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1     Foreword	 	           	            7
                                                 6.9 Transportation	
                                                 6.10 Communications	
                                                                                       62
                                                                                       66
                                                 6.11 Sports	                           72
2     IntroductIon	         	            8       6.12 Culture	                          74
2.1   Belgium	                           8       6.13 Libraries	                       80
2.2 Leuven	                             12       6.14 Religion and worship	             81
2.3 Institutions of Higher Education	   13       6.15 Births, marriages and deaths	    85

3     FormalItIes upon arrIval	         20       7     student organIsatIons	          86
3.1   Institutions of Higher Education	 20       7.1   K.U.Leuven	 	                   86
3.2 City of Leuven	                     24       7.2 KHLeuven	      	                  93

4     accommodatIon	        	           27
                                                 7.3 GROUP T – International University
                                                       College Leuven	        	        94
4.1 Housing Service	                    27
                                                 7.4 Lemmensinstituut (W&K)	           94
4.2 Practical Information on renting
      student accommodation	            33       8     oFFIces provIdIng servIces
4.3 City of Leuven	                     35             For InternatIonal guests	 	 95

5     Insurance and HealtH care	 36
                                                 8.1   K.U.Leuven	 	
                                                 8.2 KHLeuven, GROUP T – International
                                                                                       95

5.1   Health insurance	                 36
                                                       University College Leuven and
5.2 The Health Care System	             41
                                                       Lemmensinstituut (W&K)	         99
5.3 Other Types of Insurance	           43
                                                 8.3 City of Leuven	          	        100

6     day-to-day lIFe	                  46
                                                 9     educatIonal system	             104
6.1 Cultural Adjustment and
                                                 9.1   K.U.Leuven	 	                   104
      Places to Meet	                   46
                                                 9.2 KHLeuven,	     	                  108
6.2 Money matters	                      47
                                                 9.3 GROUP T – International
6.3 Schools and Child-Care Services	 49
                                                       University College Leuven	      109
6.4 Language schools	                   55
                                                 9.4 Lemmensinstituut (W&K)	           109
6.5 Shopping in Leuven	                 57
6.6 Launderettes, laundries                      10 polIce and saFety,
      and dry cleaning	                 58             emergency	                      110
6.7 Dining	                             58
6.8 Environment	                        59




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Useful Phonenumbers

emergency services (see also on p. 100)
Ambulance and Fire Department                                          100
Police Emergency                                                       101


Hospital – emergency department (spoedgevallen):
Go to the emergency department at the Regional Hospital ‘Heilig-Hart’,
Naamsestraat 105 or University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Herestraat
K.U.Leuven Emergency                                                   tel. 016 32 22 22
Medical Centre for Students K.U.Leuven, GROUP T, Lemmensinstituut and
Vlerick management school (working days 8 AM - PM)                     tel. 016 32 44 20
After hour family doctor (night, weekend, holidays)                    tel. 070 25 70 25


services for international students and guests
International office (K.U.Leuven) Admissions and Mobility Unit         tel. 016 23 40 78
Pangaea, international meeting centre                                  tel. 016 32 33 96
LOKO International                                                     tel. 016 32 33 95
LOKO Central (Student Body Council)                                    tel. 016 22 31 09
Foreigners’ Office (City of Leuven)                                    tel. 016 27 21 94
Student Cop                                                            tel. 016 21 09 00
Anti-Discrimination Centre (Meldpunt Discriminatie)                    tel. 016 27 26 00

student services (general)
K.U.Leuven                                                             tel. 016 32 43 75
KHLeuven vzw Studentenservice                                          tel. 016 37 57 47
                                                                       and 016 37 57 48
GROUP T - International University College Leuven                      tel. 016 30 10 30
Lemmensinstituut (W&K)                                                 tel. 016 23 39 67


Housing service
K.U.Leuven + KHLeuven                                                  tel. 016 32 44 00
City of Leuven                                                         tel. 016 27 26 50


social service
K.U.Leuven + KHLeuven                                                  tel. 016 32 44 36
GROUP T – International University College Leuven                      tel. 016 30 10 41
Lemmensinstituut (W&K)                                                 tel. 016 23 39 67




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medical centre for students                                                  tel. 016 32 44 20


psychotherapeutic centre                                                     tel. 016 32 43 43


KHleuven                                                                     tel. 016 37 57 00
Business Studies student secretary                                           tel. 016 37 53 00
Health and Technology student secretary                                      tel. 016 37 52 00
Teacher Training Heverlee student secretary                                  tel. 016 37 56 00
Social Work student secretary                                                tel. 016 37 51 00


group t – International university college leuven
Leuven Engineering College                                                   tel. 016 30 10 42
Leuven Education College                                                     tel. 016 30 11 72


lemmensinstituut (w&K)                                                       tel. 016 23 39 67

registrar’s office
K.U.Leuven                                                                   tel. 016 32 40 40
KHLeuven                                                                     tel. 016 37 57 00
- Business Studies student secretary                                         tel. 016 37 53 00
- Health and Technology student secretary                                    tel. 016 37 52 00
- Teacher Training Heverlee student secretary                                tel. 016 37 56 00
- Social Work student secretary                                              tel. 016 37 51 00




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     FO R E WO R D                                                                                                      1
             The City of Leuven and the Institutions of Higher Education welcome you proudly
             to this city and its various educational institutions. We have joined 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 to pursue studies, research or
             further teaching and training. It contains information concerning Belgium, daily life
             in Leuven and the various institutions of higher education in the city.

             This brochure also contains information that will help you to deal with the practical
             problems that everybody has to face when arriving in this country. It will also help
             you to better understand the Belgian idiosyncrasies and life-style so that your day-
             to-day life here soon becomes a positive and fruitful experience.

             Although “Living in Leuven” will not answer every specific question, this booklet
             will be of most help to you if you read it calmly and carefully. While doing so, take
             account of all the cultural, administrative and practical information contained in it.

             We wish you every success and a very fruitful stay.

             The Editorial Team




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Publisher:                                                     Lay-out: NV Swinnen Printing
Denise Vandevoort, Alderman for students affairs,              Photos: K.U.Leuven, KHLeuven and City of Leuven
City of Leuven (Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1,             Print run: 6.300 ex.
B-3000 Leuven).
                                                               Reproduction, in whole or in part, of text, illustrations or
Editorial team:
                                                               lay-out from this publication is, without a prior written
City of Leuven, K.U.Leuven, KHLeuven,
                                                               permission, strictly prohibited
GROUP T – International University College Leuven,
Lemmensinstituut (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap &
                                                               Advertising?
Kunst) and LOKO.
                                                               alfaset@loko.be, tel. 016 22 04 66, fax 016 22 01 03
Contact person:
dienst onderwijs, tel. 016 27 26 17, onderwijs@leuven.be


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2.1    . Belgium


ID Belgium

date of birth: 1830
national Feast day: 21 July
Kingdom: King Albert II & Queen Paola,
crown prince Filip

10 984 468 inhabitants (1/1/2011) with 355
people/ km2
58% lives in Flanders (N), 10% in Brussels,
32% in Wallonia (S)                               Character of the Belgians?
74 000 people speek German
                                                  Belgians
10 provinces with Leuven as the capital           * enjoy their “creature comforts”
of the province of Flemish-Brabant                * most own their own homes and spend
6 governments: 1 federal, 5 regional                a lot of time and money in constantly
Prime minister is Mr Yves Leterme                   renovating, decorating and improving
(Nov 2009 but ‘resigning’)                          them
June 2011: still no new federal government        * love good food and drink
since the elections of June 2010                  * benefit from an excellent social security
                                                    and health-care system
3 official languages:                             * insist on having their roads and
Dutch, French and German                            highways brightly lit at night
In Leuven, people speak Dutch                       (the illuminated “Belgian Window”
                                                    can apparently be seen from space)
Brussels=capital, and capital of the              * have the art of compromise: when they
European Union.                                     disagree, they try and find the middle
                                                    ground
ports: Antwerp and Sea-Bruges

religion: mainly Catholic (75 %), but
                                                  Climate
mass-attendance is very low, Muslim (4%),         “You must have a lot of patience
Protestant (1%)                                    with the Belgian weather, as
                                                   the winter is long, cloudy and
High living standard and excellent social
security system                                    cold...”(student from Greece)

Historical and beautiful towns: Antwerp,          The Belgian, maritime climate is characteri-
Bruges, Gent, Tongeren, Tournai, Liège            zed by abundant precipitation throughout
                                                  the year. The temperature is fairly variable
Highest point: 694 m above sealevel               and moderate (average temperature in
                                                  January: 3,3°C, in July: 18,4°C). Average
Read more on www.belgium.be
                                                  temperature 11,2°C. Extreme temperatures
                                                  can occur in summer and winter time.


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Name some famous Belgians?                            that most Belgians will agree wholehear-
                                                      tedly with any criticism you have to offer
•	 artists: Hieronymus Bosch,                         of their country, customs or politics.
   Pieter Brueghel, Peter Paul Rubens,
   René Magritte, Jan Fabre, James Ensor              To redress the balance, we would like to
•	 musicians, singer-songwriters: Milow,              reiterate that the standard of living in Bel-
   Selah Sue, Axelle Red, Johnny Halliday,            gium is among the highest in the world, its
   Jacques Brel, Helmut Lotti,                        citizens benefit from an excellent (almost
   Soeur Sourire, Django Reinhardt (jazz),
                                                      free) educational system, universal health-
   Toots Thielemans ,
                                                      care and social-security coverage, usually
•	 sports men and women: Eddy Merckx,
   Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters                       own their own homes, and have never star-
•	 politicians: Herman Van Rompuy                     ted or engaged in an armed conflict, either
   (First President of the European Council)          internally or internationally, except for a
•	 Fashion designers: Dirk Bikkembergs,               futile attempt at self-defence against the
   Walter Van Beirendonck,                            Germans in World Wars I and II.
   Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester
•	 Fictional: Hercule Poirot, Tintin, Smurfs
•	 writers: Georges Simenon, Hugo Claus
                                                      The Belgian Character
•	 scientists: Gerardus Mercator                      “Flemish people are quite cold
   (cartographer), Adolphe Quetelet                    at the first time. Don’t expect a
   (founder of statistics, inventor BMI)
                                                       stranger to talk to you. Some of
•	 other famous Belgians: Victor Horta
   (architect), Adolphe Sax (inventor                  them may be more open as long
   saxophone), Saint Father Damian,                    as you get to know each other
   Jean-Claude Van Damme (action-film                  more. It’s not because they are
   hero)
                                                       not nice or good. That’s just the
“There Are No Belgians”                                way they prefer. So don’t be
                                                       too shocked or think that there
Your Majesty, there are no Belgians” – a               may be something wrong with
Belgian politician once famously exclaimed             you.” (Student from Vietnam in
to the king. This statement exemplifies the            Leuven)
attitude of many Belgians towards their own
country. Although the politician in question          The one thing that most non-Belgians
meant to refer to the fact that Belgium is            would agree on when first confronted with
divided into different linguistic groups, it          the Belgians on their home turf is that they
also reflects the high degree of self-criticism       are a reserved and introverted people. This
characteristic of almost all Belgians. There is       impression usually lasts until their first visit
no such thing as a patriotic Belgian. Attrac-         to a Belgian’s home, where they will be very
tively modest though this attitude might              cordially welcomed and fed large amounts
                                                      of excellent food and drink.
seem, it does lead to a distorted image
of Belgium abroad. After all, who will take
                                                      A Belgian feels most relaxed and comforta-
a country seriously when even its own                 ble in the midst of his close circle of family
citizens deride it? As an international               and friends. Family ties are very important
student or scholar in Belgium, you will find          – witness the weekly exodus of Belgian

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students from Leuven, who routinely spend       served in a variety of peculiarly shaped
every weekend at home with their parents        drinking receptacles.”   The world wide
and childhood friends. Friendships are          spread Stella Artois beer is made in Leu-
enduring; once you have made a Belgian          ven and the community of Hoegaarden is
friend, you will find that it is very hard to   near by!
get rid of him.
                                                the figure and feast of sinterklaas (saint
Another attractive feature of the Belgian       nicholas) can create confusion among
character is the trend towards egalitarian-                         non-Belgians, often de-
ism. There are no obscenely wide gaps in                            scribed as the Belgian
income, the rich are never super-rich, the                          (and Dutch) version of
poor are provided for, and the number of                            Santa Claus.
homeless people might well be the small-                            However, he has no con-
est in the entire industrial world.                                 nection with Christmas.
                                                                    Dressed in magnificent
It is fashionable among Belgians and non-                           red robes and a bishop’s
Belgians alike to complain about the level                          mitre, Sinterklaas visits
of bureaucracy in the country and the in-                           Belgian (and Dutch) chil-
ordinate number of holidays that Belgians                           dren’s homes on the eve
enjoy. In fact, economic productivity is        of 6 December, and climbs the roof seated
among the highest in the world, and the         on his white horse, accompanied by his
anarchic streak in the Belgian character        faithful servant Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) to
ensures that bureaucrats never gain the         surreptitiously deliver presents through the
upper hand.                                     chimney.
                                                The Sinterklaas dates back to a legend
Belgium is also a very safe country, with       about the 4th-century Bishop of Smyrna
a remarkably low crime rate. Brussels,          (now Izmir in Turkey) who once miraculously
according to some surveys, is the safest        saved some children from captivity and
capital in the world in terms of the            death. You will never be able to miss this
murder rate. Leuven, we can assure you          special time of the year!
from a lifetime of personal experience,
is without a doubt a very safe university
town. The main crime element to watch
out for is bicycle thieves.


Belgian Popular Culture
                   try out the hundreds of
                   delicious Belgian beers.
                   According to one com-
                   mentator, Belgian beer is
                   “a heavenly liquid which
                   Belgians have perfected
                                                a kermis is a typically Belgian type of
                   thanks to centuries of
                                                fair, complete with noisy fairground rides,
                   intense contemplation by
                                                bumper cars, smoutebollen (a variety of
                   silent orders of monks.
                                                doughnut), escargots (snails) and frieten
                   Beer is the very essence
                                                (fries) stands, and the penetrating cries of
of the land, the blood of the nation, heaven

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lottery ticket vendors (“Everybody wins!”).        Places to visit In Leuven:
When you arrive in Leuven during the first
3 weeks of September, you will witness                                 Student mommy
what the kermis is!                                                    A statue for a landlady?
                                                                       Only in Leuven: “DE
Belgian carnival.                                                      KOTMADAM” is a land-
                     Though hardly compa-                              lady who let student
                     rable to the bacchanalia      rooms. She used to be a second mommy to
                     in Rio de Janeiro, car-       them, making sure the got enough sleep,
                     nival in Belgium can          preparing breakfast and giving them a
                     get very lively indeed.       shoulder to cry on, after disastrous exams…
                     Some towns with a
particularly strong carnival tradition are                             Dijlepark:
completely taken over by noisy parades                                 A litlle park with a small
and rowdy drunks for two, three or even                                lake, a romantic bridge
four days before Ash Wednesday, the                                    and a lovely green
official end of the carnival season. For a                             field of grass, situated
more artistic experience, the carnival in                              between the Zwarte-
Binche (Wallonia), famous for its colour-          zusterstraat and the Redingenpoort.
fully clad Giles with their eerie blank-faced
masks, is highly recommended, and was              Great Market Square (Town Hall, Saint-
recently elevated to the status of a UNES-         Peter’s Church with the Dirk Bouts ‘last
CO World Heritage tradition.                       supper’-panel), Great Beguinage with
                                                   Saint John the Baptist’s Church, Saint
                                                   Gertrude’s Church and Abbey (Halfmaart-
Touristic Leuven
                                                   straat), Saint Michael’s Church (Naamse-
                                                   straat), Botanical Garden (Kapucijnenvo-
tourism leuven / city Hall
                                                   er), University Library (Mgr. Ladeuzeplein),
Naamsestraat	1	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                                   M - Museum Leuven.
Tel.	016	20	30	20	•	Fax	016	20	30	03
tourism@leuven.be	•	www.visitleuven.be
                                                   around leuven:
                                                   Park Abbey (along Geldenaaksebaan,
Tourism Leuven is located in the sidewing
                                                   Heverlee), Vlierbeek Abbey (Abdijlaan,
of the City Hall. It is a central reception
                                                   Kessel-Lo), Arenberg Castle and Park
desk where you can pick up all kinds of
                                                   (Kardinaal Mercierlaan, Heverlee),
information and documentation concerning
                                                   Provincial Recreation Park (Kessel-Lo),
leisure in Leuven. Basically, Tourism Leuven
                                                   Heverlee and Meerdael Forest (south of
informs tourists about how they can spend
                                                   Leuven).
their free time in Leuven. You can learn
about Leuven’s major sights, attractions
                                                   In the province of Flemish Brabant:
and ongoing expositions, Moreover, Tour-
                                                   Horst Castle (St- Pieters-Rode), visit the
ism Leuven sells visitor tickets for the City
                                                   little towns of Hoegaarden, Diest, Tienen,
Hall. This is where you can obtain your
                                                   Zoutleeuw, Scherpenheuvel (pelgrimage
free copy of Leuven’s culture and leisure
                                                   site), Museum for Central Africa and Parks
magazine ‘Uit in Leuven’. And while you’re
                                                   (Tervuren).
there, also take a look at the media screens
showing and tourist highlights of the
                                                   tourism Flemish Brabant:
moment.
                                                   http://toerisme.vlaamsbrabant.be


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2.2.     Leuven


Leuven ID
 ‘The town of Leuven and the surroundings are a great place for
 young people to live. The university is very well organised. The ur-
 ban areas are cleaned and the air is fresh. There are conditions for
 secure bicycling everywhere.’ (Student from Bulgaria)

 ID City of Leuven


  •	 First mentioned in 884 as Luvanium
  •	 Capital of the province Flemish Brabant
  •	 Nearly 97.000 inhabitants, named ‘Pietermannen’ after the oldest parish
     St-Peter’s
  •	 5 communities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal
  •	 43.000 post-secondary and
     1.000 high-school students
  •	 Its population has a high average level of education
  •	 University is part of the town
  •	 Employment is primarily in the tertiary and quaternary sectors
  •	 Other large employer: University Hospital and Inbev (beer brewery).
  •	 Major = Louis Tobback
  •	 Alderman responsible for student affairs since 2001
  •	 Sister towns: ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL), Rennes (F), Lüdenscheid (D),
     Krakow (Poland)
  •	 Read more on www.leuven.be/en
  •	   Famous people who were born or live(d) in Leuven:
       •	 Erasmus (15th & 16th century) , Justus Lipsius (16th century),
          Andreas Vesalius (16th C), Mercator, Quinten Metsys,
       •	 Recent: Kim Gevaert (runner), Milow (singer-songwriter),
          Selah Sue (singer-songwriter)
       •	 Main events: Kulturama (February), Easter festival (days before Eastern,
          Beleuvenissen (July), Hapje Tapje (August) Marktrock (August)
          Leuven Fair (September).




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2.3.       Institutions of
           Higher Education

Katholieke Universiteit Leu-
 ven
Oude	Markt	13	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	32	40	10	•	Fax	016	32	40	14
info@kuleuven.be	•	www.kuleuven.be

 ID K.U.Leuven
 Founded in 1425 and oldest university in          Multicultural university with 12% of its
 the Low Countries.                                student body coming from abroad

 Start of courses in Dutch in 1911                 14 faculties, subdivided into three groups
                                                   (Humanities Group, Science, Engineering
 1970 split of the original alma mater into        and Technology Group and the Biome-
 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and                dical Group)
 Université Catholique de Louvain
 (moved to Louvain-la-Neuve)                       Extensive student services

 Its hospitality and academic excellence           Number of students: 38 640
 have attracted men and women from all             Number of international students: 5530
 corners of the world.                             Academic Staff: 5000
                                                   Administrative Staff: 2700
 High standards of education and research          University Hospital Staff: 8000




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Academic & holidays calendar 2011 – 2012

15 August // Assumption of Mary Day, public holiday
16 August // Start of the registration period K.U.Leuven for 2011-2012
5 September // Leuven Fair, all university, schools and City Offices are closed
15 - 17 & 22-24 September // Orientation Days for new International Students K.U.Leuven
26 September // Opening of the Academic Year K.U.Leuven
27 September // Start of the classes in the first semester for all institutions
30 September // Student Welcome with concerts in town
30 October // Change to Winter Time
1 November // All Saint’s Day (public holiday)
2 November // All Souls’ Day, University and City Offices are closed
11 November // Armistice Day (End of WWI), public holiday
23 December // End of classes in the first semester
24 Dec - 8 Jan // Christmas and New Year holiday -
Most offices will be closed from 23 Dec until 2 Jan
9 - 14 January // Exam preparation. No classes
15 Jan - 4 Feb // K.U.Leuven First semester exams
4 - 12 February // Mid-year break. No classes
2 February // Patron’s Feast Day K.U.Leuven
9 - 12 February // Orientation Days for International Students K.U.Leuven
13 February // Start of classes in the second semester
25 March // Change to Summer time
9 - 25 April // Easter holidays: no classes
8 & 9 April // Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, public holiday
1 May // Labour Day, public holiday
17 May // Ascension Day, public holiday
27 May // K.U.Leuven End of classes in the second semester
27 & 28 May // Pentecost and Whit Monday, public holiday
27 May – 10 June // K.U.Leuven Exam preparation. No classes
11 June – 30 June // Second semester exams
11 July // Flemish Community Feast Day
21 July // National Feast Day, public holiday




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KHLeuven
Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven
Leuven University College
Abdij	van	Park	9	•	B-3001	Heverlee
Tel.	016	375	700	•	Fax	016	375	799
international@khleuven.be
www.leuvenuniversitycollege.be


  ID KHLeuven

  Founded in 1995                          Advanced bachelor’s programmes,
                                           postgraduate certificates and other
  4 Departments:                           continuing studies.
  •	Department	of	Business	Studies         Number of students: 7.000
  •	Department	of	Health	Care	and	         Number of staff: 650
    Technology
  •	Department	of	Social	Studies           Headquarters: in the Park Abbey.
  •	Department	of	Teacher	Training         Its various departments operate on
                                           several campuses in and around the city.
  Bachelor degree courses in the areas
  of education, commercial sciences and    Mission: to prepare its students for
  business administration, health care,    the job market of the 21st century by
  industrial sciences, and social and      providing state-of-the-art higher
  community work                           education of the highest quality



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Department of Business Studies                 Department of Health Care &
                                               Technology
Hertogstraat	178	•	B-3001	Heverlee
Tel.	016	37	53	00	•	Fax	016	37	53	99       Herestraat	49	•	3000	Leuven	
echo@khleuven.be                           Tel.	016	375	200	•	016	375	299
                                           gt@khleuven.be
Bachelor in Business Management
Bachelor in Office Management              •	Bachelor	in	Applied	Computer	Sciences
Bachelor in Advanced Business Manage-      •	Bachelor	in	Biomedical	Laboratory
ment                                         Technology
                                           •	Bachelor	in	Chemistry
Department of Teacher Training             •	Bachelor	in	Nutrition	and	Dietetics
                                           •	Bachelor	in	Nursing
Hertogstraat	178	•	B-3001	Heverlee         •	Bachelor	in	Midwifery
Tel.	016	375	600	•	Fax	016	375	699         •	Bachelor	in	Intensive	care	and
dlo@khleuven.be                              Emergency care
                                           •	Bachelor	in	Mental	Health	Care
Bachelor in Education                      •	Bachelor	in	Oncological	care
Pre-Primary Education                      •	Bachelor	in	Paediatric	Health	Care
Primary School
Lower Secondary School                         Department of Social Studies
Teacher for Children with special needs
                                           Groeneweg	151	•	B-3001	Heverlee
                                           Tel.016	375	100	•	Fax	016	375	199
                                           ssh@khleuven.be

                                           Bachelor in Social Work
                                           Bachelor in International Cooperation
                                           North South




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Academic calendar
See calender K.U.Leuven (p. 14 )


GROUP T - International
University College Leuven
Campus Vesalius
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13
B-3000 Leuven
Tel.	016	30	10	30	•	Fax	016	30	10	40
group-t@group-t.com
www.group-t.com


 ID GROUP T                               Leuven Anticipative Continuing
                                          Education:
 Founded in 1970 as “Hogere School voor   Professional programmes in continuing
 Technisch Ingenieur Groep T Leuven”.     education. ACE-GROUP T also offers
                                          a wide selection of language courses
 Three closely linked schools:            with a strong focus on communication
 •	 Leuven	Engineering	College,           skills (Dutch, Spanish, English, French,
 •	 Leuven	Education	College	             Italian, German, Chinese, Thai and Hindi).
 •	 Leuven	Anticipative	Continuing	
    Education (ACE-GROUP T).              GROUP T has forged partnerships at
                                          home and in Asia, resulting in exchange
 Leuven Engineering College:              programmes with key universities in
 Undergraduate and postgraduate           China, India and in the countries of the
 programmes in engineering.               Greater Mekong Subregion.
 These programmes are also taught
 in English.                              With a mix of Flemish and international
                                          students its campus is an ideal place for
 Leuven Education College:                learning amidst a plurality of worldviews.
 Undergraduate teacher-training
 programmes, at present in Dutch only
 Postgraduate International Educating
 Classes (taught in English).



Academic calendar
See calender K.U.Leuven (p. 14)




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LEMMENSINSTITUUT
(Hogeschoolvoor Wetenschap
& Kunst)
Herestraat	53	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	23	39	67	•	Fax	016	22	24	77
info@lemmens.wenk.be
www.lemmens.wenk.be


  ID Lemmensinstituut

  Founded in 1879                        After obtaining the master’s degree,
                                         students can opt to specialise in a
  Since 1995 department of the           particular discipline. (ManaMa)
  “Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst”
                                         Situated in a large park area overlooking
  Developed into a complete              the Gasthuisberg university hospital.
  Conservatory which offers training
  in a wide range of disciplines:        The institute’s facilities include concert
                                         halls, theatres, ballet studios, multimedia
  Bachelor/Master in Music               rooms, a library and a number of
  •	Composition                          rehearsal studios.
  •	Conducting
  •	Music	Education                      The institute holds concerts, intro-
  •	Music	Therapy                        ductions to concerts, masterclasses,
  •	Instrument/Singing                   special projects which involve the
  •	Jazz                                 preparation and performance of
                                         musical master-pieces, specialised
  Bachelor/Master in Dramatic Arts       student ensembles for ancient and
  •	Declamation                          contemporary music, chamber
                                         orchestras and big band.




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Academic & event calendar 2011 - 2012

12-16 September // Production - week 1
19-24 September // Production - week 2
26-30 September // Production - week 3
3 October // Start of classes in the first semester
21-25 November // Production - week 4
28 November-2 December // Production - week 5
16-20 January // First semester exams
23 -27 January // Start second semester: Production – week 6
20-21 February // Free days
22, 23, 24 February // Masterclasses (production – week 7)
12-16 March // Production - week 8
19-23 March // Production - week 9
16 May // End of classes in the second semester
17-18 May // Whitsun and Whit Monday (Holiday)
21 May-19 June // Second semester exams
29 June // Proclamation
30 June // Entrance Examination




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F OR MA L IT I E S U P ON A RR IvA L                                                          3
3.1.     Institutions of Higher
         Education
                                                your student card. Please report to the
                                                Exchange Students Desk.

K.U.Leuven                                      This student card is generally considered
                                                to be the proof that you have been
Registrar’s Office                              recognised by the academic authorities as
Studentenadministratie                          a K.U.Leuven student. You will need it to
                                                take exams, to use the library and the
university Hall                                 university sports facilities or to get reduced
Naamsestraat	22	•	B-3000	Leuven                 prices at the university restaurants (Alma).
Tel.	016	32	40	40	•	sa@kuleuven.be              Make sure that you always have it with you.
Open weekdays from 9:00 am
until 12:30 noon                                In order to enroll as an Exchange
During the enrolment period for the
new academic year: from 16 Aug.                 Student, you must submit:
until 30 Sep. open from 9:00 am
until 5:00 pm                                   •	   your passport or identity card,
See www.kuleuven.be/registration                •	   a certificate or a valid student card
                                                     from your home university proving
                                                     that you have been enrolled as a
Exchange Students                                    regular (i.e. feepaying) student there
                                                •	   your permission (letter of admission)
As an Exchange Student, you remain en-               to enrol as an Exchange Student at
rolled at your home university during your           the K.U.Leuven (supplied through
study period abroad. However, you also               your contact person by the Interna-
need to enrol officially as an Exchange              tional Office before your departure),
Student at the K.U.Leuven. Therefore, it is     •	   a copy of your housing rental
absolutely essential that, after your arrival        contract (if you already have an
in Leuven, you go to the K.U.Leuven Reg-             address in Leuven).
istrar’s Office in order to enrol and receive
                                                Apart from your student card (with free
                                                sports card included), you will be given a
                                                proof of enrolment, which you will need
                                                when you register at city hall (see below
                                                for more information).

