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Bachelor en Master in de Beeldende Kunsten

To enroll in a bachelor programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts you have to meet certain conditions, and pass the entrance exam.

  • Diploma conditions

    The general admission requirement to enrol in a bachelor programme is that the candidate-student must hold one of the following:

    • a secondary education diploma from the Flemish Community;
    • a higher education diploma short cycle with complete curriculum;
    • a diploma from social promotion higher education from the Flemish Community, except certificates of Pedagogical Aptitude;
    • a Higher Vocational Education diploma or certificate from the Flemish Community;
    • any study certificate recognised as equivalent to one of the abovementioned diplomas, pursuant to any legal norm, European guideline or any other international agreement.

    These include, amongst others, the study certificates below:

    Foreign study certificates

    • a European ‘Baccalaureate diploma’ from one of the European schools in Belgium or abroad;
    • an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva, Switzerland;
    • a Luxembourgish ‘diplôme de fin d’études secondaires’ or ‘diplôme de fin d’études secondaires techniques’;
    • a Dutch or Surinamese ‘VWO’ diploma (‘Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs’);
    • a Dutch propaedeutic diploma (‘Getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd propedeutisch examen’);
    • a Dutch higher vocational education final diploma with complete curriculum;
      Please note that the Dutch degrees MBO4 and HAVO are not sufficient to enrol in an academic bachelor at the Academy!
    • a French Baccalaureate diploma with a minimum grade of 10/20;
    • a German ‘Abitur’ diploma (‘Allgemeine Hochschulreife/Abitur’);
    • a British ‘General Certificate of Secondary Education’ diploma in 3 courses with grade A*, A, B or C, and ‘General Certificate of Education’ with 2 courses at advanced level (A-level) in 5 different courses;
    • an American High School Diploma with a record of transcript  (list op points) which states at least 4 advanced placements (APs);
    • a diploma issued by NATO’s SHAPE School;
    • a foreign diploma declared equivalent by NARIC Flanders with one of the Flemish study certificates that are included under the general admission requirements;
    • a diploma with a certificate that declares that, with this diploma, the student is admitted to academic studies in the country in which this diploma was issued, if this country has ratified the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC);
    • any bachelor’s diploma from an accredited institution from the ENIC-NARIC network;
    • any master’s diploma from an accredited institution from the ENIC-NARIC network.

    If you have obtained a diploma or certificate in a country outside the European Union, not mentioned in the list above, the admissions committee may give you permission to enrol for a bachelor programme if your diploma gives access to a bachelor’s programme in that country, comparable to a Flemisch bachelor programme.


    The application must contain the following documents:
    •    a completed application form
    •    a certified copy of the diploma concerned
    •    a certified Dutch translation issued by a sworn translator, unless originally in English, French, or German; 
    •    a declaration from the embassy or consulate of the candidate’s country stating that with this diploma, they are admitted to a bachelor programme in the country where they obtained the diploma, unless the diploma itself contains such declaration.

    ->The Candidate-students must file the application to the student administration office from the School of Arts at the latest on the 15th of October. 

    E-mail address: studadmin.ka@ap.be

     

    For specific questions about the admission requirements or your diploma, please contact the student administration office (see email adress above)

     

    For more detailed information concerning the conditions of admission, please read our Education and Examination Regulations 2020-2021.
     

    APS screening for Chinese candidate students

    Candidate students with a Chinese diploma need to obtain a certificate from the Center for Academic Assessment (APS) in Beijing, when applying at a Flemish higher education institution. The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa at the Belgian Embassy or Consulates General in PR China.

    The APS screening is not an academic selection procedure, but is meant to avoid document fraud and to guarantee a sufficient language knowledge.

    In order to start up the procedure, contact the APS administration: info@aps.org.cn.
    More information about the APS procedure is available on www.aps.org.cn.

  • Language conditions

    To enrol in a bachelor or master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the language in which the programme is taught.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor and master programme

    To enrol in the English-taught bachelor and master programmes in Visual Arts, under whichever contract type, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the English language. You can prove your language proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of graduation ASO (Flemish candidate-students) or VWO (Dutch candidate-students), or
    • a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in full time English-language tought secondary education, or
    • a pass certificate in a or in one or more courses in English language higher education, with a total study load of at least 60 credits, or
    • a language certificate (CEFR level B2, see below).

    CEFR B2 English

    The English language level required is determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is level B2.

    English Language Test

    English language tests can be taken at Linguapolis (Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE).
    Taking a test is possible by appointment at a generally scheduled test moment or during an individual test moment
    You can always contact them directly via itace@uantwerpen.be.
    But they can also be taken in other language centres in Flanders or in your home country.

    ! Attention
    A valid proof of language is a necessary and mandatory document that you need to start your enrolment.
    So be sure to check in advance whether you already meet the conditions.  
    If this is not the case, we advise you make reservations for the test in time and also take into account the costs.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme

    To enrol in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programmes in Visual Arts, under whichever contract type, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. You can prove your language proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in Dutch-language secondary education, or;
    • a pass certificate in a programme or in one or more courses in Dutch-language higher education, with a total study load of at least 60 credits, or;
    • a pass certificate for:
      • the Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers (‘Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen – ITNA’) or
      • the Dutch state examination NT2 II, or
      • a Dutch language test from a centre for adult education or a recognised language centre. 

    CEFR B2 Dutch

    The Dutch language level required is determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is level B2.

    Dutch Language Test

    The Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers was developed by the language centres of four Flemish universities. The language test is conducted by Linguapolis, among others: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.

