicious and affordable in many places. “Broodjes” (i.e.,    of an environmentally friendly city. They encourage                quite a lot of stuff that is dangerous if it is dumped
        foodshop Voodoo (Tiensestraat 220), La Méditerrannée           sandwiches), pitas and Belgian fries are also very popular.   citizens and students to reduce their garbage produc-              or burned since it might lead to soil contamina-
        for north-African food (Maria-Theresiastraat 52) and the       Leuven has a lot of cafes and pubs. The “Oude Markt”          tion, to properly sort their garbage, to use energy                tion. Batteries can be taken to supermarkets and
        Fair Trade Shop (Tiensestraat 273 and Naamsesteen-             is a famous area for a night out. In a café you will pay      in a responsible and sustainable way and to adopt                  deposited in the green boxes provided especially
        weg 133: products from Africa, Asia and Latin-America,         about € 1.25 for a drink — cola, water or beer. The most      sustainable transportation.                                        for old batteries.
        like rice, coffee, quinoa, chocolate, juices, spices, etc.).   inexpensive cafes, however, are those run by the student                                                                         Expired or unused medication can be taken to any
                                                                       councils, the so-called “fakbars”, where you can expect       ADVISORS FOR ‘KOT’ CULTURE, ENVIRONMENT                            pharmacist’s but please remove the paper from
     ACCO                                                              to pay less than € 1.00 per drink (see also p. 48).           AND MOBILITY (see also p. 38 Student Services)                     the box. All other KGA such as leftover cleaning
     ■ Acco Leuven: Book and stationery shop                                                                                                                                                            products, used cooking oil, cosmetics, writing
        i Tiensestraat 134 + Maria-Theresiastraat 2-4,                                                                               ■ De Waag,                                                         materials, etc., can be left at one of the collection
          B-3000 Leuven                                                                                                                                                                                 points: at DE WAAG or in the video room at Pan-
          Tel. 016 29 11 00 • Fax: 016 20 73 89                                                                                          i   Studentenwijk Arenberg 10, B-3001 Heverlee                 gaea. There are also collections of small danger-
 •                                                                                         Tel. 016 32 93 01 and 02 • Fax: 016 32 92 99               ous waste by the Leuven ’chemobiel’. Dates and
          Open:                                                                                                                                                   places will be announced via the website of the
          Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                               city ( and via the municipal info-
          Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                                              The advisors provide information and raise aware-               brochure ‘Stad Leuven info’.
                                                                                                                                        ness about studying in a sustainable manner. They
     ■ Acco Heverlee: Campus shop                                                                                                       have the know-how to help you with waste preven-              • GFT (Kitchen and garden waste - green bag): Vegeta-
        i Celestijnenlaan 200P, B-3001 Heverlee                                                                                         tion and selection, responsible energy and water                bles, fruit and garden waste belong in the green bag.
          Tel. 016 32 78 70 • Fax: 016 32 78 71                                                                                         use, and various kinds of initiatives (e.g. “kot com-           Coffee filters, teabags and eggshells are also allowed.
                                                                                                         posting”, “kot chickens”, etc. If this all sounds rather        Please do not put anything else in the green bag! In a
          Open:                                                                                                                         strange, please come and ask us what it’s all about).           number of residences and houses little green buck-
          Weekdays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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         ets are used instead of bags. The most environmen-            i   City pay desk ➟ Stadskas                              SPIT (SECOND-HAND SHOP)                                            VELO is a non-profit organisation that promotes the
         tally friendly way to get rid of your green waste is to           Boekhandelstraat 2, B-3000 Leuven,                                                                                       bicycle as an ecological means of transport in the city by
         start composting or to get some chickens.                         Tel. 016 21 15 64                                         i   IJzermolenstraat 10-12, B-3001 Heverlee                    recycling, renting and repairing bikes. VELO offers a bike
                                                                           Open:                                                         Tel. 016 65 29 35 • Fax: 016 35 92 89                      rental and repair service for students and is organised as
        • PMD (Plastic, Metal and Drink cartons - blue bag):               Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from                                                         a training and employment project for young people.
          There is a lot of confusion about what you can and               09:00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1.00 to 4:30 p.m. 
          cannot put in the blue bag. It is very important that            Thursday: from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.                                                                                ■ Bicycle Rental and Repair
          you know what goes in the blue bag, since they will              (Only for stickers)                                           Open:
          not be picked up if they contain the wrong things.                                                                             Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.             You can rent a safe, fully equipped and registered
          Always allowed: washed “tetra packs”, plastic bot-          You can also find garbage bags in most supermar-                    Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                      second-hand bike with a solid lock at VELO. A rental
          tles, metal cans, aluminium tins and trays (from            kets, except in Aldi.                                                                                                         contract will be drawn up (please bring your passport,
          lasagna for instance). Never allowed: butter tubs,                                                                        Spit is a centre that recycles household items. You             student card and bank account number) and you must
          yoghurt cups, plastic bags, plastic objects, alumin-     RESPONSIBLE ENERGY USE                                           can bring them your old furniture, electric appli-              pay the rental price plus a deposit. Students can also
          ium foil, badly rinsed tetra packs.                      Everybody is encouraged to consume energy and water              ances, bicycles, clothes, etc. All items should be in           come to repair their own bikes at the bike repair shop
                                                                   in a sustainable way. Here are some tips that you can            a condition that allows them to be re-used. Spit per-           or have their bikes repaired for a small price.
        • Everything else (brown bag): All the household gar-      put into practice in your university residence or student        sonnel can pick up articles from your house. After
          bage not mentioned above has to go in the brown          house:                                                           repairs are carried out, these items are then sold in           At VELO you can also report bike theft and have
          bag. Large objects like furniture are collected five                                                                       Spit’s shop.                                                    your bike registered (engraving + bike ID). GROUP
          times a year. You have to put a special sticker on       • Turn off the lights when you are the last person to                                                                            T provides safe, fully equipped and engraved sec-
          it that can be purchased at the “Stadswinkel” (see         leave a room.                                                                                                                  ond-hand bicycles at no cost to its students. You
          below). If the furniture can still be used, or if you    • Turn off the screen of your computer if you are not         8. Transportation                                                  only have to pay a deposit of € 50.00 (cash) which
          want to get rid of an electronic appliance, contact        working on it for an extended period of time.                                                                                  is refunded when you return the bicycle.
          Spit (see below). You can find all the information on     • Put a lid on your pot or pan (60 to 70 % less energy        Transportation is a hot issue these days, certainly in
          the free ‘waste collection calendar’, which outlines       wasted), and turn off the heat a bit before you finish       Leuven. In recent years, the city authorities have been         ■ Bicycle Safety
          the garbage pick-up schedule. The environment              cooking.                                                    trying to encourage bicycles and public transport and
          advisors also provide an English translation.            • The ideal temperature for your refrigerator is 5°C;         reduce automobile traffic. The mobility advisors can                Every year the local police, together with the
                                                                     try to avoid a layer of ice in the freezer.                 provide you with all the information you need about                K.U.Leuven and the city services, campaign to
     ■ Where to buy garbage bags and stickers:                     • If you open your window, turn off the heat (but do not      travelling by bicycle, public transport and the best way           increase bike safety in Leuven. Spot checks for bicy-
                                                                     forget to put it on minimum when it freezes).               of getting from A to B. The Housing Service has handy              cle ownership are held on regular basis. A police
        i   City Shop ➟ Stadswinkel                                • Do not leave any towels or clothing on the central          bike and bus maps of Leuven. If you have complaints,               patrol can stop you anywhere at any time. In the
            Waversebaan 66, B-3001 Heverlee.                         heating.                                                    suggestions or questions concerning the use of bicy-               worst-case scenario you will get a fine if the bike
            Tel. 016 30 90 56                                      • Do not wash your dishes under running water.                cles, don’t hesitate to let them know.                             you are riding has been reported as stolen.
            Open:                                                  • Report leaky taps to the landlord.
            Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and                         • Copy and print on both sides of the paper.                  BICYCLES                                                           The most important pieces of advice to prevent
            Friday from 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                     Realising that you can reduce consumption without                                                                              fines and bicycle theft are these:
            and from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.                               reducing comfort is already a good start. Do you have       Cycling is healthy, inexpensive and cool. Furthermore, in a
            Thursday from 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                   suggestions or ideas for energy-saving measures in          city like Leuven it is often the quickest way to get from one         • do not steal a bike,
            and from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.                               your room, your student house (kot) or residence? Con-      place to another. Cyclists are very welcome in Leuven.                • lock your bike properly,
            (Only for stickers)                                      tact                                                                                                • register your bike,
                                                                                                                                 ■ VELO (v.z.w.)                                                       • report theft.

