- Maatschappelijke rol
- Over KU Leuven
- KU Leuven 2013
Leuven, the capital of the province of Flemish-Brabant and the city you will be studying in for the coming semester/year, is known for its architecture, its university and its beer. The university of Leuven (the "Alma Mater") was founded in 1425. It soon was - and still is - one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. In 1968, the university was split into the Université Catholique de Louvain (in Louvain-la-Neuve) and the K.U. Leuven.
The town hall is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. It will definitely take you some time to notice all the carved gables, turrets and pinnacles and statues and the biblical stories depicted. Do not forget to visit the St.-Pieterskerk (Saint Peter's Church), various university buildings and the Groot Begijnhof. This Beguine convent was founded in 1230 and is the largest Beguine convent in Belgium. The convent now belongs to the university and the houses provide accommodation for students.
Leuven's Stella brewery can be visited, but its beer can also be tasted in one of the many pubs!
Your first real day in Leuven starts with a historical and practical tour (shops, laundrette, post-office,...).