                                                Non-EEA (European Economic Area)
                                                students will be given an invoice of
                                                € 13 for the mandatory third-party liability
                                                insurance policy.


                                                Arrival at your faculty
                                                The first person to see when you arrive at
                                                your faculty is your contact person. Each
                                                faculty also has its own Exchange Pro-
                                                gramme Coordinator, i.e. a staff member
                                                who coordinates all exchange activities


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F OR MA L IT I E S U P ON A RR IvA L                                                        3
within the faculty. You can rely on him/her      Visiting Scholars (short-term)
for information about courses, timetables,
student organisations, etc.                     International office
When necessary, he/she will refer you to the    International Admissions and Mobility
appropriate office.                             Unit Atrechtcollege
                                                Naamsestraat 63, bus 5410
Regular Students                                B-3000 Leuven
                                                Tel.	016	32	42	71	•	Fax	016	32	37	73
All new international students, with the        admissions@kuleuven.be
exception of exchange students, have to         Open
present themselves at the International         weekdays from 9:00 am until 12:30 noon
Office before registering at the Registrar’s
Office. Bring your original degree, one         Visiting Scholars are asked to present
photocopy of the identity page or your          themselves at the International Office as
passport and one copy of your Belgian           soon as possible after their arrival.
student visa.                                   Take your K.U.Leuven invitation and your
                                                valid identity card with you. You will
When enrolling at the K.U.Leuven Registrar’s    receive a university guest card, which
Office, all EEA and non-EEA (European           gives you access to all university libraries,
Economic Area) students must submit the         university restaurants (Alma), etc.
following documents:
•	valid	passport	or	identity	card,               Visiting Professors, Researchers
•	admission	letter	from	the	International
  Office (see p. 92),                            or Administrative/Technical Staff
•	certificate	of	scholarship	(if	applicable),
•	a	copy	of	the	housing	rental	contract.        As a Visiting Professor, Researcher or
                                                Administrative/Technical staff member,
This applies to all regular students: un-       you will be invited for a welcome meet-
dergraduate, post-graduate, pre-doctoral,       ing at the Human Resources Department.
doctoral, international scholars, and stu-      During this meeting, you will receive your
dents in specialised programmes.                agreement/proof of registration, your staff
In addition to your student card, you           card and some additional information. For
will receive a proof of enrolment which         identification purposes, you are asked to
you will need for your registration at the      bring your identity card or passport.
Foreigners’ Office (see below, p. 24 for
more information) and the health insur-         Human resources department
ance office, an invoice of your tuition fees    (personeelsdienst)
(to be paid within two weeks), a third          Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege
liability insurance policy, a sports and        Parijsstraat 72, bus 5540
culture card.                                   B-3000 Leuven
                                                Tel.	016	32	83	05	•	Fax	016	32	83	10
                                                hrdepartment@kuleuven.be
                                                Open
                                                weekdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm




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KHLeuven                                         Arrival at your Department

Exchange Students                               After our Introduction Week, you will visit
                                                your contact person at your respective
Although exchange students remain               department. The first person to visit when
registered at their home institution during     arriving at your department is, of course,
their study period abroad, they still need      your contact person at your respective
to register as an exchange student at the       department.
host institution. This is why it is essential
that after your arrival in Leuven you get       Each department has its own exchange
registered and receive your student card.       programme coordinator, i.e. a staff member
This registration will take place during        who coordinates all exchange activities
our Introduction Week at the start of the       within his/her department. You can rely
Autumn or Spring semester, or in the            on him/her for information about courses,
department.                                     timetables, student organisations, etc.
                                                When necessary, he/she will refer you to
The student card is generally considered to     the appropriate service for students.
be the proof that you have been recognised
by the academic authorities as a KHLeuven        Regular Students
student. You may need it when taking
exams, or when going to the library or to       Regular students need to register in their
one of the university restaurants and for       respective departments.
free local bus transport. So make sure that     Please bring the following documents:
you always carry it with you.                   •	your	passport	or	identity	card,
                                                •	one	passport	photograph,
In order to enroll as an exchange student,      •	your	permission	to	register	as	a	student	
you must submit:                                  at the KHLeuven,
•	your	passport	or	identity	card,               •	for	non-EEA	students:	24.00	Euro	month	
•	a	certificate	from	your	home	university,        to subscribe to a third-party liability
  proving that you have been enrolled as a        insurance policy if not provided by the
  regular (i.e. fee-paying) student there,        home institution,
•	your	permission	to	register	as	an	ex-         •	a	copy	of	your	housing	rental	contract	
  change student at the KHLeuven (sup-            (if you already have a permanent
  plied via your contact person by the            address in Leuven).
  International Office before your depar-
  ture).                                        GROUP T – International
                                                University college Leuven
We expect you to have the necessary
insurance policies.
                                                 Campus Vesalius
Apart from your student card, you will
                                                GROUP T’s International Office is in
be given a proof of registration at the
                                                charge of the registration and reception
KHLeuven, which you will need when
                                                of international students. The International
registering at city hall (see below for more
                                                Office is also at the disposal of international
information).
                                                students who experience academic or
                                                problems.



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                                                LEMMENSINSTITUUT (W&K)

                                                In order to register you have to submit:
                                                •	identity	card	or	passport,
                                                •	the	certificate	from	Lemmensinstituut	
                                                  proving you passed the admission test,
                                                •	authenticated	copies	of	your	diplomas	in	
                                                  the original language,
                                                •	notarised	translations	of	your	diplomas	
                                                  in English, French, German or Dutch, if
                                                  one of these is not your native language,
You need to submit:                             •	academic	transcripts	of	your	previous	
•	an	application	form                             studies (with details of content, study
•	official	diplomas	obtained	upon	                credits and grades per academic year
  graduation in your own country, together        and per course),
  with a certified translation in English,      •	a	copy	of	your	housing	rental	contract,
•	passport.                                     •	a	copy	of	your	residence	permit

After registration you will receive a student   For postgraduate studies your diploma
card, a proof of registration intended for      must be officially recognised as equiva-
city hall, and a document intended for the      lent with the Flemish diploma. Information
health insurance company (see p. 36 and         about this procedure is available at the
following for more information).                Belgian embassy in your country or at the
                                                Student Administration (studentenadmin-
group t                                         isatrie@lemmens.wenk.be)
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13
B-3000 Leuven                                   The admission fee must be paid: either
Tel.	016	30	11	23	•	Fax	016	30	10	40            cash/ bancontact at the admission desk
internationaloffice@group-t.com                 or by proving that the entire fee has been
www.group-t.com                                 transferred to our bank account or that the
                                                transfer order has been given (by producing
Language Requirements                           a bank machine printout or other dated
                                                bank document).
In order to assess the extent to which
nonnative speakers are proficient in            You will be given a proof of registration, a
English, applicants for GROUP T’s study         student card and a pass that allows you to
programmes in English will be asked             travel by bus in Leuven for free.
to take the TOEIC (Test of English for
International Communication) as well as an      An intensive Dutch course for international
oral proficiency test upon arrival at GROUP     students is available during the summer
T. The maximum score depends on the             vacation at K.U.Leuven (ILT, see p. 54) and
programme you apply for.                        continues throughout the academic year.
                                                This course is highly recommended, since it
                                                makes integration much easier. An elemen-
                                                tary knowledge of Dutch is a considerable
                                                advantage.




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F OR MA L IT I E S U P ON A RR IvA L                                                            3
3.2.         City of Leuven                     After the visit of a police agent to confirm
                                                your residence, you will be invited to return
                                                to City Hall to complete your registration
                                                (non-EEA students only).
Foreigners office
Dienst buitenlanders                            For Visiting Scholars
Students, visiting scholars, researchers
                                                non-eea citizens who do not need
and visiting professors are required to
                                                a visa to enter Belgium for a period of
register at the Foreigners’ Office (in Dutch:
                                                three months or less:
Dienst Buitenlanders) within three days of
                                                •	valid	passport,	three	recent	photographs	
registering at your school. Below, we list
                                                  (passport size)
the documents you will have to present.
                                                •	€	5.00	fee
dienst Bevolking
                                                non-eea citizens who do need
Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
                                                a visa to enter Belgium for a period
B-3000 Leuven
                                                of three months or less:
Tel.	016	27	21	70	•	Fax	016	27	28	11
                                                •	valid	passport
Open
                                                •	 the	 Schengen	 visa	 stamped	 in	 your	
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
                                                  passport before coming to Belgium
Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm
                                                •	three	recent	photographs	(passport	size)
Thursday from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm
                                                •	€	5.00	fee

For Students                                    eea citizens
                                                •	valid	passport	or	identity	card
•	valid	passport	or	identity	card	(identity	
  card sufficient only for EU citizens)         After registration, you will receive a proof
•	the	Authorisation	for	Provisional	Sojourn	    of arrival in Belgium for the duration of
  stamped in your passport before coming        your stay.
  to Belgium (for non-EEA citizens only)
•	three	recent	passport	size	photographs	
  (three for EU citizens)
                                                For Visiting Professors
•	certificate	of	enrolment	at	K.U.Leuven        Researchers and
•	the	official	European	Health	Insurance	       Administrative/Technical Staff
  Card which provides your affiliation with
  a healthinsurance company in your home        •	 valid	 passport	 or	 identity	 card	 (identity	
  country (for EEA citizens only)                 card sufficient for EU citizens only)
•	a	proof	of	solvency	or	scholarship	           •	Annex	19	bis	for	EU	citizens
  attestation.                                  •	the	visa	stamped	in	your	passport	before	
                                                  coming to Belgium (for non-EEA citizens)
After your registration at City Hall, upon      •	rental	contract	(not	obligatory)
your request, you will receive document 15      •	 three	 recent	 passport	 size	 photographs	
(You will need three additional photo’s if        for the annexe 15 (not obligatory)
you require the document 15)
(EEA citizens will be asked to sign docu-
ment 19).




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You will receive:                                   To extend the validity of your
•	A	list	of	the	documents	you	will	have	to	
  submit to receive your identity card/             Identity Card
  residence permit,
•	possibly	an	annexe	15	that	proves	that	          You should report in person to the Leuven
  you have presented yourself at the City          Foreigners’ Office preferably before the
  Hall to register (upon your request).            expiry date of your identity card. Non-
                                                   EEA students will have to present another
After the visit of a police agent to confirm       proof of enrolment and a proof of solvency.
your residence, you will be invited to return      Postdoctoral researchers and visiting
to the City Hall to submit all the required        professors, depending on their financing,
documents                                          will be asked to provide either a hosting
                                                   agreement or an extension of their work
You are kindly asked to provide the Human          permit, after which their identity card will
Resources Department with a copy                   be extended.
of your identity card/residence permit.
                                                    Change of Address
Identity Card
                                                   Every time you change your address within
The card you receive after registering at          Leuven, you must report your new address
city hall is your official residence permit.       within eight days to the City Hall (zone C).
It also functions as your identity card in         If you are moving to another town or city
Belgium. This is an extremely important            in Belgium, you must report to the Foreign-
document and you are required to carry it          ers’ Office or town hall of your new city or
with you at all times! Take care not to lose it.   town. You are likewise required to inform
                                                   the university,


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F OR MA L IT I E S U P ON A RR IvA L                                                         3
the health-insurance company, and other         Visit from the Police Officer
relevant offices of your change of address.
At the end of your stay in Belgium and          After you register at the Leuven Foreign-
before your actual departure, you should        ers’ Office, your neighbourhood police
give notice of your departure to the Foreign-   officer will drop by your Leuven address
ers’ Office and hand in your identity card.     to verify that you actually live there. If you
                                                are not at home at the time of the officer’s
Loss of your Identity Card                      visit, you might receive a letter inviting
                                                you to report to the police station in your
If you lose your identity card, you must        district. Make sure you do this as soon as
report this in person at the local police       possible in order to avoid misunderstand-
station and sign an official declaration of     ings or future administrative problems.
loss. Bring along two passport photo-           Visiting professors and students living
graphs as well. After an investigation by       on the Arenberg Campus are under the
the police, you will be given a duplicate       supervision of the student police officer
identity card.                                  and should visit the branch office at
                                                Celestijnenlaan 200P, B-3001 Heverlee
                                                (between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm, see
Leaving Belgium Temporarily                     p. 111).
                                                Before leaving Belgium permanently,
If you temporarily have to leave Belgium
                                                please make sure that you visit the
for a period longer than three months, you
                                                Foreigners’ Office to turn in your Belgian
must contact the Foreigners’ Office at city
                                                identity card. If you ever need to come back
hall to find out what administrative proce-
                                                to Leuven, this will save you and the city’s
dures you must follow.
                                                officials a great deal of time and trouble.




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ACCO M M O DATIO N                                                                       4
Leuven owes its lively atmosphere to the      about the various types of permanent
large number of students (about 45,000).      housing in the private sector and in univer-
                                              sity residence halls. They will also answer
Student life is fully integrated into the
                                              specific questions about rent-related
community since there are no separate         issues such as contracts, legal regulations,
student campuses except for the Science       fire insurance, security, rental surcharges,
and Engineering campus in Heverlee.           etc. Should you have any complaints about
Because the supply of housing provided        your accommodation or a dispute with the
                                              landlord, they can also provide assistance
by the educational institutions themselves
                                              and mediation.
is quite limited, about 80% of students are
accommodated in the private sector.           van dalecollege
                                              Naamsestraat	80	•	B-3000	Leuven
The private housing market offers a wide      Tel.	016	32	44	00	•	Fax	016	32	88	20
range of rooms, studios and apartments, of    housingservice@dsv.kuleuven.be
diverse quality, price level and location.    www.kuleuven.be/accommodation
Addresses of vacant rooms can be con-         Open
sulted at the Housing Service, but students   Weekdays from 2:00 until 5:00 pm
need to view the properties, negotiate        From 1 June until 30 September:
with landlords and sign the rental contract   Weekdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon
personally. This means that for interna-      and from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm
tional students it is almost impossible to
arrange permanent accommodation in
advance from outside Belgium. All students    Visiting professors and fellows
are therefore strongly advised to come to
                                              Visiting professors, senior fellows and
Leuven approximately one week before the
                                              visiting scholars can contact Mrs. Leen
start of the courses and move into tempo-
                                              Bogaert for suitable accommodation in the
rary housing for the first few days. Room
                                              residential area of the University Centre
hunting will then take a few days of
                                              ‘Groot Begijnhof’.
running around, but with some help from
the housing officers, all international
                                              If the residential area of the Groot Begijn-
students should be able to find their new
                                              hof is fully booked, these guests will be
‘home’ in Leuven within about a week.
                                              referred to the private sector.


4.1.     Housing Service
                                              Mrs. Leen Bogaert
                                              Groot Begijnhof University Centre
                                              Groot	Begijnhof	94	•	B-3000	Leuven
Regular students, exchange                    Tel.	016	32	99	11	•	016	32	94	29
students, visiting scholars and               grootbegijnhof@kuleuven.be
                                              www.kuleuven.be/accommodation/stu-
researchers                                   dent/guest.htm
                                              www.kuleuven.be/grootbegijnhof/wel-
The Housing Service assists international     come
students, both from K.U.Leuven and from
the other Leuven institutions, in finding
suitable housing. Students who have just
arrived should go to this office immedi-
ately. The office can provide information


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ACCO M M O DATIO N                                                                           4
Regular students, researchers                      Private Accommodation
and visiting scholars
                                                  Kotwijs
Temporary housing                                 International students who stay in Leuven
(guesthousing)                                    for a full academic year can look for hous-
                                                  ing using Kotwijs, the online address data-
The only preliminary housing arrangement          base from the Housing Service, in which
international students can make prior to          they will find a detailed survey of private
their arrival is to reserve guesthousing.         rental accommodation.
Since it is not possible to move into
permanent lodgings immediately upon               Addresses vacant for the new academic
arrival it is advisable to arrange guesthousing   year are advertised from 1 June. Through-
for a few nights.                                 out the summer period, the programme
                                                  can be consulted locally in the computer
The price of a guestroom can vary from a          room of the Housing Service for those
low budget room with basic comfort in the         students that don’t have access to internet.
youth hostel or in a university guesthouse,       You can enter your requirements regarding
to a more expensive room in a hotel or            type of accommodation, facilities, maxi-
B&B. International students should make a         mum rent, etc., and the system will show
reservation in advance themselves!                a selection of suitable addresses, together
                                                  with the landlord’s details. The database
Information about guesthousing can be             is updated constantly: rented rooms are
found on www.kuleuven.be/accommoda-               removed and new ones are added. After
tion/ guesthousing.html                           performing a search via the address data-
                                                  base, it is recommended that you view the
                                                  rooms as quickly as possible.

                                                  Student rooms
                                                  Single students generally rent a room (or
                                                  “kot” in Dutch) in a student house shared
                                                  with between 5 and 15 fellow students.
                                                  Rooms are mostly for 1 person and
                                                  furnished. The average size of a room is 12
                                                  to 15 m². Bed linen and kitchen utensils are
                                                  not provided. Each room has a private sink,
                                                  but showers, toilets and kitchen are shared.
                                                  Access to the internet (see Kotnet p. 67) is
                                                  widely available in private student accom-
                                                  modation.

                                                  Rooms are rented per academic year. The
                                                  rental term starts in September and is
                                                  concluded for 10, 11 or 12 months. Rooms
                                                  that become available during the academic
                                                  year will be rented out for the remainder of
                                                  the initial rental term. The average rent
                                                  varies between € 280 and € 320 per
                                                  month, including expenses for heating,


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electricity and water (utilities). The price    International students who wish to bring
depends on the size and the private com-        their family to Leuven should take into
fort of the room.                               account that the surface area of an
                                                apartment for 2 persons must be at least
Studios                                         27 m² and for 3 persons at least 40 m².
“Studio” is the word commonly used in           The surface area of the bathroom is not
Leuven to refer to a one-room flat, with a      included. As this type of accommodation
private bathroom and kitchenette. Studios       is not typical student housing, the supply
usually come furnished and have an              is limited.
average size of 18 to 20 m2. Some larger
studios may be suitable for couples, but        University Residence Halls
most of them are intended for one person        K.U.Leuven reserves a small number
only. International students who wish to        of housing units (i.e. rooms for single
bring their partner to Leuven should take       students, flats and apartments for families)
into account that the size of a studio for 2    in subsidized university residence halls.
persons must be at least 27 m².                 Only students from a developing country
                                                who hold a modest Belgian scholarship are
The size of the bathroom is not included.       eligible for these accommodations. Alloca-
The rent ranges from € 400 to € 500 per         tion always takes place after the student’s
month for a studio for 1 person and from        arrival in Leuven through the Housing
€ 400 to € 600 for a studio for 2 persons.      Service. In case no subsidized rooms are
The cost for heating, electricity and water     available at the moment of arrival, students
(utilities) is usually not included. The com-   are referred to the private housing market.
mon rental period for a studio is 12 months.    For studios and apartments there is always
                                                a waiting list. Married students who arrive
Apartments                                      in Leuven together with their families will
Apartments are suitable for couples and         not be given priority on the waiting list,
families. In addition to a kitchen and bath-    but will be referred to the private housing
room, they have a living/dining room and        market.
at least one separate bedroom. Furniture
is normally not provided. The rental period     Exchange Students
for an apartment is at least one year. The
rental term of apartments provided on the       (Erasmus)
commercial sites is at least 3 years.
                                                The K.U.Leuven has reserved about 200
The rental price of a onebedroom apart-         of its 1200 non-subsidised university resi-
ment is generally € 500 to € 700; a two or      dence rooms to house foreign students
three bedroom apartment will cost € 750         taking part in the Erasmus / Socrates
or more per month. The cost for heating,        exchange programs. These rooms are
electricity and water (utilities) is usually    randomly located amongst rooms for
not included.                                   Flemish students or other foreign students
                                                and they are spread over 7 residences
                                                across the City of Leuven.

                                                Exchange students who do not wish to
                                                rent a room in a non-subsidised university
                                                residence are referred to the private sector
                                                for permanent accommodation. The only


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housing arrangement these students can          Married students
make prior to their arrival in Leuven is to
reserve guesthousing (see page 28). Once        While single students have the possibility
in Leuven, exchange students are welcome        to stay in a guestroom upon arrival,
to come to the Housing Service where            guestroom facilities for families are very
they will be given information and guided       limited. For this reason, married students
through the procedure to find permanent         should always plan to arrive in Leuven
housing. In order to arrange permanent          alone at first and bring their families to
housing smoothly, it is recommended to          Belgium later, only after suitable permanent
come to Leuven minimum 1 week before            accommodation has been found.
the beginning of the courses.                   Students arriving together with their family
                                                cannot be given priority on the waiting list
The room hunt generally takes from a few        for subsidised university apartments, but
days to 1 week. Exchange students staying       they will be referred to the private sector.
for the entire academic year will be referred
to the database of privately rented student
housing. Exchange students staying for          Visiting professors and fellows
the first semester will find it difficult to
negotiate with landlords, who are seldom        Visiting professors and fellows can apply
prepared to sign a rental contract for less     to Ms. Leen Bogaert (grootbegijnhof@
than 10 months.                                 kuleuven.be) for suitable accommodation in
                                                the residential area of the University Centre
These students can complete an online           ‘Groot Begijnhof’. These rental units are
application form to receive a list of rooms     fully furnished and adapted to the needs of
being sublet by Belgian students who study      international visitors whose stay in Leuven
abroad or are in training for one semester.     does not exceed a period of one year.
The Housing Service also has a separate list    However, the number of available units in
of rooms from private landlords who are         Groot Begijnhof is limited. Since the demand
prepared to rent for a shorter rental period.   often outstrips the supply, accommodation
There is also a list of exchange rooms for      must be requested in writing, if possible at
the second semester. The list for the first     least three months in advance.
semester is available from the beginning of     Priority is given to international visitors who
July and the list for the second semester is    are appointed as visiting professors by the
available from the beginning of December.       GEBU (Executive Board), to visitors who
Exchange students can choose to apply for       have been granted a senior fellowship by
the list of rooms being sublet by Belgian       the Research Fund, and to visiting fellows
students by email and make a reservation        under the auspices of a bilateral agreement.
from abroad, or they can wait until their
arrival in Leuven to receive the list and to    Allocation of the available housing units is
start the housing search.                       always based on family size and the specific
                                                needs of the applicant. As mentioned
                                                above, not all demands can be met. Visitors
International project houses                    whose application has been turned down
(see p. 47)                                     will be referred to the Housing Service
                                                for help in finding suitable housing in the
                                                private sector. Like regular students, they
                                                are strongly advised against signing a
                                                rental contract without having inspected
                                                the property personally.

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KHLeuven                                        GROUP T -International
                                                University College Leuven
• Temporary Housing
Upon arrival in Belgium, international stu-    • Regular Students
dents of the KHLeuven are referred to the      GROUP T provides only a limited number
youth hostel ‘De Blauwput’, (Martelaren-       of rooms for foreign students. However,
laan 11 A, B-3010 Kessel-Lo) where they will   students can turn to the K.U.Leuven
be accommodated during the Introduction        Housing Service for information about
Week.                                          available rooms, studios and apartments
                                               in the private sector (see p. 28). Since
• Regular Students                             it’s difficult to find permanent housing
International students who stay at the         in advance, it’s advisable to arrive some
KHLeuven for an entire academic year           time before the beginning of the courses
will be referred to the K.U.Leuven Housing     and contact GROUP T’s International
Service. The procedure to find permanent       Office for help in arranging temporary
housing is the same as for students from       accommodation.
K.U.Leuven (see p. 28). They can search the
Kotwijs online database of private rental      • Visiting Scholars and Professors
student accommodation.                         The International Office of GROUP T pro-
KHLeuven students cannot apply for             vides visiting scholars and professors with
housing in other K.U.Leuven subsidized         information about the various types of
residence halls.                               accommodation.

• Exchange Students
Once settled in at their temporary              LEMMENSINSTITUUT
residence, exchange students from the           (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap
KHLeuven will be accompanied to the
housing office for assistance in finding        & Kunst )
permanent accommodation.
                                               The K.U.Leuven Housing Service (see p. 27)
Those staying for the entire academic year
                                               can assist you in finding a student room
may consult the online address database
                                               in Leuven. A list of available student
of private student rooms and apartments.
                                               rooms in the neighbourhood of Lemmens-
Those staying for one semester only will
                                               instituut can also be obtained at the
be given a list of rooms to be sublet by
                                               reception desk of the school. Since it is
Belgian students who have gone to study
                                               not so easy to find permanent housing,
abroad for a single semester.
                                               it is advisable to arrive some time before
                                               the beginning of the courses and contact
                                               international@lemmens.wenk.be (Hilde De
                                               Dobbeleer) for help in arranging temporary
                                               accommodation. Music practice rooms are
                                               available each day from 7:30 am till 10:00
                                               pm (Friday till 5:30 pm).




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4.2.        Practical Information
            on Renting Student
                                                 The deposit or its balance will be reim-
                                                 bursed within one month after the end of
                                                 the agreement, taking into account that
            Accommodation
                                                 the landlord should have the opportunity
                                                 to draw up the final bill for heating, elec-
The Rental Contract                              tricity, etc. before he can return the balance
                                                 of the deposit. The landlord can charge an
Legally, every rental agreement has to be        extra cost if the keys are not returned in
written. In practice, anything that has been     time and/or the room has not been cleaned
agreed upon orally will be difficult to          thoroughly.
prove. It is advisable to use the standard
K.U.Leuven rental contract, which is
recognisable by the logo of K.U.Leuven.           Supplementary expenses
Standard contracts are freely available at
the Housing Service. Alterations are possi-      If the cost of heating, electricity, water, etc.
ble but are seldom to your advantage and         is not included in the rent, the contract
both parties must always sign them. Every        should clearly state how these costs will
rental contract will be valid if both tenant     be calculated. Many contracts state that
and landlord sign it. If the landlord insists    the tenants have to pay a monthly advance
on his own type of contract, please drop by      for the costs, over and above the cost of
the Housing Service before you sign it. The      the rent. At the end of the agreement, a
housing officers will read it through, trans-    settlement of the total costs is made,
late big parts of the contract and let you       taking into account the advance payments.
know if it is reliable or not. The rental term   The calculation of these costs should be
starts in September and will generally be        submitted to the tenant in a separate,
concluded for 10, 11 or 12 months.               detailed bill. The landlord provides this
Rooms, studios and apartments that               calculation at the latest within one quarter
become available during the academic             after the end of the rental period. If each
year will be rented out for the remainder of     housing unit is equipped with an individual
the initial rental term. Terminating a rental    electricity and gas meter, the tenant and
contract before its expiration date is very      the landlord should make a note of the
difficult.                                       meter reading at the beginning and at the
                                                 end of the rental term.