                                                                                                                                     i   Minderbroederstraat 12 U, B-3000 Leuven,                ■ Global Action Plan Cyclists
                                                                                                                                         Tel. 016 33 74 30
                                                                                                                                                                              The Leuven Police has developed a global action
                                                                                                                                                                               plan for cyclists with four priorities: driving without
                                                                                                                                                                                                    lights when this is obligatory, ignoring a red light
                                                                                                                                         Open:                                                      (one also has to stop when turning right!), driving
                                                                                                                                         Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                      in the wrong direction and not giving way. Dur-
                                                                                                                                         Tuesday: from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.                      ing the academic year, traffic surveillances will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                    held which will focus on the movement summary
                                                                                                                                                                                                    offences by cyclists.
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     ■ Bicycle Theft and the Bicycle Office                              Using the student bus pass                                 ■ Heverlee Station                                             Engels Plein parking lots), most of which are free. An
       ➟ Fietsendienst                                                  Students can take advantage of the student bus pass,          i Naamsesteenweg 180, B-3001 Heverlee,                      overview of all parking facilities in the city centre can
        i IJzermolenstraat 2, B-3001 Heverlee,                          a project financed by the city and the Institutions of           Tel. 016 21 21 78                                         be found on the Leuven website:
          Tel. 016 21 09 90                                             Higher Education. This pass enables them to use
                                                 the regular bus lines within the Leuven area for free.        Leuven is an important hub in the Belgian railway           But there is also P+BUS parking. If you park on the edge
                                                                        When leaving the city area, you have to pay for the           network. From Leuven station, there are connec-             of the shopping centre, in the car park of De Bond and
           Open:                                                        extra zones. Make sure that you have your student             tions to every other major Belgian train station. You       on the Sint Jacobsplein, you can take the bus to the
           Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday                        card on you at all times because you need to be able          can find the best connection and itinerary using the         city centre and back free of charge. You park cheaper
           from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                                  to prove that you are the rightful owner of the pass. In      b-rail online search engine.                                in these car parks and still you are as quickly in the city
           Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.                         order to prevent abuse, place your name and number                                                                        centre as otherwise.
           Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon                        of your official student card on your student pass.            GoPass (for people younger than 26) and RailPass (for
           Please do not come later than 15 min before                                                                                people older than 26). With a Go Pass, you can make 10      For further information about the above issues,
           closing time.                                             ■ Travelling through Europe                                      one-way trips in second class for € 45.00. You will get     you’re welcome to contact the mobility advisors at
                                                                       EUROLINES Office Leuven                                         the most benefit if you travel between two stations that or 016 32 99 01 and
        Bicycle theft still exists in Leuven. A good lock to            i Bondgenotenlaan 154, B-3000 Leuven                          are far apart. On weekdays, you can only use the GoPass     016 32 99 02.
        secure your bicycle is very important and always                  Tel. 016 62 45 20 • Fax: 016 62 45 22                       after 9:00 a.m. You may leave earlier on Saturdays, Sun-
        recommended. In Leuven you can get your bicycle                                                    days and public holidays, and also on every day in July
        engraved with an ID number. This is no guarantee                  Open:                                                       or August and from December 24 until January 2. If you      9. Communications
        against theft, but it helps to prevent theft. For free            Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.                        hold a RailPass, you can make 10 one-way trips in sec-
        engraving, go to the bicycle office of the local police            Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.                        ond class for € 68.00. On weekdays, you can only use the
        on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and on                                                                                   RailPass after 9:00 a.m. You may depart earlier on Satur-   POSTAL SERVICES
        Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. During the yearly              Eurolines has direct and inexpensive connections from         days, Sundays and public holidays, and also on every day
        engraving campaign in October at Alma, this office               Leuven to 500 destinations in 32 European countries.          in July or August, and from December 24 to January 2.       ■ National Mail
        will not provide that service.                                                                                                                                                              For your national mail you can opt for PRIOR or
                                                                     TRAINS                                                                                                                         NON PRIOR delivery.
        Practical Tips                                                                                                                Practical Tip
        • Rent a safe, fully equipped and registered second-         ■ Leuven Station                                                                                                                PRIOR mail: € 0.52
          hand bicycle                                                  i Martelarenplein 16, B-3000 Leuven                           On Fridays and weekends, ask for a “Weekend                    This service guarantees the delivery of your mail on
        • To prevent theft, get a solid lock                              Tel. 016 21 21 11 • Fax: 016 21 21 48                       Ticket”. When you travel alone, you get up to a 40%            the weekday following the posting of your mail at
        • To prevent accidents and fines, respect the rights               Info for travellers: 016 21 21 21                           discount. When travelling with friends, the first pas-          a post office or in a letterbox. Priority mail: may be
          of pedestrians and the local traffic rules                       International Information & Eurostar, Thalys,               senger gets a 40% discount. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th             placed in any letterbox in Belgium or posted at a
                                                                          HST: 02 528.28.28                                           and 6th passengers get a 60% discount, provided                post-office counter, must be stamped with the word
        If your bicycle is stolen, please report it. Bicycle theft        Found items: 016 21 24 10                                   that all members of the group travel together.                 “PRIOR”, and may be open or sealed.
        report forms can be found in the offices of VELO,                  Fax: 016 21 24 11
        DE WAAG, Pangaea, your faculty secretariat or the                                                                                                                     NON PRIOR mail: € 0.46
        secretariat of your Institute of Higher Education, as                                                                      PARKING                                                           This service guarantees the delivery of your
        well as at the police office. By reporting theft, you         ■ Heverlee Station                                                                                                              mail within 3 weekdays following the posting of
        are supplying the police the information they need                                                                         Too few parking spots or too many cars? One thing is              your mail at a post office or in a letterbox. Non-
        to recover your bike and to locate you if they find                                                                         clear: it is not easy to find a parking spot in Leuven. No         priority mail: may be posted at a post-office counter or in
        your bike.                                                                                                                 new parking spots are being created. Moreover, park-              any letterbox in Belgium, and may be open or sealed.
                                                                                                                                   ing fines are very high and in order to use the existing
     BUS                                                                                                                           parking spots in the best possible way, the city has intro-    ■ International Mail
                                                                                                                                   duced time limits by means of parking machines and               For your international mail you can opt for PRIOR or
     ■ De Lijn                                                                                                                     blue-zone rules. Exceptions are only made for inhabi-            NON PRIOR delivery.
        i Martelarenplein 19b, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                       tants of the neighbourhood and disabled persons. You
          Tel. 070 22 02 00                                                                                                        can save a lot of money by using your bicycle or taking           PRIOR items: are given priority treatment in Belgium and
          Info Pass: Tel. 016 31 37 20 • Fax: 016 31 37 25                                                                         the bus. If you cannot find a parking spot on the street,          in the country of destination. They always have an “A
          Info Groups: Tel. 016 31 37 17                                                                                           you could try one of the many car parks, where you will           PRIOR” label, available free of charge in all post offices
                                                                                                         have to pay. Or even better, park at one of the outlying          or from your local postman on request. The items may
                                                                                                            car parks in Heverlee (e.g. the Bodart, Philipsparking,           be open or sealed and weigh a maximum of 2 kg.
