Do you want to enrol in an Academic Bachelor programme at the University of Antwerp? You will need to fulfil a number of admission requirements.
Below you can find more information about the admission requirements for the Academic Bachelor programmes at the University of Antwerp.
In order to enrol in an academic Bachelor programme, you need to have (at least) a secondary school degree which entitles you to enrol in a comparable programme in a university of the country in which the degree was conferred. In case an entrance examination is applicable in your home country, the results of this examination will also be taken into account. In some cases, additional conditions may apply such as minimum scores for certain subjects.
The qualifications in the table below fulfil this requirement and will allow you to enrol directly with the registrar's office in accordance with the enrolment procedure.
If your degree of secondary education is not mentioned in the list or if you need to apply for a visa, you will need to follow an additional procedure (see below) to determine if your degree can be accepted for enrolment and/or to obtain a letter of acceptance required for a visa.
Additional qualification conditions
Secondary education of the Flemish, French-speaking or German-speaking communities
Diploma za sredno obrazovanie
State Matriculation Examination (Durzhavni zrelostni izpiti)
Svjedodžba o državnoj maturi
Apolytirion + Pancyprian exam
Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce
Baccalauréat (Général, Technologique or Professionel)
Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou + Bebaiosi Prosbasis
Leaving certificate with at least 6 courses including English or Irish and Mathematics. At least 2 subjects with min H5, 4 subjects with min O6 or H7 and min CAO of 350.
Minimum mark: 60/100
Minimum mark: 4
Matriculation Certificate (MATSEC)
Minimum mark: C
(Koninkrijk der Nederlanden)
Vitnemål for videregående opplæring
Diploma (Certificado) de Nível Secundário de Educação
Proof of registration or letter of admission from the "Direccao Geral do Ensino Superior"
Diplomă de Bacalaureat
Minimum mark: 6
Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške
Matura (Maturitetno spričevalo)
Título de Bachiller (Bachillerato)
Proof of registration or letter of admission for a similar programme at a Spanish university
Maturitätszeugnis/Certificat de Maturité
European Baccalaureate diploma
International Baccalaureate diploma, accredited by the Office du Baccalauréat International in Genève
The diploma must be present on https://ibis.ibo.org for verification
NATO Shape school
NATO Shape school diploma
Please note that states/state actors have to be internationally recognised before we can take degrees and certificates from these states into account.
Students who’s degree was already recognised by NARIC as being equivalent to a Flemish diploma that gives direct access to the programme already comply with the diploma requirements. These students don’t need to submit an application for admission. Please note that a NARIC equivalence does not exempt the holder from other requirements (e.g. language).
Except for the bachelor's programme Social-Economic Science, all our bachelor's programmes (undergraduate) are taught in Dutch. Students who wish to enrol for a Dutch bachelor's programme will have to prove their proficiency in Dutch.
Dutch language proficiency can be shown in two ways:
- Either you have completed and passed at least one complete year (or 60 credits) of courses taught in Dutch at a secondary school, university college or university. The courses should not be aimed at acquiring the Dutch language or preparing for the required level of Dutch in higher education.
- Or you’ve obtained one of the following language certificates (within the last two years):
- the certificate Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen (ITNA; level C1 for all language related programmes, level B2 for all other programmes).
- the Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (profile Educatief Professioneel for all language related programmes, profile Educatief Startbekwaam for all other programmes).
- the diploma Staatsexamen Nederlands als tweede taal NT2 - programma II (all programmes except language related programmes)
Without proof of proficiency in Dutch, enrolling for one of our Dutch programmes is not possible. Please note that no other language certificates than the ones listed above will be accepted (such as certificates from Adult Education Centers (CVO)). Furthermore, certificates can not be older than 2 years.
Want to learn Dutch?
If you don’t master Dutch yet you can opt for the one-year preparatory language programme offered by Linguapolis. Please note that it’s not possible to obtain a student visa solely on the basis of this language programme. When applying for a visa you’ll also need to proof that you can start a bachelor’s programme after completing the language programme. Thus two admission letters are requested to apply for a student visa: one for the preparatory language programme and one for the bachelor's programme. To simplify things our university has devised one application procedure for both programmes (please read below for more information). As a result, it’s not possible to apply for a bachelor's programme at our university while taking a language programme somewhere else.
