• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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As a preparation, you'll receive an intensive interdisciplinary start programme for two months. You will be assigned a placement in a project and an academic counsellor (coach) with whom you cooperate intensively during the internship.

During and after the internship, as a student you go through a process wherin you reflect upon your own evolution and the intercultural, global and developmental aspects of your experience.

It's a one-year bachelor programme of 60 ECTS credits. It's available in English or in Dutch.

This programme focuses on intensifying broad international and intercultural competences. As a student you will not be trained on deepening your specific professional competences linked to your bachelor's or master's degree. 

The International Cooperation North South (ICoNS) programme at UC Leuven-Limburg  is a unique programme in Europe. 

Our Ambitions

The post Bachelor degree International Cooperation North South aspires to train young people to become critical and committed citizens who:

  • have an open, reflective and critical eye of the world as a whole and are able to recognise and address the issue of structural problems of social inequality and injustice;
  • to contribute throughout their lives to a sustainable and just society;
  • day after day, in terms of professional as well as personal responsibility, act in a sustainable and humane way;
  • to function well and to be broadly employable in a multicultural, globalised, fast-changing society;
  • to take full advantage of their professional skills in institutions, organisations and companies where the need for these additional competences is rising.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Dutch
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Globalisation and Sustainable Development
  • Project Management NS
  • Intercultural Cooperation
  • Language
  • Preparation BAP

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • We will accept your diploma/degree/certificate if it grants access to a similar degree programme in higher education in the country where the diploma/degree was issued.  
  • We use international  recognition databases, such as UK NARIC, Nuffic NL, to assess your diploma/degree.  
  • We expect you to have a score/grading at the 75th percentile or higher (e.g. GCE Advanced Level with a minimum score of "C") or similar academic achievement.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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International Cooperation North South (ICoNS)
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