Crossing Borders in Welfare, Education and Health

Exchange programme for students in social (educational care) work, education & health care

  • Does the complexity of urban areas intrigue you?
  • Are you moved by urban issues such as poverty, superdiversity and liveability?
  • Interested in a crossover between social work, education and healthcare? And a student in one of these fields?
  • Eager to develop your international competences and network?
  • Feel like studying in an international classroom?
  • And working on real life cases while developing your creative and critical thinking skills?

Then come study Crossing Borders (30 ECTS) in Antwerp!

What to expect?

Crossing Borders is an exchange programme designed for tomorrow’s professionals in social work, education and health care. They often work on cases where an interdisciplinary insight into the various areas involved could provide added value. 

Focus: challenges caused by urbanization

Organised by the faculties of Applied Social Studies, Teacher Education and Health Care of the Karel de Grote University College, Crossing Borders focuses on challenges caused by urbanisation.

Students in this exchange programme explore urban challenges:

  • How can we cope with transcultural issues in health care? How do we assure sustainable housing and access to health care in urban areas?
  • What are successful strategies to deal with growing diversity and multilingualism in education?
  • How do welfare services respond to growing poverty and people in disadvantaged situations?

Interdisciplinary and transcultural approach

These new urban challenges ask for an interdisciplinary and transcultural approach. 

  • Our students focus on superdiversity, poverty and liveability. In a safe and small-scale setting Crossing Borders students and teachers will actively engage in dialogue and exchange thoughts and ideas.
  • This will help them to look beyond the limits of their own disciplines and frames of reference. Field visits further enable them to dive into the urban reality that is Antwerp. 

The programme is offered in the spring semester.

All modules are taught in English.

Come join us on the ‘Orientation Days’ organised for all incoming students. We’ll send you a detailed programme once you’ve registered. 

Course overview

Curriculum Crossing Borders (30 ECTS):

  • Interdisciplinary & diverse-sensitive competences: 6 ECTS (mandatory for all students)
  • Migration & superdiversity: 4 ECTS
  • Poverty: 4 ECTS
  • Gender & sexuality: 4 ECTS
  • Ethics & human rights: 4 ECTS
  • Urban health challenges: 4 ECTS
  • Urban challenges in education: 4 ECTS

Overview of the modules

Extracurricular: Dutch Foreign Language level 1A 

KdG offers free Dutch language courses for all exchange students:

  • evening classes 
  • at campus Groenplaats, in the centre of Antwerp

Extracurricular: English Language Room at the KdG

  • A language service is offered to all Crossing Borders students who are interested in improving their English.
  • Students are provided with digital content, exercises and workshops about reading, listening, writing and speaking in English.
  • Beside classical instructions students can ask for individual assistance.

Why study Crossing Borders?

  • Top-notch programme and experienced lecturers
  • Interdisciplinary approach to urban challenges    
  • Develop your critical thinking
  • Practice-oriented
  • Focus on dialogue and exchange of ideas
  • Situated in the diverse and dynamic city of Antwerp
  • Big city, but small-scale setting. With a lot of individual attention and coaching
  • International classroom: a mix of international and Belgian students
  • Active student network
  • Free Dutch course
  • Coach English language


Spring semester only, running from the end of January until Mid-June.

Gloednieuwe campus Zuid


All classes on one central campus, unless stated otherwise.

The address of the central campus:

Campus Zuid
Brusselstraat 45

+32 3 613 18 00

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Study in Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, in the heart of Europe

  • Vibrant city of learning with more than 44,000 students
  • Home to the second largest port in Europe
  • Diamond capital of the world

  • Thriving fashion industry 

  • Cultural heritage of world renown 

  • Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London all within easy reach


Atypical Antwerp, the movie


Welcome in Antwerp!

Antwerp, city for students

Antwerp has over 44,000 students. On a total of 511,000 inhabitants, that's a lot! 

GATE15 works hard for a student-friendly city: sufficient and high-quality housing, a clean and safe student district, cheap rental bikes, cultural offers with great discounts, cheap and safe party areas, clear policies with respect to mounting posters and ragging, and much more.

Antwerp, city for students. An Introduction

Antwerp, city for students. An Introduction


This is Antwerp

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What do other students say about Antwerp?


English language requirements

As the entire programme is taught in English, you should master the English language sufficiently to participate actively in the courses. Level B2 is strongly recommended.

If you are not proficient enough in English to participate actively in the courses, there is always the risk of failing assignments or examinations. This is entirely the responsibility of the sending institution.

You can take English classes provided by Karel De Grote University College. English language support is offered to all Crossing Borders students who are interested in improving their English. Students are provided with digital content, exercises and workshops about reading, listening, writing and speaking in English. Beside classical instructions students can ask for individual assistance.

In addition, you can take English (or other) language lessons in the language centre of the University of Antwerp. For applications and fees please contact Linguapolis directly.

Who can apply?

  • The subjects are open to all students in the fields of healthcare, social work and teacher education or a related study field
  • Both international and KdG students can enrol in the programme.


How to apply?

Ask your home institution to send your nomination to our international coordinator Annemie Versweyveld. When you are accepted you will receive an email confirming your nomination. You will receive a nomination file that you are to fill in and send back to the coordinator by mail. KdG will upload this nomination file to Mobility Online.

Afterwards, you’ll receive a nomination mail. This mail contains a manual on how to use Mobility Online and also the necessary information to log into Mobility Online (login and password).

How to register?

In the workflow of Mobility Online, you’ll need to complete different steps, starting with your registration. After you’ve registrated you will have to complete the application details and add several documents. Once your application is approved, you are invited to compose and sign the Learning Agreement.

Each step will be checked and - if everything goes right - approved by the coordinator at KdG. The application is complete when you enter the step: [AI] Exchange confirmed by KdG.

All these steps have to be completed well before arrival.

Read the Mobility Online manual.

Application deadline

2nd semester (spring semester): 15 November


Got a question? Ask an exchange student!

You will receive a fair answer, given by an experienced student. 

It’s very easy, via Facebook.

Why KdG?

  • Antwerp, Belgium – everything close by

  • International classroom – mix of local and international students

  • Real life – all hands on deck during project work

  • Strong network – partnerships with benefits for everyone

  • Happy students – numbers don’t lie. Join the community!

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