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        NON-PRIOR items: are not given priority treatment in            gium, and +32 2 819 80 04 if you call from abroad).      PUBLICATIONS, COMPUTER, INTERNET
        Belgium or in the country of destination, do not have           To get a fixed line, phone this toll-free number or       AND E-MAIL FACILITIES
        an “A PRIOR” label, may be open or sealed and weigh             visit one of the Belgacom Teleboutiques (www.
        a maximum of 2 kg. Rates will vary depending on        or go to a recognised Belgacom              ■ K.U.LEUVEN
        whether the destination is inside or outside Europe.            dealer. Belgacom has a toll-free customer service
                                                                        line for general information: 0800-55800. There is a       University publications for
     ■ Post Office Addresses in Leuven                                   network of 60 private retailers authorised to order        the international community
       • Leuven 1                                                       new lines or sell you Belgacom equipment. Bel-             • E-newsletter
         Philipssite, B-3001 Heverlee, Tel. 016 50 93 30                gacom Teleboutiques also sell or rent a full range           K.U.Leuven publishes a weekly electronic news-
         Open: Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                     of Belgacom telephones• Fax machines, answer-                letter ( aimed at its
       • Leuven 2                                                       ing machines, pagers and mobile telephones.                  international students and staff. The newsletter
         Jan Stasstraat 12, B-3000 Leuven,                                                                                           presents a mixture of practical information, science
         Tel. 016 50 95 60                                            • Telenet provides broadband telephone, internet               and research news, culture and sports. Students
         Fax: 016 50 95 70                                              and multimedia services via cable. For further               can use the newsletter to announce parties and
         Open: Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.                     information about Telenet and its services call              other events. All international students and staff
         Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30.                              0800 66000, free of charge, or consult their web-            are notified by e-mail whenever a new edition of
       • Leuven 4                                                       site:                                        the newsletter appears. This notification, as well as
         Tervuursestraat 40, B-3000 Leuven,                                                                                          all other official university announcements, is sent
         Tel. 016 22 01 10                                         ■ Mobile Telephones (Cell phones)                                 to your K.U.Leuven e-mail address (yourfirstname.
         Open: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30             Newcomers from most European countries can            , so make sure
         p.m. and 1:15 to 4:00 p.m.                                  continue to use their mobile telephones in Bel-                 you check this address regularly.
         Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from               gium if their contract includes a roaming feature,
         1:30 to 5:30 p.m.                                           although this will be rather costly in the long term.         • Campuskrant International (CKI)
       • Leuven 5                                                    However, newcomers from the United States are                   Campuskrant is K.U.Leuven’s corporate newspaper,
         Constantin Meunierstraat 77, B-3000 Leuven,                 generally unable to use their American cellphones               published in Dutch approximately once a month.
         Tel. 016 23 57 92                                           in Europe. For them, connection to the Belgian tele-            Campuskrant International is the English-language
         Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday                phone and mobile networks remains the most cost-                version, sent out to all K.U.Leuven’s international
         from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30              effective solution. Mobile telephones or cell-phones            students, staff and alumni. CKI is published three
         p.m. Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and               are widely available in specialised shops and large             times annually and features translations of the
         from 1:45 to 5:45 p.m.                                      retail outlets. Many specialised dealers are also offi-          best articles in the Dutch-language issues, as
       •                                               cial agents for one of the three major Belgian mobile           well as original content produced specifically for
                                                                     operators: Proximus, Mobistar and Base.                         the English version. CKI can be read online at
     SHIPPING OF GOODS                                                                                                     
                                                                      These operators are authorised to open an account
        For the latest information regarding the shipping             for you and have various payment formulas, includ-           • English-language website
        of goods and a list of specialist transport and               ing pre-paid cards and subscriptions.                          K.U.Leuven’s English-language website is an invalu-
        removal companies see the yellow pages online at                                                                             able source of information for all international guests:                                                                         It includes full details not
                                                                                                            only on application procedures and academic pro-
     TELEPHONE SERVICES                                                                                         grammes, but also on social services, cultural events,
                                                                                                                                     sports facilities, and everything else you need to know
     ■ Useful Numbers                                              ■ Calling Cards                                                   to make life easier in Leuven. The website’s homepage
       General Information:              1207                        Calling cards have two main advantages over regu-               features a newsflash, highlighting the most important
       International Information:        1204                        lar lines: since the card is pre-paid there is no bill at       current events, news and deadlines.
                                                                     the end of the month; and calls can be made from
     ■ Fixed Lines                                                   any telephone (public, private, mobile, etc.). Calling        • The Voice
       There are two main providers of fixed telephone                cards for international calls are available at newsa-           The Voice is the international student magazine of
       lines in Belgium: Belgacom and Telenet.                       gents, post offices, supermarkets, train stations and            the K.U.Leuven, and features English-language arti-
       • Belgacom operates a special toll-free number for            night shops. Always ask which card is the most suit-            cles written, edited and laid-out by student volun-
          expatriate services (0800-32005) if you call from Bel-     able for the call and the country you want to call.             teers. The Voice is distributed free of charge in major
                                                                                                                                     university buildings and student restaurants. It can
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       also be read online at www.thevoice.student.kuleu-              i   Dekenstraat 2, Leuven (open continuously              ■ GROUP T                                                      to 7:00 p.m. you can hear independent and critical E-mail: (see                      from Monday 8:00 a.m. to Saturday 5:45 p.m.)                                                                         reporting. Every day from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. you can
       also p. 46)                                                         De Croylaan 52a, Heverlee (open continuously              GROUP T students can use the computer rooms at             listen to interesting programs about culture, litera-
                                                                           from Monday 6:00 a.m. to Friday midnight)                 Campus Vesalius and Campus Comenius. Worksta-              ture, film, … The 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. slot is devoted to
      Computer, Internet and e-mail Facilities                             Celestijnenlaan 200c, Heverlee                            tions are available and students have full access to       niche music programmes, selected according to the
                                                                           (open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)               all domains. You are automatically allocated your          programmer’s whim. The late-night hours groove
      • LUDIT                                                                                                                        own electronic address for e-mail and sufficient            to the sounds of our deejays. Radio Scorpio is the
                                                                     • Toledo                                                        space for your own website. Both campuses are hot          real thing: Leuven independent student radio since
       i   W. de Croylaan 52a, B-3001 Heverlee,                        Toledo stands for TOetsen en LEren Doeltreffend               spots where you can surf wireless on the Internet.         1979. Check the website!
           Tel. 016 32 22 02                                           Ondersteunen. Toledo is the central web-based
                                     e-learning environment. The K.U.Leuven Toledo             ■ LEMMENSINSTITUUT (HOGESCHOOL
                                                                       website is located at:              VOOR WETENSCHAP & KUNST)                                   10. Sports
      LUDIT (K.U.Leuven’s computer and network services
      provider) looks after the university’s computer infrastruc-    • Internet Cable Access at Home: “Kotnet”                       In the Lemmensinstituut-library students have access     K.U.LEUVEN
      ture and provides support for the use of computer and            All you need is a computer with a network card, a             to the internet. They also can subscribe for KotNet in
      network services in the university’s teaching, research          cable and your K.U.Leuven user ID and password.               order to obtain internet in their studentroom.           ■ K.U.Leuven Sports Centre
      and administration. LUDIT also operates a PC shop                More info on installation, configuration, … can be                                                                        ➟ Leuven Universitair Sportcentrum
      and PC rental service. Consult the website for the rental        found at: Do not forget to
      prices of desktop PCs and laptops or other promotions.           protect our computer when accessing the internet.         RADIO SCORPIO                                                   i   Tervuursevest 101, B-3001 Heverlee
                                                                       LUDIT provides anti-virus software for free for its                                                                           Tel. 016 32 91 30 • Fax: 016 32 91 95
      • User ID and Password                                           students (             i   Radio Scorpio 106 FM                                  
        All K.U.Leuven students receive a user ID number               puslicenties). K.U.Leuven residence halls all have a          Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                        
        at registration. The number begins with an ‘s’ and             broadband internet connection. Most private student           Tel. 016 32 03 36
        can be found on the back of your student card.                 housing in Leuven, Heverlee and Kessel-Lo is con-                                              Open:
        Together with your user ID comes an activation                 nected to Kotnet (your landlord will have taken care                                            Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and from
        code (is your date of birth in the format DDMMYY).             of this, and will charge you a fee for this service).                                                                         1:00 to 6:00 p.m. (5:30 during the summer months)
        In order to use your e-mail account, Toledo (e-                                                                              Radio Scorpio 106 FM broadcasts an eclectic pro-
        learning environment), Kotnet or other services,            ■ KHLEUVEN                                                       gramme mix and provides in-depth news coverage             Upon registration at K.U.Leuven, you can apply to
        you will need to set a password on your account.                                                                             and community information. During the day, the             have your student card activated for sports facilities
        Surf asap to the registration page (ludit.kuleuven.          All departments offer their students free access to             playlist is drawn from mainstream music. From 6:00         for an annual fee of € 17.00. The University Sports
        be/register), logon with your user ID and activation         their computer facilities and all students get a personal
        code and set a password on your account. Never               KHLeuven e-mail address. These facilities are avail-
        share your password! You are responsible for eve-            able either in the departmental library or in special
        rything done with your user ID!                              computer rooms. Opening hours should be checked
                                                                     with the librarian or the network managers but they
      • E-mail                                                       are certainly open during office hours from 8:00 a.m.
