University of Antwerp

Motto: The University of Antwerp is a young, dynamic and forward-thinking university. It integrates the assets of its historical roots with its ambition to contribute positively to society. The University of Antwerp develops, provides access to and disseminates scientific knowledge through research, teaching and academic service to the community and accomplishes these tasks in a spirit of academic freedom and responsibility.

Antwerpen, Belgium

No. Students: 20,109 (3,420 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 3,362
Funding type: Public
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*: Approximate

Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at University of Antwerp

  • INSPIRING > The University of Antwerp provides you with an inspiring and fascinating environment
  • EXCELLING > where you are surrounded by top notch people
  • YOURPLAN > to realise YOUR master plan
  • THE WORLD > to rethink and reshape tomorrow
  • University with international focus
  • Antwerp, vibrant capital of Flanders
  • High-quality education with emphases on 4 fields:
    - Nexus education & research
    - Internationalisation
    - Focus on competence
    - Student activation
  • 24 programmes in English
    - 9 Master programmes
    - 7 Advanced master programmes
    - 8 Postgraduate programmes
  • Innovative and prestigious research in 9 key research domains
    - Materieals characterisation
    - Neurosciences
    - Imaging
    - Ecology and sustainable development
    - Infectious diseases
    - Drug discovery and development
    - Social economic policy and organisation
    - Urban history and contemporary urban policy
    - Harbour, transport and logistics
  • 3 research growth areas
    - Oncology
    - Proteomic, genomics and Metabolomics
    - Globalisation, multi-level governance and federalism


The University of Antwerp has 20 109 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. 17 % of our student population comes from abroad. The University of Antwerp is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach.

We are ranked 10th in the QS University Ranking Top 50 Under 50 (2013).

Antwerp is an intriguing city. Apart from the fact that the city is well known for its international port and for being a world centre for diamond trade, it has many excellent museums and historical monuments, as well as a great nightlife scene, fine shopping districts, and a booming commercial centre.

Facts and Figures

20 109 students (17% from abroad, 116 nationalities)

1479 PhD students

192 PhDs in 2013

4200 scientific publications each year

4987 staff members (17 % from abroad, 81 nationalities)

631 professors

308 assistants

2423 researchers

1294 administrative and technical personnel

60 000 alumni

9 campuses in Antwerp

Faculties / Areas of teaching

Applied Economics

Applied Engineering


Design Sciences


Medicine and Health Sciences

Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

Political and Social Sciences


The Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) and the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) have an autonomous, faculty-like status.

Doctoral programmes are available in most faculties.

Study programmes

30 bachelor programmes (undergraduate) taught in Dutch

57 master programmes, 25 advanced master programmes and 27 postgraduate programmes available in Dutch or in English.


There is a (compulsory) educational review that is carried out by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR). These external reviews are organised for all programmes in Flanders and result in accreditation from the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO.


Services and Facilities: @ your service!

  • Modern libraries
  • Quality housing
  • Student counselling
  • Modern sports accomodation
  • Language Courses
  • Restaurants

Student life

Regular Student Associations

Antwerp has a very broad system of student associations. Nearly every faculty has at least one association, most of the time even one for each subject/discipline. The associations organize several activities throughout the year ("cantus", parties, grand ball and cultural excursions). Students are not obliged to join a students' association, but it is an easy and pleasant way to get to know lots of new people and to speed up the integration process. The leadership (the "praesidium") or the members can also give you some information on student life in Antwerp and about different courses. Membership is quite cheap (approximately 5) and offers several advantages when taking part in an association's activities (usually an entrance fee discount of 1 or 2).

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

The Antwerp branch of the ERASMUS Student Network (ESN) organises student activities throughout the year for exchange students. In addition, the International Relations Offices of the Antwerp Association offer a cultural programme in co-operation with ESN.


Sport activities at the University of Antwerp are open for all UAntwerp-students and where possible for UAntwerp-staff, UAntwerp-alumni and college students of the Antwerp University and Colleges Association.


Culture lovers will find a large cultural offer at the University of Antwerp. We offer culture vouchers for our students at fair prices. You can use these vouchers and become a real culture vulture at almost 40 theatres and cultural centres in Antwerp, as well as borrowing books for free from Antwerp's public library and visiting museums.

Antwerp, city for students

Antwerpen Studentenstad (Antwerp, city for students) works hard for a student-friendly city: sufficient and high-quality housing, a clean and safe student district, cheap rental bikes, cultural offers to great advantage, cheap and safe party areas, clear policies with respect to mounting posters and ragging, and much more.

Language courses

  • Dutch Language Courses

Regular students (i.e. not exchange students) wishing to register for a study programme taught in Dutch, have to pass a Dutch language test prior to registration. With this in mind the University of Antwerp organizes Dutch language courses which are specifically tailored to the needs of participants.

  • Other Language Courses

Each semester, language courses at different levels are organised in various languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish).

Master's Programmes at University of Antwerp

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