  • Artistic entrance exam Bachelor

    The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts programme is only available to candidate students who have passed the artistic entrance exam.

    Per academic year, the academy organizes 3 artistic entrance exams for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts, with the exception of the Fashion department for which 2 are organized The artistic entrance exam assesses your artistic insight, cultural knowledge, creativity, skills and motivation. This two-day test consists of different assignments and an interview during which we will also discuss your curriculum vitae, possible home assignments and your portfolio.

    You can only participate once per academic year in the artistic entrance exam for a particular graduation direction and selection process within the Fine Arts program.
    However, it is possible to take part in the artistic entrance exam for various specializations and selection processes.

    1.Dates


    The artistic entrance exams will be organized in 2021 on the following dates:

    Session 1: Monday  8 March and Tuesday 9 March 2021

    For the graduation class Fashion no artistic entrance exam is organized in this first period.

    ->> Registration possible until March 1

    ->> Uploading documents (CV, portfolio and motivation letter + possible assignments to be submitted in advance) possible until March 4

     

    Session 2: Monday 5 July and Tuesday 6 July 2021

    ->> Registration possible until June 15

    ->> Uploading documents (CV, portfolio and motivation letter + possible assignments to be submitted in advance) possible until June 18

     

    Session 3: Thursday 2 September and Friday 3 September 2021

    ->> Registration possible until August 23

    ->> Uploading documents (CV, portfolio and motivation letter + possible assignments to be submitted in advance) possible until August 26

     

    One can only participate once per academic year in the artistic entrance exam for a specific specialization and option within the Visual Arts programme. It is however possible to participate in the artistic entrance exam for different specializations and options in the same year.


    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CANDIDATES OUTSIDE THE EEA

    Candidate students from outside the EEA are strongly advised to take part in the artistic entrance exam in March or July. Candidate students from outside the EEA must submit their application for a student visa as soon as possible after they have passed the artistic admission test. Only then can they obtain the necessary visa in time to attend classes from the start of the academic year and gain the necessary access to the Academy's buildings and facilities.

    2. Registration and payment

    In order to participate in an artistic entrance exam you need to register online and pay a non-refundable administrative fee of 25 euros, to be paid in advance, during the online registration.

    We would like to receive your payment no later than:

    Session 1: Tuesday, March 2

    Session 2: Wednesday, June 16

    Session 3: Tuesday, August 24

    ->Please note that your payment may take a few days to arrive.

     

    3.Practical information: session 2

    The artistic entrance exam and interviews will take place digitally.

    After registration and payment, you will go through the following steps.

    The link where you can upload your files (cv, portfolio, motivation letter and any assignments to be submitted in advance) and additional information about the course of Day 1 and Day 2 will be sent to you by e-mail.

     

    3.1 To be submitted in advance

    1 CV indicating the studies carried out.

    2 Letter of motivation with a very clear indication of why you choose this specialization.

    3 Portfolio

    • Merge your C.V. , motivation letter and portfolio in one file (PDF)
    • File name: use your personal name, so that we know to whom it belongs.  Example filename : name_familyname_portfolio_en.pdf
    • Upload your files via the link that will be sent to you by e-mail
    • Submitting possible until June 18

    4 Assignments submitted in advance (see below item 4 Pdfs per department)

    • name: use your personal name so we know who it belongs to. (name_family_assignment_in advance.pdf)
    • Upload your files via the link that will be sent to you by e-mail
    • Submission possible until June 18

     

    3.2 Course of this 2-day test

    Day 1 Artistic Assignment:

    • Artistic admission test
    • See below item 4 Pdf’s per department
    • Monday July 5

    Day 2 interview:    

    • Via Skype or Teams
    • The committee will provide an appointment for this
    • Tuesday July 6

     

    4.Description: Portfolio, Assignment and Interview
     

    Fashion
    Fine Arts -  In Situ³
    Fine Arts - Painting
    Fine Arts - Printmaking
    Fine Arts – Sculpture
    Graphic Design
    Jewellery Design
    Photography
    Theater Costume Design

    5.Results artistic entrance exam

    On Thursday July 8 you will receive a message whether or not you have passed the artistic entrance exam, along with some further information.

     

    6.Passed the artistic entrance exam?

    If you have passed the artistic entrance exam and if you also meet the diploma and language requirements, you can enrol in your chosen specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Programme for the academic year 2021-2022 or the academic year 2022-2023.

    To enrol, you must also meet the diploma and language requirements by the beginning of the academic year:

    • September 20, 2021 for academic year 2021-2022
    • September 21, 2022 for academic year 2022-2023

    After passing the entrance exam, you will receive an e-mail from us with all the information needed in order to enrol.

     

    7.Regulation

    Regulation artistic entrance exam Bachelor 2021

  • After the artistic entrance exam

    If you pass the artistic entrance exam this year, you can enrol in your chosen specialization in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Programme for the academic year 2020-2021 or the academic year 2021-2022.

    After passing the entrance exam, you will receive an e-mail from us with all the information needed in order to enrol.

    Read more about the admission requirements on the top of this page.

Additional information

  • Residence card

    Are you an international student who wants to study at the Academy?
    Bear in mind that you need to apply for a residence permit.
    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure.

    International students who are staying in Belgium for more than three months, have to apply for a residence permit.
    You can apply for a residence permit through the student administration office.

