The Integration Decree states that lecturers have to master the language in which they teach at CEFR level C1. Lecturers must prove their C1 language proficiency at the beginning of the first semester in which the course starts at the latest. Thus, a non-native Dutch-speaking lecturer teaching in Dutch should master the Dutch language at CEFR level C1. A lecturer teaching in English should master the English language at CEFR level C1.
C1 language proficiency can be demonstrated by means of an official language certificate (e.g. ITACE, IELTS, TOEFL, ESOL Cambridge).
The University of Antwerp provides tailor-made assistance to staff members who have to meet the C1 language requirement. In order to obtain the required language proficiency certificate, lecturers can take a language test at Linguapolis, the University of Antwerp’s language institute.
Various exemption measures are applicable. Staff members may be exempted if they have obtained a Bachelor, Master or doctoral degree in the language concerned, provided that this language is the main language of instruction at the institute where the degree was obtained.