The University you attend reflects on who you become in the labor market. The University of Antwerp is an excellent choice university to prepare you for the world at large.
Founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities, it is characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research, and entrepreneurial approach.
For prospective students in 2021, let’s show you all you need to know about the University of Antwerp.
About the University of Antwerp
The University of Antwerp is a publicly funded and fully accredited Belgian university.
The university has nine faculties:
Doctoral programmes are available in all faculties, with more than 1,600 Ph.D. students registered.
In nine domains their research is among the best in the world:
The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 fee-paying students with 3,500 of these students being from foreign countries.
Education in this university is student-centered and competency-based as they stimulate them to develop into independently minded people who are capable of thinking analytically.
In line with the Bologna Process, the University of Antwerp has adopted the Bachelor-Master structure. It offers 3-year Bachelor’s programs (180 ECTS credits) and 1-year or 2-year Master’s programs (60 or 120 ECTS credits).
University of Antwerp Tuition Fee
When enrolling, you sign a study contract. One of the conditions of this contract is the payment of the tuition fees.
In most cases, your tuition fee is calculated based on how many credits you are using by registering for courses.
On this page, you will find more information about the tuition fees you need to pay: what are the rates, how can you pay, and so on.
The following rate applies to the tuition fee for bachelor and master teacher training, and preparatory and bridging programs:
238.3 euro + 11.4 euro/credit.
Some master programs have an increased tuition fee for a student with a nationality which does not belong to one of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA)*:
You can find out how many credits each course is worth in the program list. Go to the program the courses are part of and then have a look at the study program.
University of Antwerp Campuses
The nine campuses are located all over the city of Antwerp, from the historic city center to the green belt to the south of the city.
There are bus services available for traveling from one campus to another and the travel routes and bus information are available on the university website.
If you are looking for some distraction besides your studies, you could join one of the University of Antwerp’s student associations. The student associations are also a fun way to meet new people or get involved in a good cause in your free time.
The Pieter Gillis Centre is the university’s center of reflection for active pluralism. The center provides education and services as well as conducting research, and is also responsible for the course on philosophical beliefs which is part of all University of Antwerp Bachelor programs.
University of Antwerp Programs Courses and Schools
The University of Antwerp has 33 academic bachelor programs, 69 master programs, 18 master-after-master programs, and 23 postgraduates.
In addition, there are 31 programs completely taught in English (13 master, 14 master-after-master, and 4 postgraduate programs).
These programs are divided into 9 faculties;
Doctoral programs are available in all faculties, with over 1,600 Ph.D. students registered.
University of Antwerp Admission Requirements
Do you want to enroll in a Master’s program at the University of Antwerp? You will need to fulfill a number of admission requirements. These might relate to your previous qualifications, for example, or the language that the classes are taught in.
You’ll need (at least) an academic bachelor’s degree to be able to enroll in an initial master’s program.
The Belgian bachelor’s degrees which entitle you to enroll in a specific master’s program are listed on the program list. You can also check this with the program secretariats.
You may need the faculty’s permission if your Belgian bachelor’s degree is not explicitly listed in the admission requirements for your program and admission after permission is listed as an option for your level of degree.
Depending on the program you choose and the degree you have, you may have to take a preparatory program.
If your Belgian bachelor’s degree is explicitly listed in the admission requirements, then you can continue the enrolment procedure with no problems. Don’t forget to check the language and the additional admission requirements below!
If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree in a higher education institution in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Luxembourg, you need to follow the admission procedure (see below).
Want to learn Dutch?
If you do not have the opportunity to learn Dutch in your home country, you can apply for a suitable language course at Linguapolis, our Language Institute.
For programs taught in English
They offer several Master’s, advanced Masters and postgraduate programs in English. Students interested in taking a program taught in English, have to prove proficiency in English.
Always check the level required on the info pages of the program. For example, language-related programs, always require a minimum level of C1.
Candidates can prove their proficiency in English in two ways:
- Either by submitting a language certificate showing their TOEFL, IELTS, or ITACE results:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): paper-based TOEFL level of minimum 550, a computer-based TOEFL level of minimum 213, or an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 80. You can find more information about TOEFL at www.toefl.org
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum of 6.0. You can find more information about IELTS at www.ielts.org;
- ITACE (Interuniversity Test of Academic English for Students): You can find more information about ITACE at www.itace.be/students/about.html
The levels of the certificates are compared in the table below:
- or by submitting proof they have studied at least one academic year (or 60 ECTS credits) in an English-language Bachelor or Master program. Please note that the board of admission may still ask for additional proof of proficiency in English, demonstrated by a language certificate.