The deposit                                      When the final bill is submitted, tenants
                                                 are entitled to see the individual invoices
When you conclude a contract, the                for the various costs. Some contracts state
payment of a deposit is required. For            that the tenants have to pay a fixed amount
rooms, a deposit of one or two months            for the supplementary expenses. In this
rent is usual. For studios and apartments,       case no calculation will be made at the
deposits generally amount to two months          end of the contract. Tenants of apartments
rent. This sum can never be considered as        and houses normally have an individual
rent and can only be used to compensate          contract with the gas, electricity and water
for damage to the rented property caused         companies. In this case they will receive the
by the tenant or by third parties to whom        invoices directly from the company.
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City tax                                        An individual policy is obviously more
                                                expensive, depending on the coverage
The city of Leuven levies a local tax on the    and the value of the property and furniture
rental of student accommodation. This tax       insured. When you rent a room from
amounts to € 75 per person. Technically,        another student (subletting) you can sign
the tax is levied on the owner, but most        in on a fire insurance policy offered by
landlords stipulate in their contracts that     the K.U.Leuven that covers your liability
they will recover this sum from the tenant.     towards the landlord and third parties, as
                                                well as your personal belongings. This fire
                                                insurance policy costs € 25 per year.
Fire insurance
When you rent a property, you are respon-       What to do in case of problems?
sible for damage caused by fire, water, or
explosion, except in circumstances beyond       Whenever you have difficulties in under-
one’s control (i.e. “force majeure”).           standing your contract or any other
                                                document related to your rental accom-
You should subscribe to an insurance pol-       modation, you can seek the advice of
icy to cover these risks. Whether tenants       the Housing Service for translation and
should take out an individual insurance         interpretation of the contents. In case of
policy or if they are insured by the policy     a conflict with the landlord, the Hous-
of the landlord depends on what has been        ing Service can help to solve the problem
agreed upon in the rental agreement. Since      or mediate between the tenant and the
landlords have insured their building for       landlord.
fire and related risks, electrical and water
damage, they usually include an insurance       Complaints about the conditions of
on behalf of the tenant in this policy, which   the property should be reported to the
covers the tenant’s liability towards the       landlord first, so he can undertake action.
landlord and towards third parties. In the      If the landlord does not respond or reacts
contract the landlord can stipulate that the    insufficiently, students can turn to the
tenant must pay his/her share in the fire       Housing Service. If necessary, a housing
insurance premium.                              officer will visit the accommodation to
                                                assess the housing situation on site and
The tenant’s personal belongings, however,      advise the tenant of what procedure
will never be covered by the landlord’s         should be followed.
insurance policy. To insure damage to his/
her own property, the tenant needs to sub-
scribe to a separate insurance policy.
If the contract does not stipulate that the
tenant’s liability is insured through the
landlord’s policy, which is usually the case
for tenants of apartments and houses,
the tenants need to take out individual
insurance to cover the risks of damage
both to the landlord’s property and to
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4.3.       City of Leuven                      rooms. The office can summon the fire
                                               brigade to check on the fire safety of the
                                               student rooms. Landlords can apply to
                                               this department to obtain a certificate of
Housing and Property Office                    conformity (“conformiteitsattest”), i.e. an
                                               official confirmation that their property
If necessary, an appointment can be made
                                               complies with the legal regulations.
outside the office hours. This office super-
vises the quality of rented properties in
                                               Students can turn to this office for
Leuven, in close co-operation with the local
                                               information about the legal quality
fire department and the Flemish regional
                                               standards imposed by the regional and
authorities.
                                               local authorities. Shortcomings in student
                                               houses, however, should be reported to
dienst wonen
                                               the K.U.Leuven Housing Service in the first
Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
                                               instance. Only in cases of serious quality
B-3000 Leuven
                                               problems, for which the mediation of the
Tel.	016	27	26	50	•	Fax	016	27	28	18
                                               Housing Service has proved unsuccessful,
huisvesting@leuven.be
                                               an official complaint to the municipal
www.leuven.be
                                               housing office can be considered. In the
                                               event of serious shortcomings, the local
The municipal housing office draws up an
                                               council can decide to close down the
inventory of unoccupied and dilapidated
                                               premises and impose a penalty on the
dwellings and investigates problems with
                                               landlord.
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5.1.      Health Insurance                         If you have no EHIC, you are required to
                                                   follow the same procedure as non-EEA
                                                   students and take out health-insurance
                                                   coverage in Belgium.
All residents of the country, Belgian or
otherwise, are required by law to be covered
by a health insurance policy. It is also in your   Non-EEA	citizens	who	are	
own interest. Without insurance coverage,          selfsupporting students
the cost of medical care can quickly
spiral out of control. For instance, a single
                                                   (or whose scholarship does
night’s stay in the hospital can cost up to        not include health insurance)
€ 400 not including treatment or medicine.
A standard health insurance policy will            Self-supporting students, or those with a
reimburse about 75% of the cost of a               scholarship that does not include health
doctor’s visit, medicine and hospitalization.      insurance, should take out a health insur-
                                                   ance policy. If you arrive before 1 July, you
The information about health insurance is          will have to obtain temporary private health
grouped according to the following cat-            insurance (see below). The cost of private
egories: self-supporting students, students        insurance is € 41.15 per month for men and
with a scholarship, researchers, visiting          up to € 60.49 per month for women and
professors and visiting scholars. Please           children. If you arrive after 1 July, you can
turn to the section that applies to your           wait until the start of the university’s enrol-
particular situation.                              ment period.
                                                   With your proof of enrolment, you can
                                                   subscribe to a health insurance policy at
Self-supporting Students,                          the insurance company of your choice.
EEA students and EEA                               However, it may be useful to know that K.U.
                                                   Leuven has excellent relations with ‘CM -
Exchange Students in the                           Leuven’ (Christelijke Mutualiteit, a major
LLP/Erasmus programme                              health-insurance company).

Students who are EEA nationals should              CM organises information and sign-up
obtain a so-called European Health                 sessions about the affiliation with the
Insurance Card (EHIC) proving you already          Health Insurance Company.
have insurance coverage in your home               See website: www.cmleuven.be/students.
country. Nationals from Algeria, Australia,
Tunisia, Turkey, former Yugoslavia can also        The documents you must submit
obtain documents under the terms of the            •	passport,
agreement between Belgium and their                •	Belgian	identity	card	(if	you	have	it	
country. Any medical costs you may incur             already) or annex 15,
will be reimbursed by a Belgian health-            •	the	certificate	of	“family	composition”	
insurance company if you show them the               (which you can obtain at the City Office,
EHIC. This also applies to the cost of drugs         see p. 24) if you have family members
and medication: ask for a 704N form at the           to be insured,
pharmacist’s.                                      •	bank	account	number,
                                                   •	the	certificate	of	enrolment	which	you	
                                                     will obtain automatically upon enrolment
                                                     at the K.U.Leuven Registrar’s Office (this
                                                     is not the same as your student card).

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The fee consists of a quarterly payment,          procedures. In general, the costs are
which entitles you to all benefits from           included in the scholarship and will be paid
the first day of that quarter. There are four     directly to the health insurance company
payment periods: from the beginning of            by the International Admissions and
October to the end of December, from              Mobility Unit.
January to March, from the beginning of
April to the end of June and from July until       Doctoral students who hold
September.
                                                   a K.U.Leuven doctoral
During the first quarter of your stay as a         scholarship
student in Belgium you will be eligible for
health insurance as a ‘student’. For 2011         Doctoral scholarships are subject to
this costs € 69.33. Once you have received        partial or full social security, in compli-
your identity card at the city hall you will be   ance with Belgian law. EEA citizens and
eligible for health insurance as a ‘resident’.    non-EEA citizens from countries with
This means a cost of € 14.85 per quarter.         which Belgium concluded a bilateral
                                                  social security agreement are entitled
If your family needs to be insured as well,       to full social security coverage.
your partner has to report to the health
insurance company in person because she/          Belgium has concluded a bilateral social
he must sign the insurance documents              security agreement with: Algeria, Australia,
personally. She/he can be covered from the        Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile,
moment she/he has a Belgian residence             Croatia, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Montene-
permit or identity card (white card). If a        gro, Morocco, the Philippines, San Marino,
child is born during your stay in Belgium         Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States,
you must report to the health insurance           India, South-Korea and Uruguay.
company and submit the birth certificate,
which you can obtain at City Office.              In the case of partial social security
                                                  coverage, you are covered for health
Students with a K.U.Leuven                        insurance, job-related accident and illness
                                                  and you are also entitled to receive child
scholarship or grant                              allowance. In the case of full social security
Scholarships not subject to                       coverage, you will also build up retirement
                                                  and unemployment rights.
social security
                                                  You are required to affiliate with a Belgian
If you hold a K.U.Leuven scholarship or           health insurance fund, but the choice
grant as a pre-doctoral student, master’s         of insurance company is up to you. The
student, international scholar or speciali-       cost amounts to approximately € 14.85
sation student, it is not subject to Belgian      per quarter. If you are a non-EEA citizen,
social security contributions.                    the International Office: International
                                                  Admissions and Mobility Unit will arrange
You will be provided with health insurance,       for your health insurance coverage with a
usually via the ‘CM – Leuven’ (a major            Belgian health insurance company.
health-insurance company). Your case
administrator at the International Office,        For non-EEA scholarship holders, the ma-
International Admissions and Mobility Unit        jority of the costs are included in the schol-
will take care of all the formalities related     arship and will be paid by the International
to the subscription and the reimbursement         Admissions and Mobility Unit.

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If your family needs to be insured as              of the following sports: skiing, mountain
well, your partner has to visit the health         climbing, scuba diving, delta gliding,
insurance company in person because                parachuting and hang-gliding. Your family
he/she must sign the relevant documents            cannot be insured by this policy and will
personally. Partners of non- EEA citizens          have to obtain private insurance in their
can be covered from the moment they                home country or in Belgium.
have a Belgian identity card (white card).
Partners of EEA citizens can obtain                 Researchers
coverage immediately.
                                                    Postdoctoral Fellows
Visiting Scholars/Fellows                          Postdoctoral grants are subject to partial
                                                   or full social security contributions, in
K.U.Leuven provides an insurance pack-             compliance with Belgian law. EEA citizens
age designed especially for visiting               and citizens from countries with which Bel-
scholars who come to Belgium for a period          gium concluded a bilateral social security
of three months at most (EEA citizens              agreement are entitled to full coverage.
may come for a maximum of six months).             Belgium has concluded a bilateral social
The cost of this package is approximately          security agreement with the following
€ 75.00 for three months.                          countries: Algeria, Australia, Bosnia and
                                                   Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Israel,
Upon enrolment at the International Office:        Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco,
International Admissions and Mobility Unit,        the Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Tunisia,
visiting scholars receive this policy. It covers   Turkey, the United States, India, South-
accident and medical costs. It does not            Korea and Uruguay.
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I n s u ra n ces a n d h ea l t h c a re                                                      5
In the case of partial social security cover-    personally. Partners of non-EEA citizens
age, you are covered for health insurance,       can be covered from the moment they
job-related accident and illness and you         have an Attestation of Immatriculation
are entitled to receive child allowance.         (orange card).

In the case of full social security coverage,    Partners of EEA citizens can obtain cover-
you will also build up retirement and unem-      age immediately.
ployment rights.
                                                 Self-supporting Researchers
You are required to affiliate with a Belgian
health insurance fund, but the choice of         EEA citizens need to obtain a European
the insurance company is up to you. The          Health Insurance Card (EHIC) proving
cost amounts to approximately € 14.85 per        coverage in their home country and
quarter.                                         enabling them to receive reimbursement
                                                 for medical treatment in Belgium. Non-
If your family needs to be insured as            EEA citizens are advised to take a personal
well, your partner has to visit the health       insurance that covers them for medical
insurance company in person because              care during their stay in Belgium; Belgian
he/she must sign the relevant documents          health insurance coverage is possible but
personally. Partners of non-EEA citizens         the cost is proportional to your taxable
can be covered from the moment they              income (income earned anywhere).
have an Attestation of Immatriculation
(orange card). Partners of EEA citizens can
obtain coverage immediately.                     Visiting Professors

Research Associates                              visiting professors with a salary
                                                 Salaried visiting professors are subject to
Salaried researchers are subject to full         full social security contributions.
social security contributions. This means        This means they are covered for health in-
they are covered for health insurance,           surance, job-related accident and illness,
job-related accident and illness, are entitled   are entitled to receive child allowance and
to receive child allowance and build up          build up retirement and unemployment
retirement and unemployment rights. You          rights. You are required to affiliate with
are required to affiliate with a Belgian         a Belgian health insurance fund, but the
health insurance fund, but the choice of the     choice of the company is up to you. The
company is up to you. The cost amounts           cost amounts to approximately € 14.85 per
to approximately € 14.85 per quarter. Per        quarter. Per calendar year, a supplementary
calendar year, a supplementary fee of € 25       fee of € 25 per adult must be paid for care
per adult must be paid for care insurance        insurance (‘zorgverzekering’, a collective
(‘zorgverzekering’, a collective insurance to    insurance to provide financial assistance to
provide financial assistance to seriously ill    seriously ill patients).
patients).
                                                 If your family needs to be insured as well,
If your family needs to be insured as            your partner has to visit the health insurance
well, your partner has to visit the health       company in person because he/she must
insurance company in person because              sign the relevant documents personally.
he/she must sign the relevant documents          Partners of non-EEA citizens can be cov-



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I n s u ra n ces a n d h ea l t h c a re                                                      5
ered from the moment they have an                Coverage outside Belgium
Attestation of Immatriculation (orange
card). Partners of EEA citizens can obtain       Whether or not you have coverage abroad
coverage immediately.                            (i.e. outside Belgium) depends on a
                                                 number of criteria. Just to be sure, you
Special visiting Professors                      should contact your own health insurance
(unsalaried)                                     company or get advice from the Social
EEA citizens need to obtain a European           Service for International Students.
Health Insurance Card (EHIC) proving
coverage in their home country and
enabling them to receive reimbursement           Coverage for parents,
for medical treatment in Belgium. Non-           siblings and friends
EEA citizens are advised to take a personal
insurance that covers them for medical           When coming to Leuven for a visit, your
care during their stay in Belgium. Belgian       parents, siblings or friends are not covered
health insurance coverage is possible but        by your health insurance policy (whether you
the cost is proportional to your taxable         are a student or K.U.Leuven staff). We would
income (income earned anywhere).                 advise your guests to take out a temporary
                                                 private insurance policy to cover their period
SIS Card                                         of stay in Belgium. The private insurance
                                                 company, ‘Filip Vandeven nv’, at Tessenstraat
When you subscribe to health insurance           3, B-3000 Leuven, tel. 016 31 09 70, is a
you will receive a membership card (known        recommended option in this case.
as a SIS card), an information booklet and
a number of yellow stickers.

Please take your SIS card and stickers every
time you go to the pharmacy, visit a doctor,
go to a hospital or to the health insurance
office. You may be asked to show your
SIS card or use one of the yellow stickers.
As long as you don’t have your SIS card,
you will have to pay the full amount at the
pharmacy unless you have received a form
which can be used instead of the SIS card.
If this is the case, ask for the N704 form for
reimbursement so that you can be reim-
bursed by the health insurance company.

If you have to go to hospital and you don’t
have your SIS card you will get an invoice
for the total cost. Don’t pay it and take it
to the health insurance company. They will
provide a corrected invoice.




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5.2.       The Health Care System                night. If your regular GP is unavailable when
                                                 you call, you will be referred to another GP.

There are three different levels of health       There are many advantages to consulting
care service in Belgium: General practitio-      a GP first, before seeing a specialist: GPs
ners (GPs), specialists and specialists at a     are easier to reach; there could be a long
local or an academic hospital.                   waiting list to consult a specialist. A GP
                                                 will keep your medical history on file.
                                                 This is important since information from
General Practitioners (GPs)                      previous medical examinations may be
and Specialists                                  relevant to your present condition. It also
                                                 means that the GP does not need to repeat
If you have a health related problem, it         medical tests or examinations you may
is best to see a general practitioner first      already have had. This can save you a lot of
rather than going to the hospital immedi-        money, time and possible discomfort. With
ately. As a student, you could first go to       certain medical conditions, it is not always
one of the GPs of the Medical Centre for         clear which specialist is best qualified. On
Students (see p. 98).                            your own, you might have to try several
                                                 specialists before finding the right one,
Other GP’s are listed on www.mediwacht.be        whereas a GP can quickly diagnose your
under “huisartsen”, look for your city in        problem and refer you to the proper
“zoek”. A GP can solve most medical              specialist.
problems. If the GP decides that you should
consult a specialist, he/she will refer you to   Hospital emergency services are expensive.
one who is best qualified to deal with your      If your condition is not immediately life-
problem. You can usually reach a GP during       threatening, you can save a considerable
office hours and in emergencies even at          amount of money by consulting a GP

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instead. If you officially register with one       When buying drugs, reductions amount
GP - which is called “Globaal Medisch              to 80%. The pharmacist only charges you
Dossier” or GMD - the Belgian public               the uninsured amount upon presentation
health insurance rewards you with a                of your SIS card. In cases of serious
higher reimbursement. Ask your GP about            medical problems or hospitalisation which
this. Most medical doctors speak English,          threaten your financial situation, you may
French and Dutch. When discussing your             contact the Social Services for partial or
condition, however, please try to make             full reimbursement (address p. 97). This
yourself clear, and speak slowly and calmly.       does not apply to researchers or visiting
                                                   professors.
For consultation, make an appointment or
go to the doctor’s office when he/she is           Pharmacies
available for general consultation. If neces-
sary, the GP will refer you to a specialist in a   In Belgium, drugs and medicines are only
private practice or a local hospital, or to the    sold in pharmacies (to be recognized
K.U.Leuven University Hospitals.                   by the green cross). In the yellow pages
                                                   of the phone directory, pharmacies and
In Case of Emergency                               drugstores are listed under the word
                                                   “apotheken”. They are open every day
Life threatening: dial 112 for an ambulance        except Saturday afternoons, Sundays and
Semi-urgent: call your own family doctor           holidays. When closed, all pharmacies
(working hours) or the after hours family          will post in their window a list of after-
doctor on call (night, weekends and holi-          hours pharmacies (“wachtdienst”). This
days: 070 25 70 25).                               information is also published in the weekly
Semi-urgent on weekends or holidays: visit         newspaper Passe-Partout (see the section
the	GP	on	call	at	Dijlemolens	•	Zwartzuster-       entitled “Apothekers van dienst in Leuven
straat	16/1	•	B-3000	Leuven	(9	am	–	9	pm),	        en omliggende”) or on the very bottom of
070 25 70 25 (24h).                                www. leuven.be.


Medical Bills and Reimbursement                    Thermometers
                                                   In Belgium we use Celsius thermometers.
If you do not require hospitalisation, 75% of
                                                   These are larger than the Fahrenheit ones,
your medical expenses will be reimbursed
                                                   and are usually placed in the armpit. Read-
by your health insurance company. If you
                                                   ings from the armpit will be one degree
have OMNIO status, up to 90% will be
                                                   lower than those taken orally. Always tell
reimbursed.
                                                   the doctor which method you have used.
                                                   The average temperature of a healthy
For example, for a consultation with a
                                                   person is 37°C, fever starts at 38,5°C.
general practitioner, you will be reimbursed
€ 18.86 of the € 23 that you paid the
doctor. In cases of hospitalisation, the           Vaccinations
hospital will charge you the supplement
(the charges not covered by the insurance          Parents are required to vaccinate their ba-
policy). The main costs are paid directly          bies and young children at regular inter-
by the insurance company to the hospital.          vals. In Belgium, this service is organised by
Fees for convenient extras (e.g. a private         “Kind en Gezin” (see p. 103). Please contact
room, telephone costs) will never be               them if you have children below 3 years of
reimbursed by the insurance company.               age.

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Addresses for Health Insurance
•	Christelijke	Mutualiteit	Leuven	(CM)
                                            5.3.        Other Types of Insurance
                                                        Third-party Liability
                                                        Insurance
  Leopold-I-straat	34	•	B-3000	Leuven
  Tel. 016 31 49 10                         Subscription to the university policy is
•	Neutraal	Ziekenfonds.	                    only possible for students: K.U.Leuven
  Brabant and Limburg                       requires all non-EEA students to subscribe
  Vaartstraat	48	(bus	1,	2	&3)	•	B-3000	    to thirdparty liability insurance coverage.
  Leuven	•	Tel.	016	22	35	53                This policy covers any damages to third
•	Socialistische	Mutualiteit                parties caused by the student or one of
  Mechelsestraat	70	•	B-3000	Leuven         the student’s family members, while not on
  Tel. 016 22 57 04                         university property.
•	Liberale	Mutualiteit	van	Brabant
  Vital	Decosterstraat	84	•	B-3000	Leuven   Your own personal injuries are not covered
  Tel. 016 20 61 12                         by this policy; only damage caused to third
•	Partena	Onafhankelijk	Ziekenfonds         parties. For example, if you accidentally
  Naamsestraat	102	•	B-3000	Leuven          scratch a parked car while riding your
  Tel. 016 22 78 60                         bicycle, and you are held responsible for
                                            the damage, the insurance company will
                                            cover the cost of the damage to the car,
General Information about                   but not the costs of any damage to your
Health Insurance                            bike, or personal injury you might suffer.

•	For	all	students                          The policy also covers the costs of legal as-
  K.U.Leuven – Social Service               sistance in case of disagreement between
  International Students                    both parties.
  Naamsestraat	80	•	B-3000	Leuven
  Tel. 016 32 44 36                         Non-EEA students pay € 13 per academic
•	For	students	with	a	K.U.Leuven            year for this insurance. The only students
  scholarship                               exempted from this requirement are those
  K.U.Leuven                                who can prove they already have private
  International Office-International        third-party liability coverage.
  Admissions and Mobility Unit
  Naamsestraat	63	•	B-3000	Leuven           Under European legislation, EEA students
  admissions@kuleuven.be;                   are not required to have this insurance
  Tel. 016 32 40 04                         coverage, but we strongly recommend that
•	For	postdoctoral	Fellows,                 you get it nevertheless. Past experience
  Research Associates, Selfsupporting       has shown that the costs associated
  Researchers and Visiting Professors       with damage you cause, even in a minor
  K.U.Leuven – HR Department                accident, can turn out to be much higher
  Mrs. Annemie Dumoulin                     than many students are able to pay. You
  Parijsstraat	72b	•	B-3000	Leuven          can subscribe to the policy by paying
  hrdepartment@kuleuven.be                  the supplementary amount of € 13 upon
  Tel. 016 32 83 05                         enrolment.
•	Private	Insurance
  Filip Vandeven nv
  Tessenstraat	3	•	B-3000	Leuven
  Tel. 016 31 09 70


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The insured party who has his/her normal        the relevant insurance company on your
residence in Belgium will be covered            behalf and help you in following up your
throughout the world.                           claim. Visiting professors and researchers
                                                cannot subscribe to the above mentioned
excluded are:                                   university policy. However we strongly
•	Damage	caused	by	fire	and	the	like	           advise that they subscribe to a private
  originating from a building of which the      third-party liability insurance (for the
  insured party is at least partly owner,       address, see p. 43).
  renter or user. This damage is normally
  covered by a fire insurance policy. The       Job-Related Accident Insurance
  exception only applies to material damage,
•	Damage	caused	to	borrowed	goods	or	           This communal insurance policy covers
  to goods of which the insured party is        the entire university community for study-
  the owner, for example: the insured party     related and job-related accident and illness.
  damages the sanitary fittings of the          This policy also covers you when you are
  building he/she is renting,                   abroad on professional business. Every
•	Damage	caused	by	a	motor	vehicle.	This	       accident covered by this policy, including
  damage is insured by the legal insurance      accidents abroad, must be reported to the
  “Burgerlijke Aansprakelijkheid Auto” (Civil   Insurance Office within 48 hours. They will
  Liability Car), Damage caused while under     provide you with insurance claim forms
  the influence of alcohol or drugs,            and will take care of the claim’s settlement.
•	Damage	caused	while	carrying	out	
  professional activities. This damage is       Insurance office K.u.leuven –
  insured by the employer.                      verzekeringsdienst
                                                Krakenstraat	3	•	B-3000	Leuven
In case of an accident, please report it to     Tel.	016	32	40	96	•	Fax	016	32	40	93	
the Social Service as soon as possible (see     Mr Marc Born
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6.1.       Cultural Adjustment
           and Places to Meet
           Facing a cultural
                                                Here are a few guidelines to help you
                                                cope with it:
                                                •	Realize	that	your	reactions	are	very	
           adaptationProcess                      common
                                                •	Disconnect	from	home:	do	not	talk	to	
“International students do their                  your family every day, but write them
international events, Belgian students do         your reports and new experiences from
their events. Its hard to find integration. …     time to time.
I would have wished some more activities        •	Stay	in	touch	with	your	programme	
which are mixed.“                                 coordinator
(student from Germany)                          •	Talk	about	your	feelings	with	friends	
                                                  or with a counsellor (see Study Advisory
“I like the study and sport opportunities         Centre, Medical and Psychotherapeutic
here. The climate is warmer than                  Centre, p. 97-99).
I expected. The people are kind and very        •	Start	a	journal	about	your	new	adventure	
helpful. It’s easy to travel in the country       and include your thoughts and feelings.
and student friendly. High rate of students     •	Follow	the	intercultural	training	sessions	
in Leuven makes it very desirable to study        offered during Orientation Days or
here.“ (student from Hungary)                     during the academic year (programme
                                                  on the newsletter).
                                                •	Last	but	not	least:	it	is	most	important	
Coming to a new environment!                      to get involved with other students.
As a new international student or scholar
at K.U.Leuven, you will be faced with a         Getting involved with other
multitude of changes, decisions and ad-         Students
justments; perhaps the most exciting and
challenging of these will be your on-going      “I advise them to be strong, try to forget
adjustment to life in Belgium. A pattern of     home and family as much as possible and
cultural adjustments often occurs over a        make friends here instead till they finish
period of several weeks or months. Most         their study. They need to learn different
of you will spend your first weeks settling     cultures also as most Ethiopians are only
in. During this period you may feel excited,    good at their school but not in their social
eager and happy to be in this country.          interaction.” (student from Ethiopia)

After a while, however, things may not be       •	Orientation	Days
as easy as you had expected. You may miss         from 15-17, 22-24 September 2011
your accustomed ways of dealing with              or in the week starting 7 February, 2012:
every day life. Speaking and listening to         programme and registration
English or Dutch and trying to understand         on www.kuleuven.be/orientationdays
how things are done here may seem to              Join the Orientation Days to learn about
require big efforts. This phase is often          Leuven, the University and to meet other
referred to as culture shock. You may feel        fellow students.
homesick and idealize your life back home.      •	ask	for	a	personal	Flemish	‘buddy’:
You may become frustrated, angry, anxious         He/she can help you out during your first
and depressed. This is a natural reaction to      days and weeks in Leuven and in
living in a new culture.                          our culture (look at www.kuleuven.be/
                                                  orientationdays/buddy)


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• join one of the International student         •	Dondeynehuis and Residence Lerkeveld:
  associations (see LOKO International p. 88)     both houses give students the opportu-
•	contact your Student Council of your            nity to integrate their studies
  Faculty                                         in a broader socio-cultural context.
•	become a member of Pangaea,                     Therefore they offer a ‘House Program’
  the International Meeting Centre                built on three pillars: a social, a cultural
  (www.kuleuven.be/pangaea),                      and a religious pillar. Within those three
  and join its activities; you can also           pillars we organise seminars, modules
  volunteer at the bar (see p. 97)                and activities. International students
•	participate in the visits and trips of the      are most welcome.
  International Contact Club (ICC)                www.dondeynehuis.be and
                                                  http://www.kuleuven.be/huisvesting/
The International Contact Club is an organ-       residenties/lerkeveld/en/index
isation where international students and
researchers (also the partners of visiting
professors) can meet on a regular basis.
When you enrol as a foreign postgraduate,
                                                6.2.        Money Matters


post-doc or visiting professor, you, your       Branches of the principal Belgian and
partner and your whole family automati-         international banks can be found in all
cally become a member of ICC Member-            larger Belgian cities. Among the best
ship is completely free. ICC organises trips    known Belgian banks are the following:
in Belgium and abroad (Amsterdam, Paris,        ING, KBC, Dexia, PNB Paribas Fortis,
Lille etc) and evening visits (guided visits    Argenta and Citibank. The university
in Leuven), Contact kiki@leuridan.com or        does business mainly with PNB Paribas
lina@cer-leuven.be, www.kuleuven.be/icc         Fortis and KBC. Students are encouraged,
                                                however, to choose the bank that best suits
Overview: Welcome & Integration on              their needs.
www.kuleuven.be/english/living.html
                                                Belgian bank accounts can be “current
Important Facebookgroups                        accounts”, “saving accounts” or “term
•	Loko International (student body council)     accounts”. The first are customarily used
•	International Exchange Leuven                 for current transactions, payments or
•	Pangaea                                       transfers; the second are selfexplanatory;
•	ConnectKULeuven                               and the third are interest-bearing accounts
•	Buddy Programme                               fixed for a given period of time, and for
                                                which the rate of interest varies according
International Project Houses                    to the ups and downs of the investments
Enrich your stay in Leuven and live with a      of the bank. Several banks also offer the
mixture of cultures. This is possible in the    possibility of opening saving accounts in
following student houses:                       US dollars.
•	Loyola International Nachbahr House
  www.kuleuven.be/loyola                        Deposits and withdrawals can be made in
•	J.L. Vives International Residence            US dollar banknotes or checks. Withdraw-
  Damiaanplein 9                                als in dollars can be made any time.
  contact www.kuleuven.be/vives                 However, customers must notify the bank
•	Sint-Jan International Community House        in advance and order the amount of dollars
  (University Parish) www.kuleuven.be/up/       that they want to withdraw. Traveller’s
  international/houses.html                     checks are sold at all banks but also need


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to be ordered some days in advance. At            Payments and account
the end of the calendar year, customers are
generally billed for all the services that they   statements
have used during the year.
                                                  Payment by bank transfer is a very com-
After opening a bank account, customers           mon method of paying bills in Belgium. The
receive a debit card, which needs to be           companies will normally indicate on their
signed and activated by choosing and              bills how they prefer to be paid. Payments
confirming a personal “PIN code”. The             by credit card such as Visa, Mastercard/
bank personnel will assist customers in this.     Eurocard, American Express, etc. are also
Holders of a scholarship or grant will most       common practice. For a small fee to
likely have their grants deposited directly       cover postage, Belgian banks will mail daily,
into their accounts.                              weekly or monthly transaction statements
The following services are attached to your       for a current account. It is a good idea to
bank account:                                     make use of this service. An alternative to
•	cash withdrawals, either at one of the          the daily posting service is the “poste
  branches of the bank or at any ATM              restante”, whereby transaction statements
  machines.                                       are kept at the bank for the customer to
•	debit card payments for items                   pick up. The easiest way of obtaining
  purchased in shops or commercial                account statements is to print them out at
  centres.                                        a “self-banking” terminal.
•	forms to transfer money directly from
  the bank account to somebody else’s             Proton: electronic payments
  bank account. This is very useful for
                                                  for small amounts
  paying rent and utility bills such as water,
•	electricity, internet and telephone.
                                                  Most Belgian banks in Leuven include a
  To be able to make use of this service
                                                  special facility on their debit cards, which
  customers need to go to a branch of
                                                  is called ‘Proton’. Think of ‘Proton’ as a
  their bank in person.
                                                  21st century electronic coin purse. As the
•	transfers from any “self-banking”
                                                  holder of a current account, you will be
  machine of any branch of the bank.
                                                  able to ‘load’ the ‘Proton’ chip on your
•	standing orders with the bank for
                                                  debit card up to a maximum amount of
  making regularly recurring payments
                                                  € 125 only and the ‘loading’ is done in your
  such as rent, gas, electricity, water or
                                                  bank’s self-service ATM machine.
  telephone. This is highly recommended
  since the payments are made even if
                                                  You can use your debit card’s ‘Proton’
  customers forget or are away for a
                                                  facility to pay (small amounts) in many
  period of time.
                                                  stores and shops in Leuven that avail of a
•	most banks provide Home-Banking
                                                  ‘Proton machine’. There are no PIN codes
  possibilities (via internet).
                                                  to remember; all you have to do is press the
                                                  ‘OK’ button on the shop’s ‘Proton machine’
                                                  and your payment is done. Your bank will
                                                  surely be able to provide you with more
                                                  information about ‘Proton’.




