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 10.000 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).
The University of Antwerp has faculties in Applied Economics, Arts and Philosophy, Law,Medicine, Pharmaceutical - Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Political and Social Sciences and Sciences. The 'Institute of Development Policy and Management' (IDPM), the 'Universiteit Antwerpen Management School' (UAMS) and the 'Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp' (ITMMA) have an autonomous, faculty-like UA status. Doctoral programmes are available in most faculties.
The four campuses are situated in the historic city centre and in the green belt to the south of the city.