Language requirements for the bachelor of Social-Economic Sciences (taught in English)
Candidates can prove their proficiency in English by submitting a language certificate showing their TOEFL, IELTS or ITACE results. Certificates can not be older than 2 years:
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language; taken at a test center - Home editions are not accepted): a minimum score of 80. You can find more information about TOEFL at www.toefl.org
- IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0. You can find more information about IELTS at www.ielts.org;
- ITACE (Interuniversity Test of Academic English for Students): minimum level B2. You can find more information about ITACE at www.itace.be/students/
- Cambridge English: minimum B2 First with a score of at least 176. You can find more information about Cambridge English at https://www.cambridgeenglish.org
Please note that for TOEFL and IELTS, the candidate needs to nominate the University of Antwerp as a valid recipient of the test scores.
Applicants who have previously obtained a diploma in an English taught programme in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are exempt from providing an additional language test certificate.
Students holding a degree issued by a recognized educational institution in Flanders, are exempt from the English language test. Based on the Benelux Decision about mutual degree recognition of 18 May 2015, this exemption of the English language test also applies to holders of degrees issued by recognized educational institutions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
Diploma of a European School or an International Baccalaureate and English as Language 1 or Level A? Please contact the Registrar's Office to check your documents for an equivalence of the required proficiency in English.
In certain situations, additional exams apply in addition to the standard admission requirements:
- Students who wish to study Medicine (Bachelor or Master) or Veterinary medicine (bachelor; starting from 2023-2024) will have to pass the entrance exam (information only available in Dutch).
- Students who wish to study the following bachelor programmes
- Bio-engineering science
- Biomedical science
- Engineering technology
- Pharmaceutical sciences
- Veterinary medicine
will have to participate in the compulsory 'starttoets' (information only available in Dutch). Participation will give you access to the enrolment for these programmes. The outcome of the exam will determine if you have to take extra compulsory courses.
Additional requirements for students with a Chinese degree
The APS (Akademische Prüfstelle) is a mandatory academic screening for most students who have a Chinese degree. These students will not be able to obtain access to higher education in Flanders and to receive a Belgian student visa without the screening. The screening is done at one of the APS screening centres in China, namely in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, and consists of two parts: a formal check of the diploma and an interview of the candidate to test his/her academic knowledge. The screening can take several months before a decision is proclaimed; it’s therefore recommended to start the procedure on time. Please visit the APS website for detailed information.
Some categories of students can be exempted from the APS procedure:
- Students admitted to our university within the framework of a bilateral agreement between their home university and the University of Antwerp
- Students admitted to our university as part of an official exchange programme (Erasmus-Mundus, ASEM-Duo…)
- Students admitted to our university with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council
- Students that already have earned a degree or credits in a degree programme at an institution of higher education outside China
- Students with a diploma from Hong Kong or Macau
- Refugees from the People's Republic of China
- Non-Chinese students with a diploma obtained in the People's Republic of China
Additionally, some students can be exempted from the second part of the APS procedure (academic interview):
- Students with a permanent Belgian residence permit
- Students applying for a PhD
Students who want to apply for an exemption need to upload a document in their online application in Mobility Online which clearly proves that they belong to one of these categories. In case the proof is found to be valid the Registrar’s Office will contact the concerning authorities to grant the exemption.
Always read the programme information and check the admission requirements first before submitting an application. You can find the link to the application in the application procedure below.
Please be aware of the deadlines and read the full procedure before proceeding!
When to apply: admission application deadlines
Do you want to start in the academic year 2023-2024 in Flanders in a bachelor or in a preparatory (language) course and do you have to submit an admission application? Please complete your electronic admission application before the date mentioned in the table below. Please note that the admission application procedure consists of two parts, both with their own deadlines.
The admission application for 2023-2024 is active.
Bachelor programmes (including preparatory language programmes)
You are a national of a country that is not a member state of the European Economic Area*
You are a national of a country that is a member state of the European Economic Area* or you are already living in Belgium with a valid long-term residence permit (i.e. a permission valid for at least 5 years)
Screening on content and level (part 1 of the procedure)
Complete upload of electronic documents before 1 March 2023. If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.
Complete upload of electronic documents before 31 May 2023. If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.
Screening of hard copy documents (part 3 of the procedure)
Hard copies received by registrar's office before 31 May 2023. If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.
Hard copies received by registrar's office before 30 June 2023. If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.