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6.3.        Schools and Child-
            Care Services
            The Education System
                                               There is also one secondary school that
                                               organises such classes:
                                               Sint-Albertuscollege Haasrode,
                                               Geldenaaksebaan	177	•	B-3000	Leuven,
Schools in Belgium provide education from      Tel. 016 40 50 60.
nursery school to secondary school at little
or no cost, and their academic standards       Classification of Schools
are consistently high. We have several
types of education: Community Education        Dutch French
(also organised by the City Council and
the Province), Catholic Education and the      Age       Type of school / Type school /
Method Schools (Freinet, Steiner etc.).                  Niveau d’école
There are also some private fee-paying
schools in Brussels, many of which teach       2,5 - 6   Kindergarten or Nursery School
in English, and Jewish schools in Antwerp.               Kleuterschool
International pupils are welcome in the                  Jardin d’enfants
public school system. They can study
either in Dutch or in French, depending        6-12      Primary or Elementary School
on the language of the town or district in               Basisschool
which the school is located.                             École primaire

Most international students enroll their       12-18     Secondary School providing
children in a Dutch-speaking school in or                general, technical or vocational
around Leuven.                                           education
The addresses of all schools in Leuven and               Secundaire school of middelbare
surroundings can be obtained at the Social               school
Service - International Students (see p. 97;             École moyenne
http://www.leuven.be/leven/onderwijs/
lijst-van-onderwijsinstellingen/).             From 18 Higher Education
                                                       Hoger onderwijs
Parents are encouraged to examine the                  Enseignement supérieure
curriculum and visit the schools, so that
they can explain their interests as well as    University education
their child’s situation, problems and “post-            Bachelor’s – Master’s
Belgium” plans.                                         Universitair onderwijs
                                                        Enseignement universitaire
The purpose of such a visit is to enable
parents to decide which school offers          Non-university education
them the most appropriate education for                Nursing, teacher training,
their children.                                        music, technical training

Schools in Leuven can organise special         Bachelor’s
Dutch lessons for children who don’t speak             Hoger niet-universitair onderwijs
Dutch yet (OKAN-classes). For a list of pri-           Enseignement supérieure
mary schools that organise OKAN-classes                nonuniversitaire
contact provinciaal onthaalbureau leuven
Ladeuzeplein	17	•	Tel.	016	47	43	11
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School Fees                                    Playground Activities during
                                               school holidays
Except in private schools, no fees are paid
for kindergarten, primary or secondary         K.U.Leuven
education, which is subsidised by the          University Sports Centre organises sports
government. However, you will receive a        activities for kids from 8 to 16 years old
monthly bill for various incidental expenses   during two weeks in July and August at the
such as trips, swimming, school magazines,     price of € 60 or € 70 per week.
drinks, meals and daycare after school
hours.                                         Universitair Sportcentrum
For post-secondary education, tuition fees     Tervuursevest	101	•	B-3001	Heverlee
must be paid. The amount of these fees de-     Tel.	016	32	91	30	•	016	32	91	31
pends on the programme of study.               Fax	016	32	91	95	•	sport@kuleuven.be
All kindergartens, primary and secondary       www.kuleuven.be/sport/sportkampen.htm
schools have a five-day school week (Mon-
day to Friday). Note: there is no school on    Don Bosco
Wednesday afternoons.                          During the summer holidays, the children
                                               of K.U.Leuven international students can
The School Calendar                            join the activities at Don Bosco in Oud-
                                               Heverlee and Groene Zone in Heverlee.
The school calendar varies every school
year with a few days, but this is the global   For more information about organization,
period:                                        costs and any reductions,
Kindergarten: 1 September to 30 June           you can contact the Social Service,
Primary Schools: 1 September to 30 June        Naamsestraat 80, Leuven, tel. 016/32.44.36,
Secondary Schools: 1 September to 30           http://www.kuleuven.be/socialservices/
June                                           internationalstudents@dsv.kuleuven.be

School Holidays:                               City of Leuven playground
One week in early November
Two weeks at Christmas                         activities
One week in February or early March
Two weeks at Easter                            During the school holidays, children can
Two months in the summer period                take part in leisure activities organised by
(July and August)                              the city department of youth.
Higher Education: July to September            On our playgrounds in Heverlee, Kessel-Lo
(varies)                                       and Wilsele we welcome toddlers, children
                                               and teenagers. Volunteering adolescents
                                               supervise and entertain them in a rather
                                               open system of fun and play in age groups.
                                               “Grabbelpas”, in the city centre, offers
                                               another kind of activities: predefined
                                               workshops such as handicrafts, cultural
                                               activities, sports, daytrips, ….
                                               Price depends on the type of activity.

                                               For all of these activities, the child first
                                               needs to be registered at Jeugdcentrum

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Vleugel F                                         Daycare Services
Brusselsestraat	61a	•	B-3000	Leuven.	
The child will receive a youth centre pass.      There are a number of daycare centres in
Cost: € 5.                                       the Leuven area. Bear in mind that most
                                                 daycare centres have a long waiting list, in
The playground activities welcome children       some cases longer than one year, so you
for half a day or a full one. No need to         are strongly advised to apply for a place
book up front. Cost: € 5 for the full day,       as soon as possible, from the moment that
€ 2.50 for the half one. Reduction fees apply.   you know you are pregnant. A list of day-
                                                 care centres in the Leuven area is available
Time and age schedule of the activities:         at the Social Service - International
Grabbelpas Leuven: Easter and summer,            Students (see p. 97) or at the Kindercen-
for children aged 4 to 15                        trum Girafant (see p. 53).
Playground Heverlee: Easter and summer,
for children aged 3 to15                         K.U.Leuven Daycare
Playground Kessel-Lo: summer,                    The following daycare centres welcome
for children aged 3 to15                         children between six weeks and three years
Wilsele: summer until August 15th,               of age. The cost depends on your income
for children aged 3 to15                         and includes meals and regular costs.
                                                 Nappies and bottle formula are not included.
More information (addresses, prices,             The daycare centres provide your child
programme, etc.) on the website                  with the daily care and education that he/
www.mijnleuven.be or tel. 016 24 66 90           she requires. Children are placed in small
                                                 groups. The same person remains in charge
                                                 of the same children throughout their stay
                                                 there. Concerns? Please ask the staff.
                                                 On Wednesday afternoons and during
                                                 holidays, the Peutertuin welcomes children
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You can find the English website of the KU   *Daycare for Sick Children
Leuven- daycare centers at https://admin.    The Daycare for Sick Children is a service
kuleuven.be/personeel/english/day_care_      which is available at the “Kabouterberg”
centres. You can apply for the K.U.Leuven    daycare. After your child has been
day-care by completing the form on           examined by a doctor and the necessary
cwisdb.kuleuven.be/kdv/kdv.pl?lang= E        documents have been filled out, you can
                                             apply for this service by phone or at the
The KU Leuven day- care centra are:          reception desk of the “Kabouterberg”.
K.U.Leuven Day-Care Babyhome                 A qualified childminder will come to your
   Tervuursevest	105	•	B-3001	Heverlee       house, so you can rest assured that your
   Tel. 016 32 92 92                         child will be taken care of while you go to
   Open from 7:45 am until 6:15 pm           work.
Peutertuin
   De	Croylaan	8	•	B-3001	Heverlee           Daycare for Sick Children - Kabouterberg
   Tel. 016 32 24 51                         Herestraat	49	•	B-3001	Heverlee
   Open from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm           Mrs. Christine Broossens
De Villa                                     Tel. 016 33 08 60
   Steengroevenlaan	1	•	B-3001	Heverlee
   Tel. 016 23 32 58                         *Daycare Outside School Hours
   Open from 7:30 am until 6:30 pm           When your child starts attending nursery
Kabouterberg                                 school, he/she will still be welcome in the
   Herestraat	49	•	B-3000	Leuven             university day-care centres on Wednes-
   Tel. 016 33 08 60                         day afternoons and during school holidays.
   Open from 6:15 am until 8:15 pm           Please note that this service is only avail-
‘t Grootpark                                 able to children who went to the university
   Groot	Park	17,	•	B-3360	Lovenjoel         day-care centres.
   Tel. 016 46 31 12
   Open from 7:00 am until 6:30 pm           This will be a good opportunity for your
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These 3 to 6-year-olds are looked after by        regular daycare centre -
the nursery-school teacher and by extra           Kinderdagverblijf Heuvelhof
staff working during the school holidays.         Rustoordlaan	18	•	3010	Kessel-lo
Suitable activities (i.e. nature trips, videos,   Open: Weekdays from 7:00 am until 6:30 pm
etc.) are organised. Since the staff is only
able to care for a limited number of chil-        These daycare centres receives children
dren, you must register in advance.               from 6 weeks to 3 years of age. They are
                                                  placed in small groups according to age.
City of Leuven Daycare                            The cost depends on the parents’ income.
Kindercentrum de girafant                         To apply for one of these daycare centres,
Nieuwe	Kerkhofdreef	2	•	B-3001	Heverlee           please contact Kindercentrum De Girafant.
girafant@leuven.be	•	www.leuven.be
                                                  *Daycare in a host family for children
Anyone looking for child-care is strongly          under 12 years old
advised to begin early. Usually, there are        stedelijke dienst opvanggezinnen
long waiting lists. Kindercentrum Girafant        Nieuwe	Kerkhofdreef	2	•	3010	Kessel-Lo
can help you in your search: they can pro-        Tel. 016 27 28 46 of 016 27 28 47
vide an address list of daycare centres, pri-     opvanggezinnen@leuven.be
vate individuals who care for children, and       Open: 8:30 am until 12:00 noon and on
facilities for after-school care.                 Thursdays from 5:00 until 7:00 pm

Kindercentrum girafant provides the               This service helps you to find a place for
following services:                               your child with a host mother or host fa-
                                                  ther. The cost depends on your income.
*Daycare centre
regular daycare centre -                          *Limited daycare
Kinderdagverblijf girafant                        limited daycare centre ‘t margrietje
Nieuwe	Kerkhofdreef	2	•	3001	Heverlee             Craenendonck	18	•	3010	Kessel-Lo
Tel. 016 27 28 40                                 Tel. 016 27 19 10
Open: Weekdays from 7:00 am until 6:30            Open: Weekdays and Saturday (also dur-
pm (flexible day care on demand: 6.30 am          ing holidays) from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm
to 7 pm)
                                                  ‘t Margrietje offers a flexible solution for
regular daycare centre -                          children up to 3 years. Children can come
Kinderdagverblijf craenendonck                    for a maximum of 20 hours a week.
Lei	10	•	3000	Leuven
Tel. 016 27 19 10                                 *Sick and disabled children
Open                                              Hotline for Sick and Disabled Children
Weekdays from 7:00 am until 6:30 pm               Tel.	016	27	28	45	•	0475	65	16	72
(Saturday day care on demand)                     Open: Weekdays from 7:00 am until 12:00
                                                  noon and from 8:00 until 9:00 pm (except
regular daycare centre -                          Fridays). Sundays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
lokale dienst
Lei	10	•	3000	Leuven                              If your child is sick and you are unable to
Tel. 016 27 19 10                                 stay at home to look after him/her, a care-
Open: Weekdays from 7:00 am until 6:30 pm         taker will come to your home to take care
                                                  of your child. Maximum 10 hours a day be-
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*Daycare for children from 2,5 to 12 years      Babysitting Services
old
extra-curricular daycare facility:              Student Employment Office
‘t Koetshuis                                    The Student Employment Office (see
Borstelstraat	140	•	3010	Kessel-lo              also p. 98) can help you find a babysitter-
Tel. 016/ 25 03 00                              student to take care of your children.
Koetshuis@leuven.be                             Applications should be made a few days in
Open Weekdays and Saturday                      advance.
(also during holidays)
from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm                      student employment office
                                                Naamsestraat	80	•	B-3000	Leuven
‘t Koetshuis is open every school day from      Tel. 016 32 44 34
7 am until school starts and from the end       jobdienst@dsv.kuleuven.be
of classes until 7 pm. On working days dur-     Weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
ing school holidays it will be continuously
open from 7 am to 7pm.                          Babysitting Services of the
                                                “Gezinsbond”
*SpeelOdroom                                    Parents interested in making use of this
Meeting place for little children (0-3 years)   service may consult the Gezinsbond’s
accompanied by a parent, grandparent,           database which provides the names of
or other: meeting, relaxing, playing, share     babysitters, as well as the number of hours
experiences etc.                                that they are willing to work. The babysit-
                                                ters have been screened beforehand and
Open on Tue, Thu, Fri: from 9:30 am             they are insured.
until 12:00 noon, first Sat of the month.       The prices are fixed per hour. In addition,
Ravenstraat	69	•	3000	Leuven                    you pay a small annual fee to the Gezins-
Tel.	016	74	71	78	•	info@speelodroom.org        bond. You have to be a member of the
www.speelodroom.org                             Gezinsbond to use this service. When your
                                                child is born in Leuven, you automatically
                                                become a member of the Gezinsbond for
                                                one year free of charge.

                                                For information and referral services:
                                                Baplu Lydia, 0497 60 35 10 (Leuven)
                                                Carla Dubuquoit, 0494 72 70 32




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6.4.        Language Schools                       The General English course focuses on
                                                   speaking skills, while the Academic English
                                                   course aims to improve students’ general
An overview of most language learning              and academic writing skills. Both courses
and training possibilities can be found on:        offer excellent preparation for a successful
http://www.loko.be/nl/node/98                      academic career.

K.U.Leuven                                         Ilt
Leuven Language Institute                          Dekenstraat 6 - Box 5302
Instituut voor Levende Talen (ILT )                B-3000 Leuven
Throughout the academic year, the Leuven           Tel:	016	32	56	60	•	Fax	016	32	56	56
Language Institute offers Dutch language           info@ilt.kuleuven.be	•	ilt.kuleuven.be
courses for beginners to advanced learners.
In total, 5 basic levels and 1 proficiency level   CLT Language Centre
(60 contact hours) are taught. Each basic          Centrum voor Levende Talen
level consists of a module of 80 contact           The CLT Language Centre organises
hours.                                             language courses that mainly take place
                                                   in the evening. You can study Arabic,
These modules are offered in standard              Chinese, Danish, English, French, German,
mode (6 hours / week) or in intensive              Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish,
mode (12 hours/week). Standard courses             Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
take place in the afternoon or in the eve-         and Turkish. Intensive summer courses in
ning, while intensive courses are held in the      English, French, German and Spanish are
morning.                                           organised during July.

Students registering for the ILT Dutch             clt
Language Year will need one academic               Dekenstraat	4	•	B-3000	Leuven
year in order to achieve the level required        Tel:	016	32	56	61	•	Fax	016	32	56	95
for admission to a Dutch-taught study              secr@clt.kuleuven.be	•	www.clt.be
programme at K.U.Leuven. They start at
Level 1 (either during the Intensive Dutch         CVO Leuven-Landen
Summer Course prior to the start of the            Offers Dutch for non-Dutch speakers-
academic year, or at the beginning of the          courses and language courses in Arabic,
academic year in October) and complete             English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Level 5 the following August). The Intensive
Dutch Summer Course runs the entire                cvo
month of August, with classes held from            Redingenstraat	90	•	B-3000	Leuven
Monday to Thursday (20 hours a week).              info@cvoleuven.be	•	www.cvoleuven.be

Throughout the academic year, ILT also             KHLeuven
offers two complementary courses                   Intensive Dutch courses can be followed in
designed for international students in             the above mentioned language schools.
a Master’s programme in English at                 However, exchange students who come
K.U.Leuven who wish to upgrade their               for a shorter period than a trimester or
English-language skills.                           semester can also follow intensive Dutch
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GROUP T – International                         Lemmensinstituut (Hogeschool
University College Leuven                       voor Wetenschap & Kunst)
ACE-GROUP T                                     Intensive language courses can be followed
ACE-GROUP T is the language division of         in the language schools (see p. 55).
GROUP T and organises a wide selection
of language courses with a strong focus on      Self-Study Packages
communication skills. You can study Dutch
as a Foreign Language, Spanish, English,        (CD-Roms and Videos)
French, Italian, German, Chinese, Thai and
Hindi.                                          Vanzelfsprekend	&	Niet	Vanzelfsprekend
                                                ‘Vanzelfsprekend’ is a multimedia self-study
ace-group t                                     course for adult learners of Dutch.
Andreas	Vesaliusstraat	13	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	30	10	30	•	Fax	016	30	10	40            Adults with a basic knowledge of English
acelanguages@group-t.com                        who have access to a VCR and a cassette
www.group-t.com                                 recorder or CD player can learn Dutch at
                                                their own speed. Short and lively units
Dutch as a Second Language                      cover the 2,000 most frequent words
The objective is not to teach “academic”        used in Dutch, the basic grammar and
Dutch, but rather real-life, everyday Dutch.    the essential functions of this language.
There are courses at elementary, interme-       ‘Vanzelfsprekend’ has been designed to
diate and at advanced level. Beginners can      lead the student to a lower intermediate
start at their own pace: either in a one-year   level. Non- Dutch speaking international
weekly course, or in an intensive course        students and researchers are strongly
with classes twice or more a week. There        encouraged to start this course in their
are several starting dates to choose from.      country of residence as a preparation for
                                                coming to Leuven. The materials package
English Excellence                              contains: textbook, workbook, glossary,
English Excellence is the English-language      DVD’s and audio cassettes / CD’s. It can
support programme especially for GROUP          be ordered from Acco (see p. 58 in this
T students. The workshops are geared            chapter).
towards developing speaking and listening
skills so that you feel confident in speak-     The sequel to this course, ‘Niet Vanzelf-
ing English whenever required, be it in an      sprekend’, has recently been published. It
academic, professional or social context.       is aimed at people with a basic knowledge
At the end of the course you can take           of Dutch, and leads the student to an
part in the TOEIC test (Test of English for     intermediate level. The course package
International Communication), which will        contains a textbook, a workbook, a DVD
provide you with an internationally recog-      and a CD and uses a lot of “authentic”
nised certificate.                              material, such as radio and television
                                                fragments, excerpts from newspapers and
Other Language Courses                          magazines.
GROUP T also offers courses at elementary
level in Chinese, German and Thai, courses      Every chapter deals with a theme relevant
at elementary and intermediate level in         to language learners of this level: money
Italian, French and Spanish, and courses at     matters, work, studies, travel and culture.
elementary to advanced level in English.        As regards language content, the course
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who took a different elementary course          Second hand shops
can also use it. www.acco.be
                                               spIt
Go Dutch! A Language Course on                 IJzermolenstraat 10-12 (see p. 61)
CD-ROM                                         rawette (only clothing)
The Go Dutch! course focuses more on           Parijsstraat 53A
the grammar and vocabulary needed to           vintage ‘Hippo’
learn to speak fluent Dutch in everyday        Parijsstraat 27
situations quickly. This course is primarily   cyaankali (only clothing),
intended for students who have completed       Diestsestraat 217
higher education. The explanatory texts are    ‘t pand (children’s clothing and needs),
all in English. Go Dutch! is available from    Tiensestraat 260
most bookshops and online booksellers in       de Kapstok (cheap clothing)
Belgium and the Netherlands.                   Mechelsestraat 32
www.coutinho.nl (you can order the course
from the website)
                                                Veggie Bag

6.5.       Shopping in Leuven
                                               •	Sustainable:	healthy,	fresh,	local,	fair,	
                                                 seasonal organic fruits and vegetables,
Most supermarkets and shops are open             everything is packed in returnable
every day except Sunday. Some will have          packaging,
a closing weekday. There are a few super-      •	Local:	few	food-kilometres	since	the	
markets that do open on Sunday. Bakeries         fruits and vegetables are grown locally
are usually open on Sundays and holidays.      •	Fair:	you	only	pay	for	the	production	
Many Night Shops open after 6 pm until           costs and the earnings of the producer,
late at night. The most shops can you find       not the middle-men
in the neighbourhoud of the Bondgenoten-       •	Social	economy:	the	surprise	package	is	
laan, Diestsestraat, Tiensestraat, Naamse-       produced and assembled by De Wikke,
straat and Brusselsestraat.                      the organic-farming project of Wonen en
                                                 Werken (Living and Working).

Markets
wednesday afternoon from 3:00 pm
A. de Becker-Remyplein (Kessel-Lo)
Friday-morning
Mgr. Ladeuzeplein (food and goods),
H. Hooverplein (food),
Brusselsestraat (flowers)
saturday
Flee-market on M. de Layensplein and
Mechelsestraat
Vegetables, cheese, etc. on Brusselsestraat
sunday morning                                 4 choices:
At Heverlee station (food and goods)           •	An	individual	student	package	of	
(Naamsesteenweg, Waversebaan)                    vegetables and fruit € 5
                                               •	A	package	of	fruit	€	5


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•	A	small	package	of	vegetables	€	5             email print shop:
•	A	large	package	of	vegetables	€	10            digitale.drukkerij@acco.be
You order, pay for, and collect your veggie     Open weekdays: 09:00 am - 6:00 pm
bag(s) at the pick-up spot of your choice
during the times provided.                      Acco Publisher: www.acco.be/uitgeverij
More information on                             Acco Medical: e-bookshop for medical
www.kuleuven.be/veggiebag.                      publications www.acco.be/medical


ACCO
                                                6.6.        Laundrettes, laundries
                                                            and dry cleaning in
                                                            Leuven
The purpose of the “Academic Coopera-
tive” (ACCO) has never changed: offering
syllabuses and textbooks at reasonable          •	Strea	Net,	Tervuursesteenweg	187
prices. Currently ACCO edits more than          •	Liu,	Windmolenveldstraat	64
1000 different manuals, all in close collabo-   •	Pressing	nr.	1,	Louis	Melsenstraat	4		
ration with university and college teachers.    •	Happy	Wassalon,	Tessenstraat	208		
Besides these manuals, ACCO’s bookshops         •	Atomic,	Brusselsestraat	214	bus	7
offer a wide assortment of required and         •	De	Lelie,	Maria	Van	Belstraat	7
recommended reading material, scientific        •	De	Gouden	Draad,	Tiensestraat	204
literature, computer supplies, stationery,      •	Quick	Shop,	Diestsestraat	224
novels, etc. You can also buy a share in        •	Tapolino,	Slachthuislaan	1
ACCO, a onetime investment of € 31 from         •	Wassalons	het	Poederke,	
which you will profit for the rest of your        A. Vesaliusstraat 16
life. As a shareholder you are entitled to a    •	De	Washoek,	Tervuursevest	12
25% discount on ACCO syllabuses, 15% on         •	Kesselse	wasserij	Prima	Press,	
books edited by ACCO and office supplies.         Platte	Lostraat	278	•	Kessel-Lo
On top of this, members also benefit from       •	Caro	Cleaning
special promotional actions.                      Diestsesteenweg	301	•	Kessel-Lo
                                                •	Nieuwkuis	Katleen,	
As an ACCO shareholder, you also receive          Tervuursesteenweg	185	•	Heverlee
a discount when ordering various print-
ing jobs from our digital printing service      For prices and ‘how to use a washing
(Rijweg 173, 3020 Herent).                      machine’, see brochure ‘Housekeeping
                                                tips’, www.kuleuven.be/socialservices/pdf/
Acco Leuven: Book and stationery shop           housekeepingtips.
Maria-Theresiastraat	2-4	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	29	11	00	•	Fax	016	20	73	89
www.acco.be                                     6.7.      Dining

boekhandel@acco.be
kantoorhandel@acco.be                           The university student restaurants, better
Open      Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm           known as Alma, serve dishes priced
          Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm          between € 2.60 and € 5. Everyday Alma
                                                offers at least one vegetarian meal, as well
Acco Heverlee: Campus shop                      as a wide choice of warm and cold dishes
Celestijnenlaan	200P	•	B-3001	Heverlee          and a variety of sandwiches.
Tel.	016	32	78	70	•	Fax	016	32	78	71
email campus shop:                              In addition to the student restaurants, there
acco.heverlee@acco.be                           are also cafes and restaurants that serve


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student menus that range from € 5 to € 9.
Pizzas, pastas and salads are delicious and
affordable in many places. “Broodjes” (i.e.
                                                6.8.       Environment


sandwiches), pitas and Belgian fries are        The educational and civic authorities are
also very popular. Leuven has a lot of cafes    fully committed to sustainable develop-
and pubs. The “Oude Markt” is a famous          ment and the creation of an environmen-
area for a night out. You will pay about        tally friendly city. They encourage citizens
€ 1.80 for a drink in a café - cola, water or   and students to reduce their garbage
beer. The most inexpensive cafes, however,      production, to sort their garbage properly,
are those run by the student councils, the      to use energy in a responsible and sustain-
so-called “fakbars”, where you can expect       able way and to adopt sustainable trans-
to pay € 1 per drink (see also p. 92).          portation.

Alma                                            Residential culture, mobility
www.alma.be
                                                and Environment advisers
ALMA 1        Tiensestraat 115                  (see also p. 96 Student Services)
              B-3000 Leuven
ALMA 2        Van Evenstraat 2c                 Van Dalecollege
              B-3000 Leuven                     Naamsestraat	80	•	B-3000	Leuven
ALMA 3        Studentenwijk Arenberg            Tel. 016 32 93 01 and 02
              Groenveldlaan 3                   Fax 016 32 44 07
              B-3001 Heverlee                   duurzaamheid@dsv.kuleuven.be
Pauscollege   Hogeschoolplein 3
              B-3000 Leuven                     The advisers provide information and raise
Gasthuisberg Hospital                           awareness about studying in a sustain-
Onderwijs & Navorsing                           able manner. They have the know-how to
              Herestraat 49                     help you with waste prevention and selec-
              B-3001 Heverlee                   tion, responsible energy and water use,
De Moete      Celestijnenlaan 200 P             and various kinds of initiatives (e.g. “kot
              B-3001 Heverlee                   composting”, “veggie bag”, etc. If this all
De Spuye      Tervuursevest 101                 sounds rather strange, do come by and ask
              B-3001 Heverlee                   us what it’s all about).
Het Academisch Kwartier                         See also the brochure “Housekeeping Tips”
              Tiensestraat 41                   on www.kuleuven.be/english/living.
              B-3000 Leuven
                                                Waste Prevention,
                                                Selection and Reduction
                                                In Leuven, garbage needs to be sorted.
                                                The more you produce, the more expensive
                                                brown bags you will need. You can reduce
                                                your garbage by buying products with less
                                                packaging, by using glass instead of plastic
                                                bottles, etc. Be aware that all garbage
                                                needs to be put in front of the house or
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6:00 and 7:00 am according to the special         batteries can be deposited in the green
waste collection calendar provided by the         boxes provided in supermarkets. Expired
City of Leuven. This overview explains the        or unused medication has to be taken to
different kinds of waste, and how they are        the pharmacist but please remove the
collected.                                        paper from the box. There are also collec-
                                                  tions of small dangerous waste such as
Paper and cardboard                               leftover cleaning products, used cooking
Paper and cardboard includes all kinds of         oil, cosmetics, writing materials, etc, by the
paper, as long as it’s clean and has no plastic   Leuven ’chemobiel’. Dates and places are
attached to it. All paper needs to be tied        indicated on the waste collection calendar
up with string or twine.                          in red.

