The University of Antwerp is a publicly funded and fully accredited Belgian university. It is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities.
The university has nine faculties: (1) Applied Economics (2) Arts (3) Law (4) Medicine and Health Sciences (5) Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (6) Social Sciences (7) Science (8) Design Sciences (9) Applied Engineering. Doctoral programmes are available in all faculties, with more than 1,600 PhD students registered.
In nine domains our research is among the best in the world: Drug Discovery and Development; Ecology and Sustainable Development; Harbour, Transport and Logistics; Imaging; Infectious Diseases; Materials Characterisation; Neurosciences; Socio-economic Policy and Organisation; Urban History and Contemporary Urban Policy.
The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 fee-paying students. About 3,500 of these students are from foreign countries. Education is student-centred and competence-based. Students are stimulated to develop into independently minded people who are capable of thinking analytically. In line with the Bologna process, the University of Antwerp has adopted the Bachelor-Master structure. It offers 3-year Bachelor programmes (180 ECTS credits) and 1-year or 2-year Master programmes (60 or 120 ECTS credits).