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Loyola Belgium Studies Program 2018Stadhuis Leuven

Experience Europe -- Explore its history and culture.

Earn six hours of academic credit while living in the charming university town of Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium. Centrally located, Leuven is only 25 minutes by train from Brussels (the capital of Belgium and one of Europe's principal cities), one hour and 20 minutes from Paris, and two hours from London.

Students take two courses from those listed below. All courses focus directly or indirectly on Europe and the region we visit. Studies are enhanced by guided bus trips to cultural and historical sites including a medieval castle in
Ghent; the picturesque canal city of Bruges; Charlemagne's cathedral and treasury in Aachen and the cathedral and the old town in Cologne, Germany; the Rembrandt and Vermeer exhibits in the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank house in Amsterdam; World War I memorials and fortifications in Ypres and Verdun, and Fort Breendonk, a nearby Nazi prisoner camp. There are guided walking tours of Leuven and Brussels. Independent international and regional travel are also encouraged. There will be one two-day weekend and one three-day weekend to facilitate such travel. Those wishing to remain at the American College on these weekends are encouraged to take day excursions from Leuven. 

LeuvenWe stay at a newly renovated student housing complex, the American College, operated by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.  Only a 15-minute walk from the center of old Leuven, the location offers ready access to museums, restaurants, stores, and gardens.  Facilities are shared with students of many nationalities, providing an excellent situation for meeting and exchanging views with Europeans.  Rooms are single occupancy.  There are fully equipped kitchens, Internet access, washing machines, and a TV room all in the housing complex.

The program is directed by Dr. David Moore and Rev. Robert Gerlich, S.J.

HIST Q260, World War I Through History & Literature
A study of World War I utilizing literature and images to explore the nature and impact of the war.

HIST A364, History of Belgium
An exploration of Belgian history, society, and institutions enhanced by visits to important historical and cultural sites.

HIST A270, The American Character
We will read and reflect on the observations of both Americans and Europeans, 1600 to the present, as they and we grapple with the concept of an American Character.

NOTE: A RELS or PHIL Loyola Core course, still to be determined, will also be offered. Please check the Belgium webpage for more information.

Class Schedule

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. American Character
Belgium Flowers10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: World War I
12:20 – 1:50 p.m.: History of Belgium (+ walking tours)
2:00 -- 3:30 p.m.: TBD Philosophy or Religious Studies Course

Program Costs

The program costs $3,975. This fee covers room, two Loyola courses, five daylong bus trips, medical insurance, entrance fees, and a €50 weekly allowance (totaling 200 euros) to help defray food costs. Students will need money for food, entertainment, and optional travel. A “Loyola flight” will be identified for the New Orleans / Brussels round trip flight and a bus from Leuven will pick up and drop off students arriving and departing on or at the same time as that flight.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due with the application. The remaining amount of $3,475 is due by  May 1.  Should the student apply after that date, the entire amount must be paid with the application.  After  May 1, refunds (less the deposit) are made only if the student is able to find a replacement. Students can continue to apply as long as space is available.  

All study abroad students must also pay the university study abroad fee of $300. This amount will be billed separately through Student Finance.

Arenberg GroupAcademic Policies

Loyola's general academic policies apply to study abroad programs. Any student currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited institution may register for the Belgium Program. Because of the time frame, students must attend all classes and trips in order to fulfill the requirements for the courses.

Students must check with their academic department or university to determine that the credits and/or grades will be accepted toward graduation requirements at their institution. Loyola University New Orleans Summer Study Program in Belgium is open to all students in good standing at Loyola or at other universities.
Passports and Visas

In order to attend the program, students must have a valid up-to-date passport and any necessary visas. U.S. citizens do not need visas for Belgium, but citizens of other countries may need one. It is up to all students not holding U.S. passports to check with the Belgian Embassy in Washington, D.C., about the necessary visas.

Program History
In 1993 Fr. David Boileau (PHIL) and Dr. Bernard Cook (HIST) launched Loyola’s Summer Program in Belgium, now the oldest continuously operating study abroad program at Loyola. Over the years, hundreds of Loyola students have participated in the program. Many have formed long-term friendships with Europeans, and all have won new international perspectives and experienced the challenges of living and managing in a foreign culture. It is for this reason that we are grateful to the many professors, Belgium contacts, and students who continue to make this program possible.

Medical ConcernsLeuven 2

The Center for International Education (CIE) will be happy to discuss health care concerns you may have related to study abroad. Because of the particular challenges, both mental and physical, that integration into a new culture and learning environment place on an individual, if you are currently receiving treatment for any chronic illness it is strongly recommended that you talk with CIE or your doctor about plans to manage your health condition abroad.

This program includes activities that may involve using public transportation, negotiating stairs, taking long walks, and attending scheduled classes. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform any of these activities or have other special needs or disability related concerns, contact CIE at or (504) 864-7550.


  • Bernard Cook Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus; author of Belgium: A History
  • The Rev. Robert Gerlich, S.J., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History
  • David Moore, Ph.D., Rev. James J. Pillar, OMI, Distinguished Professor of History and Chair

Click here to view the 2018 Belgium Brochure


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/04/2018
Rolling Admission 07/05/2018 08/02/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.