Leuven - Modern town with a rich tradition

Leuven is very proud of both its past and its heritage, and rightly so. Although the first references to the town can be traced back as far as the 9th century and in spite of its strategic location on the river Dyle, it was not until around the 11th-12th century that Leuven began to develop as an important trading centre within the
Duchy of Brabant. It was at this time that its first town wall, churches, monasteries and abbeys were built. The town still owes much of its character to the numerous university college buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, many of which were renovated in the 18th century.

Leuven has developed into a well-equipped, modern town with a thriving service industry economy and with a good balance of old and new buildings combining to offer a well-designed infrastructure to suit the demands of today’s modern town with a rich tradition. Leuven is a dynamic city, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, and teeming with the nightlife, leisure, and cultural opportunities you expect from a major city.

KU Leuven

The KU Leuven is a modern university, located within the vibrant city of Leuven in the centre of Belgium and close to Brussels, the heart of Europe. KU Leuven offers an ideal research and learning environment, rooted in a solid and venerable tradition but with its sights set on the future.

What we do, we want to do well. Research, defined as critical reflection oriented to the advancement of knowledge, is independent and does not shy away from experiments and risks. The pursuit of quality is equally central to our educational programmes. KU Leuven wants its students to become independent and critical thinkers. It therefore trains them to become professional specialists but also individuals characterised by intellectual openness, a real taste for culture, and a sense of civic responsibility.

KU Leuven is a richly varied community of people, with diverse interests, missions, nationalities, and expertise. That is why we invest in collaboration and human relations. We actively encourage the integration of all staff and students. Equal opportunities for all are a cornerstone of our policies.

Master of European Politics and Policies

The mission of the Master of European Politics and Policies (MEPP) is to combine academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policymaking and administration within Europe, with a continuing concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state and EU level.

The MEPP programme is a one-year (60 ECTS), English taught, programme. Classes run form September till January (first semester) and from February till June (second semester).


Academic Director Prof. dr. Marleen Brans   Marleen.Brans@kuleveun.be

Academic Director
Prof. dr. Marleen Brans


Programme Coordinator Lotte Laenen   Lotte.Laenen@kuleuven.be

Programme Coordinator
Lotte Laenen


Administrative Coordinator Sylvia Tutenel   Sylvia.Tutenel@kuleuven.be

Administrative Coordinator
Sylvia Tutenel



  • The MEPP-programme can max. take up 10 students per year from partner institutions. Incoming students can be hosted during the first and second semester, outgoing students spend the first semester in Leuven and go abroad for the second semester.

  • Students can choose from courses offered in the MEPP-programme (compulsory courses and preferential electives).

  • All practical information for incoming and outgoing students can be found here.

Contact person
Ms. Sylvia Tutenel


Faculty of Social Sciences
45 Parkstraat
Leuven, 3000