Catholic University of Leuven

The Catholic University of Leuven is known in Dutch as Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and is also referred to as KU Leuven. Its located in Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. With over 41,000 students, the college offers courses in areas that include Human Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, American Studies, Business, Religion, Law, and Theology.

KU Leuven traces its origins to the Old University of Leuven, and the college of those years was modeled after colleges in Vienna, Cologne, and Paris. When Belgium won independence from the Netherlands in the 1830s, bishops in Belgium formed a new Catholic University at Mechelen, which would later have its name changed to the one we know today.

Based on the QS World University Ranking of 2023, Catholic University of Leuven is positioned as the #76 top university in the world, which makes it the #1 top university in Belgium. The university's global rank decreased by 6 points from last year.

University Profile

Ranking #76 #1
University Name Catholic University of Leuven
Name in Local Language Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Acronym KUL
Year Established 1425
Motto Sedes Sapientiae
Motto in English Seat of Wisdom


Address Naamsestraat 22, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Phone +32 (16) 324 311
Fax +32 (16) 324 330
Website Catholic University of Leuven Website
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