University of Antwerp Rankings
The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. 19% of our student population comes from abroad.
The University of Antwerp is characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research, and entrepreneurial approach.
They are ranked 13th in the Times Higher Education Ranking for Young Universities (2017) and 14th in the QS University Ranking Top 50 Under 50 (2018).
Antwerp is an intriguing city. Apart from the fact that the city is well known for its international port and for being a world center 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 center.
University of Antwerp: Facts and Figures
- 20,164 students (19% from abroad, 116 nationalities)
- 1,825 PhD students
- 244 PhDs in 2016
- 3,650 scientific publications each year
- 5,398 staff members (17 % from abroad, 88 nationalities)
- 624 professors
- 290 assistants
- 2,933 researchers
- 1,270 administrative and technical staff
- 60,000 alumni
- 5 campuses in Antwerp
University of Antwerp Scholarships:
The University of Antwerp does not grant scholarships. However, the university does participate in several programs that offer scholarships such as:
- VLIR-UOS: scholarships for students from developing countries: Scholarships are available for students from 33 scholarship countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America to follow a training or master programme at the University of Antwerp.
- ASEM-DUO: Scholarships are available for exchange students from China, India, South-Korea, and Vietnam.
- Mastermind: Scholarships are available for international students who want to take up a master degree programme.
- Global Study Awards: An individual global study award with a maximum value of £10000
- Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic awards scholarships to Slovak university students to study abroad.
Ph.D. at the University of Antwerp
Admission requirements and procedure
You need an academic master’s degree to apply for a Ph.D. There is no deadline to submit an admission application for a Ph.D.
Those who do PhDs have a passion for research! Doing a Ph.D. shows that you can make a significant, independent contribution to your discipline.
The title of “doctor” is the highest rank you can achieve at a Flemish university and defending your Ph.D. in public is the ultimate proof of independent, original scientific research.
- Admission and enrolment
- Facilities and support
- Public Ph.D. defenses
- Ph.D. in the Association
- Antwerp Doctoral School
University of Antwerp Library Department:
The University of Antwerp library is more than just a storage space for books: it is a space where knowledge, the pleasures of reading, and social contact are key.
The library exceeds its traditional function by adapting what it has to offer to a wider audience, by helping visitors with tricky research, and by offering students a place to study in peace.
Here are the common facts the library is known for:
Specialist literature of the highest quality
The University of Antwerp library has a collection of first-rate specialist literature for every field of knowledge. Each campus has its own library, specializing in a specific field of study.
- Biomedical Library is located on Campus Drie Eiken
- Exact Sciences library is located on Campus Groenenborger
- Mathematics and Computer Science library is located on Campus Middelheim
The pride and joy of the University of Antwerp library are the Human and Social Sciences Library on the Stadscampus.
The modern building on Prinsstraat is not only an architectural attraction but also an ideal location to study and collect the materials needed to write a dissertation. Everything is within reach there.
Treasures from the past
The University of Antwerp library is both a contemporary scientific institute and a repository of valuable and historical collections.
Its origins date back to the library collection of the former Sint-Ignatius Handelshoge school, or College of Commerce, which was founded in 1852.
The collection was later extended by means of gifts and purchases at auctions and antique shops.
If you want to find out more about our heritage, come along to the Preciosa reading room in the Human and Social Sciences Library on the Stadscampus.
The library is completely up-to-date
Visitors with a University of Antwerp account can use our computers for free from every campus.
Hundreds of databases are accessible through the network, allowing you to find the codex, dictionary, or doctoral dissertation you are looking for.
Electronic magazines, e-books, and catalogs can also be consulted across the entire network and all the library buildings have wireless hotspots.
The library is also a social meeting place
The University of Antwerp library receives approximately 900 000 visitors every year. Visitors mainly come to use the library as a space for study, though they also come to browse through the various collections, surf the Internet or read the newspaper.
The library is not meant only for students: everyone is welcome. School groups can get to know the wonderful world of the library during guided tours.
University of Antwerp: How to apply
Applications should consist of
- A motivation letter
- At least one reference to contact
- Full CV
- A reference paper
All applications need to be sent to email@example.com with the subject “Deep learning post-doc application”. More information about the position can be obtained through professor firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates with an interesting profile will be contacted for an interview (skype for international candidates).
The position will be filled as soon as possible.
University of Antwerp Contact Address
University of Antwerp
Tel. +32 3 265 41 11
Fax +32 3 265 44 20
For more information, visit the official page below.