The Continuing Education Customs and Excise is a modular, academically oriented specialisation programme organised by the University of Antwerp in collaboration with Belgium’s FPS Finance and the private sector. It consists of two parts: the basic programme and the advanced programme.

Each programme is taught by a team of lecturers with relevant expertise from the academic world, the government sector, the private sector and the legal profession.

In a first phase the basic programme is organized. This is Dutch-taught and the University of Liège offers a similar, French-taught course.

Participants who succesfully completed the basic programme (or can prove that they have obtained an equivalent degree of knowledge or experience) can register for the advanced programme (English taught) that consists of eleven separate modules. Each module consists of an intensive training over the course of 3, 4 or 5 days.

You can register for one or more modules. Participants who have completed both the basic programme and all advanced modules can opt to write a thesis, after which they are awarded a global certificate.

Both programmes are developed around the EU Customs Competency Framework and our Master’s programme has in this regard been officially recognized by the European Commission as a high-quality customs-specific study programme. More information about this ‘EU Customs Certificate of Recognition’ label of excellence for Customs academic programmes can be found  via this link

Steering committee

Bruno Peeters (chair), Eric Van Dooren, Marc Pirenne, Marc Bourgeois, Frieda Coosemans, Steve Mees, Yves Melin, Olivier Schoenmaeckers, Luc Van de Velde-Poelman, Jan Van Wesemael, Kristian Vanderwaeren.

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