Business and Economics


Approach for the academic year 2021 - 2022

Current situation

(This page will be updated frequently - Last update: 10 August 2021)

In Belgium, we are slowly but steadily easing the corona restrictions but we remain cautious doing so. Consult the official governmental website about Covid-19 for the most up-to-date information.​

Travelling to Belgium as an international student

Everyone travelling to Belgium is required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival. With regards to testing and quarantine, different rules apply depending on where you are from (EU or non-EU). For all guidelines, we like to refer you to our general Covid-19 page. Keep in mind the measures can still change as we approach the start of the academic year. 

Vaccination strategy

At this moment, Belgium is in global top 10 of countries with highest vaccination rate. As 75% of adults in Belgium are partially vaccinated, and over 4 in 10 are fully vaccinated, the country’s campaign has now entered the home stretch. We are hopeful we can start the academic year 2021 - 2022 as 'normal’, but we have to remain cautious. 

As an international student, depending on your residence permit, you can get vaccinated in Antwerp if need be. This will be organised in accordance with the general Belgian vaccination strategy.

Healthcare system

Belgium is widely known for having one of the highest quality medical care systems. We ranked fifth in the 2018 Euro Health Consumer Index. Additionally, Belgium is regarded to be on par with other top-notch medical systems in Europe. Anyone living and/or working in Belgium is obliged to take health insurance

Classes and exams

Blended learning

At the University of Antwerp, international students are considered a priority group. This means you have as much classes on campus as is allowed by our government at the time. The past year, we offered a combination of:

  • live online lessons via the Blackboard Collaborate platform,
  • recorded online lessons, 
  • additional live Q&A sessions,
  • feedback sessions for group works or theses.

For the coming academic year 2021 - 2022, we will provide online learning for those unable to travel to Belgium until 1 December 2021. After that, you are expected to be in Antwerp to attend classes and exams. 


The exams are carefully organised in accordance with social distancing regulations. Some of our students took their exams online because of health reasons, with online supervision.