University of Antwerp

Here you can find general information about the University of Antwerp located in the beautiful city of Antwerp, Belgium.

“The University of Antwerp is characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach.”

Want to go to Belgium for your exchange? The University of Antwerp is the third largest university in Flanders, Belgium with about 21,100 students in total and up to 13% of their students are international students from all over the world.

There are nine campuses of the university that are spread throughout the city of Antwerp, from the historic city centre to what is called the ‘green belt’ to the south. 

All international and PhD Students who will be staying in Antwerp for more than 3 months have to apply for a residence permit upon arrival.

If you are a national of a European Economic Area country (EEA: EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or from Monaco or Switzerland you may travel to Belgium on the strength of a national passport or identity card.

If you have any other nationality, you have to apply for a student visa (type D) with the Belgian embassy or consulate in your current country of residence before leaving for Belgium.

Language and additional requirements (such as the TOEFL test):

Dutch is the language spoken in Flanders and therefore most of the undergraduate courses for exchange students are taught in Dutch as well. However, professors often allow international students to take their examinations in English and there are of course a number of courses taught in English as well. When choosing the English courses, you should have a certificate of a good command of English. Normally you should hand in the results of language tests (listed on the website), but this is not necessary if

  • your mother tongue is English
  • if you have studied in an English-speaking country before
  • if you are already currently enrolled in a study programme that is taught in English (which is the case for IRIO!)

Are you still feeling unsure about your Dutch skills? The University of Antwerp comes to the rescue: a “Survival” on Arrival course is organized. This is a Dutch introductory course especially for exchange students. During this course, you will learn the basic Dutch you need for everyday situations, such as introducing yourself, ordering in pubs and restaurants, asking for information, communicating in shops and using public transport. Throughout the language course you will be introduced to Belgian and Antwerp culture.


The international housing office has a limited number of rooms in student dormitories (owned by the university) and university residences (private owner) for students staying for one semester. The website of the university of Antwerp also provides students with helpful tips and tricks for housing.


  • World University Rankings 2018: 201-250th
  • Young University Rankings 2017: 13th

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