    Contact the student administration office:

    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure: 

    1. Students form a neighbouring country: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg;
    2. Students from a country in the European Union (EU) and the
      European Economic Area (EEA).
    3. Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Students form a neighbouring country

    Application

    This procedure can be followed by students who are officially registered as a resident in one of the neighbouring countries of Belgium and who are staying in Antwerp on a temporary basis.

    If you want to be registered as a resident in Belgium you have to follow the procedure for students from a EU/EEA country.

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at student organization Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a document ‘annex 33’ . This document is valid until the 31st of October of the current academic year.

    Extension

    To extend your ‘annex 33’, you fill in an information sheet for extension. You submit this document together with a copy of your study certificate for the new academic year at the student administration office. When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your old ‘annex 33’ and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a new document ‘annex 33’.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a EU/EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate (provided by the school)
    • A proof of health insurance (copy of the European Health Insurance card);
    • A proof or declaration of sufficient financial means
      • Proof of subsidy, scholarship, financial guarantee
      • Declaration of honour indicating that you have sufficient financial means

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a temporary document called ‘annex 8'. This document is proof of your application for registration as a resident of Antwerp.

    In the following weeks the police will verify your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student administration office to make a new appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your ID-card or passport and the temporary document ‘annex 8’ that you received during the previous appointment. You will receive a new document ‘annex 8', which is your official residence document. You can also apply for an electronic residence card during this appointment (E-card, valid for 5 years). It is not obligatory, but you will need it to open a bank account or a health insurance in Belgium for example. To apply for an E-card, you submit 1 passport size picture and pay the costs. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport A copy of your visa;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool;
    • If you are holder of a B6 visa: proof of scholarship.
    • If you are holder of a B7 visa: certification of student exchange.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    In the following weeks the police will control your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student office at your campus to make an appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your passport and 2 passport size pictures (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You also pay for the electronic residence card. You will receive a document ‘annex 15'. This document is a temporary proof of your registration as a resident of Antwerp. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card. Bring your passport, pin code and document ‘annex 15’ with you. The residence card is often valid until the 31st of October from the current academic year.

    Extension

    The following documents are required for an application for extension:

    • A completed, signed information sheet for extension;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate (provided by the school);
    • A proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. a proof of scholarship, legalised proof of sponsorship (annex 32), proof of solvency);
    • Proof of a valid public or private health insurance for Belgium; a certificate of insurability (verklaring van lidmaatschap) of a Belgian health insurance provider;
    • Exam results for the past academic year (individual report) (provided by the school)

    Mail these documents (in seperate PDF-files) to Karine Rotsaert (karine.rotsaert@ap.be):

    Karine Rotsaert will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    Your application has to be submitted at the Antwerp Immigration Office at least 15 days before the expiry date of the current residence card. A late application will automatically be rejected by the immigration services. A document of rejection – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    If documents are missing, you get 15 days to submit the documents. If your application is not completed after 15 days, your application will be declared inadmissible. A document of inadmissibility – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, Karine Rotsaert will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will have to pay for the extension of your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a residence of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

  • Study fees

    The payment of the study fee is one of the enrolment conditions. When enrolling or re-enrolling, you sign a study contract. The study fee is due as soon as you sign your study contract.

    How much you pay each academic year for your study fees depends on a number of factors, including:

    • Your fee status: Belgium/European Economic Area (EEA)
      EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    • Your programme
    • Additional costs

    To find a breakdown of the study fees you can expect, consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses for the academic year 2020-2021

    To give you an indication of the amount of the study fee, you can find below an example for a programme of 60 credits.

    • A student from within the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 1.137,2 euro:
           245,2 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           702 euro (11,7 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
           190 euro course related fees
           Total: 1.137,2 euro.
    • A student from outside the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 7.272,8 euro:
           770,8 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           6.312 euro (105,2 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
           190 euro course related fees
           Total: 7.272,8 euro.

    The following students pay extra fees:

    • Fashion and Graphic Design students pay a deposit of 25 euro for the badge that grants them access to their campus.
    • Fashion students pay 200 euro extra to participate at the Fashion show in June.

    Paying your study fees

    Study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.
    After signing your contract, you will receive an invoice on your school e-mail address to pay for the study fee. You can pay by card or by bank transfer. No cash payment is accepted

    Our bank details:
    KBC Bank nv
    Havenlaan 2
    1080 Brussel

    Account Name: AP Hogeschool
    Address: Lange Nieuwstraat 101, 2000 Antwerpen
    Account Number: IBAN: BE62 7350 2845 7461
    BIC Code: KREDBEBB

    You must use your student number as the reference for your bank transfer so we know who the payment is for.
    You must pay the full amount of fees for the new academic year in one instalment.

    Other costs

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.
    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month
    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month
    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.
  • Financial support

    Higher education studies are not cheap

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.

    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month

    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month

    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

    Please note that it is not possible to pay the study fees in instalments. The study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.

     

    Funding your studies

    There are a number of facilities that help you fund your studies:

    1. International scholarships

    For general information about international scholarships, please check http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/scholarship-programmes/ and https://www.studentsonthemove.be/

    2. Scholarships from the Flemish Community

    In order to receive a scholarship from the Flemish Community, you must fulfill multiple conditions. If you are temporarily staying in Belgium because of your studies, national conditions will be an obstacle and you might not be eligible to request this scholarship.

    If you do not meet the requirements, you will have to fund your studies yourself and (if possible) apply for financial assistance and/or study aid in your home country.

    For more information about the scholarship of the Flemish Community, please check https://centenvoorstudenten.be/english/scholarship-flemish-community/.

    3. Financial aid from the AP University College

    Only students from within the European Economic Area are eligible for financial aid from the AP University College, and this if they meet certain conditions.