        At registration, all K.U.Leuven students are automat-        to 4:30 p.m. All KHLeuven students have Internet Cable
        ically assigned an e-mail address with the following         Access: “Kotnet” at an annual charge of € 25. All you
        format:               need is a computer with a network card, a cable and
        All official correspondence from the university will          your KHLeuven user ID and password. More informa-
        be e-mailed to this address, for example communi-            tion on installation, configuration, ... can be found at:
        cation concerning courses, the e-newsletter, … Read
        your K.U.Leuven-e-mail from within your browser at           Do not forget to protect the KULeuven computer                                     when accessing the internet. LUDIT provides anti-
                                                                     virus software for free for its students (www.ludit.
      • PC Rooms                                            The KHLeu-
        The K.U.Leuven PC rooms are open 24 hours a day              ven residence hall STEIL has a broadband internet
        during the week, and are free of charge. There are           connection. Most private student housing in Leu-
        3 different locations:                                       ven, Heverlee and Kessel-Lo is connected to Kotnet
                                                                     (your landlord will have taken care of this, and will
                                                                     charge you a fee for this service).
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                                                                                                                             • St.-Pieterscollege, Minderbroederstraat 13,             • Het Fort, Armand Meyswijk, B- 3012 Wilsele
        Centre offers a range of 55 sports. In addition, the         use the K.U.Leuven sports facilities on the same con-     B-3000 Leuven after school                              • Jezuïetenpark, St.-Jansbergsesteenweg 19,
        Sports Centre features a state-of-the-art fitness room        ditions as K.U.Leuven students. Holders of a sports       (info: Philippe Desmet 016 44 26 60)                      B-3001 Heverlee
        for which you pay supplementary. To book a tennis            card have insurance coverage in case of injury.                                                                   • Spaanse Kroon, Spaanse Kroonlaan,
        court, soccer field, or any other facility call or drop                                                               Indoor Sports Facilities                                    B-3000 Leuven
        by the sports secretariat. If you and your team mates                                                                • Zaal ’t Bad Kessel-Lo, Martelarenlaan 11,               • Park Heuvelhof, Diestsesteenweg,
        have a sports card, everything is free. The only thing    GROUP T AND LEMMENSINSTITUUT                                 B-3010 Kessel-Lo 016 25 73 10                             B-3010 Kessel-Lo
        you pay extra for is indoor tennis. The Sports Cen-                                                                  • Ontmoetingscentrum Ymeria, Pastoor 21,                  • Van Hovestadion, Dr. De Jonghestraat,
        tre yearly organises the following events: Bike&Run,         GROUP T and Lemmensinstituut students can use             B-3000 Leuven 016 23 10 81                                B-3010 Kessel-Lo
        3on3 basketball, Indoor Athletics Meeting, Christmas         the K.U.Leuven Sports Centre on the same condi-         • Sportplaza, Philipssite 6, B-3001 Heverlee              • Ymeriastadion, Pastoor Bellonstraat 29,
        -Table Tennis Competition, the Flemish University            tions as the K.U.Leuven students.                         016 74 07 40                            B- 3018 Wijgmaal
        Competition, the Belgian University Competition,                                                                     • Sportcomplex Kessel-Lo, Stadionlaan 4,                  • Overloopplein, Overloopstraat, B- 3012 Wilsele
        Sports Camps for kids, Badminton Competition, the                                                                      B- 3010 Kessel-Lo 016 25 34 80                          • Fit-o-meter, Heverleebos, Naamsesteenweg,
        fence competition ‘Challenge Maître Minnen’.              CITY OF LEUVEN                                             • Sporthal Korbeek-Lo, Pellenbergstraat 22,                 Heverlee
                                                                                                                               B-3010 Kessel-Lo 016 25 00 87                           For information concerning fees & prices contact
     ■ LOKO Sports: see p. 46                                     ■ City of Leuven Sports Office                              • Sporthal Redingenhof, Redingenstraat 90,                the staff in charge of the facility or call the sports
                                                                                                                               B-3000 Leuven 016 64 08 42 after school                 office: 016 44 26 50
                                                                      i   Domein “De Bron”, Koetsweg 122,                      info: Philippe Desmet, 016 44 26 60
     KHLEUVEN                                                             B-3010 Kessel-Lo                                   • Sporthal VTI Leuven, Dekenstraat 3,                ■ Sport Clubs in Leuven
                                                                          Tel. 016 44 26 50                                    B-3000 Leuven 016 31 97 70 after school                 The Sports Office has a comprehensive list of sport
        i   Co-ordinator of sports:                                                             info: Philippe Desmet, 016 44 26 60                     clubs in the Leuven area. This list is constantly
            Jean-Baptist Bultinck                                                                     • Sporthal Wilsele-Putkapel,                              updated. Its content comes from information col-
                                                                        Aarschotsesteenweg 163, B-3012 Wilsele                  lected by the staff of the Sports Office. It is available
                                                                  ■ City’s Sports Facilities: An Overview                      016 44 51 36                                            in every municipal sports facility.
        The brand-new KHLeuven sports facility (Ker-                                                                         • Sportschuur Wilsele, Brandweg 8, B-3012 Wilsele
        spelstraat in Heverlee) is equipped for basketball,          Swimming Pools                                            016 22 57 15
        volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, dance and badmin-            • Stadionlaan 4, B-3010 Kessel-Lo 016 25 34 80          • Turn- & sportzaal Boudewijnstadion,                11. Culture
        ton. There is also a fitness room and a climbing              • Aarschotsesteenweg 730,                                 Diestsesteenweg 288, B-3010 Kessel-Lo
        wall. As a KHLeuven student, you need to have                  B-3012 Wilsele-Putkapel 016 44 33 88                    016 89 52 12                                       Leuven is a young and dynamic city where it is almost
        a sports card to use the facilities. The card costs          • Sportplaza, Philipssite 6, B-3001 Heverlee            • Zaaltje Zwembad Wilsele-Putkapel,                  impossible to get bored. Apart from the numerous cafes and
        € 17.00 per year. Your sports card also entitles you to        016 74 07 40                          Aarschotsesteenweg 730, B-3012 Wilsele             restaurants, there is also a large assortment of cultural activ-
                                                                                                                               016 44 33 88                                       ities. Students often enjoy a considerable price discount.
                                                                                                                             • Sporthal Kazerne Leuven, Hertogstraat 184,
                                                                                                                               B-3001 Heverlee
                                                                                                                             • Sporthal KHLeuven, Kerspelstraat,                  K.U.LEUVEN
                                                                                                                               B-3001 Heverlee after school
                                                                                                                               info: Danny Bracke, 016 44 26 59                   Cultural Co-ordination
                                                                                                                                                                                  ➟ Cultuurcoördinatie K.U.Leuven
                                                                                                                             Outdoor Sports Facitlities
                                                                                                                             • Boudewijnstadion, Diestsesteenweg,                  i   Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                               B-3010 Kessel-Lo 016 25 12 21                           Tel. 016 32 03 40
                                                                                                                             • Casablanca, Prins-Regentplein, B-3010 Kessel-Lo
                                                                                                                             • Den Bruul, Brouwersstraat, B-3000 Leuven      
                                                                                                                               016 22 95 51
                                                                                                                             • Domein De Bron, Koetsweg, B-3010 Kessel-Lo         K.U.Leuven has a dynamic and inexpensive cultural
                                                                                                                               016 44 26 50                                       panorama. There is, for instance, the classic “UUR KUL-
                                                                                                                             • Morissens, Koestsweg, B-3010 Kessel-Lo             tUUR”: a free evening performance twice a month on
                                                                                                                             • Atletiek Arena Gaston Roelants, Diestsesteenweg,   Wednesday with music, performing arts, literature, film
                                                                                                                               B-3010 Kessel-Lo 016 25 12 21                      etc. In September, UUR KULtUUR starts its season with
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     a major concert in the city park. As a student you can            Led by Bart Preneel, the band comprises around 30          ■ Pati Pati Solidarity choir                               KHLEUVEN
     also participate in the university’s performing ensem-            musicians (students, personnel, alumni) who are               ➟ Pati Pati Solidariteitskoor                           The cultural commission organises cultural events and
     bles, choirs and theatre companies (see below). Please            all crazy about jazz, blues, bebop, fusion, etc. This                                                                 meetings. For events see the respective departments’
     bear in mind that it isn’t always possible to become a            group regularly tours outside Belgium.                         i   Rehearsals: Sunday at 9:00 p.m. in                 bulletin board.
