Exchange student? What you should know!

Nomination and application 

Partner institutions nominate their selected students to our Central International Office. These students then have access to our Mobility Online system in which they fill out their application. After succesful application and acceptance, students can prepare their study programme in Antwerp taking into account the following important items.

Most courses offered to exchange students in English are from the Master of Laws programme.

For EXCHANGE students the tuition fee is waived.
Exchange students do not need to fulfil the requirements posted on the ‘application and enrolment’ page of the Master of Laws programme.

Students’ level in English should be AT LEAST B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) prior to arrival.

Study level
Because the courses offered in English are at master’s level, we can only accept exchange students who have successfully completed at least three years of law school (180 ECTS) at the moment of arrival. The courses offered presume a preliminary knowledge of all basic law courses. Some courses require specific prior knowledge, please verify the prerequisites per course. Students from non-European universities are highly recommend to have had a course on EU law prior to arrival in Antwerp. 

Number of ECTS
A traditional semester workload is 30 ECTS credits per semester. We do not accept incoming students who take fewer than 18 ECTS credits per semester (36 ECTS per academic year).

Courses from other faculties
We strongly advice against taking courses from faculties other than the Faculty of Law. If however this is required by your home institution, it is limited to maximum two courses from another faculty and UPON EXPLICIT APPROVAL OF BOTH FACULTIES. Please consult with the international coordinators, and keep in mind that this may cause conflict in class schedules and exam times.

Exchange students who register for 30 ECTS per semester and who pass all the exams, can obtain the International and European Legal Studies Certificate. Students who come for only one semester can obtain a semester certificate.
We encourage students to come to the Faculty of Law for a full academic year.

How to design your study programme

We recommend students who come for the full year, to take the first semester courses which are mandatory for enrolment in the second semester courses. It will increase their options in the second semester.

Please read the preliminary requirements per course. If you want to enrol in a course, and you have met the prerequisites for that course through a course you took at your home institution prior to enrolment in Antwerp, this needs to show in your transcript of records. Only if the prerequisite of a particular course mentions ‘Law of the European Union’, you may exceptionally enrol in this course and simultaneously follow the course ‘Law of the European Union’ in Antwerp.

All specialised modules must be taken ‘as a complete set of courses’. Each module is worth 18 ECTS. Note that additional prerequisites apply to the modules as a whole, details of which you can find in the course offer for incoming exchange students. If you don't have prior knowlegde of European Union Law, you may exceptionally enrol in a module and simultaneously follow the course ‘Law of the European Union’ in Antwerp. A similar exception is made if you don't have prior knowledge of Public International Law: you may enrol in one of the first semester modules 'Commercial Transactions: Rights & Governance' or 'Diversity & Law' and simultaneously follow the course ‘Public International Law’ in Antwerp. 

We require incoming students to take at least 18 ECTS per semester (36 ECTS per academic year).

The module ‘Sustainable Development and Global Justice’ has a specific timing. It is more compact, but during the 10 weeks it runs, it requires a nearly full-time engagement.  This makes it difficult to combine this module with a large number of other courses.

Make sure not to take more than two 6-credit or 9-credit (Advanced) courses in total. The workload would not be feasable.


Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL) students

Students coming from the universities of Pompeu Fabra (Spain), Dublin (Ireland), Mannheim (Germany), Toulouse (France), Maastricht (The Netherlands) or Zagreb (Croatia) under the CIEL programme, choose 30 ECTS in one semester according to the guidelines above.  Please contact us in time to find a co-supervisor in Antwerp for your final thesis. CIEL students who pass all the exams, obtain the CIEL certificate.

More questions?

For practical questions about your stay in Antwerp (enrolment, accommodation, Mobility Online, etc.), please consult the pages of the International Relations Office.

For academic questions about your study programme (course selection, learning agreement, etc.), please contact the International Office Law (