    For more information about the financial aid from the AP University College, contact our student services: stuvo@ap.be.

     

  • Learning account

    The learning account is applicable to each student who enrols in a University College or University in Flanders. With this tool the Government aims to encourage you to make the right study choice and monitor your study progress.

    Principle
    Every student starting higher education in Flanders receives a learning account of 140 study credits. Study credits are deducted from your learning account for each subject you enrol for. If you pass your exam you earn back your credits. If you fail your exam, the study credits are irrevocably deducted from your learning account. If you don't have any credits left in your learning account you can no longer continue your studies.

    You can check the balance of your learning account on https://studentenportaal.vlaanderen.be/ (website in Dutch only).

    Example
    If you enrol for a subject of 6 study credits, then those 6 study credits will be deducted form your learning account. If you pass your exam with at least 10/20 then those 6 credits will be added again to your learning acount. If you fail, the 6 credits will be irrevocably deducted.

    Bonus
    The first 60 credits you obtain under diploma contract in higher education in Flanders are doubled. Those 60 credits don't need to be earned in one academic year, one study programme or one institution.

    For whom?
    The learning account applies to any student who enrols with a diploma contract or credit contract for a bachelor or master programme. It does not apply to students who enrol for a teaching qualification programme, for a bridging or preparatory programme or for a postgraduate programme. Also enrolments with an exam contract are not taken into account.

    Goal
    The learning account aims to encourage you as a student to make the right study choice and to encourage you to change your study programme in time.

    Made the wrong choice?
    Is your study not running so smoothly as you expected or do your realise that you made the wrong choice? Then you should make an appointment with your student counselor. You can withdraw or choose a new programme. This way you do not unnecessarily lose credits from your learning account. The quicker you decide, the more chance you have to gain back your credits.

    Already obtained a master's degree?
    ­The balance of your learning account is reduced by 140 credits when you obtain a diploma for a master programme. If this results in a positive balance, you can use the remaining credits to enrol in an initial bachelor or master programme. If the balance of your learning account is less than 60 credits, you can build it up again to a maximum of 60. Ten credits are added to your learning account every academic year after you obtained your master diploma.

    More information about the learning account can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations under article 8.1 and on http://onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/leerkrediet (Dutch website only).

     

  • Students with specific needs

    If you have specific needs you can request facilitating measures.

     

    You can request facilitating measures if you:

    • have a (learning) disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, adhd, a motor, visual or aural disability …);

    • suffer from a medical or psychological problem;
    • combine top sport / work / family with studying.

    The student counselor Sofie Hiels (sofie.hiels@ap.be) will assist you in applying for facilitating measures to meet your individual needs.

    Do you want to apply for facilitating measures? Do this as soon as possible and before 15 October.

  • Regulations and academic calendar

    Education and Examination Regulations

    The Education and Examination Regulations lay down the rules relating to education, examinations and the student’s legal status at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
    The Education and Examination Regulations provide information on admission requirements for studies, enrolment, various types of study contracts, exemption applications, taking part in examinations, conditions to pass a study, the academic calendar, etc.
    We recommend that you read the education and examination regulations at the start of the academic year.

    Conslult the Education and Examination Regulations of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for the
    academic year 2020-2021 

    Academic calendar

    The academic calendar includes the dates of: lessons, exams, catch-up exams, announcement of exam results, consultation and feedback, proclamations, artistic entrance examinations and holidays.

    Consult the academic calendar of the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for the academic year 2020-2021.

    Regulations tuition fees, study costs and various expenses

    Consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses for the academic year 2020-2021.

    ICT regulations

    The ICT regulations cover the agreements on the use of the ICT facilities offered by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and AP University College.

    Library regulations

    The library regulations lay down the rules relating to the access to and the use of the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and other libraries at the AP University College.


    You can find all regulations and calendars on the website of AP University College:
    https://www.ap.be/en/regulations.

To enroll in a master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts you have to meet certain conditions.

  • Diploma conditions
    • Students with a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts, awarded by the Flemish Community, with a corresponding main discipline and competency profile will be allowed to enroll immediately.
    • Students with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Visual Arts with a corresponding discipline and competency profile, awarded by a university or university college from another country, will be taken into consideration after a positive outcome of the application procedure.
    • Students with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a different discipline and competency profile will be taken into consideration for a pre-master programme (bridging programme) after a positive outcome of the application procedure.
  • Language conditions

    To enrol in a bachelor or master programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the language in which the programme is taught.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the English-taught bachelor and master programme

    To enrol in the English-taught bachelor and master programmes in Visual Arts, under whichever contract type, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the English language. You can prove your language proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of graduation ASO (Flemish candidate-students) or VWO (Dutch candidate-students), or
    • a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in full time English-language tought secondary education, or
    • a pass certificate in a or in one or more courses in English language higher education, with a total study load of at least 60 credits, or
    • a language certificate (CEFR level B2, see below).

    CEFR B2 English

    The English language level required is determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is level B2.

    English Language Test

    English language tests can be taken at Linguapolis (Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE).
    Taking a test is possible by appointment at a generally scheduled test moment or during an individual test moment
    You can always contact them directly via itace@uantwerpen.be.
    But they can also be taken in other language centres in Flanders or in your home country.

    ! Attention
    A valid proof of language is a necessary and mandatory document that you need to start your enrolment.
    So be sure to check in advance whether you already meet the conditions.  
    If this is not the case, we advise you make reservations for the test in time and also take into account the costs.

