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About Antwerp

Antwerp and Belgium

Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp has several campuses in the heart of the city. Antwerp is the capital city of the province of Antwerp, one of the five provinces of Flanders. Flanders is the northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

Living in Antwerp means enjoying Flemish hospitality as well as taking part in the academic life. Paying a visit to other historically interesting cities such as Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Ypres and Leuven is higly recommended. Distances between cities are small and public transport is easy.

International standards

Antwerp itself has a lot to offer. It is the economic heart of Belgium thanks to its international port. Moreover, since the end of the nineteenth century it has been one of the most important centres of the diamond industry. Antwerp also features the Flanders Fashion Institute, one of Europe's leading fashion institutions.

Getting around

In terms of culture Antwerp is world-famous because of its renowned painters, P. P. Rubens, Anthony Van Dijck and Jacob Jordaens. Our institution's name is a double reference to the art history of Antwerp: ARTesis and Plantijn. Plantijn Moretus, who started a printing company in Antwerp in 1555 and is recognised as one of the most famous printers of that time.

Besides the medieval city centre with its magnificent gothic cathedral and picturesque narrow streets and squares, Antwerp boasts several interesting neighbourhoods for aficionados of modern fashion, Art Nouveau and Bauhaus architecture, as well as numerous old and new cafés and restaurants.

For more information on Antwerp, check out http://www.visitantwerpen.be/.