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Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

Master programmes

Admission requirements for international students

Do you want to enrol in a Master’s programme at the University of Antwerp? You will need to fulfil a number of admission requirements. These might relate to your previous qualifications, for example, or the language that the classes are taught in.

Below you can find more information about the admission requirements for the Master’s programmes at the University of Antwerp.

Diploma requirements

You’ll need (at least) an academic bachelor degree to be able to enrol in an initial master programme.

If you don’t have a bachelor degree of a higher education institution in Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg, you need to follow the admission procedure (see below under “Procedure”).

If you have a degree from an educational institution in Belgium, you can find the Belgian bachelor degrees, which entitle you to enrol, in the admission requirements of the specific master programme . You may need the faculty’s permission if your Belgian bachelor degree is not explicitly listed in the admission requirements for your programme ánd admission after permission is listed as an option for your level of degree. Depending on the programme you choose and the degree you have, you may have to take a preparatory programme.  If your Belgian bachelor degree is explicitly listed in the admission requirements, then you can continue the enrolment procedure without any problems. Don’t forget to check the language and the additional admission requirements below!

If you have a degree from an educational institution in The Netherlands or Luxembourg you can follow the same procedure as Belgian bachelor degrees. However, bachelor and master degrees conferred by recognised higher education institutions in The Netherlands or Luxembourg are considered level-equivalent to degrees conferred by Flemish institutions. Prospective students with a bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution in The Netherlands and Luxembourg can therefore enrol in a master programme if it’s open to all bachelor degrees, or if the degree from The Netherlands or Luxembourg is explicitly listed in the admission requirements of the concerned programme. If your degree from The Netherlands or Luxembourg is not explicitly listed in the list of those that grant access to the programme, or if the programme is not open to all bachelor degrees (as stipulated in the list of programmes), you will need to obtain prior authorisation from the faculty in order to enrol on the programme and/or preparatory programme of your choice if this option is listed. Once you have obtained this authorisation, you will be able to enrol without any problems. Don’t forget to check the language and the additional admission requirements below!

Please note that degrees from states/state actors which have not been internationally recognised cannot be taken into account.

Students who’s degree was already recognised by NARIC as being equivalent to a Flemish diploma that gives direct access to the programme already comply with the diploma requirements. These students don’t need to submit an application for admission. In case the degree was only partially recognised (level recognition) by NARIC an additional permission of the concerned faculty is mandatory to start the desired programme. These students will need to contact the concerned faculty directly for this purpose.

Language requirements

For programmes taught in Dutch

Please note that the majority of our Master programmes are taught in Dutch.  Students who wish to register for a programme taught in Dutch will have to prove their proficiency in Dutch.

Dutch language proficiency can be shown in two ways:

  • Either you have completed and passed at least one complete year (or 60 credits) of courses taught in Dutch at a secondary school, university college or university.  The courses should not be aimed at acquiring the Dutch language or preparing for the required level of Dutch in higher education.
  • Or you’ve obtained one of the following language certificates (within the last two years):

Without proof of proficiency in Dutch, registering for one of our Dutch programmes is not possible.  Please note that no other language certificates than the ones listed above will be accepted (such as certificates from Adult Education Centers (CVO)).

Want to learn Dutch?
If you don’t master Dutch yet you can opt for the one-year preparatory language programme offered by Linguapolis. Please note that it’s not possible to obtain a student visa solely on the basis of this language programme. When applying for a visa you’ll also need to proof that you can start a master’s programme after completing the language programme. Thus two admission letters are requested to apply for a student visa: one for the preparatory language programme and one for the master’s programme. To simplify things our University has devised one application procedure for both programmes (please read below for more information). As a result, it’s not possible to apply for a master’s programme at our University while taking a language programme somewhere else.

For programmes taught in English

We do offer several Master, advanced Master and postgraduate programmes in English. Students interested in taking a programme taught in English, have to prove proficiency in English.  Always check the level required on the info pages of the programme because the required level could be higher than the ones listed below.  For example, for language related programmes a minimum level of C1 is always required.

Students holding a degree issued by a recognized educational institution in Flanders, are exempt from the English language test. Based on the Benelux Decision about mutual degree recognition of 18 May 2015, this exemption of the English language test also applies to holders of degrees issued by recognized educational institutions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.

