With “Business Innovation in Europe”, a study programme has been created especially for exchange students who wish to hone their business and communication skills in an applied setting and an international environment.
The trilingual Kingdom of Belgium is situated in the heart of Europe and is known for its waffles, chocolate, pommes frites and beer with up to 10% alcohol content. In addition to the culinary specialities, we shouldn’t forget the Grand Place central square with the Manneken Pis sculpture and the Atomium in Brussels or the Old Town in Bruges, known as the “Venice of the North”. If you want to hike, you can reconnect with nature in the Ardennes Forest; if you prefer the sea, De Haan beach is not far away. In addition, the capital city, Brussels, is the seat of several EU institutions such as the EU Commission, Parliament and Council.
The charming municipality of Diepenbeek is situated in Limburg Province (known for its cheese) and has almost 20,000 inhabitants. The main campus in Hasselt is not far away (less than 10 minutes by car), and it only takes half an hour to get to Maastricht and an hour to Brussels or Antwerp. With the four surrounding nature reserves and numerous cycle paths and hiking trails, Diepenbeek is a green place and is rich in historical buildings.
UC Leuven-Limburg (previously: KHLim) counts more than 6,600 students at its various locations. Its mission is to prepare the students for the labour market of the 21st century by means of state-of-the-art and high-quality university education. The Department of Commercial Sciences and Business Administration offers 13 bachelor’s programmes including Finance & Insurance, Media Management, Marketing and Logistics Management. For exchange students, the semester starts with an orientation day and offers for example the programme “Business Innovation in Europe” with 13 English-language courses and a “Dutch survival kit”.
Exchange students can rent student apartments and will receive assistance from the university in finding accommodation. As soon as UC Leuven-Limburg receives the application form, the information on booking accommodation is sent. The monthly rent is approximately EUR 280.