The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
A unique resource
for Ireland in Europe


Leuven & surrounding area


With a population of 90.000, of which 40.000 are students, there are few towns in Flanders that appeal to the imagination more that this haven for students. Here you will find history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and modern science all intertwined to form an interesting mix. From the Gothic Town Hall and the Great Beguinage, to the student atmosphere of the Old Market Square and the home of Stella Artois beer, Leuven has it all. The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe is within a short walking distance of all of these landmarks.

Flanders Fields

From Leuven, groups can visit the city of Ieper/Ypres and the historical Flanders Fields commemorating the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

Our programmes can include a guided coach tour to major World War I sites including the Island of Ireland Peace Park, the In Flanders Fields Museum and the Menin Gate. 

Flanders Fields
European Union Quarter, Brussels

Leuven is based just a short train journey or coach ride into the heart of the European Union's decision making capital.

Our extensive network within the EU Quarter allows us draw on speakers with expertise in their policy field to address study visits or we can arrange a visit to the main institutions and facilitate meetings with key personnel across the EU architecture.


European Union Quarter, Brussels
Within 100 Kilometres of Leuven

Within a 100 kilometre radius of Leuven and a little over one hours drive five coutries can be reached.

Each of these countries have unique offerings that we can include in a tailor made programme.  In the past we have had groups visit other towns in Belgium such as Ghent, Antwerp and Brugges, in Germany we have vistited universitites and government bodies in Aachen and Köln, in The Netherlands clients have met with environmental and transport bodies in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Maastricht, in France our links extend to Lille, Reims and Dunkirk and in Luxembourg it is possible to visit other European Institutions.

Our programme content stretches well into Europe and our wide network of connections provide the latest thinking in all policy areas.

Within 100 Kilometres of Leuven
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