Candidates can prove their proficiency in English in two ways:

  • Either by submitting a language certificate showing their TOEFL, IELTS or ITACE results*:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) IBT: an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 80. You can find more information about TOEFL at www.toefl.org
    • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0. You can find more information about IELTS at www.ielts.org;
    • ITACE (Interuniversity Test of Academic English for Students): minimum level B2. You can find more information about ITACE at www.itace.be/students/about.html

For TOEFL and IELTS, the candidate needs to nominate the University of Antwerp as a valid recipient of the test scores. 

The levels of the certificates are compared in the table below:

ITACETOEFL (internet based)IELTS
  • or by submitting proof they have studied at least one academic year (or 60 ECTS credits) in an English-language Bachelor or Master programme.  Please note that the board of admission may still ask for additional proof of proficiency in English, demonstrated by a language certificate.

*If you have difficulty in contacting a TOEFL, IELTS or ITACE test center, please contact the admission office through the helpdesk.

Additional requirements (for medicine, veterinary medicine, civil engineering technology, Chinese degree)

In certain situations, additional requirements apply in addition to the standard admission requirements:

  • Students who wish to study medicine (Bachelor or Master) will have to pass the doctor’s entrance exam (information only available in Dutch).
  • Students who wish to study veterinary medicine or civil engineering technology (Bachelor) will have to participate in the ‘ijkingstoets‘ (information only available in Dutch).
  • Students who have a Chinese degree: The APS (Akademische Prüfstelle) is a mandatory academic screening for most students who have a Chinese degree. These students will not be able to obtain access to higher education in Flanders and to receive a Belgian student visa without the screening.  The screening is done by the German Embassy in Beijing and consists of two parts: a formal check of the diploma and an interview of the candidate to test his/her academic knowledge. The screening can take several months before a decision is proclaimed; it’s therefore recommended to start the procedure on time. Please visit the APS website for detailed information.

Some categories of students can be exempted from the APS procedure:

  • Students admitted to our university within  the framework of a bilateral agreement between their home university and the University of Antwerp
  • Students admitted to our university as part of an official exchange programme (Erasmus-Mundus, ASEM-Duo…)
  • Students admitted to our university with a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council
  • Students that already have earned a degree or credits in a degree programme at an institution of higher education outside China
  • Students with a diploma from Hong Kong or Macau
  • Refugees from the People’s Republic of China
  • Non-Chinese students with a diploma obtained in the People’s Republic of China

Additionally, some students can be exempted from the second part of the APS procedure (academic interview):

  • Students with a permanent Belgian residence permit
  • Students applying for a PhD

Students who want to apply for an exemption need to upload a document in their online application in Mobility Online which clearly proves that they belong to one of these categories. In case the proof is found to be valid the Registrar’s Office will contact the concerning authorities to grant the exemption.


Always read the programme information and check the admission requirements first before submitting an application.  You can find the link to the application in the application procedure below. Please read the full procedure before proceeding!

If you don’t have a bachelor degree from a higher education institution in Belgium, The Netherlands or Luxembourg (see the diploma requirements for more information about these degrees) or if you need to apply for a visa, you always need to follow the admission procedure below.

Erasmus Mundus master programmes and the InterUniversity Research Master in Philosophy use their own admission procedure. Please do not start an application in Mobility-Online for these programmes because it will not be processed.

Admission application procedure

Erasmus Mundus master programmes and the InterUniversity Research Master in Philosophy use their own admission procedure. Please do not start an application in Mobility-Online for these programmes because it will not be processed.

Procedure overview

The admission application process consists of two major parts.  Each part will trigger a specific evaluation.

  • part 1: screening on content and level
  • part 2 (optional): screening of Dutch language proficiency in case of a Dutch programme
  • part 3: screening of hard copy documents on authenticity

The combined results of the evaluation of all parts will determine if your application will be accepted.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance and more information about the enrolment.
  • If your application is rejected, you will be informed about the reason of the rejection.

The application procedure at the University of Antwerp is free of charge (please do not deposit any money because it cannot be returned).  However, take into account the deadlines and that the legalisation and translation of documents for part 3 takes time and can be expensive.

The applicant agrees with the following conditions by using the application procedure:

  • It’s not allowed to apply for several programmes simultaneously. You can only have one running application. Multiple simultaneously applications will be rejected.
  • Students are required to submit and follow up the application themselves. Interference of third parties is not allowed. Applications can be rejected for this reason..
  • In case admission is granted and letters of acceptance are available, it’s strongly advised to start up the visa application as soon as possible. The visa procedure can take more than three months.  The unability to obtain a visa on time will not lead to an extension of the enrolment deadline (08 October).
  • No submitted documents will be returned.

