Antwerp, a city of some 470,000 located in northern Belgium, is a bustling trade, cultural and artistic center. It is the capital of the province of Flanders, one of the country's three regions. With an array of fascinating neighborhoods and districts housing 172 different nationalities, this diverse metropolis has a vibrant cultural scene and night life. Historical buildings date from Antwerp's Golden Era of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the city boasts a fine arts museum that features masterpieces of some of the great Flemish painters, including Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens.
Up to four Union students typically are selected to participate in the College's economics exchange program with the University of Antwerp. The university, the third largest in Flanders, has about 13,000 students on four campuses, which are situated in the historic city center and in the green belt to the south of the city. There are no Union faculty members in residence in Belgium.
Course of Study
Students must select four courses from the following University of Antwerp programs (taught in English):
At the time of application, a student must have a minimum of a 2.8 overall GPA and
1. a minimum grade of B- in ECO 101* AND
2. a minimum GPA of 2.5 in math courses (MTH 100, 101, 110, 113 or higher)* AND
3. a minimum GPA of 2.7 in core courses (ECO 241, 242 and 243). Students must take at least one core course.
*If you have received AP credit for ECO 101 or AP credit for calculus or if you have transferred credit from another institution then you are exempt from the relevant requirements (i.e. requirements #1 and/or #2 above).
Accommodations and Overseas Costs
Union’s term abroad program in Antwerp is an exchange program which differs slightly from a faculty-led term abroad. While a Union faculty member accompanies students on a faculty-led term abroad, on an exchange term abroad a staff member at the host institution oversees all international students, including our exchange students. A faculty-led term abroad program includes several guided study excursions to enhance the cultural and academic experience, while an exchange term does not. Participants on an exchange term do not have this experience, and so are not subject to the excursion surcharge. In some programs (specifically Antwerp, Belgium, and Lille, France), students are responsible for paying room and board directly in that country and will not be charged for room and board at Union College during their term abroad. Students will reside in apartments during their stay in Antwerp. Housing is arranged through Antwerp's staff, the student participant and Union's International Programs office.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
- February: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- Early September: Program begins
- Mid-December: Program ends
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