Exhibition | Erasmus' dream

Hieronymus Van Busleyden, inspired by Erasmus, founded the Collegium Trilingue in Leuven in 1517. The students were taught in the three sacred languages, i.e. Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, using ground-breaking new teaching methods. The school attracted hundreds of students from across all of Europe in no time at all, going on to produce renowned teachers and students who themselves went on to make their own marks upon the world of scientific research and upon the university, including Justus Lipsius, Andreas Vesalius, and Rembert Dodoens, just to name a few. The college is a unique piece of history that contributed to the development of the University of Leuven as the leading centre of humanism in Europe.

The exhibition shows the impact that the college had upon the university, the city, and far beyond using a unique group of pieces from our own collection and from numerous partner institutions and museums in Belgium and abroad. In addition to this, the new virtual and digital applications give a modern touch to the presentation of this piece of university heritage. Experts and audio guides in three languages will take the visitor on a journey of discovery through the exhibition.

Practical info

  • 19.10.2017 - 17.01.2018
  • Every day: 10 am-5 pm
  • Attention:
    • 24+31.12: 10 am-2 pm
    • 25.12, 26.12 & 01.01: closed
  • University library

Individual visitor

Visit exhibition with audiogids

5 euro per person


Exhibition + M-Museum Leuven

14 euro per person
With guide: 30 euro + 14 euro per person


Exhibition + university library & tower

9 euro per person

At least 3 weeks in advance
Reservation: wieland.craps@kuleuven.be

30 euro + 4 euro per person



University library & the tower

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21
3000 Leuven