OPEN - Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture

OPEN aims to raise the visibility of accessibility in all its facets and contribute to the realisation of an inclusive society. The expertise centre gathers knowledge and resources on accessbility and organizes events and training courses.

Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA)

Within the University of Antwerp, ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts) is the point of contact with the Schools of Arts of the Antwerp Association, and supports the development of artistic research. More specifically, ARIA is qualified for the doctorate in arts. ARIA also furthers the contacts between University, Schools of Arts and the artistic world.

Institute for Professional and Academic Communication (IPAC)

The Institute for Professional and Academic Communication (IPAC) of the University of Antwerp houses two partners: the language centre Linguapolis and the research group International Business Communication.

Urban Studies Institute

The Urban Studies Institute is a platform and laboratory for the development of interdisciplinary research and education on cities, urban development and urban challenges. The Institute also functions as a contact point and interface for exchanges with non-academic players, such as policy-makers and people from civil society, and for services related to urban development and policy.

Institute for Jewish Studies (IJS)

The Institute of Jewish Studies focuses on the academic study of Judaism from a variety of cultural disciplines, including history, philology, literary theory, religious studies, law, philosophy and sociology. The Institute is active in academic research, university education and educational services for a general public.

Each academic year, the Institute organizes more than twenty lectures by national and international experts. These Thursday evening lectures are aimed at a broad audience and are freely accessible. The Institute organizes language courses Yiddish and modern Hebrew, as well as reading groups.

Modern Jewish history, literature, philosophy, and culture since modern times are at the heart of the Institute's research and education. The issues discussed, however, always touch, directly or indirectly, upon current events or current academic discussions.


The Ruusbroec Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre for the academic study of the history of spirituality in the Low Countries. The research disciplines of philology, history and religious studies is the Institute's focus. In the course of its 90-year old history, the Institute has built up a special expertise in the edition and study of mystical texts, and in the historical study of devotional book culture.

The Institute's library hosts an unequalled collection of secondary sources on the history of Christian mysticism and devotion, as well as a unique collection of primary sources such as prayer books and devotional prints. The academic staff of the institute are active in education and teach courses in the Departments of History and of Literature at the University of Antwerp.

Centre for Mexican Studies

The interfacultary Centre for Mexican Studies (CMS) at the University of Antwerp is a study and documentation center that was established in 1990. The CMS is the result of a bilateral agreement between the Mexican government and the Flemish Community. The centre contains a Chair for Mexican Studies and a specialized research library that is part of the library at the Stadscampus.

The CMS' main objective is to inform a wide audience and contribute to the broader acknowledgement of the Mexican cultural and intellectual patrimony in Flanders, Belgium and Europe.