     member of an ensemble during the year.                                                                                               Parochiecentrum,
                                                                    ■ Leuven Alumni Orchestra (LAO)                                       Tiensestraat 124, B-3000 Leuven
     Cultuurcoördinatie also organises tower visits of                 ➟ Leuvens Alumni Orkest                                            Info:                    GROUP T
     K.U.Leuven’s central library on the Ladeuzeplein during                                                                                       Every week, GROUP T organises an event that
     carillon concerts (every Tuesday and Thursday evening             i   Rehearsals: Friday at 8:00 p.m. in STUK,                       Tel. 016 32 55 85                                  explores one of the cultures that inspire us. These
     from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.). The Cultural Commission sets the             Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                    events are open to anyone interested. In the past, they
     university’s cultural policy and lends support to cultural            Info:                                         Encounters with other cultures often take place         have included workshops on Thai cooking, cumbia,
     initiatives within the university community. Cultural activ-                               through music. Singing is a universal human acti-       dancing, English absurd theatre, tasting French wine,
     ities are also held at Pangaea, the international meeting             Tel. 016 22 43 28                                         vity and helps in building bridges. Pati Pati is a      Chinese taijiquan and traditional Flemish games as well
     centre of the university (for more information, see p.36).                                                                      solidarity choir sponsored by the university parish.    as demonstrations of Scottish bagpiping, Bollywood
                                                                       LAO is composed mainly of K.U.Leuven alumni.                  With almost 100 students (from a variety of coun-       love songs, French magic and Italian archaeology.
     UNIVERSITY MUSIC ENSEMBLES                                        They regularly work with a variety of conductors              tries) they perform a repertoire consisting primarily
                                                                       (P. Swerts, G. Soenen, P. Devos, G. Liekens, etc.).           of world music combining faith, social struggle and     These events, known as “Cultuurparels”, are organised
     ■ Arenberg Orchestra ➟ Arenbergorkest                             These days they are working together with Hans                everyday life.                                          together with GROUP T’s language school. Events usu-
                                                                       Casteleyn.                                                                                                            ally start at around 5:00 p.m. Please consult our web-
         i   Rehearsals: Thursday at 8:00 p.m. in STUK,                                                                           ■ University Concert Band (UHO)                            site for details:
             Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                         ■ Leuven University Choir (LUK)                                  ➟ Universitair Harmonieorkest
             Info:                  ➟ Leuvens Universitair Koor
                                                                                            i   Rehearsals: Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in STUK,          LEMMENSINSTITUUT
             Tel. 0472 43 01 22                                        i   Rehearsals: Thursday at 8:00 p.m. in Copal-klooster,           Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                     The Concertvereniging Lemmensinstituut has weekly
                                                                           Tervuursestraat 56, B-3000 Leuven                              Info:                                  concerts freely accessible to anyone of the interested
        This orchestra, counting some 30 members, origi-                   Info:                                                   students of Lemmensinstituut. Other students are wel-
        nated within the Engineering Students Association,                                           Tel. 0472 85 10 35                                 come at a special student price. See:
        but is open to other students as well.                             Tel. 016 23 47 11                                                                                                 (go to “Concertvereniging Lemmensinstituut”).
                                                                                                                                     The University Concert Band, conducted by Erwin
     ■ Capella Academica                                               The choir is only open to full-time students. It has          Scheltjens, is open to K.U.Leuven students, person-
                                                                       around 100 enthusiastic members and they perform              nel and alumni.                                         CITY OF LEUVEN
         i   Rehearsals: Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in Copal-klooster,       classical and contemporary choral repertoire. Con-
             Tervuursestraat 56, B-3000 Leuven                         certs are performed at Christmas and in the spring.        ■ University Symphony Orchestra (USO)                      LEUVEN CULTURAL CENTRE
             Info:                                                                                              ➟Universitair Symfonisch Orkest                         ➟ 30CC
                                                                                                                                      i   Rehearsals: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in STUK,           i   Brusselsestraat 63, B-3000 Leuven
        This is K.U.Leuven’s choir for personnel (and per-                                                                                Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                            Tel. 016 23 84 27 • Fax: 016 29 12 15
        sonnel of K.U.Leuven spin-off companies) and their                                                                                Info:       
        family members. The repertoire consists of both                                                                                              
        sacred and profane music.                                                                                                         Tel. 0486 38 42 91
     ■ Interfak Big Band (IBB)                                                                                                       The University Symphony Orchestra brings together              In&Uit, Naamsestraat 1,B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                                     around 70 musically talented students under the                Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
         i   Rehearsals: Monday at 7:30 p.m. in STUK,                                                                                baton of Edmond Saveniers. Each year they per-                 Booking by phone: Tel. 016 22 21 13
             Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                          form a number of concert programmes and take a                 Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m.
             Info:                                                                                     concert tour.                                                  to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m.
             Tel. 016 32 11 48                                                                                                    LOKO CULTURE
                                                                                                                                     See (p. 46)
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      30CC offers discounts ranging from 10% to 30%,             “fABULEUS”. You can also contact the centre to rent      ART IN MY ROOM
      depending on the performance. The Leuven Cultural          some of the facilities mentioned above. However,         ➟ KUNST OP KOT
      Centre, with 200,000 visitors and approximately            you need to get there early. Contact them as soon
      280 activities per season, is the most important           as you know that you want to organise an event.            An initiative of Kunst In Huis
      organiser of performing arts in the region. They’ll
      bring you a fascinating mix of theatre, dance, clas-     IN&UIT LEUVEN                                                  i   Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 30 (second floor),
      sical and non-classical music, workshops, lectures,                                                                         B-3000 Leuven
      children’s performances, and much more. There is           In&Uit (literally “In&Out”) is located in the sidewing           Tel. 016 22 45 60 • Fax: 016 22 45 40
      always something for everybody.                            of City Hall. It is a central reception desk where you  •
                                                                 can pick up all kinds of information and documenta-              Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only by appointment
      30CC holds performances, concerts and shows                tion concerning leisure in Leuven.                               Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      at many different venues around the city: the                                                                               Saturday from 9:00 2:00 p.m.
      Stadsschouwburg (municipal theatre) (Bond-                 Basically, In&Uit informs tourists as well as resi-
      genotenlaan 21), the “Minnepoort” Auditorium               dents about how they can spend their free time in                Attention: Kunst In Huis will relocate after June 2006
      (Dirk Boutslaan 62), the “Romaanse Poort” and              Leuven. You can learn about Leuven’s major sights,               because of the reconstruction of the museumsite.
      the “Wagehuys” (Brusselsestraat 63), the “Predik-          attractions and ongoing expositions, and about
      herenkerk” (O.L.Vrouwstraat), the public library           what is going on in music and performing arts.              Kunst In Huis would like to introduce contemporary
      “Tweebronnen” (Diestsestraat 49), and sometimes            Moreover, In&Uit sells visitor tickets for City Hall        art to students. If you want to cheer up your student
      even on the city’s street corners.                         and other places of interest and entrance tickets for       room in an artistically justified way, you can now
                                                                 local cultural activities (see above).                      hire a real piece of art. It will only cost you € 5.00 a
      After the performance you can always continue                                                                          month (+ € 25,-guarantee). Interested? Contact us!
      chatting and meeting people in any of the various           i   In&Uit Leuven                                                                                                        MUNICIPAL MUSEUMS
      halls where these activities are held. There is also a          City Hall                                           MOVIE THEATRES IN LEUVEN
      cultural café - Improvisio - in the main area of 30CC           Naamsestraat 1, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                        ■ Vander Kelen-Mertens Museum
      (Romaanse Poort, Brusselsestraat 63).                           Tel. 016 20 30 20 • Fax 016 20 30 03                ■ The Studio’s                                                         Savoyestraat 6, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                   i   Burgermeesterstraat 30, B-3000 Leuven                          Tel. 016 22 69 06 • Fax: 016 23 89 30
      In mounting new and innovative projects like                                                  Tel. 016 30 07 00                                    
      “Kulturama”,     “Dubbelspel”,     “Letterfretter”,                                                                                                      
      “Kunstbende”, “Licht Gekanteld”, “De Volle Tent”,...     STUK                                                                                                                              Open:
      30CC plays a pioneering role in terms of creating                                                                   ■ Kinepolis Leuven                                                     Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      partnerships and collaboration with the musical             i   Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                          i   Bondgenotenlaan 145-149, B-3000 Leuven                         Sundays and public holidays from 2:00 to 5.00 p.m.
