The University of Antwerp at a glance The University of Antwerp (UA) is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of the three universities that were previously known as RUCA, UFSIA and UIA, the university's roots go back to 1852.
The University of Antwerp has approximately 11.000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. Over 1.000 of these students - exchange students not included - are from foreign countries, with a majority of EU countries. In order to face the challenges posed by the internationalization of European education and research, the University is part of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA).
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Antwerp, a charming waterfront city Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and is situated in the northern part of Belgium. The city of Antwerp is home to 470.000 inhabitants and is made up of many fascinating neighbourhoods and districts, in addition to the areas more typically frequented by tourists. The city bubbles with activity day and night.
Antwerp is easy to get to; you can meet people of all nationalities on the Market Place; you can find everything you need here. This may sound like a contemporary description, but actually, these words were used by the 16th century printer Christopher Plantin in order to explain to Pope Gregory XIII why he had chosen to settle in Antwerp. It also explains why this historical town by the river still continues to enchant visitors. Antwerp is a bustling trading, artistic and cultural centre, with the typical atmosphere of an international port: cosmopolitan and hospitable, with a hint of the surprising and exotic. The city of Antwerp counts 172 different nationalities. Students who choose for Antwerp choose for diversity.
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