Medicine and Health Sciences

Visiting Research Students

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences provides opportunities for international Master or PhD students to conduct part of their research at the University of Antwerp, while completing their studies at their home university. 

Target group

A Visiting Research Student (VRS) is an international PhD researcher (or a Master student) who comes to the University of Antwerp to carry out research in connection with their study programme at their home institution. VRS only stay for a limited period of time, receive no contractual remuneration from UAntwerp for their research, and come at their own initiative or in the context of a project collaboration between institutions. VRS do not pay tuition fees, and they are not entitled to credit certificates. No programme components are awarded, nor can they be applied for through VRS registration.


The VRS contacts a mentor at UAntwerp to conduct research during a limited stay. The researcher formulates an idea of the research to be carried out during this stay, and checks with the home institution whether the research project can be carried out at UAntwerp. The mentor formulates or confirms the research project to be carried out, and informs the faculty member responsible for the stay of the VRS. The faculty member launches the registration procedure in Mobility Online. 


After arriving in Belgium, the Visiting Research Student receives: 

  • the status of 'exchange student' at UAntwerp, and is granted access to all of UAntwerp's student facilities (access to buildings, library, wifi, student restaurant, ...). 
  • the status of 'student' in Belgium after registration in the register of foreign nationals, provided the stay is duly authorised and a valid residence permit has been issued; the VRS is exempt from a work permit and does not pay social security contributions or taxes in Belgium; and physical accident and civil liability insurance coverage for all activities at UAntwerp.

The VRS is automatically covered by physical injury insurance and civil liability as part of UAntwerp activities. 

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