    Language requirement for enrolment in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programme

    To enrol in the Dutch-taught bachelor and master programmes in Visual Arts, under whichever contract type, you need to prove having sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. You can prove your language proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

    • a certificate of at least one successfully completed year in Dutch-language secondary education, or;
    • a pass certificate in a programme or in one or more courses in Dutch-language higher education, with a total study load of at least 60 credits, or;
    • a pass certificate for:
      • the Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers (‘Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen – ITNA’) or
      • the Dutch state examination NT2 II, or
      • a Dutch language test from a centre for adult education or a recognised language centre. 

    CEFR B2 Dutch

    The Dutch language level required is determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is level B2.

    Dutch Language Test

    The Interuniversity Dutch Language Test for Foreign Language Speakers was developed by the language centres of four Flemish universities. The language test is conducted by Linguapolis, among others: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/linguapolis/.

  • Application procedure Master

    Students without a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts awarded by the Flemish Community, with a corresponding main discipline and competency profile, will have to follow the application procedure before enrolling in the master programme. 

    The result of the application procedure Master will be as followed:
    Candidate-students will be either refused,  allowed in the master’s program or allowed in a pre-master program (see below) 

    Dates

    The procedure for admission to the Master of Visual Arts will be organized twice in 2021, with the exception of the study program Fashion, for which the procedure for admission to the Master will only be organized once.
    A first session will take place in March (interviews in April or May), a second session will take place in August (interviews in September) See table
     

      FIRST SESSION SECOND SESSION
    Nationality For all nationalities For all nationalities
    Specialisation Graphic Design, In Situ³,
    Jewellery Design, Fashion,
    Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture,
    Theatre Costume Design
    Graphic Design, In Situ³,
    Jewellery Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Theatre Costume Design, Sculpture (NOT FOR FASHION)
    Deadline registration
    + submitting digital portfolio
    1 March 2021
    00:00 Belgium local time
    15 August 2021
    00:00 Belgium local time
    Interviews
    (by appointment)
     April or May 2021 September 2021
         

     

    Application procedure

    Step 1: Online registration & payment + upload two files

    For participation we ask a fee of 25 euro. This amount can be paid during the online registration process, and will in no case be refunded.
    •    Please fill in the personal details as complete as possible
    •    Mention the title of your bachelor's degree (in the 'Opmerking' field)
    •    Within Fine Arts you should specify the specialisation: Sculpture/Painting/Printmaking/In Situ3


    Upload two files (and no more than two!)

    File 1. Following documents, merged into ONE file (pdf, doc, docx):
    •    CV
    •    Personal statement/motivation letter
    •    Master project proposal (see below for more info)
    •    Copies of degrees or certificates of previous and/or current education. (If you're still in your last bachelor year a certificate of enrolment in the actual school is obligatory.)

    File 2. Digital portfolio (see below for requirements)
    As long as you don't finish the online application, you can edit the info you entered and add or remove files. Please note: Because our system does not send an automatic confirmation, you will not receive a confirmation e-mail. You will only be contacted if something is missing or unclear.

    -> If the file is too large, please use a OneDrive link, paste the link for File 2 into a word document and upload it in your webregistration with your other documents

    Step 2: Interview
    Our administration office process your application, and the teaching staff evaluates your portfolio. If you are selected you will receive an invitation for an interview at the Academy. Skype interviews are possible as well, except for Fashion. Selected students for the Fashion programme will have an extra assignment (depending on previous studies), and have to be present for two days. You will receive the evaluation of this interview by e-mail.

    Step 3: Full enrolment
    You will receive info about full enrolment after a positive evaluation of your interview.

    Portfolio

    Portfolio requirements

    • Your digital portfolio must be a collection of your artistic work (sketchbooks, illustrations, drawings,…), that shows how your artistic abilities and ideas have progressed over the years.
    • Research and processes you have used to develop your work are as important to the assessment as the result.
    • Mention all useful data such as date of work, material, exhibition, venues,...
    • In case of team work you have to describe your role in the process.
    • Following formats are allowed: pdf, doc, docx, jpeg, gif. If your portfolio file is larger than 15MB you can link to a onedrive, a Google drive, or a website.

    Additional demands for the Fashion programme:

    • A complete image of the collection(s) from your previous degree, all aspects involved: coupe, choice of fabrics, choice of colors, research
    • A variety of silhouettes and materials
    • Artistic drawings of silhouettes.
    • Your artistic luggage must be visible in the portfolio/collection.

    Master project proposal

    The Master project proposal is an explanation of the research in and possible outcome of the project. In other words: What is the content of your work going to be during your studies and how do you think you can achieve this? Of course this proposal is not supposed to restrict you later in any way. This can and will change during your working process. Provide a text of about one page, possibly supplemented with visual elements, in which you explain your starting point. Extra demand for Fashion: A proposal for a 12-silhouette collection (basic research, sketches, fabrics and fibres,…)

    Pre-master (bridging) programme

    As you could read under Diploma conditions (see top) some students need to follow a pre-master programme. A pre-master programme is meant for students who did not obtain the academic bachelor's degree with corresponding discipline they applied for, in order to improve certain skills and/or artistic research. It is also for national students who need to develop (artistic) research ahead of a taught master's degree. A pre-master gives the students the chance to familiarize with the teaching methods and teachers at the Academy. This programme takes up one academic year.

    You will have a programme of about 45 credits:

    • studio practice mainly related to third Bachelor year
    • specific courses related to your studio practice
    • research methodology third Bachelor year

    During the composition of your exact programme previous studies will be taken into account. After a positive result at the end of the academic year you will be granted a certificate that gives you automatic access to the master programme.

