Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM)

Antwerpen, Belgium
The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) is one of the world's leading institutes for training, research and services delivery in tropical medicine and health care in developing countries.



It started its activities in Brussels in 1906, and has been based in its distinctive buildings in Antwerp since 1931. Since then it has carried the name of Prince Leopold, the later King Leopold III. Today, it works with its partners all over the world towards a common goal of "Health Care for All".


On behalf of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGDC), it carries out a wide-ranging international programme of capacity strengthening in the South. For the Belgian Ministries of Public Health and Social Affairs it has the role of national reference centre for tropical diseases and as regional reference centre for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Internationally, the ITM participates in activities and collaborations all over the world.


The ITM is an inter-university but autonomous post-graduate institute for specialised training, research and services provision. It is supervised by a Board of Governors on which all concerned universities and authorities are represented. The ITM draws its academic recognition and core funding from the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community in Belgium.


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Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)


Student services

Getting your affairs in order for your studies at ITM can be intimidating, especially for foreign students. That's where we step in. We help you getting all your social, administrative and financial affairs in order.

Library services

Its main collection consists of 20,000 books and has online access to more than 5,000 scientific journals. Its collection of classic paper magazines, some going back to the nineteenth century, counts some 1,500 different titles.

Medical services

The Hospitalization Department is an integral part of the Academic Hospital Antwerp (UZA) and is under the supervision of ITM's medical staff.

Student Life

Campus life

The street where the campus is located was named after Saint Rochus, the patron saint of people afflicted by the plague or other infectious diseases. Given the nature of ITM's mission, it seemed fitting that he would also lend his name to our new campus.ITM was able to purchase and renovate the Rochus Campus with the support of the Flemish Ministry of Education, the Flemish Ministry of Monuments and Landscapes, the Province and City of Antwerp and the National Lottery.