KU Leuven: KU Leuven creates new learning and study opportunities for Campus Antwerp

In the autumn of 2023, KU Leuven will move into an additional location in the Jezusstraat in Antwerp. The university is breathing new life into the building that served as a Provincial Security Institute for decades. The new site will house the current activities of KU Leuven in Sint-Andriesstraat.

The campus of KU Leuven in Antwerp currently has three locations. On Campus Carolus in the Korte Nieuwstraat, the Faculty of Economics and Business is responsible for teaching and research. The study programs of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences are located on Campus Sint-Andries, and recently also Campus Sint-Jacob. However, in a few years’ time, the university will say goodbye to the campus in Sint-Andriesstraat, which it shares with Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, also owner of the building.

“With the purchase of the building in the Jezusstraat we are taking a new step in the development of Campus Antwerp”, says Rector Luc Sels. “The Antwerp courses in journalism and applied linguistics have recently moved to the Sint-Jacobsmarkt. In addition to more space for our educational activities, we also want to create more opportunities for student facilities. We have now found the suitable location for this, a stone’s throw from our other buildings. The new location will be a meeting place for all KU Leuven students in Antwerp: not only to study together in the learning center, but also, for example, to relax together in the spacious agora. ”

The new KU Leuven location served as the home base of the Provincial Safety Institute for decades. | © City of Antwerp

The late modernist building from 1953 with four floors will be taken over from project developer Alphastone and will be renovated in the coming years. It will house a ground floor dining facility, a spacious library and several classrooms, group work rooms and study areas. In addition, there is room for subject-specific rooms: practicals such as interpreter booths, language labs and a multifunctional room for, among other things, the Flemish Sign Language course. The work should be completed at the start of the 2023-2024 academic year.

Antwerp campus
KU Leuven Campus Antwerp offers education to more than 1700 students. The Faculty of Economics and Business is located here with its master’s programs in commercial sciences and the master of business administration. In Antwerp, the Faculty of Arts offers the Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics and four Master’s degree programs: translation, interpreting, multilingual communication and journalism (in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences). In addition, shortened educational master’s programs are offered in various domains.

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