Antwerp Short Course

Antwerp Short Course

Academic English and an Introduction to Dutch for Refugee Students from Ukraine

Refugee students from Ukraine residing in Flanders and who wish to prepare for higher education in Flanders or increase their competences in academic English and Dutch, can enrol in this tailor-made course.

The course includes:

  • 8 weeks of language learning: a combination of Dutch, English and Academic English
  • guidance in choosing Flemish higher education opportunities
  • social networking

For whom

  • Refugees affected by the crisis in Ukraine, with a temporary protection status in Belgium (Ukrainian nationality or residency)
  • with entry level of B1 English
  • and with the aim of starting or continuing higher education in September 2022.


In and around the city campus of the University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

1. Language learning modules
For the provisional schedule of the language learning course, click here. Lessons are every morning during the week.

A. English intake test (half day)
For the Antwerp Short Course, you need to demonstrate an entry level of B1 in English (as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). We will test your level of English language through an intake test. The intake test consists of a written section and an oral section. The written section tests your knowledge of the language. In the oral part you will have a conversation in English about yourself, your motivations and expectations. The results of this test are compared to the learning objectives at the beginning and end of the English language course, in order to decide upon admission to this course.

B. The Basics of Dutch (15 contact hours)
During this course you will learn the basic Dutch you need for everyday situations, such as introducing yourself, ordering in pubs and restaurants, asking for information, communicating in shops and using public transport. Throughout the language course you will be introduced to Belgian and Antwerp culture.

C. English language course (60 contact hours + 30 hours of self-study)
In this course you will improve your general English language skills. The language course focusses on 4 skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. In addition, you revise and expand your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. You will use this knowledge to perform language tasks such as: telling stories, having discussions, dealing with misunderstandings, clarifying your opinion, giving and asking advice etc. With these practice-oriented language tasks, we will create maximum practice opportunities and also focus on the quality of the language production. By regularly doing short tests, you can get a clear picture of your progress and the individual feedback from your teacher will help you in your learning process.
We will offer a learning environment with a lot of differentiation, constructive feedback and a team of qualified and enthusiastic language teachers.

D. Academic English: writing papers and dissertations (12 contact hours + 12 hours of assignments)
This course will bring you up to date on the most common practices of academic writing in English. You will receive practical tips and tricks that focus on the specific problems we typically see in student papers. In addition, you will learn to recognise your own errors and correct them using online resources (dictionaries, websites, thesaurus, etc.). These will help you on the way to improving your writing assignments.

E. ITACE for Students test (1 day)
At the end of the short course, all participants will take the Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE). The ITACE for Students is an English language proficiency test covering CEF levels B1 to C2. This test was specifically developed for students in higher education. Participants can obtain a B1, B2, C1 or C2 certificate. The ITACE certificate is accepted by most higher education institutions in Flanders as proof of the required language level for English-taught study programmes.
It should be noted that the sole aim of the test is language assessment. The test results should not be considered a sole indicator for academic success in general.

2. Informal group lunch organised weekly each Tuesday, with participation of higher education staff.

3. Two afternoons a week (to be determined): information on Antwerp, Flanders and the higher education system, education opportunities at the University of Antwerp, KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts, AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp and the Antwerp Maritime Academy.

This is an initiative of the Antwerp University Association and Atlas (integration service of the City of Antwerp). The courses and information sessions will be conducted by:

  • language teachers from Linguapolis, the UAntwerp language lnstitute
  • study advisors from the University of Antwerp, AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts, KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Antwerp Maritime Academy
  • programme counsellors from Atlas.
  1. Screening:
    < Screening at Atlas, by appointment
    < Screening of level of English on Monday, 2 May 2022 at the University of Antwerp
  2. The course will start on Tuesday, 10 May 2022

175 euro per student

If you are interested in this short course and meet the requirements specified above, please express your interest via email to

Eveline Philippaerts |


Liesbeth Dierickx |


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