Medicine and Health Sciences

Exchange students medicine

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has partnerships with numerous medical schools and faculties across Europe. Although we do not offer an English programe, we have welcomed an increasing amount of medical students in the past few years through the Erasmus+ programme for study, for clinical traineeships or for a combination of both.

The information on this page will help you to prepare your exchange programme.

I want to take courses of the medicine programme (study)

General conditions

  • Bilateral agreement: a valid bilateral (or multilateral) agreement between your university and the University of Antwerp or between your Faculty and ours is required. 
  • Academic career: you should at least be in your third year of medical studies.  
  • Language skills: you must have a good command of English, oral as well as written. Intensive Dutch language courses are strongly recommended if you wish to take courses that are taught in Dutch.
  • Duration: one semester or a full academic year.

Study programme

We do not offer an English programme. Only a number of courses of our Bachelor and Master programme are taught in English to accommodate international students ('green courses'). Besides these courses in English we also offer courses with facilities for exchange students ('yellow courses'). These courses are taught in Dutch but the lecturers provide facilities (e.g. study material, handbook, exam, …) in English.

Have a look at the curriculum for exchange students(pdf – 491 kB) and at the courses we offer in English. Read the guidelines carefully and use this curriculum to draft your study programme.

Mobility programme

Erasmus Study (for study). 

Application procedure

All general information regarding the application procedure for exchange students is available on the webpages of our International Relations Office.

We have included here a simplified scheme of the application procedure (pdf – 97 kB) for incoming medical students who wish to take courses as part of the Erasmus Study programme.

Are you having troubles completing your Learning Agreement? Have a look at some tips and tricks and at this fictious example (pdf – 204 kB).

Deadlines

  • Nominations: 15 April 2020 (1st semester/full year) & 15 October 2020 (2nd semester)
  • Applications: 15 May 2020 (1st semester/full year) & 1 November 2020 (2nd semester)

Need more information?  

Check our Frequently Asked Questions.

I want to do a clinical traineeship

General conditions

  • Academic career: you should be in your fourth year of medical studies.
  • Language skills: you must have a good command of English, oral as well as written, and a thorough knowledge of medical English. English supervision can be provided, but contact with patients will be in Dutch most of the time. A basic knowledge of Dutch is therefore highly recommended. 
  • Duration: a clinical traineeship always lasts 4 weeks and is full-time (3 ECTS).

Mobility Programme

  • Erasmus Study (for traineeships)  
    • a valid bilateral (or multilateral) agreement between your university and the University of Antwerp, or between your Faculty and ours is required. 
    • minimum 3 months and maximum 12 months. 
  • Erasmus Placement
    • A valid bilateral (or multilateral) agreement between your university and the University of Antwerp, or between your Faculty and ours is required. 
    • ≥ 2 months and maximum 12 months.

​​Due to limited amount of traineeship positions we only process applications within the Erasmus programme. Students who are interested to do a traineeship outside the Erasmus programme should contact the hospital directly. 

Application procedure

All general information regarding the application procedure for exchange students is available on the webpages of our International Relations Office. The application procedure and Learning/Training Agreement depends on the mobility programme: 

Deadlines

There is only one deadline for clinical traineeships! 

  • Nominations: 15 April 2020 (1st semester/full year/2nd semester)
  • Applications: 15 May 2020 (1st semester/full year/2nd semester)

Before your arrival in Antwerp

Before you arrive in Antwerp you need to:

  • Complete the Mensura questionnaire (.docx – 84 kB) and the UZA registration document (.docx – 56 kB).
  • Send us your vaccination certificate with indication of the three dates of Hepatitis B vaccination, the results of a recent Intradermo test (Mantoux test) and the definition of the titer Hep Bs Al >10 IU/L taken at minimum one month after the latest vaccination.
  • Make an appointment with the internal occupational physician related to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for a confirmation of your health.

Need more information? 

Check our Frequently Asked Questions

I want to combine courses with a clinical traineeship

If you want to do a clinical traineeship in combination with your study programme, please contact our Internationalisation Officer well in advance and do not contact the hospital directly. When planning your study programme remember that traineeships are full-time (ca. 40 hours/week) and thus not compatible with theoretical courses. Only when there is a gap in your study programme you are allowed to do a traineeship.  

The combination is only possible when you come via the Erasmus Study programme. This means that there is a valid bilateral agreement between your university and the UAntwerp and that you stay minimum one semester.