Additional information

  • Residence card

    Are you an international student who wants to study at the Academy?
    Bear in mind that you need to apply for a residence permit.
    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure.

    International students who are staying in Belgium for more than three months, have to apply for a residence permit.
    You can apply for a residence permit through the student administration office.

    Contact the student administration office:

    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure: 

    1. Students form a neighbouring country: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg;
    2. Students from a country in the European Union (EU) and the
      European Economic Area (EEA).
    3. Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Students form a neighbouring country

    Application

    This procedure can be followed by students who are officially registered as a resident in one of the neighbouring countries of Belgium and who are staying in Antwerp on a temporary basis.

    If you want to be registered as a resident in Belgium you have to follow the procedure for students from a EU/EEA country.

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at student organization Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a document ‘annex 33’ . This document is valid until the 31st of October of the current academic year.

    Extension

    To extend your ‘annex 33’, you fill in an information sheet for extension. You submit this document together with a copy of your study certificate for the new academic year at the student administration office. When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your old ‘annex 33’ and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a new document ‘annex 33’.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a EU/EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate (provided by the school)
    • A proof of health insurance (copy of the European Health Insurance card);
    • A proof or declaration of sufficient financial means
      • Proof of subsidy, scholarship, financial guarantee
      • Declaration of honour indicating that you have sufficient financial means

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a temporary document called ‘annex 8'. This document is proof of your application for registration as a resident of Antwerp.

    In the following weeks the police will verify your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student administration office to make a new appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your ID-card or passport and the temporary document ‘annex 8’ that you received during the previous appointment. You will receive a new document ‘annex 8', which is your official residence document. You can also apply for an electronic residence card during this appointment (E-card, valid for 5 years). It is not obligatory, but you will need it to open a bank account or a health insurance in Belgium for example. To apply for an E-card, you submit 1 passport size picture and pay the costs. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport A copy of your visa;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool;
    • If you are holder of a B6 visa: proof of scholarship.
    • If you are holder of a B7 visa: certification of student exchange.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    In the following weeks the police will control your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student office at your campus to make an appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your passport and 2 passport size pictures (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You also pay for the electronic residence card. You will receive a document ‘annex 15'. This document is a temporary proof of your registration as a resident of Antwerp. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card. Bring your passport, pin code and document ‘annex 15’ with you. The residence card is often valid until the 31st of October from the current academic year.

    Extension

    The following documents are required for an application for extension:

    • A completed, signed information sheet for extension;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate (provided by the school);
    • A proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. a proof of scholarship, legalised proof of sponsorship (annex 32), proof of solvency);
    • Proof of a valid public or private health insurance for Belgium; a certificate of insurability (verklaring van lidmaatschap) of a Belgian health insurance provider;
    • Exam results for the past academic year (individual report) (provided by the school)

    Mail these documents (in seperate PDF-files) to Karine Rotsaert (karine.rotsaert@ap.be):

    Karine Rotsaert will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    Your application has to be submitted at the Antwerp Immigration Office at least 15 days before the expiry date of the current residence card. A late application will automatically be rejected by the immigration services. A document of rejection – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    If documents are missing, you get 15 days to submit the documents. If your application is not completed after 15 days, your application will be declared inadmissible. A document of inadmissibility – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, Karine Rotsaert will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will have to pay for the extension of your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a residence of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

  • Study fees

    The payment of the study fee is one of the enrolment conditions. When enrolling or re-enrolling, you sign a study contract. The study fee is due as soon as you sign your study contract.

    How much you pay each academic year for your study fees depends on a number of factors, including:

    • Your fee status: Belgium/European Economic Area (EEA)
      EEA = EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
    • Your programme
    • Additional costs

    To find a breakdown of the study fees you can expect, consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses for the academic year 2020-2021

    To give you an indication of the amount of the study fee, you can find below an example for a programme of 60 credits.

    • A student from within the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 1.137,2 euro:
           245,2 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           702 euro (11,7 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
           190 euro course related fees
           Total: 1.137,2 euro.
    • A student from outside the EEA enrolling for 60 credits with a diploma contract pays 7.272,8 euro:
           770,8 euro fixed part of the tuition fee +
           6.312 euro (105,2 euro variable part of the tuition fee x 60 credits) +
           190 euro course related fees
           Total: 7.272,8 euro.

    The following students pay extra fees:

    • Fashion and Graphic Design students pay a deposit of 25 euro for the badge that grants them access to their campus.
    • Fashion students pay 200 euro extra to participate at the Fashion show in June.

    Paying your study fees

    Study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.
    After signing your contract, you will receive an invoice on your school e-mail address to pay for the study fee. You can pay by card or by bank transfer. No cash payment is accepted

    Our bank details:
    KBC Bank nv
    Havenlaan 2
    1080 Brussel

    Account Name: AP Hogeschool
    Address: Lange Nieuwstraat 101, 2000 Antwerpen
    Account Number: IBAN: BE62 7350 2845 7461
    BIC Code: KREDBEBB

    You must use your student number as the reference for your bank transfer so we know who the payment is for.
    You must pay the full amount of fees for the new academic year in one instalment.

    Other costs

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.
    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month
    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month
    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.
  • Financial support

    Higher education studies are not cheap

    A student must have sufficient means of subsistence to cover all study, living and healthcare costs, including potential repatriation costs.