*European Economic Area member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithowenia, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
Start your application here: admission procedure
Procedure overview and link to the Mobility Online application
Please read this first
The admission application process consists of three major parts. Each part will trigger a specific evaluation.
- part 1: screening on content and level
- part 2: screening of Dutch or English language proficiency
- part 3: screening of hard copy documents on authenticity
The combined results of the evaluation of all parts will determine if your application will be accepted.
- If your application is accepted, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance and more information about the enrolment..
- If your application is rejected, you will be informed about the reason of the rejection.
The application procedure at the University of Antwerp is free of charge (please do not deposit any money because it cannot be returned). However, take into account the deadlines and that the legalisation and translation of documents for part 3 takes time and can be expensive.
The applicant agrees with the following conditions by using the application procedure:
- It’s not allowed to apply for several programmes simultaneously. You can only have one running application. Multiple simultaneously applications will be rejected.
- Students are required to submit and follow up the application themselves. Interference of third parties is not allowed. Applications can be rejected for this reason.
- In case admission is granted and letters of acceptance are available, it’s strongly advised to start up the visa application as soon as possible. The visa procedure can take more than three months. The unability to obtain a visa on time will not lead to an extension of the enrolment deadline (08 October).
- No submitted documents will be returned.
Part 1 Screening on content and level
The admission board of the programme you selected will screen your educational history and your motivation to determine your access to the programme. This process may take up to 6 weeks after you uploaded all required data and documents (holidays and closing days are not included in the 6 week-period). If the admission board gives a positive recommendation, you can proceed with part 2 of the application.
You need to provide all necessary data and electronic documents for this part of your application before the deadlines mentioned under "Application deadlines".
Start your request for bachelor admission (academic year 2023-2024) in the electronic application Mobility-Online .
Need help with the application? A user guide (PDF, 500kb) is available.
- Enter your personal details and select the programme in which you wish to enrol (the appropriate academic year is determined by the necessity to still attend preparatory courses (e.g. language courses))
- Generate a user account to access the application in a secure way
- Upload electronic documents to support your application. No legalisation is necessary at this point. The following minimum documents are required:
- a color copy of a valid passport or identity card
- a curriculum vitae
- a motivation letter
- a color copy of an original degree certificate with a translation in Dutch, French, German or English if the degree is drawn up in another language (applicants that are enrolled in their final year should, instead of the degree, submit a copy of an original and signed letter from their college or university confirming that they are expected to complete the programme at the end of the current academic year). In case an entrance examination is applicable in your home country, the results of this examination should also be present.
Part 2 Screening of Dutch or English language proficiency
During this step, depending on the bachelor's programme you have selected, your Dutch or English language proficiency will be checked.
In the case of Dutch bachelor's programmes, if you would like to take the one-year preparatory language programme, an additional screening will be done by Linguapolis. In order to start this screening you’ll first need to deposit 2000 euro in advance (as a prepayment of the tuition fee for the language course). Once the amount has been received a skype interview will be planned to test your language abilities.
Part 3 Screening of documents on authenticity
The registrar's office will screen the submitted copies of your documents and try to verify the authenticity of the degree. This process may take up to 4 weeks.
In case both your diploma and transcripts are verifiable through an online verification platform of your home institution we may exempt you from providing legalised hard copies. The URL of the verification platform and the verification codes should be mentioned on your diploma and transcripts. Please contact our international helpdesk if you think this is the case so we can verify this.
If legalisation is required, the registrar's office has to receive your legalised hard copies before the deadline mentioned under "Application deadlines".
- Legalise the copy or copies of your degree(s) and transcripts which you previously uploaded. Use the proper legalisation method as outlined in the pages about legalisation. Also note that if a translation is required, it has to be done by a sworn translator and the translation also has to be legalised.
- Send the legalised copies to the registrar's office by post or courrier. Please note that submitted documents (originals or copies) are never returned.
We cannot stress enough the importance of submitting a complete file well before the deadline. Incomplete hard copies (e.g. without legalisation and/or translation) that arrive close to the deadline will make it impossible to offer the applicant a possibility to furnish new documents and therefore lead to the rejection of the application.
Please be aware that the visa procedure can take more than three months, especially during the busy summer period. This also stresses the importance of submitting a complete file well before the deadline. It can't be guaranteed that visa applications that have been submitted late will be processed on time.