Music therapists are first trained as professional musicians. Embedding this training in the music school guarantees that candidates can fully develop their musical skills under the guidance of excellent musicians so that they are in line with the high requirements of a ‘Master in Music’. The exchange program of Music Therapy is taught in Dutch.
The therapeutic and scientific training runs at two levels: students follow a package of psychology and psychiatry courses at the university and a clinical internship takes place within the academic framework of the University Psychiatric Centre KU Leuven (UPC). The music therapy department at UPC guides candidates during the final year of their training and guarantees that the therapeutic training conforms to the criteria for psychotherapeutic training. At the same time, students are supported in the initiation and development of scientific research.
In this way, the training achieves a unique synthesis between artistic and therapeutic professionalism. Courses are assessed for relevance within the whole package in which music, psychotherapy and science are harmoniously intertwined.
All Erasmus+ Exchange Students need to apply via the exchange application procedure of LUCA School of Arts. During your application process, you can indicate the LUCA campus of your choice and the exchange programme you wish to apply for. Notice that not all programmes are open for incoming exchange students in both semesters. An overview can be found
The outcome of the application can be expected within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Both you and your international coordinator will be informed about the result of your application by e-mail. No need to inquire about the outcome yourself.
If the basic principle of the policy plan means that 'quality is our driving force', and that every aspect of the policy can be tested against this, then LUCA undeniably wants to develop and nurture a strong quality culture: a culture that leaves based on trust in people with talent and expertise, and which is aimed at valuing, inspiring and improving.
The formal quality framework for training within LUCA was named KOPERA, which stands for: Critically Analyzing the Quality of Training with Peers in Own Direction.
For KOPERA, LUCA starts from a vision of quality care that is based on trust and aimed at valuing, inspiring and improving.
During the six-year KOPERA cycle, each training course receives a panel of critical friends who examine the implementation of the quality characteristics and examine how the training contributes to the general LUCA policy.
The final element of KOPERA is the ultimate assurance of training quality. The key question is: "Does the program have a good quality culture that follows the 'plan-do-check-act' circle?"
LUCA publishes a quality sheet for each course. You can find this on the Education Quality page.