The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, lead by Prof. Dr. Hilde VAN DEN BULCK, Dean, comprises 3 Departments:
Department of Political Science
Department of Communication Sciences
Department of Sociology
On the Bachelor level, 4 degrees are offered:
On the Master level, 9 degrees are offered:
In Belgium, a typical Bachelor programme consists of three years of education, and a Master programme of one or two years. At the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Master programmes are one year.
However, we also offer a Master after Master or Advanced Master:
Education & International Cooperation
The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences is a research based Faculty that attaches a great deal of importance to internationalization.
In the field of education, this is most visible through numerous exchange possibilities both for incoming and outgoing students and academic staff. The Faculty stimulates exchange as a part of our own students' curriculum, both inside and outside the European Union. Vice-versa, the Faculty adheres to the belief that incoming foreign students bring added value to our campus - the concept of Internationalization @ Home brings the international experience to our students and faculty memebers who stay in Antwerp.
The majority of courses are taught in Dutch, but especially for our foreign (exchange) students several courses are offered in English. Students can choose freely out of the English taught courses within the 3 Departments. If they choose to follow Dutch taught courses, this is also possible: students receive an alternative assignment under individual supervision. Because of the fact that even in Dutch taught courses a lot of international guest lecturers are invited who obviously teach in English, foreign students will be able to follow these courses without too many difficulties.
The Faculty puts emphasis on personal guidance and assistance for incoming students. On the Faculty level, one Academic and one Administrative Coordinator function as contact persons for all matters related to internationalization. Moreover, each Department has assigned an academic staff member who functions as the first point of contact within their department. This way, our international students are integrated very smoothly and quickly within the overall functioning of the Faculty.
Recognition of academic achievements
One of the cornerstones of the international educational experience is the recognition of credits earned at the hosting institution during an exchange period abroad.
The University of Antwerp, being since long an internationally very active university, has a great deal of experience in this. The University applies the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all its degre programmes, and has a vast experience in correlating this European standerd of credit transfer to non-EU exchanges as well. All study programmes are measured in terms of ECTS credits. A full-time one-year study programme amounts to 60 credits (30 per semester), which comprises a student workload of about 1500 to 1800 hours. One credit stands for 25 to 30 hours of work, including contact hours, preparatry work, study and assessment. The University of Antwerp publishes annually its course catalogue online (in Dutch and English), provides international students with an information package and ECTS documents, guaranteeing total transparency for our international students.