Glass                                             GFT (Kitchen and garden waste - green
Glass should be taken to one of the big           bag)
glass containers located throughout the           Vegetables, fruit and garden waste belong
city. Light bulbs or flat glass (for instance     in the green bag. Coffee filters, teabags
from a window) are NOT allowed! Always            and eggshells are also allowed. Please do
rinse out glass bottles.                          not put anything else in the green bag!
Coloured glass usually goes in a separate         In a number of residences and houses little
container from clear glass.                       green buckets are used instead of bags.
                                                  The most environmentally friendly way to
KGA (Small dangerous waste)                       get rid of your green waste is to start com-
Most students have quite a lot of stuff that      posting.
is dangerous if it is dumped or burned
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PMD (Plastic, Metal and Drink                        Responsible energy use
cartons - blue bag)
It is very important that you know what             We encourage everyone to consume
belongs in the blue bag, since they will            energy and water in a sustainable way.
not be picked up if they contain the                what can you do?
wrong things. Always allowed: washed                •	Turn	off	the	lights	when	you	are	the	last
“tetra packs”, plastic bottles, metal cans,           person to leave a room.
aluminium tins and trays (from lasagna              •	Turn	off	the	screen	of	your	computer	if
for instance). Never allowed: butter tubs,            you are not working on it for more then
yoghurt cups, plastic bags, plastic objects,          ten minutes.
aluminium foil, badly rinsed tetra packs.           •	Put	a	lid	on	your	pot	or	pan	(60	to	70%
                                                      less energy used), and turn off the heat a
Everything else (brown bag)                           bit before you finish cooking.
All the household garbage not mentioned             •	The	ideal	temperature	for	your	refrigera-
above belongs in the brown bag. Large                 tor is 6°C; try to avoid a layer of ice in
objects like furniture are collected six              the freezer.
times a year. You have to put a special             •	Do	not	wash	your	dishes	under	running
sticker on it that can be purchased at the            water.
“Stadswinkel” (see below). If the furniture         •	Report	leaking	taps	to	the	landlord.
is still functional, or if you want to get rid of   •	Copy	and	print	on	both	sides	of	your	
an electronic appliance, contact Spit (see            printing paper.
on this page).
You can find all the information on the             Realising that you can reduce consumption
free ‘waste collection calendar’, which             without reducing comfort is already a good
outlines the garbage pick-up schedule.              start. Do you have suggestions or ideas for
The environment advisers also provide               energy-saving measures in your room, your
an English translation on www. kuleuven.            student house (kot) or residence?
be/studentservices/advisors_residential/            Contact duurzaamheid@dsv.kuleuven.be
environment.html

                                                     SPIT (second-hand shop)
Where to buy garbage bags
and Stickers                                        Spit is a centre that recycles household
                                                    items. You can bring them your old furni-
City Office - Stadskantoor                          ture, electric appliances, bicycles, clothes,
Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1                   etc. All items should be in a condition that
(next to the Railway Station)                       allows them to be re-used. Spit personnel
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and                can even pick up articles from your house.
Friday from 9:00 am until 16:30 pm                  After repairs are carried out, these items
Thursday from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm                are sold in Spit’s shop.

You can also find garbage bags in most              second Hand shop (Kringloopwinkel)
supermarkets, except in Aldi.                       IJzermolenstraat	10-12	•	B-3001	Heverlee
You can find the complete list on http://           Tel.	016	65	29	35	•	Fax	016	65	26	81
www.leuven.be/leven/huisvuil-milieu.                info@spit.be	•	www.spit.be
                                                    Open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am
                                                    until 6:00 pm Saturday from 10:00 am until
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collection centre where you can take
your used household items:
Ijzerenmolenstraat	4	•	B-3001	Heverlee
Tel. 016 26 09 21
Open: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am
until 5:00 pm
You can also ask Spit to pick up second
hand stuff at your house (for free).
Furniture, sofa’s, friges... if they are still
useful and you want to get rid of them, call
016 26 09 21.


6.9.       Transportation


In recent years, the city authorities have
been trying to encourage bicycles and
public transport and reduce automobile           and is organised as a training and employ-
traffic. The mobility advisers can provide       ment project in the social economy.
you with all the information you need about
travelling by bicycle, public transport and      Veilingsite	•	Hollestraat	1	•	B-3001	Heverlee
the best way of getting from A to B. The         Tel. 016 29 87 40
Housing Service has handy bike and bus           info@velo.be	•	www.velo.be
maps of Leuven. If you have complaints,          Open: Weekdays from 09:00 am to 6:00
suggestions or questions concerning the          pm, Friday: from 09:00 am to 4:00 pm
use of bicycles, don’t hesitate to let them      Repair service next to the Railway station
know. www.kuleuven.be/transportation             in the bike park (“Fietspunt Leuven”, Prof.
                                                 Van Overstraetenplein 1)
Bicycles                                         Weekdays from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm
                                                 and from Easter until 15 October also on
Cycling is healthy, inexpensive and cool.        Saturdays from 8.30 am until 5:00 pm.
Furthermore, in a city like Leuven it is often
the quickest way to get from one place           Bicycle Rental and Repair
to another. Cyclists are very welcome in
Leuven, but need to know the traffic rules.      You can rent a safe, fully equipped and reg-
Consult: www.kuleuven.be/transportation/         istered second-hand bike with a solid lock
pdf/guideforcycling.pdf.                         at VELO. A rental contract will be drawn up
Make sure that your bike is in good working      (please bring your passport, student card
order and that you are visible in traffic. See   and bank account number) and you need
also p. 110, Global Action Plan Cyclists         to pay the rental price plus a deposit.

VELO	(vzw)                                       Students can also come by to repair their
VELO is a non-profit organisation that pro-      own bikes at the bike repair shop or have
motes the bicycle as an ecological means         their bikes repaired for a small price. At
of transportation in the city by recycling,      VELO you can also report bike theft and
renting and repairing bikes. VELO offers a       have your bike registered (engraving + bike
bike rental and repair service for students      ID). GROUP T – University College Leuven


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and KHLeuven provide safe, fully equipped
and engraved second-hand bicycles at no
cost to their students. You only have to pay
a deposit of € 50 which is refunded when
you return the bicycle.

•	Some	Bicycle	Shops
A-Bikes	•	Gemeentestraat	37	•	Kessel-Lo
Huis Boydens	•	Diestsestraat	205
Rijwielen Cadans	•	Naamsestraat	123
Rijwielen Hugo Jacobs	•	Diestsestraat	192
Fietsen Koen	•	Martelarenlaan	201	•	Kessel-Lo
Fietsen Niclaes	•	Naamsesteenweg	76	•	
                  Heverlee


Bus
De Lijn (Flemish Bus Company)
Using the student bus pass
Students can take advantage of the student
bus pass, a project financed by the city
and the Institutions of Higher Education of
Leuven. This pass enables you to use the
regular bus lines within the Leuven area
(including Kessel-lo, Wijgmaal, Heverlee)        Travelling through Europe
and even in parts of Herent, Linden,
Korbeek-Lo and Pellenberg) for free.
                                                 with Eurolines
                                                Eurolines has direct and inexpensive
When leaving the free area, you have to
                                                bus connections from Leuven to 500
pay for the extra zones. Make sure that you
                                                destinations in Europe.
have your student card on you at all times
                                                Tel. 02 274 13 50
because you need to be able to prove that
                                                www.eurolines.be	•	info@eurolines.be
you are the rightful owner of the pass. In
order to prevent abuse, place your name
and number of your official student card         Trains
on your student pass.
                                                Leuven is an important hub in the Belgian
de lijn                                         railway network. From Leuven station,
Martelarenplein	19b	•	B-3000	Leuven             there are connections to every other
Tel. 070 22 02 00 (general information)         major Belgian train station. You can find
Tel. 016 31 37 11 (province of Vlaams-          the best connection and itinerary using
Brabant)                                        the b-rail online search engine.
Info Pass:
Tel.	016	31	37	20	•	Fax	016	31	37	25            leuven railway station
Info Groups: Tel. 016 31 37 17                  Martelarenplein	16	•	B-3000	Leuven
vlbrab@delijn.be	•	www.delijn.be                Info for travellers: 016 21 21 21
                                                International Information & Eurostar, Thalys,
                                                HST: 02 528.28.28

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Lost and Found: 016 21 24 10                    Taxis
Fax 016 21 24 11
www.b-rail.be                                   Starting fee: € 2,40
(you can also buy tickets online)               Price per kilometre: € 2,50
Heverlee Station                                At night, there mostly is a small extra fee
Naamsesteenweg	180	•	B-3001	Heverlee.
There is no office in this railway station.
Alarm the train conductor if you enter the      Parking
train without a valid ticket. He can sell you
one on board.                                   Too few parking space or too many cars?
                                                One thing is clear: it is not easy to find a
                                                parking space in Leuven. No new parking
GoPass and RailPass                             spaces are being created. Moreover, park-
                                                ing fines are very high and in order to use
With a Go Pass (-26 years old), you can         the existing parking spaces in the best
take 10 one-way trips in second class           possible way, the city has introduced time
(price, June ’11: € 50).                        limits by means of parking machines and
You will get the best value for money if you    blue-zone rules.
travel between two stations that are far
apart (e.g. Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, …). If      Exceptions are only made for inhabitants of
you hold a RailPass (+ 26 years), you can       the neighbourhood and disabled persons.
take 10 one-way trips in second class           You can save a lot of money by using your
(price, June ‘11: € 74).                        bicycle, going on foot or taking the bus.

Practical Tip                                   For further information about the above
On Fridays after 7 pm and on weekends,          issues, you’re welcome to contact the
ask for a “Weekend Ticket”. When you            mobility advisors at
travel alone, you get a discount up to          duurzaamheid@dsv.kuleuven.be
40%. When travelling with friends, the first    or tel. 016 32 93 01 and 016 32 93 02.
passenger gets a 50% discount. The 2nd,
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th passengers get a 70%
discount, provided that all members of the
Group Travel together.




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6.10.         Communications
              Postal Services
                                               Postpunten
                                               (stamps, letterbox, packages)
National Mail                                  •	 dagbladhandel de Bond,
                                                  Bondgenotenlaan 150 B-3000 Leuven
Your mail may be placed in any letterbox in    •	 supergB Heverlee
Belgium or posted at a post office counter        Tervuursevest 113
and may be open or sealed.                     •	 ad delhaize luna
Postage standardized letter: € 0.61 (prior:       Tervuursevest	154	•	B-3001	Heverlee
€ 0.71); for Europe: € 0.93 (prior: € 1.03),      Tel. 016 20 05 17
outside Europe: € 1.10 (prior: € 1.20)         • spar sint-Jacob
                                                  Brusselsestraat 124
International Mail                             •	 dagbladhandel tiensepoort
                                                  Tiensesteenweg 25
The items may be open or sealed and
weigh a maximum of 2 kg.                       Shipping of Goods

Post Office Addresses in Leuven                For up-to-date information regarding the
                                               shipping of goods and a list of specialist
www.depost.be (Dutch, French, German)          transport and removal companies see the
                                               yellow pages online at www.goudengids.be
leuven centrum
Jan	Stasstraat	12	•	B-3000	Leuven,             Telephone Services
Tel.	022	01	23	45	•	Fax	016	50	95	70
Open Weekdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm          General Information
Thursdays until 7:00 pm                        Country Number for Belgium 32
Saturday 10:30 am to 4:30 pm                   Area Code Leuven (0)16
                                               International call, skip (0) (0032 16 …);
Heverlee ambassade                             when calling within Belgium, always dial
Naamsesteenweg	380	•	B-3001	Heverlee,          the full area code, 016.
Tel. 016 39 36 80
Open Weekdays from 9:00 am to 12:30            other exemples of area codes:
pm and from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm                 Brussels	02	•	Antwerp	03	•	Ghent	09
Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm              Bruges	050	•	Liège	043
                                               Louvain-la-	Neuve	010	•	Mons	065.
Kessel-lo Blauwput
Diestsesteenweg 379                            useful numbers
3010 Kessel-lo                                 General Information 1207
Tel. 022 01 23 45                              International Information 1204
Open Weekdays from 9:00 am to 12:30pm
and from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm                    Fixed Lines
Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm              There are two main providers of fixed
                                               telephone lines in Belgium:
                                               - Belgacom (www.belgacom.be)
                                               - Telenet (www.telenet.be)
                                               Belgacom operates a special toll-free
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(0800-32005) if you call from Belgium,           tion to the Belgian telephone and mobile
and +32 2 819 80 04 if you call from abroad.     networks remains the most costeffective
To get a fixed line, phone this toll-free num-   solution.
ber or visit one of the Belgacom Telebou-
tiques or go to a recognised Belgacom            Mobile telephones or cellphones are widely
dealer.                                          available in specialised shops and large re-
                                                 tail outlets. Many specialised dealers are
Belgacom has a toll-free customer service        also official agents for one of the three
line for general information: 0800-              major Belgian mobile operators: Proximus,
22800. You can order new lines or sell           Mobistar and Base (main shops in Diestse-
you Belgacom equipment. Belgacom                 straat and Bondgenotenlaan). These oper-
Teleboutiques also sell or rent a full range     ators are authorised to open an account for
of Belgacom telephones, fax machines,            you and have various payment formulas,
answering machines, pagers and mobile            including pre-paid cards and subscriptions.
telephones.                                      Please don’t sign any contract without fully
                                                 understanding its terms and implications!
Telenet provides broadband telephone,            www.proximus.be
internet and multimedia services via cable.      www.mobistar.be
For further information about Telenet            www.base.be
and its services call 0800 66046, free of
charge, or consult their website.                Calling Cards
                                                 Calling cards have two main advantages
Mobile Telephones (Cell phones)                  over regular lines: since the card is pre-paid
Newcomers from most European coun-               there is no bill at the end of the month;
tries can continue to use their mobile           and calls can be made from any telephone
telephones in Belgium if their contract          (public, private, mobile, etc.). Calling cards
includes a roaming feature, although this        for international calls are available at news-
will be rather costly in the long term. How-     agents, post offices, supermarkets, train
ever, newcomers from the United States           stations and night shops. Always ask which
are generally unable to use their American       card is the most suitable for the call and
cell-phones in Europe. For them, connec-         the country you want to call.




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Publications, Computer,                         •	English-language	website
                                                K.U.Leuven’s English-language website is
Internet and email facilities                   an invaluable source of information for all
                                                international guests: www.kuleuven.be/
K.U.Leuven                                      english. It includes full details not only on
University publications for the international   application procedures and academic pro-
community                                       grammes, but also on ‘Living in Leuven’:
                                                student services, cultural events, sports
•	E-newsletter                                  facilities, tourism, worship possibilities, and
K.U.Leuven publishes a weekly electronic        everything else you need to know to make
newsletter (www.kuleuven.be/newsletter)         life easier in Leuven. The website’s home-
aimed at its international guests to inform     page features a newsflash, highlighting the
them the best possible. The newsletter          most important current events, news and
presents a mixture of practical information,    deadlines.
culture, sports, trips and visits, science
and research news,.. Students can use the       •	The	Voice
newsletter to announce parties and other        www.thevoiceleuven.be (See p. 89)
events. All international students and staff
are notified by email whenever a new            The Voice is an English-language interna-
edition of the newsletter appears.              tional student newspaper by and for the in-
This notification and all other official        ternational student community in Leuven.
university announcements are sent to your
K.U.Leuven email address (yourfirstname.
yourlastname@student.kuleuven.be), so
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Computer, Internet and email                     Read your K.U.Leuven email from within
                                                 your browser at http://webmail.kuleuven.be/.
Facilities
K.U.Leuven                                       pc rooms
ICTS (K.U.Leuven’s computer and network          Open access PC rooms are available.
services provider) looks after the univer-       Dekenstraat 2 • B-3000 Leuven
sity’s computer infrastructure and provides      (weekdays: 8:00 am to 11.45 pm
support for the use of computer and net-         Saturday: 8.00 am to 5.45 pm)
work services in the university’s education,     Celestijnenlaan 6 • B-3001 Heverlee
research and administration. ICTS also           (weekdays from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
operates a PC shop and PC rental service.        Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm)
Consult the website for the rental prices        Celestijnenlaan 200c • B-3001 Heverlee
of desktop PCs and laptops or other              (open weekdays from 8:00 am to 7:45 pm)
promotions.
                                                 • Toledo
Icts                                             Toledo stands for TOetsen en LEren Doel-
http://icts.kuleuven.be                          treffend Ondersteunen (Effective Support
W.	de	Croylaan	52a	•	B-3001	Heverlee,            for Learning and Assessment). Toledo is
Tel. 016 32 28 00 (helpdesk)                     the central web-based e-learning environ-
Open: Weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm           ment. The K.U.Leuven Toledo website is
                                                 located at: www.toledo.kuleuven.be/english
• User ID and Password
All K.U.Leuven students receive an intranet      Internet Cable Access at Home: “Kotnet”
userid when they enrol. This userid begins       All you need is a computer with a network
with an ‘r’ and can be found on the back of      card, a cable and your K.U.Leuven user ID
your student card. You will receive an acti-     and password.
vation code with your user ID.                   More info on installation, configuration, etc.
In order to use your email account, Toledo       can be found at: www.kuleuven.be/kotnet.
(e-learning environment), KotNet or other        Do not forget to protect your computer
services, you will need to activate your         when accessing the internet. ICTS provides
account. Surf to the registration page           antivirus software for free for its students
(http://activate.kuleuven.be), logon with        under a campus license. K.U.Leuven
your user ID and activation code and set a       residence halls all have a broadband
password on your account asap.                   internet connection. Most private student
Never share your password! You are held          housing in Leuven, Heverlee and Kessel-Lo
responsible for all activities associated with   is connected to KotNet (your landlord will
your account.                                    have taken care of this and will charge you
                                                 a fee for this service).
• Email
At registration, all K.U.Leuven students         KHLeuven
are automatically assigned an email ad-          All departments offer their students free
dress with the following format: firstname.      access to their computer facilities and all
lastname@ student.kuleuven.be. All official      students get a personal KHLeuven email
correspondence from the university will          address. These facilities are available either
be emailed to this address, for example          in the departmental library or in computer
communication concerning courses, the            rooms. Facilities are certainly open during
e-newsletter, etc.                               office hours. All KHLeuven students and
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internet and the KHLeuven through the             Radio Scorpio
cable network of UPC: “Kotnet” at an
annual charge of € 25.                           The local Radio Scorpio 106 FM broadcasts
All you need is your KHLeuven user ID and        an eclectic programme mix and provides
password, a computer with a network card,        in-depth news coverage and community
a cable modem and a subscription with the        information. Radio Scorpio is the real thing:
cable company, which is often included In        Leuven independent student radio since
the room rent (contact your “kotbaas”).          1979. Check out the website!
More information on installation, configu-
ration, ... can be found at: http://ludit. ku-   radio scorpio 106 Fm
leuven.be/internet/kotnet/index_en.html.         Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                                 Tel. 016 32 03 36
GROUP T – International University               mail@radioscorpio.be
College Leuven                                   www.radioscorpio.be
GROUP T students can use the computer
rooms at Vesalius Campus and Comenius
Campus. Workstations are available and            Other Belgian Radio Channels
students have full access to all domains.         (see www.belgie.fm)
You are automatically allocated your own
electronic address for email and sufficient      Radio 1 FM 98.5 (Leuven)
space for your own website. Both campuses
are hot spots where you can surf wireless        Studio Brussel FM 88
on the Internet.                                 QMusic FM 97.8
GROUP T also has an English-language
and a Chinese language website with              MNM FM 94.8 (Leuven)
interesting information for international        Joe FM FM 99.7
students and guests: www.group-t.com
                                                 Radio 2 (provincial) FM 88.7
LEMMENSINSTITUUT (Hogeschool voor
                                                 Klara (classical) FM 89.5
Wetenschap & kunst)
In the Lemmensinstituut the students can         For French speaking channels look at
use the computer room (foyer) and they           www.rtbf.be
have free access to the internet. All the
students get a personal Lemmens email
address.
Students also can subscribe for KotNet in
order to obtain internet in their student-
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6.11.       Sports                             If you love to do sports in a more ‘student-
                                               like’ atmosphere (such as interfaculty com-
                                               petitions, running in the famous Leuven
K.U.Leuven Sports Centre                       24-hour run, walking or running the 21
                                               kilometers), you will certainly find what you
universitair sportcentrum
                                               want at LOKO Sport, an organization for
Upon registration at K.U.Leuven, you can
                                               and by students (see p. 88)!
apply to have your student card activated
for sports facilities for an annual fee of
                                               Tervuursevest	101	•	B-3001	Heverlee
€ 20 (free for Exchange students).
                                               Tel.	016	32	91	30	•	Fax	016	32	91	95
                                               sport@kuleuven.be
The University Sports Centre offers a range
                                               www.kuleuven.be/sports
of 60 sports. In addition, the Sports Cen-
                                               Open: Weekdays from 9:00 am until 12.00
tre features a state-of-the-art fitness room
                                               noon and from 1:00 until 6:00 pm (5:30
for which you pay a supplementary fee.
                                               during the summer months)
To book a tennis or beach volleyball court,
soccer field or any other facility, call or
                                               KHLeuven
drop by the sports secretariat. If you and
                                               The brand-new KHLeuven sports facility
your team mates have a sports card, every-
                                               (Campus Hertogstraat in Heverlee) is
thing is free. The only thing you pay extra
                                               equipped for basketball, volleyball, tennis,
for is indoor tennis. The Sports Centre
                                               gymnastics, dance and badminton. There
organises the following events yearly:
                                               is also a fitness room and a climbing wall.
Bike&Run, Indoor Athletics Meeting, table
                                               As a KHLeuven student, you need to have
tennis tournament, the Flemish University
                                               a sports card to use the facilities. The card
Competition, the Belgian University Com-
                                               costs € 17 per year.
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Your sports card also entitles you to use
the K.U.Leuven sports facilities on the same
conditions as K.U.Leuven students. Holders
of a sports card have insurance coverage in
case of injury.

coordinator of sports:
Jean-Baptist Bultynck
jeanbaptist.bultynck@khleuven.be

GROUP T – International
University College Leuven
LEMMENSINSTITUUT (Hogeschool                   •	Indoor	and	Outdoor	Sports	Facilities
voor Wetenschap & Kunst)                       For an updated list of all indoor and out-
GROUP T and Lemmensinstituut students          door sport facilities, see: www.leuven.be/
can use the K.U.Leuven Sports Centre on        vrije-tijd/sport/sportaccomodatie
the same conditions as the K.U.Leuven stu-     For information concerning fees & prices
dents.                                         contact the staff in charge of the facility
                                               or call the sports office: 016 27 24 50
KHleuven sporthal
Hertogstraat	178	•	B-3001	Heverlee             Sport Clubs in Leuven
016	375	780	•	www.khleuven.be/sport            The Sports Office has a comprehensive list
Coordinator of sports:                         of sport clubs in the Leuven area. This list
Jean-Baptist Bultynck                          is constantly updated, see: www.leuven.be/
jeanbaptist.bultynck@khleuven.be               vrije-tijd/sport/sportclubsIts .
                                               Content comes from information collected
                                               by the staff of the Sports Office. It is avail-
City of Leuven
                                               able in every municipal sports facility.
Sportdienstloket:
Naamsestraat 1 (next to Toerisme Leuven)
3000 Leuven
Tel. 016 21 16 00
Open: Weekdays 10:00 am until 17:00 pm
and Thursdays until 20:00 pm
sportdienst@leuven.be	•	www.leuven.be

City’s Sports Facilities
•	Swimming	Pools
• Stadionlaan	4	•	B-3010	Kessel-Lo
  016 25 34 80
• Aarschotsesteenweg 730
  B-3012 Wilsele-Putkapel
  016 44 33 88
• Sportoase
	 Philipssite	6	•	B-3001	Heverlee
  016	74	07	40	•	www.sportoase.be




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6.12.        Culture                            For example, you can regularly take part
                                                in competitions to win tickets to various
                                                productions. You will be kept informed of
                                                all this, and much more besides, through
K.U.Leuven Culture Office                       a monthly e-newsletter for culture card
                                                holders.
Leuven boasts a vast, multifaceted range
of cultural activities. The K.U.Leuven
                                               As a K.U.Leuven student, you can also
Culture Office team is happy to navigate
                                               participate in the university’s ensembles,
you through the selection.
                                               choirs and theatre companies (see below).
                                               Please bear in mind that it isn’t always pos-
Culture Card
                                               sible to become a member of an ensemble
The first thing students who want to
                                               during the year.
immerse themselves in culture need is a
K.U.Leuven Culture Card. As a student of
                                               K.u.leuven culture office
K.U.Leuven, KHLeuven and Lemmens-
                                               (Dienst Cultuur K.U.Leuven)
instituut you may purchase the culture
                                               Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven
card during your enrolment. It only costs
                                               Tel. 016 32 03 40
€ 15 and is valid for an entire academic
                                               cultuur@kuleuven.be
year. www.kuleuven.be/culture/culturecard
                                               www.kuleuven.be/culture
the culture card provides numerous
advantages, which increase every year:          University Music Ensembles
• free UUR KULtUUR – the university’s
  cultural programme – for free. You can       Arenberg Orchestra
  take in a selection of comedy shorts,        Arenbergorkest
  a jazz concert, an exhibition or a dance     Rehearsals: Thursday at 8 pm at STUK,
  performance, etc.                            Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven
• exclusive access to the 30CC Cultural        Info: bestuur@arenbergorkest.be
  Centre’s Last Minute Deals: every            www.kuleuven.be/cultuur/arenberg
  Wednesday afternoon, all remaining
  tickets for the coming week are sold         This symphony orchestra, which has
  at a 50% discount.                           approximately 70 members, greatly en-
• significant discounts at the various large   joys working on its varied and surprising
  cultural centres in Leuven: STUK Arts        programme. Everyone is welcome!
  Centre for contemporary theatre, dance,
  music and visual arts (substantial           Interfak Big Band (IBB)
  discounts and even free entrance to          Rehearsals: Monday at 7:30 pm at STUK,
  some unique events), Cinema ZED,             Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven
  (cinema), Het Depot (pop and rock            Info: bart.preneel@esat.kuleuven.be
  concerts), Museum M. e.o.                    www.kuleuven.be/cultuur/ibb
• discounts for all performances of the        Tel. 016 32 11 48
  8 University Ensembles, Campus Theatre
  and the student association theatre          Conducted by Bart Preneel, the band com-
  companies during the Interfaculty            prises about 30 musicians (students, staff
  Theatre Festival.                            and alumni) who are all wild about jazz,
• culturecard holders are also spoiled with    blues, bebop, fusion, etc.
  special, one-time-only cultural treats       The group has a busy concert schedule
  throughout the academic year.                and regularly travels abroad as well.

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Leuven University Choir (LUK)                  University theatre companies
Leuvens Universitair Koor                      Janus International Theatre Group
Rehearsals: Thursday at 7:45 pm,               Janus International Theatre is an amateur
in the chapel of the Karthuizerklooster        theatre Group that was founded by
Bankstraat	75	•	B-3000	Leuven                  international students and supported by
Info: mysteria.bestuurluk@gmail.com            Pangaea, the international meeting centre
www.kuleuven.be/cultuur/luk                    of K.U.Leuven. Over the years, it has tried
Tel. 016 23 47 11                              to build up a reputation for bringing
                                               improvised theatre in English to the stage.
The Leuven University Choir is a dynamic       It has written its own, original plays for the
student choir with about 80 singers.           last three seasons.
Throughout its forty-year existence, the
choir has carved a singular niche for itself   Pangaea	•	Tel.	0484	96	47	11
in the Flemish choral scene. Concerts are      Vesaliusstraat	34	•	B-3000	Leuven
performed at Christmas and in the spring.      janus_theatre@hotmail.com
                                               www.janustheatre.com
University Concert Band (UHO)
Universitair Harmonieorkest                    Campus Theatre
Rehearsals: Tuesday at 8:00 pm at STUK,        Campustoneel
Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven                info@campustoneel.be
Info: info@uho.be                              www.campustoneel.be
www.kuleuven.be/cultuur/uho
Tel. 0498 13 73 89                             Theatre with and for K.U.Leuven students,
                                               staff and alumni.
With about ninety members, the UHO is
K.U.Leuven’s largest cultural ambassador.      Interfaculty Theatre Festival
The orchestra provides excellent quality       InterFacultair Theater Festival
with a daring twist. Its yearly concerts       The Interfaculty Theatre Festival brings
are always an enormous spectacle during        together Leuven’s student association the-
which other art forms complement the           atre companies. www.iftf.be
music or famous soloists are invited to
perform.                                       University carillon
                                               www.kuleuven.be/culture/carillon.htm
University Symphony Orchestra (USO)
Universitair Symfonisch Orkest                 Weekly carillon concerts
Rehearsals: Wednesday at 7:45 pm at            The tower of the K.U.Leuven Central
STUK,	Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven          Library on the Ladeuzeplein houses one of
Info: info@usoleuven.be
www.kuleuven.be/cultuur/uso

The University Symphony Orchestra
offers students a unique opportunity to
perform great symphonic compositions.
The orchestra is conducted with much pas-
sion and professionalism by the famous
conductor Edmond Saveniers. For the past
47 years, the repertoire has combined mon-
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Europe’s largest and best carillons. During    GROUP T - students are offered a free
the academic year until mid-May, the           STUKcard and a free Cultural Youth Pass-
carillon is played twice weekly, on Tuesdays   port which allow for a discount on various
and Thursdays from 7 until 7:45 pm.            cultural activities.

