Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. Approximately 60 percent of the 10 million Belgians live in Flanders. The language spoken is Dutch. Antwerp is divided into nine administrative districts: Antwerp, Berchem, Borgerhout, Deurne, Ekeren, Hoboken, Merksem, Wilrijk and Zandvliet. Antwerp is well known for its harbor (one of the largest in the world), for its diamonds (more than 50 percent of the world’s diamond production passes through Antwerp), for its fashion, and for several famous old painters (like Rubens and Van Dijck). Antwerp has long been an important city in the nations of the Benelux both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury of the Dutch Revolt. It is located on the right bank of the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the estuary Westerschelde. The city has one of the largest seaports in Europe.
The University of Antwerp (UA) is characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research, and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three institutions previously known as RUCA, UFSIA and UIA. Their roots go back to 1852. The University of Antwerp has about 13,000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. More than 1,200 international students (exchange students not included) are registered at the UA. The University of Antwerp forms the backbone of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA), a strategic collaboration with four university colleges in the city of Antwerp. The University has 4 campuses situated in the historic city center and in the green belt to the south of the city.
University of Antwerp offers courses in several academic areas. These courses are subject to change. Business students considering this program should meet with an advisor in the Office of International Business Studies (College of Business Administration, David Straz Hall 101) to initially evaluate course options. Once a student is accepted to study abroad, s/he will meet with an International Business Studies advisor to approve courses. Please note that the classes often change: it is the student’s responsibility to remain in direct contact with the Office of International Business Studies to request changes or updates. Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
The most common housing option is private apartments/studios. Students are put in touch with a private apartment owner in Antwerp. Students pay housing directly to the owner prior to arriving. For more information, please click here.
For a detailed academic calendar, please visit the University of Antwerp site here.
For exchange student housing, click here
For an overview of courses and a listing of current offerings click here
VISA and TRAVEL
Click on the link below for the visa and travel details specific to Belgium.
Visa and Travel - Belgium