      groups and arts companies in the Leuven area.                   Tel. 016 32 03 20                                           Tel. 016 31 96 00
                                                             -                                                               ■ Treasury of Saint Peter
      30CC also has a supporting function for the musi-                                                                                                                                       ➟ Schatkamer van Sint-Pieters
      cal company “La Petite Bande”, the “Flemish Radio          STUK is an important venue in Leuven and one of          ■ Cinema Zed                                                         i Grote Markt, B-3000 Leuven
      Choir” and the “Flemish Radio Orchestra”, and the          the most important arts centres in Flanders. Its pro-        i   Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                                 Tel. 016 29 51 33
      theatre companies “Braakland/ZheBilding” and               gramming features theatre, dance, films, music, fine               Tel. 016 32 03 20                                    
                                                                 arts, and new media. In addition to the big names,               Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.;      
                                                                 you can also find the work of innovative newcom-                  Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
                                                                 ers. Prices are in general very affordable. The open-            Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.                            *From March 16 to October 15:
                                                                 ing week, at the beginning of the cultural season, is   • (online-tickets)                  Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                                                 a unique opportunity to get to know STUK. You can                                                     Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                                                                 find all information on where you can                                                                                Sundays and public holidays from 2:00 p.m. to
                                                                 also buy tickets on line.                                   Cinema Zed is a not-for-profit movie theatre screening               5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                             primarily films from the alternative circuit.
                                                                 STUK has also an elegant ‘grand café’ where you                                                                                 *From October 16 to March 15: closed on
                                                                 can drink or eat something and read a newspaper                                                                                 Monday
                                                                 or a book. Friday evenings you can listen to a DJ
                                                                 and every Sunday evening you can enjoy a free                                                                                The Vander Kelen-Mertens Museum accommodates
                                                                 jazz concert.                                                                                                                the extensive collections owned by the City of Leuven.
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                                                                                                                             ■ Municipal conservatory for music, drama & dance              In addition, the university library has access to a
                                                                                                                                ➟ Stedelijk Conservatorium voor Muziek,                     wide range of bibliographical databases and schol-
                                                                                                                                Woord & Dans                                                arly electronic resources which can be accessed
                                                                                                                                                                                            from any PC connected to the K.U.Leuven net-
                                                                                                                                 i   Dirk Boutslaan 60, B-3000 Leuven                       work. There is an online catalogue for the univer-
                                                                                                                                     Tel. 016 22 21 21 • Fax: 016 31 08 28                  sity library and other connected libraries. You have
                                                                                                                           ; link onderwijs                          access to this online catalogue on the following
                                                                                                                                                                                            address: Your student or per-
                                                                                                                                For music, dance and drama, the music conservatory          sonnel card gives you automatic access to all the
                                                                                                                                caters to all your needs. If you are musically talented,    university libraries and their various services.
                                                                                                                                if you want to learn to play an instrument, learn act-
                                                                                                                                ing, or take dance lessons, please feel free to apply!     KHLEUVEN
                                                                                                                                Own creations of dancing-, theatre- and interdiscipli-
                                                                                                                                nary projects and the concerts of our ensembles and          i   Chief Librarian: Piet de Keyser
                                                                                                                                orchestras are regularly brought on stage.             
                                                                                                                                More info on                           

                                                                                                                                                                                            At KHLeuven, each department has its own library
                                                                                                                             12. Libraries                                                  where you can find subject-related books, maga-
                                                                                                                                                                                            zines, CDs and Internet access. For opening hours
                                                                                                                                                                                            check with the departmental librarian.
                                                                                                                             K.U.LEUVEN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
                                                                                                                                                                                           GROUP T
       There are frequent temporary exhibitions. Due to               What> is located at the old library premises. Con-         i   Ladeuzeplein 21, B-3000 Leuven
       important renovation works, the museum will be                 temporary art as well as cultural heritage are used            Tel. +3216 32 46 60 • Fax: +32 16 32 46 91             GROUP T students can use the K.U.Leuven library facili-
       closed from May 2006 until the autumn of 2009. Dur-            in the various projects of What>. Children, youth,             E-mail:           ties on the same conditions as the K.U.Leuven students.
       ing this period, the collection is on display in a tempo-      students, seniors, artists and (especially) inhabi-
       rary housing at the Leuvense Vaart. The Treasury of            tants of Leuven are invited to collaborate.                    Opening hours 2005-2006:                              LEMMENSINSTITUUT (HOGESCHOOL VOOR
       Saint Peter is a special wing of Saint Peter’s church,                                                                        Oct-June:                                             WETENSCHAP & KUNST)
       which has been transformed into a museum of late                                                                              Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.;
       gothic art. Discover the beauty of The Last Supper and      MUNICIPAL ACADEMIES                                               Friday from 9:00 a.m. tot 5:15 p.m.;                    i   Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
       The Martyrdom of the Holy Erasmus, paintings by Dirk                                                                          Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                       Thursday: from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       Bouts, one of the most famous Flemish Primitives.           ■ Municipal academy of fine arts                                   July-Sept:                                                  Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
                                                                      ➟ Stedelijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunst                     Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. tot 5:15 p.m.;
       You can buy a combined ticket to visit both museums                                                                           closed on Saturday                                     Lemmensinstituut has its own library with musical
       (for students: € 2.50). The admission fee is subject to        i   Dirk Boutslaan 60, B-3000 Leuven                                                                                  scores, music-related books, music magazines and
       change during temporary exhibitions. The first Sun-                 Tel. 016 22 08 70 • Fax: 016 31 62 19                 The university library system is composed of                internet access.
       day of every month there are guided tours for free.                                      more than 30 libraries spread out over the various
       A guided tour can be requested at: 016 21 15 11.                                                                         campuses of the university. The Central library            LEUVEN PUBLIC LIBRARY “TWEEBRONNEN”
                                                                      The academy offers a whole range of possibilities         has a special mission: to collect and preserve old         ➟ LEUVENSE OPENBARE BIBLIOTHEEK
     ■ What>                                                          designed to exercise your creativity. At the academy      book collections and to preserve old documents
                                                                      of fine arts you can study drawing and painting, pho-      of general interest. In the reading room you will            i   Rijschoolstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven
        i   Vanderkelenstraat 28, B-3000 Leuven                       tography (also digital), advertising and sculpture,       find an extensive collection of encyclopaedias,                   Tel. 016 22 65 22.
                                        digital imaging, graphics, ceramics and textile arts      bibliographies and reference works; in addition,       
                                    or lace-making. Several times a year exhibitions are      there is a collection of basic reference works for     
            Open:                                                     organised in the main Academy hall. A must!               each discipline. Most books and periodicals are
            Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                                                                    kept in closed stacks but you can request them at           The mission of the Leuven public library is to promote
            Sundays and public holidays from 2:00 p.m.                                                                          the circulation desk. Faculty or department librar-         knowledge and general culture among the inhabitants
            to 5:00 p.m. - Free admission                                                                                       ies house books and periodicals in their respec-            of Leuven. The library has two floors, each with its
                                                                                                                                tive fields.                                                 own opening hours and distinct character.