Unique: tower visits                            Lemmensinstituut(Hogeschool
Interested in accompanying the carillon-
neur up the tower with your student             voor Wetenschap & Kunst)
association, friends, or family (max. 25)?
It’s free, but you’ll have to register at      The Concertvereniging Lemmensinstituut
beiaard@kuleuven.be.                           has weekly concerts freely accessible to
                                               anyone of the interested students of
                                               Lemmensinstituut. Other students are
LOKO culture                                   welcome at a special student price.
                                               See www.lemmens.be (go to “Concerten
See p. 88                                      en vorming”). Free entrance also to al the
                                               masterclasses.
KHLeuven
                                                City of Leuven
The cultural commission organises cultural
events and meetings. For events see the        Leuven Cultural Centre 30CC
respective departments’ bulletin board.        Rijschoolstraat	4	bus	004	•	3000	Leuven
                                               Tel.	016	23	84	27	•	Fax	016	29	12	15
GROUP T – International                        30CC@leuven.be	•	www.30CC.be
                                               Tickets: 30CC/Ticketoffice, Tweebronnen,
University College Leuven
                                               Diestsestraat 49, 3000 Leuven
                                               - Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00
Campus Vesalius
                                                 am until 6:00 pm
Andreas	Vesaliusstraat	13	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                               - Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00
Tel: 016 30 10 30
                                                 until 8:00 pm
Cultural coordinator: Jan Jaspers
                                               - Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
jan.jaspers@group-t.com
www.group-t.com
                                               Booking by phone: Tel. 016 300 900
                                               - Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00
Regularly, GROUP T organises an event
                                                 am until 6:00 pm
that explores one of the cultures that
                                               - Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00
inspire us. These events are open to
                                                 until 6:00 pm
anyone interested. In the past, they have
                                               Online tickets: www.30CC.be - 7 days a
included workshops on Thai cooking,
                                               week, 24h/24
cumbia, dancing, English absurd theatre,
tasting French wine, Chinese taijiquan
                                               30CC, the cultural centre of Leuven, is one
and traditional Flemish games as well as
                                               of the leading cultural organisations in
demonstrations of Scottish bagpiping,
                                               the region. They offer a fascinating mix of
Bollywood love songs, French magic
                                               theatre, dance, classical and non-classical
and Italian archaeology. These events are
                                               music, family productions and much more.
organised together with the Confucius
                                               There is always something interesting
Institute at GROUP T. Please consult our
                                               going on. 30CC also offers huge discounts
website for details: www.group-t.com.
                                               for anyone younger than 26. With your


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K.U.Leuven Culture Card or European          a newspaper or a book or surf the internet
Youth Card you are exclusively entitled      for free.
to their Last Minute Deals. All remaining    On Friday evenings you can listen to a DJ
tickets for the upcoming week at 50% off!    and every Sunday evening you can enjoy a
So do not hesitate to drop by! And don’t     free jazz concert (‘Jazz on Sunday’).
forget your free brochure!                   Cinema Zed (see further on this page) is
                                             incorporated into STUK and offers a wide
STUK                                         range of films.
Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel. 016 32 03 20 (information & tickets)    Art in my room / Kunst op Kot
ticket@stuk.be	•	www.stuk.be                 An initiative of Kunst In Huis
                                             Bibliotheekcomplex Tweebronnen
STUK is an important venue in Leuven and     Rijschoolstraat4/003	•	B-3000	Leuven
one of the most important arts centres in    T.	016	22	45	60	•	leuven@kunstinhuis.be
Flanders. Its programme features theatre,    www.kunstopkot.be
dance, films, music, fine arts and new       Wednesday from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm
media. In addition to the big names,         Saturday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm
you can also find the work of innovative
newcomers. In general, prices are very       Kunst In Huis (Art at Home) would like to
affordable. The opening week, at the         introduce contemporary art to students. If
beginning of the cultural season, is a       you want to cheer up your student room
unique opportunity to get to know STUK.      in an artistically justified way, you can now
You can find all the necessary information   hire a real piece of art. It will only cost you
on www.stuk.be where you can also buy        € 9 a month (+ € 25 guarantee).
tickets online.                              Interested? Contact us!
STUK also has an elegant ‘grand café’
where you can drink or eat something, read


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Movie Theatres in Leuven                       A varied agenda involving paintings,
                                               sculptures, photography, film and video,
Kinepolis Leuven                               design and architecture mean that each
Bondgenotenlaan	145-149	•	B-3000	Leuven        visit to M is a unique experience the famous
Tel.	016	31	96	00	•	www.kinepolis.com          new city museum, not only with its mixture
                                               of new and old art but also a real meeting
Cinema	Zed                                     place – with concerts in the courtyard in
Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven                summer as well!
Tel. 016 32 03 20
Monday to Friday from 11:00 am until 10:30     m. m for museum leuven
pm; Saturday from 7:30 pm until 10:30 pm       Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
Sunday from 7:30 pm until 10:30 pm             3000 Leuven
ticket@stuk.be	•	www.stuk.be                   Tel. 016 27 29 29 (Monday to Friday from
(online-tickets) www.cinemazed.be              9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
                                               from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Cinema Zed is a not-for-profit movie           bezoekm@leuven.be	•	www.mleuven.be
theatre screening primarily films from the     Open: Tuesday to Sunday from van 11:00
alternative circuit.                           am until 6:00 pm
                                               Thursday van 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.
                                               Box office closes 1 hour before closing time.
Municipal Museums                              Closed November 1, December 24, 25, 26, 31
                                               and January 1, 2
M. M for Museum Leuven
M, the new Museum Leuven, is home to a         M/Treasury of Saint Peter
historical collection centred on late-gothic   The Treasury of Saint Peter is situated in the
works of art and work of the 19th century.     choir of Saint Peter’s Church at the Great
In addition, M hosts temporary exhibits        Market. Saint Peter’s Church is known as
featuring the creations of contemporary        one of the most beautiful examples of the
artists as well as classic works.              15th century Brabant gothic period. The
Extensive exhibits by Belgian and              impressive choir space became a museum
international visual artists are combined      in 1998. Here you can find many sculptures,
with more experimental projects set up by      paintings and religious silverwork.
talented young people.                         The masterpiece is ‘The Last Supper’ by
                                               Flemish primitive Dirk Bouts.

                                               m/treasury of saint peter
                                               Grote	Markt	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                               bezoekm@leuven.be	•	www.mleuven.be
                                               Open: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am
                                               until 5:00 pm
                                               Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
                                               Sundays and public holidays from 2:00
                                               until 5:00 pm, Mondays open from mid-
                                               March 2011 to mid-October 2011 from
                                               10:00 am until 5:00 pm
                                               Closed December 24, 25, 26, 31 and
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Municipal Academies                           Municipal conservatory for music,
                                              drama & dance
Municipal academy of fine arts                Slac	-	Conservatorium	Muziek,
Slac - Academie Beeldende Kunst               Woord & Dans
Dirk	Boutslaan	60	•	B-3000	Leuven             Dirk	Boutslaan	60	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	22	08	70	•	Fax	016	31	62	19          Tel.	016	22	21	21	•	Fax	016	31	08	28
www.slac.be/academie                          www.slac.be/conservatorium

The academy offers a whole range of           For music, dance and drama, the music
possibilities designed to exercise your       conservatory caters to all your needs. If
creativity. At the academy of fine arts       you are musically talented, if you want to
you can study drawing and painting,           learn to play an instrument, learn acting,
photography (also digital), advertising and   or take dance lessons, please feel free to
sculpture, digital art, graphics, ceramics    apply! Own creations of dancing-, theatre-
and textile arts or lace-making. Several      and interdisciplinary projects and the
times a year exhibitions are organised in     concerts of our ensembles and orchestras
the Academy and also ‘outdoors’. A must!      are regularly brought on stage.
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6.13.        Libraries                         for researchers in the fields of Science,
                                               Bioscience Engineering, Kinesiology and
                                               Rehabilitation Science. In addition, the
“I will never forget the first time I was      University Library has access to a wide
at the central library I couldn’t read         range of bibliographical databases and
because I was so delighted and happy           scholarly electronic resources which can be
I was just amazed to have such a great         accessed from any computer connected to
privilege, I think all students may come       the K.U.Leuven network. There is an online
to Leuven and have this experience, to be      catalogue for the University Library and
in the heart of Europe, to learn different     other connected libraries.
languages, it is really the most beautiful
experience I had.” (student from Chili)        You have access to this online catalogue on
                                               the following address: http://opac.libis.be .
The K.U.Leuven University Library              Your student or staff card gives you auto-
The university library system is composed      matic access to all the university libraries
of 11 libraries spread out over the various    and their various services. More informa-
campuses. The Central Library is housed        tion about the University Library:
in one of the most prestigious buildings of    http://bib.kuleuven.be/english/index.php
the University on Mgr. Ladeuzeplein.
It contains some fine heritage collections.    KHLeuven
Its vast stack room contains the depository    At KHLeuven, each department has its own
collections of the University Library. With    library where you can find subject-related
its extensive programme of expositions         books, magazines, CDs and Internet
and events the Central Library plays an        access. For opening hours check with the
important role in the cultural scene of the    departmental librarian.
university and the town.                       Chief Librarian: Piet de Keyser
The beautiful Campus Library Arenberg (W.      piet.de.keyser@khleuven.be
de Croylaan 6, Heverlee) is the main library   www.khleuven.be/bib




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GROUP T - International                        Also non-fiction works (books and dvd’s)
University College Leuven                      ordered by subject and a diverse collection
GROUP T students can use the K.U.Leuven        of comic books. The library presents a large
library facilities on the same conditions as   collection of cd’s and dvd’s and a collection
the K.U.Leuven students.                       of reference works on music, movies and
                                               stage arts.
LEMMENSINSTITUUT (Hogeschool voor
Wetenschap & Kunst)                            You can borrow library items (15) for four
Lemmensinstituut has its own library with      weeks. Most of the materials in the library
musical scores, music-related books, music     can be lent free of charge; only cd’s and
magazines and internet access.                 movies will cost you € 0.50 per item.
Open                                           To be able to borrow library materials, you
Monday:      9.00-14.45 pm                     need a library card. The annual fee for a
Tuesday:     9.30-12.30 am                     card is € 3 (for free if younger than 18). A
             13.30-15.30 pm                    membership card for library consultation
Wednesday: 9.00-12.00 am                       only is also free of charge.
Thursday:    9.00 am-16.30 pm
Friday:      9.00-12.00 am                     practical tip
                                               In order to register as a library user and
Leuven Public Library Tweebronnen              obtain your library card, you will need to
“tweebronnen”                                  show your ID card. Enrollment is easy if
Rijschoolstraat	4	•	B-3000	Leuven              your ID mentions your address in Belgium
Public Library                                 or if you can show us a “Bewijs van woonst”
Tel. 016 22 65 22                              (to be obtained at the town hall). If not you
bibliotheek@leuven.be                          can still get your library card,but then you
www.leuven.be/bibliotheek                      will be asked to pay a refundable deposit.

Archives - Archief
Tel. 016 30 08 70
archief@leuven.be	•	www.leuven.be/archief
                                               6.14.         Religion and Worship


                                               K.U.Leuven
The public library of Leuven offers a          In keeping with centuries of tradition,
collection of reference works, newspapers      K.U.Leuven welcomes students and
and weekly periodicals (in Dutch and other     scholars of various cultural, philosophical,
languages). There are online catalogues        political and religious convictions.
of the collections and databases such
as Mediargus (database of newspaper
articles). In Digil@b 10 pc’s are at your
                                                Roman - Catholic
disposal for internet consultation. The use
                                               University Parish K.U.Leuven
of these pc’s is free of charge for library
                                               Tiensestraat	124	•	B-3000	Leuven
members. Printing and copying is possible.
                                               Tel.	016	32	55	85	•	www.kuleuven.be/up
                                               up@upar.kuleuven.be
There are working tables for reading and
                                               Responsable: Johan Vanpée
studying in a quiet atmosphere. The library
has extensive collections on loan: novels in   The university parish is open to both
Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish,       international and Flemish students,
Italian, Arabic and Kurdish.                   regardless of their cultural, religious or
                                               political backgrounds.

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Everyone is welcome for moral support,         Taizé	prayers	in	Leuven
spiritual counselling, Christian education,    A community organises prayer in the spirit
prayer or serious reflection. The university   of Taizé every month in Leuven. This is a
parish also runs nine community houses         meditative way of singing and praying with
where international and Flemish students       songs in many languages. The Taizé prayer
live together. More information about the      is always prepared by students. They pray
initiatives of the parish and the Roman-       together in the Chapel of the Leo XIII semi-
Catholic services:                             nary in Tiensestraat 124/Vesaliusstraat on
                                               Mondays.
Church of St John the Baptist                  The prayer starts at 8 pm (English spoken).
St. Jan de Doper Kerk                          www.kuleuven.be/up/international/taize.
Groot Begijnhof - Masses in Dutch:             html
Sundays at 11:00 am
Saturday evenings at 6:15 pm                   University Parish – International Community
                                               The university parish has an English-speak-
Chapel of the Leo XIII seminary                ing international community whose goal it
Tiensestraat 124 / Vesaliusstraat              is to welcome people from anywhere in the
Student celebration on Wednesday               world to form Christian community. They
evenings at 6:15 pm                            foster an open atmosphere where people
                                               from different backgrounds, cultures and
                                               countries, and various walks of life, can
                                               meet and experience Christian community
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Every Sunday of the year, at 10:30 am, the         Saint Michael’s Church - Sint-Michielskerk
community celebrates the Eucharist. The            A Roman Catholic Mass is held in Spanish
liturgy is followed by a reception where           on Sundays at 12:00 noon.
people have the opportunity to meet infor-
mally. The community publishes a weekly            Naamsestraat	57A	•	B-3000	Leuven
bulletin entitled “Bridges”. It contains           Contact person: Juan Carlos Juancatin
reflections, news, and spiritual-theological       juancatin@yahoo.com
insights. It is available at the Sunday liturgy.   www.sint-michielskerk.be
Sacraments (baptism, confirmation, first
communion, reconciliation, and marriage)            Anglican
are prepared and celebrated as community
events.                                            Anglican Church of St Martha and
                                                   Mary’s, Leuven
Minderbroedersstraat 15, bus 0.09                  We are an International student commu-
B-3000 Leuven                                      nity in the Anglican Communion.
Tel. 016 20 44 78 or 016 32 08 14                  Our services (in English) are every Sunday
upicmnm@yahoo.com                                  at 10:30 pm, at the Justius Lipsius College.
www.kuleuven.be/up/international/englishu-         We also enjoy midweek fellowship.
pic
http://upicleuven.blogspot.com                     Justius lipsius college,
Responsible: Reimund Bieringer                     Minderbroederstaat	15	•	B-3000	Leuven.
Masses in English: Sundays at 10:30 am             Contact Person: Church Administrator -
                                                   Ruth Nivelle: ruth.nivelle@holytrinity.be
University Parish - French                         Tel : 02 511 71 83 (on Mon and Tue)
speaking community – Paroisse
Universitaire,	communauté
francophone                                         Protestant
The University Parish has also a French-
speaking, African community.                       Protestant Service
The community celebrates the Eucharist at          There is a Protestant service in Dutch every
11 am (in French and African languages) in         Sunday at 10:00 am at Jesuit Church,
the chapel of Leo XIII seminary, entrance
via Vesaliusstraat 2.                              Waversebaan	222	•	B-3001	Heverlee.
                                                   Contact person: Ernst Veen
Tiensestraat	124	•	B-3000	Leuven                   Tel. 016 22 98 83
Tel. 016 32 55 85                                  Ernst.veen@telenet.be - www.vpkleuven.be
www.kuleuven.be/up/international/fran-
cais                                                Evangelical
Responsable: Catho Schoofs
Masses in French: Sundays at 11 am                 ICEL - International Church of
                                                   Evangelical Christians in Leuven
Holy Spirit College - Heilige Geest College        Services in the Pauscollege, Hogeschool-
Naamsestraat	40	•	B-3000	Leuven                    plein 3, on Sundays at 10:00 am (separate
In English: Sundays at 11:30 am                    nursery and Sunday School for children
http://www.kuleuven.be/hgc/                        under 12). Groups: Ichtus Student fellow-
                                                   ship, Chinese fellowship, Nepali Fellowship
                                                   e.o.



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pauscollege                                   around the year. Muslims and non-muslims
Hogeschoolplein	3	•	B-3000	Leuven             are invited to IMSAL open door event
Worship Service: Sundays at 10:00 am          once per semester and other similar
Contact persons:                              extracurricular activities. You can borrow
Kees & Toos Rosies: pastor@icel.be            any of the listed books on our website for
Sparrendreef	9	•	B-3001	Heverlee              free. Women can enjoy one of two spaces
www.icel.be                                   either inside the mosque or they can always
                                              take over the library as they wish for special
Orthodox                                      events. For more information about IMSAL
                                              and Muslim Halal-food in Leuven please
The Orthodox Parish of the Holy               visit our website. For getting registered
Apostle and Evangelist Mattheos               please email us.
All services (liturgy – Sundays at 10:00 am
- and vespers – Saturdays at 6:00 pm) in      the students mosque:
Dutch and Old-Slavonic, occasionally with     Rijschoolstraat	25	•	B-3000	Leuven
some Greek, English or Romanian.
Contact Person: Priest, Father Alexander      the campus praying room:
Yavarouski, speaks Dutch and Russian,         Celestijnenlaan	200	L	•	B-3001	Leuven	
                                              (room 00.10)
Tervuursestraat	56	•	B-3000	Leuven            www.imsal.be	•	admin@imsal.be
Tel. 0498 83 45 56
aliaksandr.yavarouski@telenet.be;             Al Ihsaan Mosque
www.leuven.orthodoxy.ru/                      The mosque is located close to the Leuven
(website in Dutch, Russian and Greek).        train station and was built by self-help to
                                              serve the Muslim community in Leuven.
                                              There is a spacious parking yard that
Muslim                                        belongs to the mosque. More important the
                                              mosque includes a school attached to it to
International Muslim Students                 teach Muslim children, from five to 13 years
Association of Leuven (IMSAL)                 old, Arabic language during weekends.
IMSAL is the official representative of
Muslim students of KULeuven. IMSAL as         al Ihsaan mosque
a K.U.Leuven organization has its own         Kolonel	Begautlaan	45	•	3012	Leuven
Students Mosque and library in the city       Tel. 016 58 28 97
center. Moreover, students studying at        www.alihsaan.be
Heverlee Campus can enjoy performing
prayers in a spacious praying room on
campus. Friday prayers are held always in
two languages (Arabic and either mostly
English or Dutch) at 1 pm (or 2 pm during
summer time) in both the Students mosque
and the praying room.
IMSAL     organises   frequently  various
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6.15.         Births, Marriages
              and Deaths
                                             Civil Marriages
                                             The municipal authorities in Belgium only
                                             recognise civil weddings, not church wed-
                                             dings. If you plan to have both a civil and a
Registry Office                              religious marriage ceremony, the civil
Burgerlijke Stand                            ceremony must take place first. You do not
                                             need to have both on the same day. All
Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1            information concerning marriage and the
B-3000 Leuven                                documents required, can be obtained at
Tel.	016	27	20	00	•	Fax	016	27	29	55         the Registry Office.
www.leuven.be
                                             Deaths
Births                                       The Registry Office must be informed of
You are required to inform the Registry      all deaths. If death occurs in a hospital,
Office of the birth of your baby within      this formality will be normally done by the
15 days of the birth. Forms concerning       undertaker, but has to be paid. You can do
insurance companies’ birth premiums and      this yourself, but you then need to inquire
state child allowances can be obtained       at the Registry Office. If death occurs
from the Social Service for International    outside a hospital, a doctor must be called
Students or the Human Resources Depart-      first to certify the death and to determine
ment (for researchers and visiting profes-   the cause of death. After that, the registry
sors).                                       office must be informed. It is advisable
                                             to ask for several copies of the death
                                             certificate, since they may be needed for
                                             insurance, banks, embassies, etc.




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7.1.    K.U.Leuven


“K.U.Leuven students are well organised
both in their faculties and in student
associations and organisations. Student
participation is considered very important
at the K.U.Leuven.”


In this chapter, we explain how internatio-
nal students can get involved and play a
significant role in these organisations.


LOKO
LOKO is the umbrella organisation
comprising student councils at the faculty
level. These councils represent the students
of the various faculties and programmes
of study. LOKO is the organisation that
speaks on behalf of K.U.Leuven students
to the academic and civil authorities. Since
the past few years, the student Councils
of the other Leuven institutes of higher
education are also represented.
Through student representation, LOKO
contributes in making education more
democratic in practice. The student
representatives are active in all fields of
university life and guarantee that the
voice of the students reaches the highest
levels of decision making. LOKO has three
main objectives: representation, faculty
and individual service to students and
the organisation of major events (cultural
events, sports activities, debates, ...).

loKo
‘s	Meiersstraat	5	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	22	31	09	•	Fax	016	22	01	03
loko@loko.be	•	www.loko.be
Open
weekdays from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm




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Student Councils (Studentenkringen)
some of them have an erasmus committee.


alfa (Archaeology)                              www.alfa.student.kuleuven.be
apollonia (Dental Sciences)                     www.apollonialeuven.tk
apolloon (Physical Therapy and Kinesiology)     www.sportkotapolloon.be
Babylon (Linguistics and Literature)            kringbabylon.be/guest-students
Bios (Biology)                                  www.bios.student.kuleuven.be
canonica (Canon law)                            www.canonica.be
chemika (Chemistry)                             www.chemika.be
crimen (Criminology)                            www.crimen.be
ekonomika (Economics)                           erasmus.ekonomika.be
eoos (Eastern and Slavic Studies)               www.eoos.be
Farma (Pharmaceutical Science)                  www.farmaceutica.be
geologische Kring (Geology)                     www.geol.student.kuleuven.be
Historia (History)                              www.hist.student.kuleuven.be
Katechetika (Theology and Religious Studies)    www.kat.student.kuleuven.be
KulaK (K.U.Leuven Campus Kortrijk)              student.kuleuven-kortrijk.be/portal/
lBK (Bio-Engineering)                           www.landbouwkring.be
Kla (Speech Therapy and Audiology)              www.kla.student.kuleuven.be
mecenas (Art Studies)                           www.mecenas-kul.be
medica (Medicine)                               www.medica.be
medisoc (Clinical Nursing and Health
Care Management)                                club.studiant.be/medisoc
merkator (Geography)                            www.merk.student.kuleuven.be
musicologica (Musicology)                       www.musicologica.be
nFK (Philosophy)                                www.nfk.be
pedagogische Kring (Educational Science)        www.pedagogischekring.be
politika (Political and Social Sciences)        www.politika.be
psychologische Kring (Psychology)               www.psychokring.be.
vrg (Law)                                       www.vrg.be/Praesidium/Erasmus.html
vtK (Engineering)                               www.vtk.be/international/
wina (Mathematics, Informatics, Physics)        www.wina.be


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These are LOKO’s main                          loKo sports
                                               Tervuursevest	101	•	B-3001	Heverlee
concerns:                                      Gebouw de Nayer (0057)
                                               Tel.	016	32	91	34	•		016	32	91	33
education                                      sport@loko.be
Educational matters are followed up both
within the university, and also on the         loKo culture
Flemish and the European levels. LOKO          LOKO Culture promotes cultural life among
sends student representatives to various       the students in Leuven. They promote
university bodies including the Academic       different forms of contemporary art.
Council, the Education Council and other       Together with volunteers, they organise
working committees.                            Ithaka, an art festival, and an Interfacultary
                                               Theatre festival. Movies and concerts are
student life                                   also part of the programme offered by
LOKO aims to help minimize socio-cultural      LOKO Culture.
barriers for higher education by keeping
an eye on scholarships, Alma- and Acco-        loKo culture
prices, accommodation... LOKO offers free      ‘s	Meiersstraat	5	•	B-3000	Leuven
legal advice and help if you have problems     Tel.	016	22	31	09	•	Fax	016	22	01	03
with the deposit of your student room.         Stuk,	Naamsestraat	96	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                               Tel. 016 32 03 11
Faculty student councils coordination          cultuur@loko.be	•	cultuur.loko.be
Every two weeks, a general meeting is
organised by LOKO during which the             loKo International
representatives of the Faculty Student         LOKO International is the branch of LOKO
Councils gather and discuss the problems       that specifically represents international
concerning student life. Cross-councils’       students. It defends the concerns of inter-
initiatives, agreements with the town,         national students to the university and the
regulations concerning the organisation        city of Leuven. If you experience difficulties
of activities, next to a wide range of other   during your stay in Leuven, LOKO Interna-
issues, are dealt with during the general      tional can intermediate on your behalf.
meetings.
                                               LOKO International promotes activities of
                                               two kinds: first of all, they try to offer newly
LOKO has five subdivisions                     arrived students a warm welcome by
                                               cooperating in the Orientation Days and
loKo sports                                    the Buddy Program.
LOKO Sports promotes student partici-
pation in sports by supporting various         The second kind of activities they
projects, providing subsidies for the more     concentrate on, are those to promote
expensive sports, running a sports equip-      integration between international and
ment rental service, and much more. LOKO       Flemish students. They encourage all
Sports also holds some well-known annual       initiatives that focus on intercultural
events, such as the 24-hour relay race         contact. LOKO International is also the
(October), the student half marathon           umbrella organisation for the international
(March), and the Leuven International          student associations of Leuven that work
Student Sports Tournament (Erasmuscup).        independently to give students from their
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home away from home. Such organisations          use their imagination. Why not give it a
can request subsidies from LOKO for              try? Just come and have a look in our
their activities. LOKO International also        office in Vesaliusstaat, next to the LOKO
welcomes and supports international              International office or come to our editorial
students who would like to start a new           meeting. (Place and time of the meetings
association.                                     are indicated on the website.)
The LOKO office is located in Home
Vesalius, where you also find Pangaea.           the voice
The LOKO International team is eager to          Vesaliusstraat	34	•	B-3000	Leuven
deal with your complaints, questions and         Tel. 016 32 33 95
suggestions. Feel free to drop by!               thevoice@loko.be	•	www.thevoiceleuven.be

pangaea – Home vesalius                           International Student
Andreas	Vesaliusstraat	34	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	32	33	95	•	Fax	016	32	33	90              Associations
international@loko.be
international.loko.be                            scientica
                                                 Scientica is the umbrella organization of
                                                 the students at the Faculty of Science.
veto
                                                 www.scientica.be/en
Veto is an independent weekly Dutch-
                                                 international@scientica.be
language newspaper created by students.
Veto reports on student life, university
                                                 Bana leuven
affairs and other topics students are
                                                 The main goal of Bana Leuven is to promote
concerned with.
                                                 the development of Congo. Furthermore,
                                                 it brings all those interested in Congo
veto
                                                 together to let them taste the richness of
‘s	Meiersstraat	5	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                                 this country in the middle of Africa. To do
Tel.	016	22	44	38	•	Fax	016	22	01	03
                                                 this, Bana Leuven organises all kinds of
veto@veto.be	•	www.veto.be
                                                 activities every year: exhibitions, concerts,
                                                 debates, fund raising, festivities. Bana
the voice
                                                 Leuven has a very diverse target audience:
The     Voice   is   an    English-language
                                                 Congolese, inhabitants of Leuven, students
international student newspaper by and
                                                 and anybody who is interested in Congo.
for the international student community
                                                 www.banaleuven.be
in Leuven. For all its functions, it relies on
                                                 bana.leuven@gmail.com
volunteers. It is produced monthly and
distributed free of charge throughout
                                                 mosaic / mozaïek
Leuven. The content of The Voice depends
                                                 Mosaic / Mozaïek is a group of students
on the topics students want to write about.
                                                 who explore the cultural background and
In this way,
                                                 specificities of Egyptians, Lebanese, Pal-
The Voice is truly a mouthpiece for the
                                                 estinians and Syrians. The activities they
international student community. Since it
                                                 offer range from movies to cooking, from
takes a lot more than just writers to keep
                                                 poetry to dance. Mosaic emphasizes to
this magazine going, The Voice is always
                                                 keep people as the central theme of their
looking for people who are interested in
                                                 organisation.
layout, photography and grammatical
                                                 mosaic_kul@yahoo.com
editing. In other words, The Voice needs
                                                 mosaic-kul.webs.com
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the International muslim                         chinese students and scholars
students association (Imsal)                     (CSAL)
IMSAL is an independent students’ asso-          The Chinese Students and Scholars Asso-
ciation with no institutional links with other   ciation of Leuven is a non-profit organiza-
political or religious bodies. IMSAL was         tion dedicated to the goal of promoting
established in 1984 by the Muslim students       social, intellectual and cultural activities for
of the university. Its main office and           Chinese students and scholars in Leuven.
student mosque are located in Rijschool-         It will also strive to provide opportunities
straat 25. A wide range of activities are        and benefits by facilitating the life and
organised yearly for Muslims and non-            study in Belgium.
Muslims alike, e.g. public lectures about        www.csal.be/en	•	csa-leuven@hotmail.com
Islam, movies, trips, sports, study circles of
Quran, Fiqh (jurisprudence),etc.                 students’ association of the
www.imsal.be (contact via website)               International theology section
see also p. 84 (religion)                        (saInts)
                                                 Their aim is to foster fellowship among
Indian students association (Isal)               the Belgian and international students of
ISAL is a small non-profit association of In-    the faculty of Theology in Leuven. SAInTS
dian students. They come together to share       emphasizes that, as on organisation, they
and to www.imsal.be contact via website          can enrich their own lives and that of
express their unity in diversity of cultures,    others by entering into contact and by of-
traditions and faiths. ISAL members gather       fering a range of social activities. Every
on the occasion of three major festivals         Friday they also try to create an informal
throughout the year: Christmas, Holi and         space in which both international and
Deepawali.                                       Flemish students can meet outside the
ISAL also exposes its multicultural rich-        classes and get to know each other. They
ness to non-Indian students, while organiz-      work close together with Katechetika.
ing cultural events and tours etc. Moreover,     theo.kuleuven.be/page/saints
ISAL provides information to those who           leuvensaints@gmail.com
wish to study at the K.U. Leuven, or at any
other university in Belgium. They also pro-      turkish students association leuven
vide guidance concerning ‘living in Belgium’.    (tsl)
www.isal.be	•	isal@studentenweb.org              The Turkish student association promotes
                                                 the emancipation of Turkish students in Leu-
rose vzw                                         ven. Their aim is to improve integration of
Rose is an independent non-profit                Turkish students in Leuven as well in intercul-
organization. Its mission is to support          tural meetings. TSL also organises different
and foster primary education for children        activities to taste the vast Turkish culture.
from economically disadvantaged rural            www.tsleuven.be	•	contact@tsleuven.be
communities in developing countries. Rose
has chosen to meet its mission by improving      vietnamese student organisation
basic facilities in primary schools. To this     (vinakul)
end, it is working on well identified and        Vinakul is a student organisation that
sustainable projects on a first hand basis.      promotes the integration of Vietnamese
www.rosevzw.net	•	rosevzw@gmail.com              students in Leuven. Not only do they help
                                                 you with getting around in Leuven, they
                                                 also organise all kinds of typical Vietnam-
                                                 ese festivals, like Vietnamese New Year.
                                                 groups.yahoo.com/group/vinakul