    Besides the tuition fee and cost for flights and visa, students need in general approximately 9.000 euro per year:

    • Housing: student room (rent, electricity, water and internet): +/- 450 euro/month

    • Meals: +/- 10 euro/day or +/- 300 euro/month

    • Transportation and travel: bus/tram/metro: buzzy Pazz De Lijn +/- 212 euro/year; bicycle: Velo +/- 49 euro/year.

    Please note that it is not possible to pay the study fees in instalments. The study fees are paid in full at the start of the academic semester.

     

    Funding your studies

    There are a number of facilities that help you fund your studies:

    1. International scholarships

    For general information about international scholarships, please check http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/scholarship-programmes/ and https://www.studentsonthemove.be/

    2. Scholarships from the Flemish Community

    In order to receive a scholarship from the Flemish Community, you must fulfill multiple conditions. If you are temporarily staying in Belgium because of your studies, national conditions will be an obstacle and you might not be eligible to request this scholarship.

    If you do not meet the requirements, you will have to fund your studies yourself and (if possible) apply for financial assistance and/or study aid in your home country.

    For more information about the scholarship of the Flemish Community, please check https://centenvoorstudenten.be/english/scholarship-flemish-community/.

    3. Financial aid from the AP University College

    Only students from within the European Economic Area are eligible for financial aid from the AP University College, and this if they meet certain conditions.

    For more information about the financial aid from the AP University College, contact our student services: stuvo@ap.be.

     

  • Learning account

    The learning account is applicable to each student who enrols in a University College or University in Flanders. With this tool the Government aims to encourage you to make the right study choice and monitor your study progress.

    Principle
    Every student starting higher education in Flanders receives a learning account of 140 study credits. Study credits are deducted from your learning account for each subject you enrol for. If you pass your exam you earn back your credits. If you fail your exam, the study credits are irrevocably deducted from your learning account. If you don't have any credits left in your learning account you can no longer continue your studies.

    You can check the balance of your learning account on https://studentenportaal.vlaanderen.be/ (website in Dutch only).

    Example
    If you enrol for a subject of 6 study credits, then those 6 study credits will be deducted form your learning account. If you pass your exam with at least 10/20 then those 6 credits will be added again to your learning acount. If you fail, the 6 credits will be irrevocably deducted.

    Bonus
    The first 60 credits you obtain under diploma contract in higher education in Flanders are doubled. Those 60 credits don't need to be earned in one academic year, one study programme or one institution.

    For whom?
    The learning account applies to any student who enrols with a diploma contract or credit contract for a bachelor or master programme. It does not apply to students who enrol for a teaching qualification programme, for a bridging or preparatory programme or for a postgraduate programme. Also enrolments with an exam contract are not taken into account.

    Goal
    The learning account aims to encourage you as a student to make the right study choice and to encourage you to change your study programme in time.

    Made the wrong choice?
    Is your study not running so smoothly as you expected or do your realise that you made the wrong choice? Then you should make an appointment with your student counselor. You can withdraw or choose a new programme. This way you do not unnecessarily lose credits from your learning account. The quicker you decide, the more chance you have to gain back your credits.

    Already obtained a master's degree?
    ­The balance of your learning account is reduced by 140 credits when you obtain a diploma for a master programme. If this results in a positive balance, you can use the remaining credits to enrol in an initial bachelor or master programme. If the balance of your learning account is less than 60 credits, you can build it up again to a maximum of 60. Ten credits are added to your learning account every academic year after you obtained your master diploma.

    More information about the learning account can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations under article 8.1 and on http://onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/leerkrediet (Dutch website only).

     

  • Students with specific needs

    If you have specific needs you can request facilitating measures.

     

    You can request facilitating measures if you:

    • have a (learning) disability (dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, adhd, a motor, visual or aural disability …);

    • suffer from a medical or psychological problem;
    • combine top sport / work / family with studying.

    The student counselor Sofie Hiels (sofie.hiels@ap.be) will assist you in applying for facilitating measures to meet your individual needs.

    Do you want to apply for facilitating measures? Do this as soon as possible and before 15 October.

  • Regulations and academic calendar

    Education and Examination Regulations

    The Education and Examination Regulations lay down the rules relating to education, examinations and the student’s legal status at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
    The Education and Examination Regulations provide information on admission requirements for studies, enrolment, various types of study contracts, exemption applications, taking part in examinations, conditions to pass a study, the academic calendar, etc.
    We recommend that you read the education and examination regulations at the start of the academic year.

    Conslult the Education and Examination Regulations of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for the
    academic year 2020-2021 

    Academic calendar

    The academic calendar includes the dates of: lessons, exams, catch-up exams, announcement of exam results, consultation and feedback, proclamations, artistic entrance examinations and holidays.

    Consult the academic calendar of the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp for the academic year 2020-2021.

    Regulations tuition fees, study costs and various expenses

    Consult the regulations for the tuition fees, study costs and various expenses for the academic year 2020-2021.

    ICT regulations

    The ICT regulations cover the agreements on the use of the ICT facilities offered by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and AP University College.

    Library regulations

    The library regulations lay down the rules relating to the access to and the use of the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and other libraries at the AP University College.


    You can find all regulations and calendars on the website of AP University College:
    https://www.ap.be/en/regulations.

All programmes at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts are available to Erasmus students, except for Fashion. An exchange student must be a student at one of our partner institutes.

