The University of Antwerp wishes to provide excellent academic education at Bachelor, Master and PhD level to students from all social groups and of all generations.
Our university is an academic community of students, lecturers and researchers in which we help each other acquire new scientific insights and develop skills. In this way, we enhance our own learning and are able to contribute to the well-being of our society. We call this academic training.
Education interwoven with research
Excellent academic education is closely connected with scientific research. Students acquire knowledge about research results during lectures, through course materials and/or digital media. They gain a better insight by discussing research findings with each other and by writing papers about them. They become proficient in different research methods and also learn to conduct their own research.
The education we provide emphasises the development of competences. In addition to knowledge and insight, these competences will also include particular skills and attitudes. Thanks to competence-oriented education, our academic graduates are able to function successfully in professional environments.
We start from the idea that all students want to learn and to educate themselves. Our educational programmes are designed to support and activate this desire. Studying means taking responsibility and making a commitment, but it is also a social process: you learn from others, both lecturers and classmates.
Every student counts
The education we provide recognises and respects individual talent and personal characteristics; social, cultural and religious backgrounds; previously acquired competences; and personal projects for the future. As a result, it is the student that lies at the heart of our educational processes.
Our educational programmes aim to provide students with maximum opportunity for building up international learning experiences. Internationalisation of education stimulates the development of competences in communication, collaboration, creativity and problem solving. These competences are essential for being able to function properly in a society that is becoming increasingly global.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Antwerp!