Four Steps,

Three Requirements,

EEA Students (Deadline 1st June) - Non-EEA Students (Deadline 1st March)

Step 1) Set up a Guest Account for Application

Step 2) Complete Application Form with document uploads.

Step 3) Mail certified copies of Diplomas and Transcripts

Step 4) Pay the application fee €50.00

Click here to apply

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Attention to Belgian applicants who obtained a degree issued within the Flemish Community: If you wish to apply for the programme and obtained a master's diploma issued within the Flemish Community, you are not required to submit an online application to KU Leuven International Admissions. You can apply until the 31st of August by sending your complete application form to the MEPP Coordination Office.


1) Academic Requirements

  • 4 Year University Degree  (3 Year Bachelors + 1 Year Masters)   or   (4 Year Bachelors of 240 ECTS Credits)
  • Degree grade achieved should be 'cum laude' ('honours' / 'distinction' / Upper Second Class / 3.5 GPA)
  • Accepted degrees are in the fields of Political Science, Sociology, Law, Economics or Contemporary European History
  • A solid understanding of EU, National and International Political Processes

*Other fields of study may be considered by the steering committee if professional experience, insight or complimentary study in the fields of policy making or European studies is demonstrated.


2) English Requirements

The MEPP course is completely taught in English and therefore students are required to demonstrate a high level of proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to prove that they are a C-level on the Common Framework of Reference level of the Council of Europe.

The MEPP programme only accepts two tests as valid:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), for which the minimum total score required is 600 (for paper based test); 250 (for the computer-based test); or 100 (on the new TOEFL Internet-based Test). [Online registration for TOEFL test]
  • The IELTS administered test (International English Language Testing System), for which the minimum score required is band 7.0-7.5

Proficiency in English is necessary to benefit fully from the programme. Hence, MEPP cooperates with the Leuven Language Institute (ILT), which organizes two different "English Crash Courses": 'General English' and 'Academic English'. Further details about these courses (content, fees, etc.) can be found on the Leuven Language Institute website.

For students whose undergraduate or previous studies have been completely in English (for four years), copies of transcripts and diplomas can act as proof of English proficiency.

NOTE: The English Language scores required for MEPP are higher than the University guidelines layed out by the International Office.


3) Document Requirements

Applicants to the MEPP programme should fill out the online application form, accessible from the International Admissions and Mobility Unit

They should submit this form to the International Admissions and Mobility Unit together with the following documents:

  1. Diplomas/Transcripts: A certified copy of diplomas and transcripts of academic records. All documents should be certified as true and original by either the educational institution that issued them (in a sealed institution envelope) or by the local Belgian diplomatic office. Photocopies and faxes are not accepted. If you have yet to receive your diploma, transcripts are accepted, but any potential offer will be conditional on receiving the diploma after you receive it.
  2. Grade Translation: A document explaining the grading system of the country (i.e. comparing the grades to numeric score) should be added.
  3. Language Translation: Translation of the diploma and official transcripts. If the documents are not in English, French, Dutch or German, these documents should be translated by a registered translator. These documents must be also certified by the educational institution that issued them or by a Belgian diplomatic office.
  4. Passport Photograph: A passport photograph and a copy of your passport
  5. Experience Statement: Statement (and if possible, proof) on previous research experience, experience with writing papers or dissertation.
  6. Letter of Motivation: A two-page letter motivating your interest in the programme.