Am I eligible?
First of all, each individual application will be screened by our board of admission, based on your documents and academic background. To be eligible, you need an academic, university level Bachelor's degree. For specific information about entry requirements, consult the programme pages:
What are the application deadlines?
Nationality does not belong to the European Economic Area*
Nationality belongs to the European Economic Area* or you live in Belgium with a valid long-term residence permit
Screening on content and level
1 March 2023
15 May 2023
Screening of hard copy documents
31 May 2023
15 June 2023
* European Economic Area member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithowenia, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
How do I apply?
The application deadline to start in September 2023 is officially closed. As of November 2023, you can start your application via our online platform Mobility Online for the academic year 2024 - 2025, to start your studies in September 2024. The procedure consists of several parts:
- part 1: screening on content and level
- part 2 (optional): screening of Dutch language proficiency in case of a Dutch programme
- part 3: screening of hard copy documents on authenticity
Do I need a visa to come to Belgium?
How do I legalise my documents?
If you are required to apply for the programme via Mobility Online, you will need to submit supporting documents. If these documents have been issued by a national authority other than Belgium, the Belgian government requires that you submit legalised copies of each document. All information on the legalisation of your documents can be found here.
Fees and scholarships
How much is the tuition fee?
Tuition fees are subject to yearly revision. You can find more detailed and recent information on the general tuition fee pages of University of Antwerp.
Can I pay the tuition fee in installments?
If you cannot pay the full tuition fee at the start of the academic year, you can submit a request for a payment plan in the International Helpdesk. If your request is approved, a payment plan will then be drawn up, enabling you to pay your tuition fees over several months. The payment plan is only valid with the signature of the applicant and after uploading it in the Helpdesk. For more information, you can consult this page.
Are there any scholarships available?
The University of Antwerp participates in several programmes that offer scholarships. For students studying at the Faculty of Business and Economics, we recommend looking into the tuition fee reduction and the Master Mind scholarship. Do keep in mind this last one is quite competitive. For a full list, please consult this page.
What is the cost of living in Antwerp?
On this page, you'll find some indications which will allow you to calculate your own budget. We differentiate between the cost of studying, which is a direct consequence of your actual studies (enrolment, text books and courses, housing and transport), and the cost of living, which always arises regardless of the situation (food, leisure).
Want to hear from one of our students first hand? Our ambassador Manuel wrote an extensive blog about his experiences and expenses.
How diverse is the city and the university of Antwerp?
This academic year, a total of 24 117 students study at the University of Antwerp. Of those students, 18% are international, representing 131 nationalities. Out of our faculty members and professors, 21% are international, representing 100 different nationalities. Safe to say, we are a diverse lot.
And we all live and study in a very multicultural city too. Antwerp is home to over 500.000 people and together, we represent a baffling 178 nationalities. You'll also find that most Belgians speak 2 or more languages fluently, so you'll be able to make friends in no time!
Can I wear a headscarf at the UAntwerp?
Of course you can! We are a pluralistic university who tries to create a stimulating environment for all students, regardless of their religion or background. Diversity is very important within our university, and that also means that you can wear a scarf to cover your hair when you come to the university, both in classes as in all other activities and places.
More about our diversity policy.
About the campus
Does the university have student dorms?
The University does not have student dorms at the city campus. We advise you to look for student accommodation through ‘kotweb’. Kotweb offers the largest range of student accommodation in Antwerp and is also the reference for top-quality student accommodation. Start early, because a lot of dorms tend to be taken up by September.
What does the campus look like?
Curious to see where you'll be studying? If so, you can take a virtual walk through the campus and get to know the surroundings even before coming to Belgium!
How is health care in Belgium?
Belgium is widely known for having one of the highest quality medical care systems. Additionally, Belgium is regarded to be on par with other top-notch medical systems in Europe. Thankfully, during the pandemic, our health care system never reached its limits and was still able to provide excellent care.
Learn more about health insurance for international students in Belgium.
How safe is Belgium?
Belgium is currently ranked #22 in the Global Peace Index, making it one of the safest countries in the world. Antwerp is in general a very safe place, but you should be careful in the same way as you would do in any city. The country and city both have a low crime rate, and people in general are friendly and welcoming.
In the unlikely event you, as a student, are confronted with an unsafe situation or transgressive behavior, you can contact STIP (03/265 48 72, firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Health and Safety Department (03/265 26 60).
Can I work in Belgium after graduation?
EEA students and non-EEA students with a permanent residence in Belgium can look for employment in Belgium and work as a self-employed person in the same way as Belgian citizens.
Until recently, as a non-EEA student holding a right of residence in Belgium based on your studies, you had to obtain a different residence permit if you wanted to stay in Belgium after graduating. However, in March 2021, the Council of Ministers passed a motion that non-European students studying abroad in Belgium will have 12 months to find work or start a company in Belgium, following the completion of their studies. The “search year” (or “orientation year”) has come into legislation in October 2021.