Frequently asked questions

about the Master in Business Economics

Admission and enrolment

Am I eligible for the programme?

First of all, each application will be first be screened by our Board of Admission. Based on your documents and academic background, the Board decides if you have direct access, if you have to follow a preparatory programme or if your application is declined. 

Direct admission

Applicants with a university level Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, Master's degree in Business Administration or equivalent can start the Master’s programme directly. This degree should be of an academic nature

  • When starting the Master’s programme, students should have a thorough command of intermediate micro- and macro-economics, quantitative research methods, mathematics, statistics, financial and management accounting, finance, marketing and management.
  • Please note that students with a HBO degree or a Bachelor Handelswetenschappen are not eligible.

Preparatory programme

If you do not belong to the category above, but also have an academic degree with a (limited) economic or management component, you might have the possibility to start through a preparatory programme. Based on an extensive screening of the diploma(s) obtained and the courses taken by the student, the Board of Admission determines which of the five subjects from the preparatory programme will be assigned. This will be assessed case per case.

What are the application deadlines?


Nationality does not belong to the European Economic Area*
Nationality belongs to the European Economic Area* or you live in Belgium with a valid long-term residence permit
Screening on content and level
 1 March 2021
15 May 2021
Screening of hard copy documents
31 May 2021 
15 June 2021

* 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

What are the language requirements?

Candidates can prove their proficiency in English in two ways:

  • Either by submitting proof they have studied a Bachelor's or Master's programme entirely in English. The board of admission may still ask for additional proof of proficiency in English.
  • or by submitting a language certificate showing their TOEFL, IELTS or ITACE results:

    ITACE
    TOEFL (internet based)
    IELTS
    B2
    80-94
    6.5 overall, with 6.0 on each part
    C1
    95-119
    7.0-8.0
    C2
    120+
    8.5+

Do I need a visa to come to Belgium?

That depends on whether you are a EEA national (EU + UK, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Switzerland)​ or a non-EEA national. Find out more:

How do I legalise my documents?

If you are required to apply for the programme via Mobility Online, you will need to submit supporting documents. If these documents have been issued by a national authority other than Belgium, the Belgian government requires that you submit legalised copies of each document. All information on the legalisation of your documents can be found here.

How is the interaction with the staff and professors?

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How was the application process?

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Fees and scholarships​​

How much is the tuition fee?

Nationality does not belong to the European Economic Area*
Nationality belongs to the European Economic Area.

A fixed amount of 400 euro, increased with 45 euro per credit taken. This means 5800 euro in case you register for 60 credits. In certain cases, the University of Antwerp offers a tuition fee reduction as a form of scholarship, which reduces the fee to 3100 euro

A fixed amount of 247.9 euro, increased with 11.9 euro per credit taken. This means 961.9 euro in case you register for 60 credits. ​

Can I pay the tuition fee in installments?

If you cannot pay the full tuition fee at the start of the academic year, you can submit a request for a payment plan in the international helpdesk between 1 August and 1 November by submitting a ticket.  Provide your UAntwerp-email address and correct student number in the appropriate fields.  If your request is approved, a payment plan will then be drawn up, enabling you to pay your tuition fees over several months. The payment plan is only valid with the signature of the applicant and after uploading it in the helpdesk.

You are eligible for a payment plan if you are already enrolled, studying under a degree contract for at least 54 study credits, owing a tuition fee with a variable amount of at least 90 euro per credit and having already paid minimum 2000 euro of your tuition fee.  The payment has to be visible in your SisA selfservice (conditions academic year 2020-2021). Students who receive a scholarship or do not fulfil the above conditions cannot request a payment plan.

Are there any scholarships available?

The University of Antwerp participates in several programmes that offer scholarships. For a full list, please consult this page.

Covid-19

What is the current Covid-19 situation in Belgium?

*Updated in January 2021

Like all other countries, Belgium too wasn't spared from the corona virus. We've experienced a second wave in November but thanks to a set of strict measures that was implemented early on, we were able to bend the curve ahead of other European countries. This ensured our health care system never got to a point where it could not keep up. 

In December 2020, the large vaccination campaign started, using vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZenica. Currently, health care personnel and elderly people in care homes are being vaccinated. The Belgian government’s Corona Committee hopes that around four million Belgians will be vaccinated by the summer.

Visit the following pages for up-to-date information

What is the vaccination strategy?

Timing

  • January: hospital staff and other healthcare workers.
  • March: people over 65 years old and high-risk patients
  • April, people working in an “essential profession” 
  • June, the rest of the general adult population will be vaccinated. I

If everything goes according to plan and the campaign can end in September, at least 70% of the population should be vaccinated – the threshold that is considered the minimum for herd immunity. This timing would imply we can start the academic year 2021 - 2022 as 'normal'.

Vaccines

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZenica

How will classes be organised in the academic year 2021 - 2022?

We wish we could tell you with certainty, but unfortunately, no one knows exactly where we will stand in a few months time. As we approach the Summer, we will be able to provide more detailed information. 

That being said, we are confident that the current vaccination strategy will allow us a more 'normal' academic year in 2021-2022. We are hopeful we can welcome everyone back on our beautiful campus. The corona crisis also taught us a lot about the possibilities online education offers. Our experiences in the past year will only enables us to offer a more hybrid, better adjusted education model.

How is health care in Belgium?

Belgium is widely known for having one of the highest quality medical care systems. Additionally, Belgium is regarded to be on par with other top-notch medical systems in Europe. Thankfully, during the pandemic, our health care system never reached its limits and was still able to provide excellent care. 

Learn more about health insurance for international students in Belgium. 

How diverse is Antwerp?

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How is it to study abroad in a pandemic?

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Diversity 

How diverse is the city and the university of Antwerp?

In 2020-2021, 20 812 students are studying at the University of Antwerp. 19,6% of those students are international, representing 130 nationalities. Out of our faculty members and professors, 21% are international, representing 100 different nationalities. Safe to say, we are a diverse lot. 

And we all live and study in a very multicultural city too. Antwerp is home to over 500.000 people and together, we represent a baffling 178 nationalities. You'll also find that most Belgians speak 2 or more languages fluently, so you'll be able to make friends in no time! 

Can I wear a headscarf at the UAntwerp?

Of course you can! We are a pluralistic university who tries to create a stimulating environment for all students, regardless of their religion or background. Diversity is very important within our university, and that also means that you can wear a scarf to cover your hair when you come to the university, both in classes as in all other activities and places. 

More about our diversity policy.

Other

What is the cost of living in Antwerp?

On this page, you'll find some indications which will allow you to calculate your own budget. We differentiate between the cost of studying, which is a direct consequence of your actual studies (enrolment, text books and courses, housing and transport), and the cost of living, which always arises regardless of the situation (food, leisure).

Want to hear from one of our students first hand? Our ambassador Manuel wrote an extensive blog about his experiences and expenses. 

Does the university have student dorms?

The University does not have student dorms at the city campus. However it is fairly easy to find student accommodation near the campus. The offer of student housing on the private market is big. We advise you to look for student accommodation through ‘kotweb’. Kotweb offers the largest range of student accommodation in Antwerp and is also the reference for top-quality student accommodation. 

Find out more! 

I have other questions, who can I talk to?

Does the university have student dorms?

Ask student Manuel!

What is the cost of living?

Ask student Manuel!