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latin american students association            PhD students of these departments. The
(alas K.u.leuven)                              organisation offers a variety of activities
We are students or staff of the KULeuven       ranging from technical-scientific activities
who are connected, in a variety of ways,       (seminars, company visits, etc.) to cultural
to Latin America. While we recognize a         activities (beer tasting courses, etc.).
certain degree of homogeneity among            homes.esat.kuleuven.be/~ieee_sb/nl/main.php
ourselves, we are equally aware of the rich    ieee_sb@esat.kuleuven.ac.be
diversity that characterizes us. We would
like to create a communicative network and     KIB - association for International affairs
meeting place for Latin American students      The Association for International Affairs
or staff, as well as for those who share our   was founded in 1945 as the “Kring voor
academic, social, intercultural, and Belgian   Internationale Betrekkingen (KIB)”. Their
context. http://alaskuleuven.wikispaces.com    goal is to inform and raise the awareness
                                               of university students about international
                                               affairs. This society has managed to bring
Other	student	organizations                    many important speakers to Leuven to
                                               give their opinion on international affairs.
phd society leuven                             KIB@student.kuleuven.be	•	www.kib.be
The Ph.D. Society is an interfaculty,
international student organization of          european law students association –
doctoral students of the university that       leuven (elsa)
aims to promote interaction among Ph.D.        The European Law Students Association is
students, both international and Belgian.      an association especially for law students.
Activities organized by the Ph.D. Society      They organise an introduction course
cover academic, social, and career aspects     for the political structure in Belgium and
of a doctoral student’s life. Separate         organise trips to destinations of special
committees for each aspect are in place        concern to law students.
to organize relevant events on a regular       law.kuleuven.be/elsa/en/contact
basis such as guest lectures, corporate        elsa@law.kuleuven.be
seminars, workshops and weekly drinks.
The PhD Society is always on the lookout       leuven council of the european
for enthusiastic doctoral students to join     union simulation (leceus)
one of the committees and participate in       The LECEUS project is the Leuven Council
events. Find us on facebook or send us an      of the European Union Simulation. The
email to be added to our list.                 objective of the project is to hold a
phdsocietyleuven@gmail.com                     yearly three day simulation of the Council
http://phdsociety.ulyssis.be                   of the European Union in Leuven. The
http://www.phdsocietyleuven.blogspot.          simulation aims to bring together a
com/                                           selection of talented young people from
                                               across the Union. The simulation offers
Ieee student Branch leuven                     its participants a chance to practice their
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics    diplomatic skills and to develop a greater
Engineers Student Branch Leuven is an          insight into the operation of the institutions
organization of/for IEEE members that          of the European Union. Furthermore, the
study at the K.U.Leuven. The Student           simulation aims to be a platform for the
Branch consists mainly of engineering          exchange of ideas and experiences among
students of the senior years that specialize   young citizens of the Union.
in   electrical  engineering,     computer     www.leceus.org
science and mechanical engineering and

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Fakbars
Capsule // Pharmaceutical science                           Parkstraat	4	•	B-3000	Leuven

Délibéré // GROUP T - University College                Tiensestraat	146	•	B-3000	Leuven

Doc’s Bar // Medicine                                Brusselsestraat	246	•	B-3000	Leuven

Dulci // Economics                                       Tiensestraat	77	•	B-3000	Leuven

‘t Elixir // Engineering                               Tervuursevest	60	•	B-3000	Leuven

Fakbar Letteren // Arts Faculty                    Blijde-Inkomststraat	11	•	B-3000	Leuven

Gnorgl // Bio-Engineering                               Waversebaan	71	•	B-3001	Heverlee

Huis der Rechten (HdR) // Law                            Tiensestraat	53	•	B-3000	Leuven

Pavlov // Psychology                                      Tiensestraat	51	•	B-3000	Leuven

Politika Kaffee // Political and social sciences         Tiensestraat	55	•	B-3000	Leuven

Sportzak // Physical education and physiotherapy       Tervuursevest	60	•	B-3000	Leuven

Alegria // Steil                                             Oude	Markt	•	B-3000	Leuven

’t vervolg // Theology, Chemistry, Geography             Damiaanplein	5	•	B-3000	Leuven

Cuythoek // Dentistry, Geology                         Kapucijnenvoer	5	•	B-3000	Leuven

The Pocket // Diana (KHLeuven)                       Minckelersstraat	76	•	B-3000	Leuven

Weirdo’s De Kelten (KHLeuven) // Criminology            Naamsestraat	32	•	B-3000	Leuven

De Colff // Soca (KHLeuven)                                  Oude	Markt	•	B-3000	Leuven

’t Archief // Didactica (KHLeuven)                           Zeelstraat	1	•	B-3000	Leuven

Mephisto // Diana (KHLeuven)                                 Oude	Markt	•	B-3000	Leuven




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7.2.      KHLeuven                            overkoepelende Kringraad (oKer)
                                              The student organisations organise various
                                              cultural and sporting activities, as well as
The student organisations at KHLeuven         the occasional party. Each department has
are structured slightly differently than at   its own student organisation.
K.U.Leuven. There are student councils and    These organisations are coordinated by
student organisations.                        the umbrella student organisation (OKeR
                                              or Overkoepelende Kringraad), an organ-
college student council - csc                 isation that has its office in the same room
overkoepelende studentenraad (osr)            as OSR. You can keep informed of the
The student councils voice the students’      activities being planned by reading the
opinions on educational and social issues     notices placed on the departmental bulle-
to the directors of the school. They pro-     tin boards. You can also find them on the
pose suggestions for making student life      internet.
more attractive.
                                              OKeR	‘s	Meiersstraat	5	•	B-3000	Leuven
Each department at KHLeuven has a             oker@khleuven.be	•	www.kringraad.be
student council (Departementale Studen-
tenRaad or DSR), composed of student          de Kelten
representatives. First year students are      (Dept. of Business Studies or ECHO)
most welcome! The DSR is mainly               www.dekelten.student.khleuven.be
concerned with issues like education,         diana
exams, diversity, student restaurant,         (Dept. of Health and Technology or G&T)
                                              www.diana.be
equipment of the library and the computer     didactica
rooms, ... OSR is the umbrella organisa-      (Dept. of Teacher Training or DLO)
tion comprising these student councils.       www.didactica.student.khleuven.be
OSR sends representatives to the board of     soca
directors, the general assembly, the          (Dept. of Social Work of SSH)
academic council and the interdeparte-        www.soca.student.khleuven.be
mental study programme committee of           steil
the KHLeuven. Via vzw Student Services,       (Dept. of Health and Technology or G&T)
OSR is also occupied with social matters.     www.steil.student.khleuven.be
Finally OSR co-operates with the city of
Leuven, LOKO and StAL (Student body of
council for the Association Leuven).

osr
‘s	Meiersstraat	5	•	B-3000	Leuven
osr@student.khleuven.be
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7.3.      GROUP T - International
                                              7.4.       LEMMENSINSTITUUT
                                                         (Hogeschool voor
                                                         Wetenschap & Kunst)
University College Leuven
                                              Participatiecommissie
student council group t
The Student Council is the students’          The “Participatiecommissie” includes the
representative body at GROUP T. Its aim       student representatives and the student
is to promote the interests of GROUP T        council. The former represents the needs
students and to communicate students’         and questions of all our students in several
opinions on educational issues to the         boards and meetings, such as the Faculty
professors and the management of               Board, the Academic Board and Social
GROUP T.                                      Services. The latter organises parties,
                                              sporting activities, cultural affairs and
studentenraad campus vesalius                 many other creative events.
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13
B-3000 Leuven                                 participatiecommissie
Tel. 016 30 10 88                             Herestraat	53	•	B-3000	Leuven
info@studentenraad.be                         Tel. 016 23 39 67
www.studentenraad.be                          studentenraad@lemmens.wenk.be
                                              www.studentenraad.tk
Industria & educata
Industria & Educata, the two departmental
student unions at GROUP T, organise various
student activities during the academic year
(sports, culture, entertainment, and more).

Industria
industria@group-t.com	•	www.industria.be
educata
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8.1.     K.U.Leuven                           •	cross-cultural communication workshops
                                                for K.U.Leuven staff
                                              •	strong collaboration with the
                                                International Meeting Centre ‘Pangaea’
Central services                                (see p. 97) and the International Contact
                                                Club (see p. 47)
International office
Atrechtcollege
                                              www.kuleuven.be/orientationdays
Naamsestraat	63	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                              www.kuleuven.be/english/intercultural/
www.kuleuven.be/international/contact
                                              intercultural@kuleuven.be
•	International admissions and mobility
                                              International Policy Unit
  unit (Iam)
                                              •	sets priorities for international
  Tel.	016	32	40	78	•	Fax	016	32	37	73
                                                cooperation
  admissions@kuleuven.be
                                              •	contributes to the development
  Open Weekday mornings from 9:00 am
                                                of its international strategy
  to 12:30 pm
                                              •	provides a range of professional services,
                                                from advising on funding opportunities
•	International policy unit
                                                to assisting with grant applications and
  Tel.	016	32	40	46	•	Fax	016	32	40	22
                                                negotiating bilateral agreements.
  www.kuleuven.be/international/index
                                              Development Cooperation Unit
•	development cooperation unit
                                              •	cooperation projects with the South
  Tel.	016	32	40	17	•	Fax	016	32	40	22
                                                to support people-oriented sustainable
  www.kuleuven.be/international/develop-
                                                development
  ment_cooperation/index.html
                                              •	joint research activities
                                              •	offers: funding opportunities for
International Admissions and
                                                projects, training programmes for
Mobility Unit
                                                students and staff from developing
•	the first point of contact between
                                                countries and scholarship and
  international students and K.U.Leuven
                                                funding opportunities.
  administration
•	admissions office for all international
  applicants as well as for those applying
  for scholarships (development
  cooperation, inter- university staff
  exchange agreements, research activities)
•	payment of scholarships
•	administration and admission of ex-
  change students (ERASMUS and other)

Hospitality Programme
•	Orientation Days for new students and
  scholars (September and February)
•	buddy programme for international
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Human Resources Department                      student services
                                                Except where otherwise mentioned, all
HR Management                                   offices are located at the Van Dalecollege,
•	responsible for staff recruitment, HR         Naamsestraat	80	•	B-3000	Leuven
  management, and career management.            See also www.kuleuven.be/studentservices
•	The HR consultant is your contact
  person for any HR related question you        Housing service
  might have (e.g. with regard to recruit-      The Housing Service receives international
  ment, evaluation, training, career            students and provides them with practical
  development, conflict management etc.)        information and assistance in finding tem-
                                                porary and permanent housing. Through-
Hr management                                   out the academic year international stu-
Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege                       dents can turn to this office for help and
Parijsstraat 72b bus 5540 - B-3000 Leuven       advice whenever they have questions or
Tel.	016	32	83	05	•	Fax	016	32	83	10            problems related to their housing situation.
hrdepartment@kuleuven.be
Open: weekdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm       Housing service
                                                (see also Chapter 4: Accommodation)
Payroll                                         Tel.	016	32	44	00	•	Fax	016	32	88	20
•	administrative service towards staff          housingservice@dsv.kuleuven.be
  and external offices concerning social        www.kuleuven.be/accommodation
  security contributions, advance tax           Open Weekdays from 2:00 until 5:00 pm
  payment, child benefit, pensions, etc.        From 1 June to 30 September:
•	Your payroll officer is your contact          Weekdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon
  person concerning payment of your             and from 2:00 until 5:00 pm
  salary/grant, drawing up and providing
  agreements and certificates,                  Kot culture, mobility and environment
  the administration of holidays,               advisors
  leave of absence and illness.                 The “kot” culture, mobility and environment
                                                advisors try to raise awareness about trans-
Student Services                                portation, the environment and the unique
                                                culture of student houses. They will answer
Student services encompass a number of          any questions about waste prevention and
different counselling services whose objec-     sorting, responsible energy and water use,
tive is to promote the social, physical, men-   composting, bus and train travel, bicycle
tal and financial well-being of all students.   safety, community participation, and many
Thanks to the cooperation agreements be-        other issues. The advisors do not only pro-
tween Studentenvoorzieningen/ Student           vide information,
Services K.U.Leuven and the non-profit
associations (vzw’s) providing social ser-      they also promote new projects and
vices for the institutions of higher educa-     experiments in the area of sustainability and
tion, most of the services listed below are     ecologically responsible lifestyles, f.ex. the
centrally organised for all Leuven students.    Veggie bag (see p. 56).

                                                Tel. 016 32 93 01 & 02
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duurzaamheid@dsv.kuleuven.be                     Social Service
Open daily but please give us a call or leave
a message by mail in order to make an           As an international student studying in
appointment                                     Leuven, you don’t always know where to
                                                go with your questions or problems. That is
pangaea                                         why the social service wants to be a “step-
International meeting centre                    pingstone” where you can ask any question
‘Pangaea’ is the name of the original single    of a practical, legal or financial nature. If the
continent which made up the entire land         answer to your question lies outside their
surface of the earth some 175 million years     area of competence, they will refer you to
ago. ‘Pangaea’ is also the name of the          the right authority.
international students’ centre at K.U.Leuven.
Pangaea is a lively meeting place where         It is a general rule that students have to
international and Belgian students can          provide sufficient funds for the period they
get together in an informal setting. It has     spend here. However, in rare cases, this
a lounge with a coffee bar and a large          office can offer temporary financial support
assortment of international newspapers          to individuals who have run into severe
and magazines, a recreational room with         financial difficulties due to unforeseen
table tennis facilities, a TV room with DVD     circumstances.
equipment, three computers and much             Each case will be examined by the
more.                                           service and the request is then evaluated
                                                by the Study Finances Committee.
Pangaea offers a wide range of activities       Students who encounter both medical and
such as concerts, movies, lectures, work-       financial problems can submit a request for
shops, trips, and language conversation         repayment of the amount that the health
groups. Membership only costs € 4 for           insurance does not cover. A committee
students and includes benefits such as          consisting of a member of the Social
free coffee or tea in the Pangaea lounge        Service and a physician decides on a case-
and discounts for activities organised by       by-case basis.
Pangaea. To run the bar, Pangaea is con-
stantly looking for volunteers to help out.     social service (see also chapter 5:
                                                Insurance and Health Care)
pangaea                                         Tel.	016	32	44	28	•	Fax	016	32	84	12
Vesaliusstraat	34	•	B-3000	Leuven               www.kuleuven.be/socialservices
Tel.	016	32	33	96	•	Fax	016	32	33	90            internationalstudents@dsv.kuleuven.be
Pangaea@dsv.kuleuven.be                         Open: Weekdays from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm
www.kuleuven.be/pangaea
Open: Coffee Lounge: Monday to Thursday          Study Advice Service
from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm
On Friday and Saturday from noon to             The Study Advice Service acts as the
midnight.                                       central information point on study-related
Office: Monday from 10:00 am until 12:00        matters for both national and international
noon and from 2:00 until 5:00 pm                students. You are welcome throughout
Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 until 5:00       your student career: before you enter the
pm, Friday from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm          university, while you are studying at the
                                                university and after you have graduated.
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study programmes at K.U.Leuven through          etc. Please keep in mind that many jobs re-
brochures and/or internet. You can also         quire you to speak Dutch.
visit the office to find out which study
programme fits best your particular wishes      The Student Employment Service also
and goals.                                      informs you about the Belgian employment
If needed, you will be provided with some       law with its strict regulations regarding
personal assistance during your search.         employing international students. Students
Several informative events are set up on        from outside the European Union, Bulgaria
behalf of the students and the office par-      and Romania must have a work permit type
ticipates in all the major study fairs.         C if they want to work during the academic
If you are already studying in Leuven you       year. These students are not allowed to
may contact the Study Advice Service            work for more than twenty hours a week.
when you require personal, individual           Studying must be their main occupation.
study guidance. You can also sign up for        During the official school holidays, all
various sessions such as Effective Study        students can work without a work permit.
Methods, Study Planning System, Writing
Master Thesis or Presentation Techniques.       student employment service
                                                Tel.	016	32	44	34	•	Fax	016	32	44	39
Before you graduate, you will be advised        Jobdienst@dsv.kuleuven.be
by the career counselling service, which        www.kuleuven.be/studentemployment
prepares you for your first steps in the job    Jobdatabase: www.kuleuven.be/studentjob
market. If you are looking for postgradu-       Open Weekdays from 2:00 until 5:00 pm
ate study programmes, either in Belgium
or abroad, the Study Advice Service is also     Legal Service
the place to be. The Centre can guide you
through the maze of master’s, MBA and           This office provides information and assis-
LLM programmes.                                 tance on legal matters: rental contracts,
                                                civil law (marriage, insurance), criminal law,
study advice service                            etc. It is not common practice to consult
Tel. 016 32 43 11                               the legal service directly. In general,
studyadviceservice@kuleuven.be                  students are referred to the legal service
www.kuleuven.be/studyadvice                     by one of the other services, only by
Open                                            appointment (e.g. the Social Service,
Monday till Thursday from 2:00 pm until         Student Employment Service).
5:00 pm or by appointment
                                                legal service
Student Employment Service                      Tel.	016	32	44	31	•	Fax	016	32	84	12
                                                juridischedienst@dsv.kuleuven.be
Quite a lot of students look for a job to
earn some extra money and to gain some          Medical Centre for Students (*)
experience.
This service can provide information con-       The Medical Centre is staffed by a team
cerning employment possibilities. Job           of doctors with extensive experience in
offers are posted on a notice board and are     studentrelated health issues, such as con-
also available online. The type of job ranges   centration disorders, stress, contraception,
from babysitting to translating, data entry,    etc. The Centre’s daily practice focuses on


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prevention and information, and on the         this type of behaviour. The ideal outcome
physical and mental well-being of students     is to stop the unwanted behaviour without
in general. Students with problems of a        any negative consequences for the victim.
psychological nature can be referred to the
Psychotherapeutic Centre.                      ombudsperson
                                               Ms. Marleen Gheldof
medical centre for students                    Psychotherapeutic Centre
Tel.	016	32	44	20	•	Fax	016	32	44	14           Tel.	016	32	43	43	•	Fax	016	32	43	43
mcs@dsv.kuleuven.be                            www.kuleuven.be/studentservices/health/
www.kuleuven.be/studentservices/               ombuds.html
health/medical_centre.html                     marleen.gheldof@dsv.kuleuven.be
Consultations (by appointment):                Consultations: Tuesdays from 11 am until
Weekdays from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm            12 noon
House calls by request, in case of
serious illness                                (*)The Medical and Psychotherapeutic Centre
Night and weekend emergency service:           are open to students from K.U.Leuven, GROUP
070 25 70 25                                   T, Lemmens Instituut and Vlerick. Students from
                                               KHLeuven are referred to the general practi-
                                               tioners of Leuven (see also chapter IV: Health
Psychotherapeutic Centre (*)                   Care). For psychological counselling and ther-
                                               apy, students should first apply to the student
Students dealing with personal or psycho-      service of their department, which will refer
logical problems can apply to the Psycho-      them to GIBS (www. gibs.be) or CPR.
therapeutic Centre for professional help.
The therapists and psychiatrists run
various therapy and training sessions          8.2.         KHLeuven,
                                                            GROUP T and
                                                            Lemmensinstituut
adapted to the individual needs of the
student. English-speaking therapists are
available.                                     The services mentioned above are also
                                               open to students from KHLeuven(*),
psychotherapeutic centre                       GROUP T and the Lemmensinstituut. The
Tel.	016	32	43	43	•	Fax	016	32	43	67           cooperation agreements between Studen-
ptc@dsv.kuleuven.be                            tenvoorzieningen K.U.Leuven and the insti-
www.kuleuven.be/studentservices/               tutions of higher education are coordinat-
health/psychotherapeutic_centre.html           ed by the following non-profit associations:
Consultations by appointment only
Weekdays from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm            student service KHleuven
(holidays 9:00 am until 5:00 pm)               Naamsestraat	80	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                               Tel. 016 375 748
                                               studentenservice@khleuven.be
Ombudsperson for Students                      www.khleuven.be
                                               Coordinator: Anne-Mie Meers
K.U.Leuven has appointed an ombudsper-         anne-mie.meers@khleuven.be
son to deal with certain kinds of unac-
ceptable behaviour (bullying, violence and     group t
sexual harassment) within the university       Andreas	Vesaliusstraat	13	•	B-3000	Leuven
community. The duty of the ombudsper-          Tel.	016	30	11	23	•	Fax	016	30	10	40
son is to assist students who are victims of   International Officer: Wim Polet

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wim.polet@group-t.com                         related to special benefits (our bus cannot
internationaloffice@group-t.com               provide transportation for individuals). All
www.group-t.com                               inhabitants of Leuven
                                              •	including students officially resident in
lemmensinstituut                                 Leuven
SoVo W&K                                      •	can request application forms for birth
Campus Lemmensinstituut                          and adoption premiums and assistance
Herestraat	53	•	B-3000	Leuven                    in raising a disabled child.
Tel. 016 23 39 67
sovo@lemmens.wenk.be                          Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
www.lemmens.wenk.be                           B-3000 Leuven
                                              Tel.	016	27	26	18	•	Fax	016	27	28	25

8.3.      City of Leuven                      welzijn@leuven.be	•	www.leuven.be
                                              Open office-counter
                                              Weekdays from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm
The city of Leuven provides a number of       Thursdays from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm
social services that students are also        If necessary, an appointment can be
welcome to call on for help.                  made outside the office hours.

                                              youth Info point (JIp)
General Services                              JIP informs young people about socio-
                                              cultural activities and associations in
welfare services - dienst welzijn             Leuven (e.g. everything you need to know
This office provides information concerning   when organising a party, legal issues
organisations in and around Leuven.           affecting young people, time management,
Disabled persons (officially resident in      etc.). This advice is provided free of charge.
Leuven) can request application forms




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JIp                                            crZ
Brusselsestraat	61a	•	B-3000	Leuven            Geldenaaksebaan	277	•	B-3001	Leuven
Tel.	016	24	66	91	•	Fax	016	24	66	99           Tel. 016 33 69 54
jip@leuven.be	•	www.leuven.be/jeugd            Tel. information about unwanted pregnan-
Open: Weekdays from 9:00 until 4:30 pm         cies: 078 15 30 45 (every day from 6:00
Thursday from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm         until 10:00 pm)
                                               Tel. information about prenatal diagnosis:
youth counselling centre (Jac)                 078 15 35 55 (Mondays till Thursdays
JAC informs, advises and counsels young        during office hours)
people about the rights of minors, work,       info@crz.be	•	www.crz.be
studies, sex, drugs, student jobs, etc. This
service is free of charge.                     Gay and Lesbian Associations
Jac                                            Holebihuis
Redingenstraat	6	•	B-3000	Leuven               Diestsesteenweg	24	•	B-3010	Kessel-Lo
Tel.	016	24	10	24	•	Fax	016	21	01	02           info@cavaria.be, admin@holebihuis.be
jac@cawleuven.be	•	www.jacleuven.be            www.holebihuis.be

Health                                         leonardo
                                               A new, English speaking group for
aids & stds                                    international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Anyone with questions about AIDS or any        and Transgender people, located at the
other sexually transmitted diseases – STDs     “Holebihuis”, created for all non local
– can call the AIDS & STD hotline. Volun-      people who are staying in Belgium for a
teers are on stand-by to listen and give       short or long period of time. Our goal is
advice.                                        to give everyone the opportunity to get
                                               to know other people with a different
aIds & std                                     background and life experiences from all
Hotline: 078 15 15 15 (working days from       over the world. Weekly activities.
2:00 pm until 17:00 pm)
info@sensoa.be	•	www.sensoa.be                 leonardo@holebihuis.be
www.condomobiel                                Tel. 016 60 12 63
                                               Website http://www.holebihuis.be
centre for relationship and
pregnancy problems                             driekant/& of
centrum voor relatievorming en                 Driekant/& of organise a wide array of
zwangerschapsproblemen                         activities where gays, lesbians and bi-
Information about self-help groups dealing     sexuals from the Leuven area can meet.
with pregnancy and abortion issues (i.e.       “&of” is the youth branch run by and for
unwanted pregnancies, teen pregnancies,        young people (26 and under). For dates,
etc.).                                         places and times of parties or events or for
There are two hotlines (prenatal diagno-       more information, visit the websites.
sis and unwanted pregnancies) as well as
selfsupport groups for women who have          driekant/& of
recently experienced an abortion.              Tel. 0475 92 85 67
                                               info@driekant.be	•	www.driekant.be
                                               info@enof.be	•	www.enof.be

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labyrint                                       Partners:
Labyrint is an association for lesbians com-   legal and victim assistance centre
mitted to sports and many other activities     centrum voor algemeen welzijnswerk
                                               (caw)
labyrint                                       Justitieel welzijnswerk - centrum slach-
Diestsesteenweg	24•	B-3000	Leuven              tofferhulp
Mob. 0487 36 21 13                             These offices give advice to anyone who
info@labyrint-vzw.be                           has to deal with legal issues, whether as an
www.labyrint-vzw.be                            alleged perpetrator, a victim or a relative
                                               of a perpetrator or victim. The Victim
Holebifoon                                     Assistance Centre is at the service of
Call Holebifoon for information about and      victims of crime in any form (i.e., robbery,
for homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals.       break-in, vandalism, rape, etc.). They also
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to            offer legal aid to convicts in the Leuven jail,
21.30 pm                                       including arranging for family visits.

