Deciding to study abroad, in a whole new country, is a big deal. So if there is one thing we guarantee, it's that you won't just be a number at the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Our professors and academic staff are at your disposal, and we promise to make you feel at home in our international classroom from day one.
Over 500.000 citizens from 173 nationalities call Antwerp their home. Most people speak multiple languages and are very willing to talk to you about their favorite spot. With 93% of citizens satisfied with living in Antwerp (well above EU average), it's safe to say the quality of life here is pretty great. But, being located in the center of Europe, other bustling cities like Paris, London or Amsterdam are only a train ride away.
With plenty of bars, restaurants and local specialties (aka beer, chocolates and fries) to try, the city itself is a great place for students. You'll find it's past shining through while walking through medieval-looking streets or while admiring one of our 43 museums. Our pocket-sized city with its lively atmosphere and historical charm will have you falling in love in no time.
Antwerp is the only Belgian city that made it onto the Financial Times’s list of most innovative business cities in Europe. Also, in 2021, Antwerp was selected as one of the top 10 growth cities in the world for economic potential. And for good reason. The city is home to Europe's second largest port, the global diamond trade, Europe’s largest integrated chemical cluster, number 1 favorite retail destination, and much more. Plus, you're only 45 minutes away from Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. This makes it the perfect base to take your first steps towards the job market.
And if you have entrepreneurial ambitions, Belgium is considered an innovation leader, with Antwerp being home to 12 incubators/accelerators, 3 innovation hubs, 658 startups and +11,000 creative entrepreneurs. The city also leads by example when it comes to sustainability. In the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2022, the city of Antwerp obtained 27th place worldwide!
During your studies, you will be in frequent contact with the business world through guest lectures, corporate visits, a career development track and job fairs. This way, you will be fully prepared to kickstart your (international) career.