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      The upper floor houses the reading room.                                                                              13. Religion                                                    The university parish has an English-speaking interna-
                                                                      Practical Tip                                                                                                        tional community whose goal is to welcome people
      There you will find reference works in several lan-                                                                   Historically, Flanders is a predominantly Catholic              from anywhere in the world to form a Christian com-
      guages, journals, newspapers and weekly periodicals             In order to register as a library user, and          region. Even though churches nowadays draw only a               munity. They foster an open atmosphere where peo-
      (also in languages other than Dutch). There is a doc-           obtain your library card, you will need to           minority of the inhabitants, Catholicism is still the most      ple from different backgrounds, cultures and coun-
      umentation centre that provides information on the              show your ID card. If you do not have an             important religion. However, all world religions are            tries, and various walks of life, can meet and experi-
      province of Vlaams Brabant and its various commu-               official address in Belgium, you will be asked        represented in Flanders, and even smaller denomina-             ence Christian community in the Catholic tradition.
      nities, internet PC’s, online catalogues of the collec-         to pay a deposit.                                    tions usually have at least one established community
      tions. The reading room has plenty of seating, work-            You’re welcome in Tweebronnen!                       and place of worship in one of the larger cities.               Every Sunday of the year, at 10:30 a.m., the commu-
      ing tables and a few screened-off study carrels.                                                                                                                                     nity celebrates the Eucharist. The liturgy is followed
                                                                                                                                                                                           by a reception where people have the opportunity to
      The Reading Room is open daily, except on Sundays:          Archives ➟ Archief                                       K.U.LEUVEN                                                      meet informally. The community publishes a weekly
      Monday       10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                  bulletin entitled “Bridges”. It contains reflections,
      Tuesday      10:00 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.                         i   Tweebronnen, Rijschoolstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven        In keeping with centuries of tradition, K.U.Leuven wel-         news, and spiritual-theological insights. It is available
      Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.                                Tel. 016 30 08 70                                    comes students and scholars of various cultural, philo-         at the Sunday liturgy. Sacraments (baptism, confirma-
      Thursday     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                       sophical, political and religious convictions.                  tion, first communion, reconciliation, and marriage)
      Friday       10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                   are prepared and celebrated as community events.
      Saturday     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                                  ROMAN-CATHOLIC LITURGY
                                                                      Open:                                                                                                             ■ French speaking community – Paroisse Universi-
      If you want to use the reading room facilities, you             Tuesday: from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.                 ■ University Parish                                             taire, communauté francophone
      must have a library card.                                       Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.       i   Tiensestraat 124, B-3000 Leuven                          i Tiensestraat 124, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                      Friday: from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                          Tel. 016 32 55 85                                           Tel. 016/ 32 55 85
      The lower floor houses the lending library.                                                                                                         
                                                                  In the same building as the library, you will also find
      The library has extensive collections on loan: novels       the city archives with their historically interesting       The university parish is open to both international          The University Parish has also a french-speaking,
      in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish, Arabic          collections (maps, pictures, drawings, papers, liter-       and Flemish students, regardless of their cultural,          african community. The community celebrates the
      and Kurdish; non-fiction works (books and dvd’s)             ature, etc.) pertaining to Leuven and surroundings.         religious or political backgrounds. Everyone is              Eucharist at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Leo XIII-semi-
      ordered by subject and a diverse collection of comic                                                                    welcome for moral support, spiritual counselling,            nary, entrance via Vesaliusstraat 2.
      books. You can borrow books for up to four weeks.                                                                       christian education, prayer or serious reflection.
      But there is more. The library presents a large col-                                                                    Multilingual Taizé-encounters and prayer services         ■ Chapel of the American College
      lection of cd’s and dvd’s and a collection of refer-                                                                    are held on a regular basis throughout the year.              i   Naamsestraat 100, B-3000 Leuven
      ence works on music, movies and stage arts.                                                                             The university parish also runs eight community                   Tel. 016 32 00 11
      To be able to borrow library materials, you need a                                                                      houses where international and Flemish students                   Mass in English: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
      library card. The annual fee for a library card is € 2.50                                                               live together. Roman-Catholic liturgies for the uni-              Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m.
      for persons between 18 and 25; and € 5,00 for those                                                                     versity community are held as follows:                            Friday at 5:30 p.m.
      older than 26. When you’re younger than 18, member-                                                                                                                                       Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Monday at
      ship of the library doesn’t cost you anything! Most of                                                               ■ Church of St John the Baptist                                      8:30 p.m.
      the materials in the library can be lent free of charge;                                                                ➟ St. Jan de Doper Kerk                                           Confession or Spiritual Direction: by appointment
      only cd’s and movies have a lending fee. More infor-                                                                    Groot Begijnhof
      mation can be found in the users’ regulations.                                                                          Masses in Dutch: Sundays at 11:00 a.m., Saturday             The American College is a seminary and house of
                                                                                                                              evenings at 6:15 p.m., and Wednesday evenings                studies operated by the bishops of the United States
      The Lending    Library is open every day except on                                                                      student celebration at 6:15 p.m. Readings in English         in Leuven since 1857. Students of the K.U.Leuven are
      Sundays:                                                                                                                are always available.                                        always welcome to participate in the liturgies of The
      Monday         12:00 – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                     American College, and its priests are available for spir-
      Tuesday        12:00 – 9:45 p.m.                                                                                     ■ University Parish - International Community                   itual direction or confession (in English or Spanish).
      Wednesday      12:00 – 8:00 p.m.                                                                                         i   Minderbroedersstraat 15, bus 0.09,
      Thursday       12:00 – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                             B-3000 Leuven                                        ■ Holy Spirit College
      Friday         10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                        Tel. 016 32 08 13                                       ➟ Heilige Geest College
      Saturday       10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                               •                   i Naamsestraat 40, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                                                                                              In English: Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
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     ■ Saint Michael’s Church                                 ■ The Orthodox Parish of the Holy Apostel and                 Orthodox community. Smaller denominations and                for the Police Office. It is important that you register
        ➟ Sint-Michielskerk                                      Evangelist Mattheos                                        religions most likely have a community in Brussels,          the identification numbers of your valuables (like PC,
         i Naamsestraat 57, B-3000 Leuven                         i Contact Person: Priest, Father Alexander                Antwerp and/or Ghent as well.                                Laptop, sound equipment etc.). To avoid theft, please
           Tel. 016 22 42 28                                        Yavarouski, speeks Dutch and Russian,                                                                                read the precautions on the following webpages:
           Contact person: Paul Aerts                               Tervuursestraat 56 (Collegium pro Latina                                                                   
           Tel. 016 31 63 69                                        America or COPAL), B- 3000 Leuven                     14. Police and Safety
                                      Tel. 0498 83 45 56                                                                                                    i   Security Service K.U.Leuven
                                                                                LEUVEN POLICE HEADQUARTERS                                          Willem de Croylaan 40, 3001 Heverlee
        A Roman Catholic Mass is held in Spanish           (website in                                                                               Tel. 016 32 21 64 • Fax: 016 32 29 83
        on Sundays at 12:00 noon.                                   Dutch, Russian and Greek).                               i   Philipssite 4, B-3001 Heverlee                     
                                                                                                                                 Tel. 016 21 07 40 • Fax: 016 21 07 39
     OTHER CHRISTIAN COMMMUNITIES                                All services (liturgy and vespers) in Dutch and Old-                                       STUDENT POLICE OFFICERS
                                                                 Slavonic, occasionaly with some Greek, English or               Open:
     ■ The Anglican community of St M&M’s: St. Martha            Romanian.                                                       Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and                i   Hans Gooris
        and St. Mary of Bethany Anglican Church of Leuven                                                                        from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or by appointment)             An Goedefroy
         i Justus Lipsius College, Minderbroedersstraat                                                                          For emergencies (24 hours a day) please                      Grote Markt 8, B-3000 Leuven
           15, B-3000 Leuven                                  OTHER RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS                                      contact:                                                     Tel. 016 21 09 00
           Contact person: Father Jean-Pierre Herman                                                                             Interventieafdeling ITER                           
           Tel. 0475 68 46 65                                 ISLAM                                                              Philipssite 4, B-3001 Heverlee                     
                                                                                           Tel. 016 21 06 10 • Fax: 016 21 06 09
                  ■ International Muslim Students Association                                                                                 i   Politieantenne Leuven
                                                                 of Leuven (IMSAL)                                          The police department is in charge of maintaining                 Grote Markt 8, B-3000 Leuven
        The Anglican community M&M’s has a celebration            i Rijschoolstraat 25, B-3000 Leuven                       law and order. Leuven students can expect a visit                 Tel. 016 21 09 00
        every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Martha          Tel. 016 33 24 39                                      from a police officer if their party is making too                 Open:
        and St. Mary of Bethany Chapel, Minderbroeders-              For contact:                   much noise and the neighbours get annoyed and                     Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
        straat, 15 (Justus Lipsius College).                                                         complain. Police are also on the lookout for people
                                                                                                                            riding their bicycle without any lights, or cyclists
     ■ Protestant Church                                         IMSAL is the official representative of Muslim stu-         who ignore the traffic regulations. Students are               i   De Moete,
         i   Contact person: Ernst Veen                          dents of KU Leuven. It has its own Students Mosque         encouraged to report incidents to the police (e.g. if             Celestijnenlaan 200 P,
             Tel. 016 22 98 83                                   in Rijschoolstraat 25, where the daily five prayers         your bicycle is stolen, if you are involved in a traf-            B-3001 Heverlee
                                  are held in addition to the Friday prayer preceded by      fic accident, etc.). Police officers are there for your             Tel. 016 32 76 01
                                                                 Khutba (sermon) in both Arabic and English. Friday         security whenever you need them.                                  Open:
        There is a Protestant service in Dutch every Sunday      prayer starts at 1:00 pm (2:00 pm. during the summer                                                                         Weekdays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
        at 10:00 a.m. at Jesuit Church, Waversebaan 220,         months). Celebration of Islamic feasts and daily col-    SAFETY AND SECURITY SERVICE K.U.LEUVEN
        B-3001 Heverlee.                                         lective Iftar in Ramadan are arranged every year.        ➟ BEWAKING K.U.LEUVEN)

     ■ The International Church of Evangelicals in Leuven     ■ Al Fath mosque                                               i   Emergency Number K.U.Leuven (24-hour)
         i   Pauscollege, Hogeschoolplein 3, B-3000 Leuven       i   Penitentienenstraat 33, B-3000 Leuven                       Willem de Croylaan 40, 3001 Heverlee
             Contact persons: Kees & Toos Rosies                     Contact person: Mr. Bachiri                                 Tel. 2222
             Wijngaardlaan 34, B-3001 Heverlee                       Tel. 016 20 87 02                                           Or tel. 016 32 22 22
             Tel. 016 40 54 67                                                                                         
                                            The mosque belongs to the resident Muslim community
                                                                 of Leuven. Here the daily five prayers are held as well     In cases of emergency or accident within the University,
        Services in the Pauscollege, Hogeschoolplein 3, on       as Friday and Feasts prayers. The Khutbas (sermons) of     it is necessary to call or mail the 24-hour K.U.Leuven
        Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (separate nursery and Sun-         Friday and Eid prayers are delivered only in Arabic.       emergency number or e-mailaddress for a quick and
        day School for children under 12).                                                                                  efficient aid of the right auxiliary services. Moreover
                                                              OTHER CITIES AROUND LEUVEN                                    the K.U.Leuven guards will offer their support.
