Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant and is located about 25 kilometres east of the capital Brussels. It is home to the KU Leuven, the oldest and largest university of the Low Countries and also one of the oldest Catholic universities still in existence ( since 1425). It is also home to Anheuser-Busch Inbev, the world’s largest brewing group. The world famous beer 'Stella Artois' gets brewed in Leuven
Our patients mainly speak Dutch. For the internship it will be sufficient if you speak English, the doctors will help you in this language and most of the patients will be able to understand you.
The clerkships are held in 3 different hospitals. Most of them are held in the University Hospital Gasthuisberg, the largest of the 3. Maxillo-facial surgery and head and neck surgery are located in University Hospital Sint-Raphaël and orthopedics is in University Hospital Pellenberg.
The KU Leuven university is well known for it's research program, and is the place where most of the projects take place. For more info on the specific projects, please have a look at the projects database (BeMSA, KU Leuven):
We will provide you with some pocket money to cover the expenses of one meal per working day.
You will be staying at a dormitory close to the University Hospital Gasthuisberg. Each student has their own room with a bed, desk, closet and sink. The kitchen, showers and toilets are shared between the students of each floor. Please bring your own bedlinnen.
From Belguim’s main airport, Brussels National Airport, it’s very easy to take the train to Leuven, it is only a 20 minute drive. Your contact person will pick you up at the train station of Leuven.
Make sure you don’t take the train to Louvain-la-Neuve, the names are similar but it is a completely different city.
Most students in Leuven get around by bike. Because Leuven is a rather small city, this is often the easiest and cheapest way. The local committee will provide a bike for the students (for a fee of €20).
There is also a bus for longer distances but there is no tram.
Places to see:
o Oude markt
o Groot begijnhof
o University library
o Artois brewery
o Arenberg Castle
Museums to visit:
o Museum M