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, super-diversity 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 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 urbanisation
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 super-diversity, 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.
Join us on the ‘Orientation Days’ organised for all incoming students. We’ll send you a detailed programme once you’ve registered.
Curriculum Crossing Borders (30 ECTS):
- Interdisciplinary & diverse-sensitive competences: 6 ECTS (mandatory for all students)
- Migration & super-diversity: 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
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
- 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.
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
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, affordable and safe party areas, clear policies with respect to mounting posters and ragging, and much more.
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, there is always the risk of failing assignments or examinations. This is entirely the responsibility of the sending institution.
Karel De Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers English language support to all Crossing Borders students. 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.
You can also study English (or other) languages at 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 and register?
Ask your International coordinator to send your nomination to our international coordinator Annemie Versweyveld. When you are accepted, you will receive an e-mail confirming your nomination, and containing a link to your application. Soon after your registration, you will receive another e-mail with your KdG e-mail address, password and registration number.
Later on, in the next step, you will receive an e-mail with a link to Mobility Online. That is an online tool where you can complete the rest of your application (using your registration number and password) and upload the necessary documents.
In Mobility Online, each step will be checked and approved by the exchange officer of Crossing Borders at KdG. The application is complete when you enter the level: [AI] Exchange confirmed by KdG. All steps have to be completed before arrival.
2nd semester (spring semester): 15 November
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
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