                                                                                                                            Likewise, if you are robbed within one of the K.U.Leuven
                                                                 Brussels and Antwerp have communities of most              residences or the University buildings, you can use
                                                                 religions, including a large Muslim, Jewish and            the same number. We then help you to make a report
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      The Student Officer’s task is to facilitate contact                                                                        This office looks after security matters: traffic safety,    16. SOS / Emergency Services
      between students and the police department. The                    Student Code                                           house break-ins, anti-social behaviour, drug abuse,            and Numbers
      students may contact them to report problems, and                                                                         personal safety, etc. The police are committed to
      to request information about organising parties and                As temporary inhabitants of Leuven, we, the stu-       the creation of a safe and welcoming city both for         In cases of emergency, always give your address and
      other events. They can also play a role in your regis-             dents, together with Leuven inhabitants, want to       the inhabitants of Leuven and for its many visitors.       telephone number. Speak slowly. It would be useful for
      tration at the Foreigner’s Office (see Chapter 3 “For-              work towards a safe, pleasant and livable town.        Generally speaking, Leuven is a very safe place to         you to learn a few words or expressions related to such
      malities upon arrival”, p.16). Please note that students                                                                  live and work. Due to the large number of people on        cases in Dutch or French.
      are expected to notify this office, or the student officer,          When we go out and have parties, we do it              the streets, it is not particularly dangerous to walk
      when they leave Belgium for home. Before leaving the               with respect for the night’s rest of those who         alone at night, even when it is quite late.                100             Ambulance and Fire Department
      country you need to return your residence permit.                  want to sleep.                                                                                                    101             Police Emergency Number
                                                                                                                                                                                           112             International Emergency Number
      To safeguard the livability of Leuven, the City, the               We refrain from vandalism, unhygienic practices     15. Births, Marriages and Deaths                              105             Red Cross Flanders Ambulance Service
      University and the other Institutions of Higher                    (vomiting, pissing in public, kicking rubbish, …)
                                                                                                                                                                                           106             Teleonthaal (suicide prevention)
      Education work together to minimise social incon-                  and we respect the properties of others.            Registry Office ➟ Burgerlijke Stand
                                                                                                                                                                                           070 25 70 25    Doctor on call
      venience. The collaboration between the Social                                                                          i Muntstraat 3, B-3000 Leuven
      Services of the K.U.Leuven, LOKO, ACCO, ALMA,                      In our dealings with others, we take into account      Tel. 016 21 17 04 • Fax 016 21 17 07                       016 32 22 22    K.U.Leuven University Emergency
      the City of Leuven and the Police, resulted in a Stu-              their personal integrity and we refrain from ver-                                                              Number
      dent Code against inconvenience. You can find the                   bal and physical violence, bullying and threats.                                                                  016 32 44 20    Medical Centre for Students – Doctor
      code on                                                                                 Births                                                                        on call (only in exam periods)
                                                                         We respect our co-tenants and neighbours and        You are required to inform the Registry Office of the birth    070 25 40 40    Dentist on call
      ‘Stef, the owl’ is the symbol for the fact that students           we keep our own place quiet and neat.               of your baby within 15 days of the birth. Forms concern-      0900 10 500     Pharmacies on duty (after hours and
      may have their parties, but always with respect for                                                                    ing insurance companies’ birth premiums and state child
                                                                                                                                                                                                           on weekends)
      the permanent inhabitants.                                         We voluntarily commit ourselfves to these val-      allowances can be obtained from the Social Service for
                                                                                                                                                                                           070 24 52 45    Poison Antidote Centre
                                                                         ues in order to make Leuven a pleasant and          International Students or the Human Resources Depart-
      Project” Kotfuiven”                                                safe town with room for working, studying,          ment (for researchers and visiting professors).               070 34 43 44    Card Stop for Bank and Credit Cards
      Due to a growing number of complaints about noisy                  living and going out.                                                                                             02 649 95 55    Suicide Prevention Centre
      house parties (‘kotfuiven’), an awareness campaign                                                                     Civil Marriages
      targeting the student community will be launched in                                                                    The municipal authorities in Belgium only recognise
      October 2006. House parties are and should remain           LOCAL ANTI-DISCRIMINATION CENTRE                           civil weddings, not church weddings. If you plan to           17. Hospitals
      possible, but only with the proper respect for your         (SEE P. 41)                                                have both a civil and a religious marriage ceremony,
      fellow housemates and neighbours.                                                                                      the civil ceremony must take place first. You do not           University Hospitals
                                                                                                                             need to have both on the same day.                            For all University Hospitals: tel. 016 33 22 11
      Some useful tips:                                           CRIME PREVENTION AND SAFETY SERVICES
      *   Keep the volume of your stereo down.                    ➟ PREVENTIEDIENST                                          Deaths                                                        • Gasthuisberg
      *   Keep your doors and windows closed.                                                                                If death occurs in a hospital, a death certificate will only   Herestraat 49, B-3000 Leuven
      *   Limit the number of participants in line with the          i   Philipssite 4, B-3001 Heverlee                      be given very exceptionally. This formality will be nor-
          available space.                                               Tel. 016 21 07 00 • Fax 016 21 06 99                mally done by the undertaker, but has to be paid. You         • Sint-Pieter
      *   Appoint someone as the party steward.                                                                              can do this yourself, but you then need to inquire at         Brusselsestraat 69, B-3000 Leuven
      *   Warn housemates and next door neighbours                       Open:                                               the Registry Office. If death occurs outside a hospital, a
          beforehand with a polite note.                                 Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by         doctor must be called to certify the death and to deter-      • Sint-Rafaël
                                                                         appointment                                         mine the cause of death. After that, the registry office       Kapucijnenvoer 33, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                             must be informed. It is advisable to ask for several cop-
                                                                     i   Prevention shop: for all information and display    ies of the death certificate, since they may be needed         • Pellenberg
                                                                         of the best bicycle locks.                          for insurance, banks, embassies, etc.                         Weligerveld 1, B-3041 Pellenberg

                                                                         Open:                                                                                                             Heilig-Hartziekenhuis (non-university hospital)
                                                                         Weekdays from 12:30 p.m. tot 4:30 p.m.                                                                            Naamsestraat 105, B-3000 Leuven
                                                                                                                                                        Tel. 016 20 92 11
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