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|Restrictions:||Scranton applicants only|
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|Instruction Language:||English||Language Prereqs.:||No prerequisites|
|Language Courses:||Dutch/Elementary, Dutch/Intermediate||
Glossary entry for program parameter 10385Fields of study:
|History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Theology/Religious Studies|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Eligibility-Class:||03 Second Semester Sophomore|
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|Prepare own food|
The University of Leuven, the oldest Catholic university in the world still in existence and the oldest university of the Low Countries, was founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V. For almost six centuries the university has enjoyed great fame as a centre of intellectual life. Situated in the heart of Western Europe, Leuven University has a history of attracting great minds, such as
Erasmus, Vesalius and Mercator, who explored and expanded the boundaries of human knowledge. Six centuries of history have given this university a unique international dimension. Today more than 5,000 international students from over 140 nations take courses both in English and Dutch (the native language), creating a multicultural learning environment.
Leuven is situated in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of the country. Over the past few decades English has become the second language in Belgium, both to the Flemings and the Walloons. Although most of the Flemings are eager to speak English, they will be impressed if you make the effort to speak some Dutch. Leuven is only 20 miles away from Brussels, the European capital, with the institutions of the European Union and NATO headquarters, the hub of international flights, international firms, a wide range of art galleries, museums and cultural organisations. The proximity of the heart of Europe turns Leuven into the perfect home base for all those eager to explore the rest of Europe. The fast train will get you to Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris or even London in only two to three hours.
Imagine a city with 60,000 inhabitants, 35,000 of them students, and a campus spread all over it. Picture it lively, dazzling, with an exciting calendar of academic, cultural and social events organised by both the city and the university. Picture a city where prominent scholars and researchers from around the world offer intellectual challenges by participating in conferences, lectures and debates. Picture a multicultural city where you can satisfy your cultural cravings with concerts, dance performances, plays and exhibits from artists of international fame, performing in one of the many cultural centres. Think of movie theatres that show a wide range of international movies in their original language. Of course this city would have to be one where students love to throw the occasional party, but where they also invite politicians to discuss national and European policy or world trade. A university city where they compete with other students in intramural or intercollegiate sports events, and a city where those who prefer a quiet place to relax, can visit the intimate pubs, cozy restaurants or plentiful summer terraces.
The non-degree Study Abroad program in European Culture and Society (PECS) at the Faculty of Arts is designed to offer international students from around the world a unique experience of pursuing a variety of academic disciplines, with courses taught in English. The full program is open to Bachelor students in their third or fourth year only.
The courses cover a whole range of fields from the Arts, the Social Sciences, Political Science, Business, Psychology, Religion, Philosophy… Program participants will be taking classes with students from Leuven, Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to this PECS has put together a package of extra-curricular activities to ensure that European culture and society is more than just a course subject. In Leuven it becomes a part of your daily life, an experience that you just cannot miss. Leuven is, in every way, the perfect home base to explore Europe. These activities and events are also open to Erasmus/Socrates students, exchange students and students from other international programs at the Faculty of Arts.
Course options include those in the following disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Theology. More information on courses may be found by navigating to: PECS Courses.
Volunteering in the Leuven Community
Even if you only study abroad for a semester you can optimize your intercultural learning experience through getting involved in the Leuven community. This is your chance to interact with people from a culture other than your own and to work on those increasingly important intercultural skills! PECS students currently have the opportunity to volunteer at local high schools (tutoring, presentations, sports initiation, ...) and in a retirement home (personal support, cafeteria, ...). Other projects are being offered in cooperation with Serve the City Leuven: kinder gartens, daycare centers for disabled people, houses for lower income people, university childcare centers and many more projects where you can contribute your time for the good of humanity.
PECS reserves a room for you in a university residence where you will be living with Belgian and other international students. Bed linen, comforters, pillows, kitchenware, use of internet are included in the rent. No formal meal plan is available at K.U.Leuven, but 6 large student restaurants and scores of private restaurants offer a great variety of meals from €2 for a cheese sandwich to €10 for a hot meal, and €20 for a candle-light dinner. Many students prefer to make use of the cooking facilities in the dormitories.