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You are safe and welcome on campus next academic year!

The University of Antwerp adheres strictly to the measures and guidelines recommended by the Belgian government.

The university will be offering a well-considered and realistic mix of educational activities in the 2020-21 academic year, with as many classes as possible on campus, plus some online activities. After all, getting completely back to normal will only be possible after widespread vaccination against COVID-19.

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Next year you'll take as many classes as possible on campus, in combination with guided distance learning. Each faculty and study programme will organise their classes according to these main guidelines:

The focus is on you

In the mix of intensive face-to-face learning and distance learning, the focus is always on the student.

Special attention will be paid to international degree and exchange students. Studying abroad is always a big step, and even more so in the current climate. Upon arriving in Belgium, we will make sure you receive a proper welcome during the welcome week or orientation days. For students who are unable to make it to Belgium on time, we plan to offer online welcome sessions. The enrolment procedure can be completed fully online as well. 

A well-considered mix of educational activities

UAntwerp is opting for combinations of different teaching methods, including both face-to-face classes on campus and online learning activities. We will use the most appropriate mix for each study programme and programme component.

We are investing heavily in blended learning. Examples of blended learning activities include:

  • Live educational activities on campus: interactive lectures, seminars, practice sessions, practicals and so on.
  • Live educational activities online: chat sessions and sessions on Blackboard Collaborate, UAntwerp's online learning platform.
  • Self-directed learning: lesson recordings, guided study materials, assignments.
  • Collaboration: discussions, group assignments.
  • Assessments and feedback: interim tests, assignments, portfolios, etc.

What will the classes on campus be like?

Your classes will be held in smaller groups because of the physical distancing rules in the lecture halls. You won't have to wear a mouth mask during these classes.

Lab sessions, practicals, practice lessons and computer classes will be adapted. For those classes, you will have to wear a mouth mask. You will also be put into fixed groups which always take these sessions or practical together.

Do you belong to a high-risk group for COVID-19? Then you can follow classes online as much as you want.

If you have any questions or need extra explanation, you can always contact the lecturers and assistants. This is one of the main strengths of how we teach: at UAntwerp, you are not a number.

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If you don’t have your own laptop or a stable internet connection, we will look for a solution so that you can still get the most out of your studies.

Safety and hygiene are an absolute priority

We are in constant contact with our virologists and medical experts. We are following the government guidelines strictly and checking everything with our experts.

The student counsellors are there for you

Our team of student counsellors will be bigger than normal next year. Do you have any questions or worries? Need help or practical info about your study career? If you have any questions, please contact the Student Information Point (STIP) or the study programme counsellors in each faculty.

International degree students can always rely on the International Students Office.

International exchange students can rely on the International Relations Office.

Student life

We and the student representatives and student clubs want to make sure you feel like a ‘real’ student, even in these strange times. 

The UAntwerp MONDO network organises social activities targeted at international staff and students. They will resume their activities now that social distancing measures against corona are lifted step by step.

The student restaurants offer takeaway meals.

Visa application?

As of Monday 15 June, Belgium lifted its restrictions for travel within the European Union. From outside Europe, travel isn't possible for the time being. We recommend you to consult the website of the Belgian embassy of your respective country for the latest updates. You can do so by typing the name of your country in English, followed by 'diplomatie.belgium.be' (e.g. germany.diplomatie.belgium.be)”.

Read more about visa and permits