 

  • Admission procedure

    Deadlines for application

    1st semester Academic year 2021-2022: April 30th in 2021
    2nd semester Academic year 2021-2022: October 31st in 2021

    IMPORTANT NOTE

    In the light of the current COVID 19 situation, the Academy has decided, after thorough consultation, not to accept incoming students during the spring semester of academic year 2020-2021

    Step 1 – Nomination by e-mail

    An informational e-mail needs to be sent from the partner institution to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (dieter.dewilde@ap.be), informing us that you are officially selected as an incoming student.

    Step 2 – Application form + documents

    1.Fill in the following: FORM
    2.Please send the following documents to dieter.dewilde@ap.be:

    • a completed application form signed by your institution
    • your Curriculum Vitae + motivational letter
    • a digital photograph (as a .jpeg)
    • transcript of past records (first semester)
    • portfolio: your digital portfolio can be a collection of your artistic work (pictures of sketch book, documents, drawings, etc.)
      Use http://www.wetransfer.com/ to send your portfolio to dieter.dewilde@ap.be     
    • letter of nomination (you will receive this document from your home institute)

    Admission
    You will be informed about the Erasmus exchange admission results by email:
    by mid-June for the first semester or the full academic year
    by mid-December for the second semester

    • Procedure for study programme (required minimum programme + recommended minimum programme.
    • Evaluation and exams (grades, ECTS etc.)
    • Contact (International Office)

Additional information

  • Residence card

    Are you an international student who wants to study at the Academy?
    Bear in mind that you need to apply for a residence permit.
    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure.

    International students who are staying in Belgium for more than three months, have to apply for a residence permit.
    You can apply for a residence permit through the student administration office.

    Contact the student administration office:

    Depending on your country of residence, you need to follow a different procedure: 

    1. Students form a neighbouring country: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg;
    2. Students from a country in the European Union (EU) and the
      European Economic Area (EEA).
    3. Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Students form a neighbouring country

    Application

    This procedure can be followed by students who are officially registered as a resident in one of the neighbouring countries of Belgium and who are staying in Antwerp on a temporary basis.

    If you want to be registered as a resident in Belgium you have to follow the procedure for students from a EU/EEA country.

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at student organization Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a document ‘annex 33’ . This document is valid until the 31st of October of the current academic year.

    Extension

    To extend your ‘annex 33’, you fill in an information sheet for extension. You submit this document together with a copy of your study certificate for the new academic year at the student administration office. When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your old ‘annex 33’ and one passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a new document ‘annex 33’.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a EU/EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate (provided by the school)
    • A proof of health insurance (copy of the European Health Insurance card);
    • A proof or declaration of sufficient financial means
      • Proof of subsidy, scholarship, financial guarantee
      • Declaration of honour indicating that you have sufficient financial means

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student administration office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, the student administration office will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will receive a temporary document called ‘annex 8'. This document is proof of your application for registration as a resident of Antwerp.

    In the following weeks the police will verify your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student administration office to make a new appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your ID-card or passport and the temporary document ‘annex 8’ that you received during the previous appointment. You will receive a new document ‘annex 8', which is your official residence document. You can also apply for an electronic residence card during this appointment (E-card, valid for 5 years). It is not obligatory, but you will need it to open a bank account or a health insurance in Belgium for example. To apply for an E-card, you submit 1 passport size picture and pay the costs. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a resident of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.

    Students from a non-EU/non-EEA country

    Application

    The following documents are required for the application:

    • A completed, signed information sheet;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport A copy of your visa;
    • A copy of your study certificate issued by AP Hogeschool;
    • If you are holder of a B6 visa: proof of scholarship.
    • If you are holder of a B7 visa: certification of student exchange.

    Submit these documents at the student administration office (in different PDF-files):

    The student office will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    In the following weeks the police will control your specified address. If the local officer determines that you actually live at that address, he will send a confirmation to the Immigration Office. Next you can ask the student office at your campus to make an appointment for you at Gate15 to collect your residence document. At this appointment you present your passport and 2 passport size pictures (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You also pay for the electronic residence card. You will receive a document ‘annex 15'. This document is a temporary proof of your registration as a resident of Antwerp. After two weeks you will receive a pin code and you can pick up your card. Bring your passport, pin code and document ‘annex 15’ with you. The residence card is often valid until the 31st of October from the current academic year.

    Extension

    The following documents are required for an application for extension:

    • A completed, signed information sheet for extension;
    • A copy of your valid ID card or passport;
    • A copy of your study certificate (provided by the school);
    • A proof of sufficient financial means (e.g. a proof of scholarship, legalised proof of sponsorship (annex 32), proof of solvency);
    • Proof of a valid public or private health insurance for Belgium; a certificate of insurability (verklaring van lidmaatschap) of a Belgian health insurance provider;
    • Exam results for the past academic year (individual report) (provided by the school)

    Mail these documents (in seperate PDF-files) to Karine Rotsaert (karine.rotsaert@ap.be):

    Karine Rotsaert will send the documents to the Immigration Office of Antwerp and start the procedure.

    Your application has to be submitted at the Antwerp Immigration Office at least 15 days before the expiry date of the current residence card. A late application will automatically be rejected by the immigration services. A document of rejection – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    If documents are missing, you get 15 days to submit the documents. If your application is not completed after 15 days, your application will be declared inadmissible. A document of inadmissibility – annex 29 – will be sent to you by registered mail.

    When the documents are checked by the Immigration Office, Karine Rotsaert will make an appointment for you at Gate15. At this appointment you will present your passport or ID-card and 1 passport size picture (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background). You will have to pay for the extension of your card.

    Deregistration

    When you leave Belgium, you have to deregister as a residence of Antwerp.
    You can do this online on this website.