Belgium, Antwerp

University of Antwerp

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The University of Antwerp is a young, dynamic and forward- thinking university. It integrates the assets of its historic roots with its ambition to contribute positively to society.

The University of Antwerp develops, provides access to and disseminates scientific knowledge through research, teaching and service to society. It carries out these tasks in a spirit of academic freedom and responsibility.

The University of Antwerp espouses active pluralism. In that spirit, it stimulates critical research and teaching, reflection and debate on scientific, social, philosophical and ethical questions.

The University of Antwerp:

  • 19.816 students
  • 18% of whom are international students (132 nationalities)
  • 1628 PhD students, 238 PhD’s in 2015, 5277 personnel, 3650 scientific publications per year, 60.000 alumni

The Country

Belgium is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU’s headquarters as well as those of several other major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres, and it has a population of about 11million people.

Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community (which constitutes about 59% of the population), and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population (which comprises 41% of all Belgians). Belgium’s two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. Belgium’s linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in its political history and complex system of government.

The City

Antwerp is a city in Belgium which is the capital of Antwerp province. With a population of 510,610, it is the most populous city in Flanders. Its metropolitan area houses around 1,200,000 people.

Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Antwerp has long been an important city in the Low Countries, both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury (1576) in the Dutch Revolt. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Antwerp has long been an important city in the Low Countries, both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury (1576) in the Dutch Revolt.

According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the port of Antwerp was the seventeenth largest (by tonnage) port in the world in 2005 and second only to Rotterdam in Europe. Importantly it handles high volumes of economically attractive general and project cargo. Antwerp’s docklands, with five oil refineries, are home to a massive concentration of petrochemical industries, second only to the petrochemical cluster in Houston, Texas. Antwerp’s other great mainstay is the diamond trade that takes place largely within the diamond district. The city has four diamond bourses.

Student Life

As University of Antwerp takes care of their students, student life includes cultural and sport activities, events, student counseling, student associations, catering etc.

Accommodation

Finding a place to live is easy. The university itself offers ‘kots’ (i.e. individual rooms with shared facilities), and you can also find kots, studio flats or apartments on the private market, either through individual landlords or agencies.

Travel Opportunities

Places of interest are the Grote Markt, with the renaissance city hall and stair shaped guild houses, the central station, the Plantin- Moretus museum, the MAS museum, the zoo and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

  • Liège – The cultural hub of Wallonia – which sits on the banks of the wide river Meuse – is a many sided city that is definitely worth visiting if you are in Belgium. Besides some industrial scars, it is undeniable that Liège has a unique character, an eclectic mix of architecture from the middle ages to the present, a dramatic setting, exciting night-life, a number of museums, and varied natural surroundings to boot!
  • Brussels – Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the polyglot home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital (or one of three capitals including Luxembourg and Strasbourg) of theEuropean Unionas it hosts a number of principalEU institutions. The secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are also located in Brussels.