Holebifoon                                     caw
Tel. 0800 99 533 (free number)                 Redingenstraat	6	•	B-3000	Leuven
www.holebifoon.be	•	www.holebihuis.be          Victim Assistance: tel. 016 21 01 03
                                               slachtofferhulp@cawleuven.be
                                               Legal Assistance: tel. 016 21 01 05
Legal Advice                                   jwl@cawleuven.be	•	www.cawleuven.be
                                               Open: Weekdays during working hours
the local anti-discrimination center           (Victim Assistance)
The Anti-Discrimination Center works to
prevent and remedy all forms of discrimi-      tenants association
nation in Leuven in housing, employment,       Huurdersbond vlaams-Brabant
education, and public accommodations.          This office gives legal advice to tenants of
through advocacy, litigation, education,       rental units and houses.
outreach, monitoring, and research.
                                               Eénmeilaan	1	•	B-3010	Kessel-Lo
meldpunt discriminatie                         Tel.	016	25	05	14	•	Fax	016	47	45	38
Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1              mailto:info-vlbr@huurdersbond.be
B-3000 Leuven                                  www.huurdersbond.be
Tel.	016	27	26	00	•	Fax	016	27	28	25
meldpunt.discriminatie@leuven.be               House of Justice - Justitiehuis
                                               The Leuven Justitiehuis provides free legal
                                               advice every Tuesday from 4:30 till 6:30
                                               pm, Wednesday from 2:30 till 4:00 pm and
                                               Thursday from 9:00 till 11:00 am (only after
                                               appointment by telephone 016 30 14 50)

                                               Justitiehuis
                                               Bondgenotenlaan 116 bus 3
                                               B-3000 Leuven
                                               Tel.	016	30	14	50	•	Fax	016	30	14	55
                                               Tel. 016 30 14 60 (lawyers)
                                               BJB@balieleuven.be

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Drugs                                           child & Family
                                                Kind & gezin
the drug-line                                   Kind en Gezin offers a wide range of baby
The Drug-Line answers questions about           and child care services. Expecting parents,
drinking, drugs and substance abuse.            and parents of children up to 6, can get
Anonymity is guaranteed.                        free medical assistance and advice on baby
                                                care and feeding. Contact the regional
druglijn                                        office to ask questions or get the informa-
Tel.	078	15	10	20	•	www.druglijn.be             tion that you need. You can also make an
                                                appointment for a housecall.
Het veerhuis
                                                Kind & gezin
Het Veerhuis is an easily accessible drug aid
                                                K&G Vlaams-Brabant en Brussel
centre and helps all those with questions
                                                Diestsepoort 6 - P.O. Box 56
about illegal drug use.
                                                B-3000 Leuven
The staff is ready to help with individual
                                                Tel.	016	21	05	11	•	Fax	016	62	42	96
counselling, self-help groups for people
                                                secr.vlaamsbrabantenbrussel@
who want to quit, and various other activi-
                                                kindengezin.be	•	www.kindengezin.be
ties and workshops.
                                                Open every weekday from 8:00 am until
                                                4:30 pm
Het veerhuis
St.-Annastraat	1	•	B-3000	Leuven
                                                Birth and adoption premium
Tel.	016	23	65	57	•	Fax	016	23	92	62
                                                welfare services / dienst welzijn
veerhuis@skynet.be
                                                New parents officially resident in Leuven
www.siddartha.be/drugverlening.htm
                                                (i.e. everyone living here for longer than 3
Open Tuesday from 9:00 am until 12:00
                                                months) can apply for a birth or adoption
noon, Thursday from 2:00 until 5:00 pm
                                                premium.
                                                When declaring the birth or adoption of
Studying with Children                          a child at Registry Office of births, deaths
                                                and marriages (Burgerlijke Stand), an ap-
maternity care - de Bakermat                    plication form will be provided.
De Bakermat provides home-care services         The amount of the premium depends on
for new mothers, pre-natal or post-natal        the parents’ income.
housecalls, information, and helps with the
rental or purchase of child-care material.      Birth and adoption premium
                                                welfare services - dienst welzijn
Redingenstraat	27	•	B-3000	Leuven               Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1
Tel. 016 20 77 40                               B-3000 Leuven
debakermat@bakermat.be                          Tel.	016	27	26	18	•	Fax	016	27	28	25
www.debakermat.be                               welzijn@leuven.be	•	www.leuven.be
Open: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am until
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9.1.     K.U.Leuven                           regulation, will also be communicated to
                                              the students in a comprehensible manner.
                                              All master and master after master
                                              programmes can be only achieved by
The Credit Accumulation System                obtaining all the necessary credits.
The credit accumulation system is a new
                                              more information on:
way of structuring and organising the
                                              www.kuleuven.be/education/
academic offering. Deliberations will only
                                              creditaccumulationsystem/
be held at the end of a degree programme.
                                              structured, personal and
However, the programmes will still be
                                              collective study track guidance
composed of various educational stages.
                                              To the greatest possible extent, study track
A number of measures are in place con-
                                              guidance is supported structurally by way
cerning the monitoring of study progress
                                              of IT tools that have been designed to
and limiting the period of study. Each
                                              this end. This structural support includes,
academic year, students are able to choose
                                              among other things, the automatic per-
which fail marks they want not want to
                                              mission or refusal for a third registration,
retake (within certain limits). After each
                                              depending on the cumulative study
examination period, students will receive
                                              efficiency. Furthermore, both explanations
clear information concerning the level of
                                              for specific student groups and individual
their individual results. The criteria for
                                              guidance for students in exceptional
obtaining a degree, including the tolerance
                                              circumstances are available.

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•	 The	 reports	 of	 the	 examination	 results    How does it work?
   after every examination period and             If you are following an initial bachelor’s or
   after the final examination period of the      master’s programme, you receive initial
   academic year contain the following            learning accounts totalling 140 credits. At
   elements for the attention of the student      the beginning of the year, the number of
•	 List	of	courses	with	the	results	obtained	     credits for which you have registered is
   for each course, the ECTS-percentile           subtracted from your learning account
   result and the tolerability.                   – for a year of full-time studies, this is 60
•	 Result	 within	 the	 overall	 programme	       credits. You earn back the credits you pass,
   (degree): average result, cumulative           and lose those that you fail, even if you pass
   study efficiency and study progress.           the year overall. Each subsequent year of
•	 Projected	 study	 period:	 extrapolated	       full-time studies also costs 60 credits.
   study period and minimum theoretical
   study period based on an average of 60         your final total
   credits per year.                              After the final year of your study pro-
•	 All	 students	 are	 given	 the	 opportunity	   gramme, you receive your successful cred-
   to discuss their results, their study          its back, but the programme’s original 140
   progress and the choices relating to           credits are subtracted, leaving you with
   their programme with pathway advisers          your final total. If you are new to study in
   and to seek their advice. Students with a      Flanders, the first 60 credits you earn back
   cumulative study efficiency of lower than      will be doubled. If you do not earn back all
   50% are invited to discuss their situation.    60 credits in the first year, this bonus can
                                                  be carried over to subsequent years.
The learning account
                                                  You can always consult your learning
                                                  account at the ‘Studentenportaal’ website
The Flemish Ministry of Education grants
                                                  (https://studentenportaal.vlaanderen.be/
all initial bachelor’s or master’s students
                                                  dho-portaal/start.do).
a “learning account,” which is based on
the credits already used to compose their
                                                  does it change everything?
programmes of studies. Students stake
                                                  The learning account has been introduced
some of their vouchers against each of
                                                  to support your study progress.
their study years, with the aim of earning
                                                  Nevertheless, the limitations imposed by
them back. K.U.Leuven only receives
                                                  this system will usually only affect you if you
funding from the Flemish government for
                                                  want to do another initial-level programme
initial bachelor’s and master’s programme
                                                  after your initial master’s degree. In other
students with sufficient learning accounts.
                                                  words, to a great extent, this system will
                                                  permit you to complete your original initial-
For whom?
                                                  level programmes comfortably. You should
This learning account affects all K.U.Leuven
                                                  also remember that you have two chances
students registered in initial bachelor’s and
                                                  to be examined for every educational unit
master’s programmes. Students in other
                                                  (course).
programmes, such as postinitial master’s
                                                  It’s not a disaster if your first year is un-
or doctoral programmes, are not affected
                                                  successful, but it must remain important
by the learning account.
                                                  in helping you to think about your study
                                                  choices and conduct in subsequent years.
                                                  For an example, consult www.kuleuven.be/
                                                  learningaccount/count.html


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Examination Regulations?                       competencies acquired outside a formal
                                               learning context (i.e. prior experiential
All examinations held at K.U.Leuven are        learning).
governed by the official examination
regulations. The most recent version of the    K.u.leuven
examination regulations is available online.   marks on a scale of 20
www.kuleuven.be/onderwijs/aanbod/info/         Transcript Frequency Your answer
algemeen/e/060403.htm.                         18-20 Outstanding 25% Exceptional,
You are strongly advised to read these                 additional analyses
regulations carefully, so that you will be     16-17 Very Good
aware of your rights and responsibilities      14-15 Good Own examples,
at exam time. Important note: in addition              compare, critics, application
to the general examination regulations,        13      Above Average 50%
some faculties also have additional            12      Average Structuring answer
examination regulations which apply only       11      Satisfactory Memorizing literally,
to examinations in that faculty.                       basic understanding
Additional examination regulations may         10      Satisfactory
not contradict the general K.U.Leuven          8-9     Insufficient 25% Lack of
examination regulations, but they may                  comprehension
lay down certain additional requirements.      0-7     Very Insufficient Lack of
Be sure to check with your faculty or                  knowledge GA INCOMPLETE
ombudsperson to see whether any
supplemental regulations, or exceptions,       ombudsperson
apply to your programme. In particular         The ombudsperson is someone who medi-
the international master’s programmes          ates between the students and the examin-
often include supplementary examination        ers. If you encounter problems of any kind
regulations.                                   during your examinations, do not hesitate
                                               to consult the ombudsperson for your
the K.u.leuven and flexibility general         programme.
rules (imposed by act of parliament)
Exams are graded on a 20 point scale, or –     They are there to help you. It is no disgrace
in specific cases – on a pass/fail scale.      to talk to the ombudsperson about your
A student with a score of at least 10/20       uncertainties or expectations. Be sure to
(or a passing result) obtains a credit for     make an appointment as early as possible
that course, with the number of ECTS-          so as to enable any necessary measures to
points associated with the course. It is       be taken. The name of the ombudsperson
not common to obtain 18/20 or more,            and how to contact them will be indicated
this scale is rather exceptional. The most     on the examination schedule. You can also
common marks gained are from 10- 14/20         find a list online: cwisdb.cc.kuleuven.ac.be/
(see the schedule). Once acquired, a           exameninfo/ombudsdiensten.htm
course credit is permanently valid, but
after 5 years – if studies are interrupted     examination Format
or if they have not been completed – the       The examination is normally administered
curriculum committee can impose an             by the person in charge of the course. The
‘actualisation’ study programme. Students      examination schedule will have to indicate
can be exempted from courses based on          if more than one examiner is acting for a
(a) credits acquired elsewhere (another        single course, or if there are several people
programme, another institution), and (b)       in charge of the course and you only have


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to take an exam with one of them. Exams         communicating the examination
may be administered by people other than        results
the professors in charge only in cases          Examiners are not allowed to give you
of lab examinations, seminars etc. The          direct feedback after an examination,
professor is still responsible for the final    so there is no point in asking them. If
grade and the professor is the only one         you think you need to know how you
who deliberates on the board of examiners.      did on certain exams because you feel
                                                terribly unsure about continuing, then the
At the start of every course, professors are    ombudsperson can give you a general
required to provide students with detailed      picture of how you have been doing so far.
information not only about the course           But even he or she is not allowed to tell
content and its objectives, but also about      you specific grades during the examination
the examination material and evaluation         session. The overall results will be publicly
methods, including the relative weighting       announced immediately after deliberation
of any separate parts of the course for         by the board of examiners. Your detailed
which a partial grade might be assigned.        results will be posted electronically. After
If this differs from examination period to      the examination period is over, you can ask
examination period, this should also be         for further explanation from the examiner
clarified before the end of the lectures.       or from a person that has been specifically
The format of the examination, i.e. oral or     appointed for that purpose.
written, is determined at the beginning of      If you want to appeal your grades, you can
the academic year. In oral examinations you     ask to consult your examination papers.
have the right to a (written) preparation       This way you can check any comments the
period of at least 20 minutes. In many          examiner has written on your paper. You
cases you will be admitted into the same        are not permitted to request detailed infor-
room where the professor is examining           mation about things the professor might
other students. You will be handed your         have written down in a separate document.
questions and will have to prepare while
one or more students take their oral exams.     examination Irregularities,
This is not at all unusual, so be prepared      sanctions and appeals
for this.                                       If you are suspected of having committed
                                                an irregularity during an examination, you
If there are special circumstances (such as     have the right to continue that examina-
a handicap, etc.) for which you think you       tion. It is up to the board of examiners to
would like to request a different examination   decide, afterwards, whether you have in-
format, please submit your request before       deed committed a serious irregularity. The
the beginning of the examination period.        board may request further comments from
If you feel uncertain about the objectivity     you before it makes a decision.
of an examiner during an oral examination,      The board of examiners decides what
you can ask to have another person              sanction, if any, will be applied. Possible
(neither a relative, nor someone enrolled       sanctions include failing the course or
in the same programme) sit nearby during        being denied the opportunity to take other
the exam. You must submit a request for         examinations for the rest of that academic
this at least seven days before the exam.       year. If you believe that an examiner has
                                                committed a procedural irregularity (e.g.
                                                failure to indicate what is expected of stu-
                                                dents, rude behaviour during exams, etc.)
                                                it is important to notify the ombudsperson,


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who can contact the chair of the board of
examiners. He will investigate your claim
and undertake actions accordingly.
                                                 9.2.        KHLeuven


                                                 Detailed information about objectives,
If the board of examiners decides to im-         learning content, bibliography, assign-
pose a sanction on you, you are entitled         ments and the type of examination must
to an appeal. More generally, you have the       be communicated to the students by the
right to appeal any decision made by the         lecturer of the course unit in the course
board of examiners.                              guide given to the student at the beginning
                                                 of the academic year.
Appeals are submitted to the Dean of
Students up to five days following the an-       The student is entitled to two examination
nouncement of the disputed examination           opportunities per registration for the
result. Be sure to observe this period strict-   course unit. During the examination
ly. After consulting all parties involved, the   periods an ombudsperson is on stand-by
Dean of Students will decide whether a           to help students with any problems that
new decision should be made or whether           might arise.
the decision can be upheld.
Bear in mind that the ombudsperson can           There are two main examination periods:
be a very important person for you in these      the first period is split up into two sessions:
matters. He or she can assist you and guide      a) a maximum of 14 calendar days in the
you through all the procedures.                  second half of January for course units or
                                                 parts thereof taught in the first semester,
If you are still dissatisfied with the final     and
decision made by the Dean of Student             b) in June for course units taught in the
affairs or the outcome of a new decision         second semester and/or first semester.
by the board of examiners, there is al-
ways the possibility of taking the matter        In the second half of August and the first
to court. Procedures exist with the Court        half of September, a second examination
of Examination Disputes as well as with          period is organised. A mark of 10/20 or a
normal courts.                                   pass is validated with a credit certificate
                                                 for life. The final detailed timetable of the
The Court of Examination Disputes can ask        examinations is posted at least 30 days
the university to make a new decision. The       before the start of the examination period,
normal courts can, in principle, only award      after a provisional draft has been posted
you damages; they can not overturn the           for seven calendar days beforehand for
university’s decision.                           consultation and written amendment
                                                 proposals to the ombudsperson by all
                                                 involved. All arrangements for examina-
                                                 tions as described above are to be commu-
                                                 nicated to the students in the study con-
                                                 tract given to the student at the beginning
                                                 of the academic year.
                                                 The examination regulations are updated
                                                 annually and can be found at our website
                                                 via www.leuvenuniversitycollege/ects.




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Ombudsperson
The ombudsperson is someone who has
been appointed to mediate between
students and lecturers in cases of dispute.
When and where this person is accessible
will be posted on the bulletin boards. The
ombudsperson fulfils a very important role.
He/ she decides whether an examination
can be postponed or not, and mediates
in conflicts. If you have problems 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 om-
budsman, you will be considered illegally
                                               9.4.       LEMMENSINSTITUUT
                                                          (Hogeschool voor
                                                          Wetenschap & Kunst)
absent.
                                               There are 3 examination periods (January,

9.3.      GROUP T – International
          University College Leuven
                                               May/June and August/September).
                                               There is also a permanent evaluation.
                                               Examination regulations are updated
Group T uses two systems of evaluation:        annually. You can consult them on Toledo.
permanent evaluation and summary evalu-        During examination periods the ombuds-
ation.                                         persons ensure good communication
Permanent evaluation refers to regular         between students and lecturers/ staff.
evaluation of a student’s performance
during the academic year.
Summary evaluation refers to the evalu-
ation of their performance during the
examination periods (January, June, and
re-examinations in September). Registered
students are automatically registered for
the entire examination period. GROUP T
students will be provided with the full text
of the examination regulations upon regis-
tration.


Ombudsperson
During examinations the ombudspersons
ensure good communication between
students and staff. If you encounter any
problems during the examination periods,
make sure you inform the ombudsperson.
Students are always welcome to send an
email to: ombuds@group-t.com




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Police                                           Global Action Plan Cyclists
                                                 The Leuven Police has developed a global
Leuven Police Headquarters                       action plan for cyclists with four priorities:
The police department is in charge of main-      driving without lights when this is obliga-
taining law and order. Leuven students can       tory, ignoring a red light (one also has to
expect a visit from a police officer if their    stop when turning right!), driving in the
party is making too much noise and the           wrong direction and not giving way. These
neighbours get annoyed and complain.             four priorities were established on the
Police are also on the lookout for people        basis of the accident statistics of the past
riding their bicycle without any lights, or      few years.
cyclists who ignore the traffic regulations.
Students are encouraged to report                During the academic year, traffic surveil-
incidents to the police (e.g. if your bicycle    lances will be held which will focus on the
is stolen, if you are involved in a traffic      movement summary offences by cyclists.
accident, etc.). Police officers are there for   If you want more info on how to prevent
your security whenever you need them.            expensive fines check out the website:
                                                 www.kuleuven.be/transportation/pdf/
Philipssite	4	•	B-3001	Heverlee                  guideforcycling.pdf. It has all the infor-
Tel.	016	21	07	40	•	Fax	016	21	07	39             mation about the Belgian Highway Code
politie@leuven.be                                specified for cycling, with lots of pictures
Open Weekdays from 8:00 am until                 of traffic situations in Leuven.
12:00 noon and from 12:30 pm until
4:00 pm (or by appointment)                      Bicycle theft and the Bicycle office
For emergencies (24 hours a day)                 Fietsendienst
please contact:                                  Bicycle theft is very common in Leuven.
Interventieafdeling Algemene Politiezorg         A good lock to secure your bicycle is very
Philipssite	4	•	B-3001	Heverlee                  important and always recommended.
Tel.	016	21	06	10	•	Fax	016	21	06	09             In Leuven you can get your bicycle en-
                                                 graved with an ID number. This is no guar-
                                                 antee against theft, but it helps to prevent it.
Bicycles                                         For free engraving go to:
                                                 •	the	Fietsendienst	of	the	local	police	on	
Bicycle safety                                     Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30 pm and
Every year the local police, together with         on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
the K.U.Leuven and the city services, cam-         During the yearly engraving campaign in
paign to increase bike safety in Leuven.           October at Alma, this office will not
Spot checks for bicycle ownership are held         provide that service.
on a regular basis. A police patrol can stop     •	Velo:	every	working	day	during	opening	
you anywhere at any time. In the worst-            hours (see p. 62).
case scenario you will get a fine if the bike
you are riding has been reported as stolen.      Fietsendienst
The most important pieces of advice to           Mechelsestraat	162-168	•	B-3000	Leuven
prevent fines and bicycle theft are these:       Tel.	016	21	09	90	•	www.leuven.be
•	do	not	steal	a	bike                            Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
•	lock	your	bike	properly	                       from 1:00 pm. to 4:00 pm
•	register	your	bike	                            Thursday from 5:00 m until 9:00 pm
•	report	theft                                   Friday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
•	always	use	a	light	on	your	bike                Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon
•	be	aware	of	one-way	roads

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practical tips                                       documents.
Rent a safe, fully equipped and registered         •	We	strongly	advise	against	carrying	
second-hand bicycle. To prevent theft, get           large amounts of cash with you.
a solid lock To prevent accidents and fines,       •	When	you	go	out	or	when	you	are	in	
respect the rights of pedestrians and the            crowded places, look after your purse,
local traffic rules. If your bicycle is stolen,      mobile phone, coats and your keys.
please report it. Bicycle theft report forms       •	Lock	all	outside	doors	and	deadlock	
can be found in the offices of VELO, DE              windows when you‘re not at home.
WAAG, Pangaea, your faculty secretariat            •	Don‘t	leave	the	front	door	open	for	
or the secretariat of your Institute of High-        friends who will arrive later.
er Education, as well as at the police office      •	Make	sure	your	television,	electronical	
or the Fietsendienst.                                equipment, notebook and other
Online on www.police-on-web.be.                      valuables can‘t be seen through a
                                                     window and never leave cash or
By reporting theft, you are supplying the            credit cards lying around.
police with the information they need to           •	Always	lock	your	bicycle	by	its	frame	
recover your bike and to locate you if they          and wheel to a fixed object (more
find your bike.                                      information about bicycles on page)
                                                   •	If	you	have	a	car,	always	lock	the	doors	
                                                     and don’t leave any valuables in it.
Crime prevention and safety
                                                   •	Leuven	is	famous	for	its	beers,	but	don’t	
services                                             forget that you can get a fine for public
                                                     drunkenness.
preventiedienst                                    •	If	you	have	any	safety	problems,	you	can	
Philipssite	4	•	B-3001	Heverlee                      inform one of the city guards (you can
Tel.	016	21	07	00	•	Fax	016	21	06	99                 recognise them by their purple jacket
Open Weekdays from 8:30 am until 4:30                with the print ‘GEMEENSCHAPSWACHT’)
pm and by appointment                                or a police officer.
Visit the Preventionshop: for all information      •	If you have a problem with your neighbours,
and display of the best bicycle locks.               discuss it with them first. You can also get
www.leuven.be/preventie                              free assistance from a neighbours me-
preventiedienst@leuven.be                            diator - just contact the preventiedienst.

This office looks after security matters:          student police officer
traffic safety, burglary, anti-social behaviour,   The Student Officer’s task is to facilitate
drug abuse, personal safety, etc.                  contact between students and the police
The prevention service is committed to the         department. First of all he is a co-ordinator
creation of a safe and welcoming city both         and a mediator. The students may contact
for the inhabitants of Leuven and for its          him to report problems, and to request
many visitors.                                     information about organising parties and
                                                   other events. He can also play a role in your
Some tips for your personal safety                 registration at the Foreigner’s Office (see
Generally speaking, it is safe to walk on          Chapter 3 “Formalities upon arrival”, p. 24).
the streets in Leuven, although you should         Please note that students are expected
avoid walking alone at night and use your          to notify this office, or the student officer,
common sense wherever you are:                     when they leave Belgium for home. Before
•	Take	special	care	of	your	passport,	travel	      leaving the country you need to return
  documents and tickets and keep them              your residence permit.
  in a safe place. Photocopy of all these

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nick vanden Bussche                             Project “Kotfuiven”
Philipssite	4	•	B-3001	Leuven
Tel.	016	210	610	•	Mob.	0499	25	85	75           House parties are and should remain pos-
politieantenne@kuleuven.be                      sible, but only with the proper respect for
facebook:                                       your fellow housemates and neighbours.
studenteninspecteur politie Leuven
Office hours:                                   Some useful tips
• loKo                                          Keep the volume of your stereo down.
  ’s	Meiersstraat	5	•	B-3000	Leuven             Keep your doors and windows closed.
  Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm         Limit the number of participants in line
  or by appointment                             with the available space. Appoint someone
• De Moete,                                     as the party steward. Warn housemates
  Celestijnenlaan	200	P	•	B-3001	Heverlee       and next door neighbours beforehand with
  Monday and Wednesday from                     a polite note.
  12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
  (or by appointment)
                                                Student Code
Robbery in your room                            As temporary inhabitants of Leuven,
                                                we, the students, together with Leuven
some useful advice                              inhabitants, want to work towards a safe,
•	Do	not	put	valuables	where	passersby	         pleasant and livable town. When we go out
  can easily see them.                          and have parties, we do it with respect for
•	Take	valuable	goods	home	with	you	            the night’s rest of those who want to sleep.
  when you leave for the weekend or put         We refrain from vandalism, unhygienic
  them away in a safe place.                    practices (vomiting, pissing in public,
•	Give	your	room	a	lived-in	appearance	         kicking rubbish, …) and we respect the
  while away.                                   properties of others.
•	Never	leave	doors	or	windows	open,	           In our dealings with others, we take into
  even if you’re only away for a short while.   account their personal integrity and we
•	Do	not	hide	your	keys	in	those	typical        refrain from verbal and physical violence,
  “public secret” places such as:               bullying and threats.
  under a doormat, in a flower pot, …           We respect our co-tenants and neighbours
                                                and we keep our own place quiet and neat.
Marking of valuable goods makes it much         We voluntarily commit ourselfves to these
easier to identify stolen goods afterward.      values in order to make Leuven a pleasant
It is recommended to keep an inventory of       and safe town with room for working,
serial numbers of appliances, IMEI number       studying, living and going out.
of your cell phone and MAC code of your
lap top computer. For that purpose you
may use the registration card to be found       Local Anti-Discrimination
on the web site of the Leuven police.           Center
If, in spite of all precautions, you become
the victim of robbery in your room, file a      (see p. 102)
declaration with the police as soon as
possible!




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P O LICE AN D SAF E T y, E M E RG E N Cy                                                   10
Safety                                           112 International Emergency Number
                                                 105 Red Cross Flanders Ambulance Service
safety and security service                      106 Teleonthaal (suicide prevention)
K.u.leuven
                                                 070 25 70 25 Doctor on call
Bewaking K.U.Leuven                              016 32 22 22 K.U.Leuven University
In cases of emergency or accident within         Emergency
the university, it is necessary to call or       016 32 44 20 Medical Centre for Students
mail the 24-hour K.U.Leuven emergency
                                                 Doctor on call
number or emailaddress for a quick and
efficient aid of the right auxiliary services.   070 25 40 40 Dentist on call
Moreover the K.U.Leuven guards will offer        0900 10 500 Pharmacies on duty
their support to the emergency services.         (after hours and on weekends)
                                                 070 24 52 45 Poison Antidote Centre
emergency number K.u.leuven (24-hour)
Willem	de	Croylaan	40	•	B-3001	Heverlee          070 34 43 44 Card Stop for Bank and
Tel.	2222	•	016	32	22	22                         Credit Cards
noodnummer@kuleuven.be                           02 649 95 55 Suicide Prevention Centre

Likewise, if you are robbed within one of
the K.U.Leuven residences or the university      Hospitals
buildings, you can use the same number.          University Hospitals
We then help you to make a report for
the Police Office. It is important that you      www.uzleuven.be
register the identification numbers of your
valuables like PC, Laptop, mobile phone          gasthuisberg
(IMEI code).                                     Herestraat	49	•	B-3000	Leuven
To avoid theft, please read the precautions
on the following webpages: www.kuleuven.         sint-pieter
be/admin/td/niv2/bb-k00.htm.                     Brusselsestraat	69	•	B-3000	Leuven

security service K.u.leuven                      sint-rafaël
Willem	de	Croylaan	40	•	B-3001	Heverlee          Kapucijnenvoer	33	•	B-3000	Leuven
Tel.	016	32	21	65	•	Fax	016	32	29	83
bewaking@tech.kuleuven.be                        pellenberg
                                                 Weligerveld	1	•	B-3041	Pellenberg	
SOS /Emergency
                                                 For all University Hospitals: tel. 016 33 22 11
Services and Numbers
In cases of emergency, always give your          Non-university hospital
address and telephone number. Speak
slowly. It would be useful for you to learn      Heilig-Hartziekenhuis
a few words or expressions related to such       Naamsestraat	105	•	B-3000	Leuven	
cases in Dutch or French.                        Tel. 016 20 92 11

100 Ambulance and Fire Department
101 Police Emergency Number


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