Language certification

With its ‘Integration Decree’ of July 2012, the Flemish Government imposed language requirements on all Flemish universities and university colleges. Since academic year 2013-2014, lecturers have had to meet language proficiency standards in order to guarantee high-quality teaching. The University of Antwerp provides adequate support and a wide range of training opportunities to all staff members who have to meet these language requirements. We have also developed an integration programme to support international staff members.

The language requirements can be classified into two subdomains:

  • lecturers need to master the language in which they teach at CEFR level C1, and
  • non-native lecturers need to master the institute’s official language, Dutch, at CEFR level A2 within two years of appointment and at CEFR level B2 within five years of appointment, or upon permanent appointment. In this they are supported by the integration programme.

The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, put together by the Council of Europe. The CEFR distinguishes three different language proficiency levels, A, B and C, which can be subdivided into two sub-levels each, 1 and 2 (making six in total). A basic user masters the language at level A, an independent user masters level B and a proficient user masters level C. Visit the website of the Council of Europe for more information.

Language certification

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Should you have any questions regarding this topic, do not hesitate to contact the International Staff Office.

If you wish to take a language course during your stay, please contact Linguapolis, the University of Antwerp’s language institute. University staff members are entitled to a discount on Linguapolis course fees.