LEUVEN: Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe

Louvain, Belgium

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  • Fall Semester - Early September - Early December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Early April

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (l.marder@neu.edu)

This program offers students an opportunity to live and study in the heart of Europe for an academic Semester. Students will take three academic courses and participate in a research internship, which earns course credit. During the internship each student will work with the office of a European Parliament Member on a project designed to provide the Member with specific information about a subject on the Parliament's agenda.


Northeastern students will choose three of the following courses: History and Development of the European Union Economics of European Integration European Law (Political Science) European Culture Comparative Politics The fourth course is the research internship mentioned above. Students will develop their project in consultation with a faculty member of the Irish Institute and the Member of the European Parliament. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.

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Host University

The Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe was originally established in 1607 as a Franciscan college for religious education. Now the Institute is a member of the University of Leuven, the oldest Catholic University in Europe, founded in 1425. This affiliation enables the Institute to draw upon the rich resources of the University, including: libraries, sports clubs, computer facilities, and social activities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Louvain Application
    • Proof of health insurance coverage (photocopy of front and back of health insurance ID card will suffice)
    • 1 letter of recommendation from an employer
    • 1 letter of recommendation from Faculty/Instructor
    • Official Transcript
    • Current Resume/CV
    • Personal Statement
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


All students live at the Institute in shared accommodations with other students on the program. Each room has a bathroom and shower. Bed linens and some meals are included.


Leuven, which is only thirty minutes from Brussels, grew up around its famous university. With a population of 80,000, it is also an important commercial center and the capital of the province, Brabant. Its restaurants, cafes, and stores have adapted themselves to the presence of students over hundreds of years. It is a picturesque city, containing some of the original cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways.