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: 18,800 (2,500 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 3,420
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to 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 (Universiteit Antwerpen) is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. The University of Antwerp has 18.800 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. 2400 international students (exchange students not included) are registered in a bachelor, master, advanced master or PhD programme.

We offer high-quality education in nine faculties:

  1. Applied Economics
  2. Applied Engineering
  3. Arts
  4. Design Sciences
  5. Law
  6. Medicine and Health Sciences
  7. Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
  8. Political and Social Sciences
  9. Sciences

13% of our students are international students.

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

Innovative research

Original scientific research is the basis for high quality academic education. A great variety of research programmes are carried out by the 2855 academic staff members. In addition to fundamental scientific research, a great deal of applied and policy-oriented research is carried out for supranational, federal and regional governments as well as for the private sector.

BEHIND THE SCIENCE, a joint programme of the UAntwerp and National Geographic Channel

Behind The Science offers you a unique, 'behind-the-scenes' look at some of the ground-breaking research conducted at the University of Antwerp. Join us on a journey amongst atomic particles, courtesy of the world's strongest microscope, analyse traces of drugs in sewage water, investigate just how green renewable energy really is, adopt a logical perspective on logistics and uncover hidden masterpieces by past masters such as Van Gogh and Goya.

Visit the Behind The Science website.


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).

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