Part 1 Screening on content and level

The admission board of the programme you selected will screen your educational history and your motivation to determine your access to the programme.  This process may take up to 6 weeks after you uploaded all required data and documents (holidays and closing days are not included in the 6 week-period).  If the admission board gives a positive recommendation, you can proceed with the following part of the application.

You need to provide all necessary data and electronic documents for this part of your application before the deadlines mentioned under “Application deadlines”.

Start your request for admission for a master or advanced master in the electronic application Mobility-Online (applications for 2022-2023 will start in December 2021). Need help with the application? A user guide (PDF, 500kb) and instructional videos are available

  1. Enter your personal details and select the programme in which you wish to enrol in the academic year 2021-2022 (or 2022-2023 if you still have to attend preparatory courses (e.g. language courses))
  2. Generate a user account to access the application in a secure way
  3. Upload electronic documents to support your application.  No legalisation is necessary at this point.  The following minimum documents are required:
    • a color copy of a valid passport or identity card
    • a curriculum vitae
    • a motivation letter
    • a color copy of an original degree certificate with a translation in Dutch, French, German or English if the degree is drawn up in another language (applicants that are enrolled in their final year should, instead of the degree, submit a copy of an original and signed letter from their college or university confirming that they are expected to complete the programme at the end of the current academic year)
    • a copy of the original academic transcripts and course descriptions with a translation in Dutch, French, German or English if they are drawn up in another language
    • for admission in English programmes: an English language certificate indicating the level.  Always check the language requirements under Admission requirements for more information!

Optional: Part 2 Screening of Dutch language proficiency in case of a Dutch programme

During this step your Dutch language proficiency will be checked. If you already master Dutch, the submitted proof of your proficiency will be evaluated to see if it meets the requirements. In case you would like to take the one-year preparatory language programme, an additional screening will be done by Linguapolis. In order to start this screening you’ll first need to deposit 2000 euro in advance (as a prepayment of the tuition fee for the language course). Once the amount has been received a skype interview will be planned to test your language abilities.

Part 3 Screening of hard copy documents on authenticity

The registrar’s office will screen the submitted hard copies of your documents and verify the authenticity of the degree. This process may take up to 4 weeks.

The registrar’s office has to receive your hard copies before the deadline mentioned under “Application deadlines”.

  1. Legalise the copy or copies of your degree(s) and transcripts which you previously uploaded. Use the proper legalisation method as outlined in the pages about legalisation.  Also note that if a translation is required, it has to be done by a sworn translator and the translation also has to be legalised.
  2. Send the legalised copies to the registrar’s office by post or courrier.  Please note that submitted documents (originals or copies) are never returned. 

We cannot stress enough the importance of submitting a complete file well before the deadline.  Incomplete hard copies (e.g. without legalisation and/or translation) that arrive close to the deadline will make it impossible to offer the applicant a possibility to furnish new documents and therefore lead to the rejection of the application.

Please be aware that the visa procedure can take more than three months, especially during the busy summer period. This also stresses the importance of submitting a complete file well before the deadline. It can’t be guaranteed that visa applications that have been submitted late will be processed on time.

Admission application deadlines

It’s no longer possible to apply for 2021-2022.

Do you want to start in the academic year 2022-2023 in Flanders in a master/advanced master programme or in a preparatory (language) course and do you have to submit an admission application? Please complete your electronic admission application between December 1, 2021 and the date mentioned in the table below.  Please note that the application procedure consists of two parts, both with their own deadlines.

Master and advanced master programmes (including preparatory language programmes)You are a national of a country that is not a member state of the European Economic Area*You are a national of a country that is a member state of the  European Economic Area* or you are already living in Belgium with a valid long-term residence permit (i.e. a permission valid for at least 5 years)​
Part 1: Screening on content and levelComplete upload of electronic documents before 1 March 2022.  If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.Complete upload of electronic documents before 15 May 2022.  If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.
Part 3: Screening of hard copy documentsHard copies received by registrar’s office before 31 May 2022.  If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.Hard copies received by registrar’s office before 15 June 2022.  If this step is not completed before the date mentioned, the admission board reserves the right to reject the application.

*European Economic Area member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, SwedenApplication User Guide – Master – part oneApplication User Guide – Master – part twoprev1 / 2next

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