Resumen de la información sobre el aumento de las tasas de matrícula para los estudiantes no pertenecientes al EEE proporcionados por STURA en la encuesta de marzo-mayo 2019

El siguiente es el texto que fue leído por los estudiantes que llenaron la encuesta que estaba haciendo STURA (entre marzo y mayo 2019 por el aumento de las tasas de matrícula). Se puede considerar como un resumen de los hechos que STURA ha investigado, y podría ser útil como referencia para futuras discusiones sobre el tema.

La encuesta se hizo en esta página: http://www.sturakuleuven.be/en/tuition/

¿Qué es esto Eleva Exactamente?

En 2014 el gobierno flamenco estipulado algunos cambios con respecto a todos los derechos de matrícula para las universidades flamencas. Además de los aumentos a € 922,3 para todos los estudiantes del EEE, se decidió que existiría ningún límite en las tasas para los estudiantes de fuera del Espacio Económico Europeo. El razonamiento legal detrás de esto es que no hay impuestos que benefician al EEE están siendo pagados por estos estudiantes.


La Universidad Católica de Lovaina y luego introdujo tres categorías de posibles tasas de matrícula elevadas, 1750 €, € 3500 y € 6000. De ahí en adelante, facultades podrían decidir de manera autónoma cuya tarifa se instalan para los estudiantes no pertenecientes al EEE. Cuatro años después de los cambios en el decreto, 11 de 16 facultades han levantado poco a poco, al menos, uno de sus programas. Esto por lo tanto, ha sido un proceso durante un período de tiempo más largo.

Why is This Being Debated Right Now?

On two different levels a new light has been shone on the tuition fees. Firstly, la policy plan of 2017-2021 provides an angle: KU Leuven is aiming for more and better international students, while focussing on more diversity within the student population as well.

It is within this train of thought that the KU Leuven is debating raising the fees for non-EEA students to one standardized raised fee. This decision is expected to bring clarity, for incoming students as well as for marketing purposes, and should provide the financial means to keep evolving the KU Leuven towards a Truly International university.

The second perspective criticizes the very idea of increased tuition fees for non-EEA students. The question is raised whether the diversity at KU Leuven will suffer from the raises and whether this actually is an effective means of attracting better students.

So, What’s The Current Plan?

As already mentioned, the KU Leuven is considering if the tariff can be redefined to one, standardized university-wide fee. The exact number is not yet decided upon.

As to also take into account the faculties that momentarily have not raised their fees and to guarantee diversity, an additional waiver- or grant system will be installed. Students can receive a bursary based on predetermined criteria, such as their socioeconomic status or their academic excellence within their field of study. These criteria are not yet decided upon, but it does however look like every faculty will be able to autonomously decide a big portion of their focus.

It is important to keep in mind that these decisions must be made well in advance of the upcoming academic year. Por lo tanto, the earliest possible year to see new changes to the fees would be 2020-2021.

How Many Students Are We Talking About?

Only students from outside of the European Economic Area enrolling in a bachelors or initial masters programme are affected. Some categories of students do however not pay the increased fees:

  • Students with a refugee-status
  • Students who are a family member of a subject of the EEA
  • Students who have been living in Belgium for one whole year, without the use of a work or study visa
  • Students enrolled in a programme, right when the fees of their programme are being raised.

During the academic year 2018-2019, 1291 de 5000 non-EEA students did pay the raised fee; one fourth of all current non-EEA students. This number will most probably increase, since the last category of exemptions will become less and less relevant.

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