Dear student,

Welcome in Antwerp and welcome at our school. Please take your time to scroll trough the predeparture information on this page

Welcome at LABS

Thank you for choosing our school to study Dutch. We are committed to ensuring that your time here is enjoyable and rewarding. We believe that whether this is your first visit to Belgium/Flanders or whether you are a seasoned traveller, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time in Antwerp. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the school, along with the liveliness of Flanders’ biggest town will serve to make your stay here unique.

Welkom bij LABS

Leuk dat je bij ons komt studeren! We gaan er alles aan doen om er samen met jou een fantastische en leerrijke ervaring van te maken, of het nu je eerste keer is in Antwerpen/Vlaanderen/België of de honderdste. Bij ons leer je Nederlands in een familiale sfeer, in het hart van een bruisende stad.

LABS welcomes students of all ages and from every corner of the world to learn Dutch in our school in Antwerp. With our academic program focusing on results and motivation whilst providing an array of educational and social activities, our students achieve results in a fast and fun way. A large percentage of our students apply their new language skills by taking the official CNaVT exam to proof their knowledge of Dutch to schools, universities and employers.Taking an immersion course is so much more than just improving your language skills. You will meet new friends, discover a city, a region, a country and a culture.

Studenten van alle leeftijden en nationaliteiten zijn bij ons welkom om op een snelle en leuke manier Nederlands te leren. Wij helpen je met je motivatie, coachen je door je leerproces en nemen je mee op pad in de stad om het leven van een local te ontdekken. Veel van onze studenten leggen ook het officieel examen Nederlands af, om hun kennis van de taal te bewijzen op school of bij een werkgever. Een taalbad is veel meer dan een alleen een cursus. Je maakt nieuwe vrienden, ontdekt een stad en een regio, een land en een cultuur.

Your arrival 

Your accommodation. Please contact your host family on Wednesday before your arrival at the latest. Not contacting your host family in time results in a bad first impression.

Je aankomst 

Je accommodatie. Gelieve je gastgezin ten laatste op de woensdag voor je aankomst te contacteren. Je gastgezin niet op tijd contacteren laat een erg slechte eerste indruk na.

What do I need to bring? In class we often work online so feel free to bring your own laptop, smart phone or tablet and ear plugs. Of course, you can borrow one from the school but most students prefer to work on their own device. You'll have your own locker so you can always safely store your device at school.

Wat moet ik meebrengen? Tijdens de lessen werken we vaak onilne dus breng gerust je eigen laptop, smart phone of tablet en oortjes mee. Je kan natuurlijk ook een toestel van de school lenen maar de meeste studenten werken liefst op hun eigen toestel. Je hebt op school je eigen locker dus je kan al je spullen altijd veilig opbergen.

Usefull apps. If you want to book an activity with the school, you can pay cash or with the Payconic/Bancontact app. You can't pay by bank card.

We communicat with our students mostly on Whatsapp, to talk about activities, ask questions, meet in town, share funny stuff... the local life, but in Dutch. And don't hesitate to get to know us a bit better by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Nuttige apps. Als je een activiteit met de school wil boeken, dan kun je cash betalen of met de app van Payconiq/Bancontact. Met een bankkaart kun je niet betalen. We communiceren met onze studenten meestel via WhatsApp, om te praten over activiteiten, om vragen te stellen, om af te spreken in de stad of om grappige dingen door te sturen... het leven van een local, maar dan wel in het Nederlands natuurlijk. En kom alvast even met ons kennismaken op Facebook en Instagram.

On Monday, we expect you to arrive at the school at 9am, Kipdorp 38, 2000 Antwerpen. On your first day we will get to know you and you will get to know us, the school and the city. We will also test your level in speaking, writing, grammar and vocabulary. You will also meet the other students and it will be a long day. Classes are over at 5:30 pm.

You will receive your course materials and student card. If you want to have a specific photo on your student card, please send it to before your arrival. If not, we'll take a photo on your arrival day.

Op maandag verwachten we je op school om 9u, op Kipdorp 38, 2000 Antwerpen. Op je eerste dag leren wij jou kennen en leer jij ons, de school en de stad kennen. We testen dan ook je niveau op het vlak van spreken, schrijven, grammatica en woordenschat en je ontmoet de andere studenten. Die eerste dag is een lang dag die pas om 17u30 eindigt. Je krijgt je lesmateriaal en je studentenkaart. Als je graag geen specifieke foto op je studentenkaart wil, stuur die dan voor je aankomst naar Zoniet, nemen we gewoon een foto van jou op je eerste dag. 


Please make sure to always have our telephone number with you, so you can contact us if something goes wrong or when you get lost on your first day: +32(0)494/48.17.17 

Zorg ervoor dat je altijd ons telefoonnummer bij hebt zodat je ons kan contacteren als er iets foutloopt of wanneer je op je eerste dag de weg niet vindt: +32(0)494/48.17.17 

Corona safety measures

  • Safety measures might be adapted during your stay to what local authorities decide and can never be discussed. It is our job to maken sure we all feel and stay safe and healthy.

  • Under no circumstances, the school can be held responsible for Covid-19 infections. 

  • Masks and social distancing are obligated at all time: in school, in busy streets, on public transportation, in shops.

  • One student per table policy to ensure a 1,5 m distance between students.

  • The activity program will be adapted to what’s legally permitted.

  • You can have lunch in school, at your own table, respecting the 1,5 m social distancing.

  • Every day, the school staff will disinfect tables, chairs, door handles, coffee machine, water tap and anything else people touch with their hands.​​

  • Students who don’t feel well, should stay home (host family/residence), inform the school staff immediately and switch to online classes until they feel better.

  • In case of an infection in the school, the school will go online for two weeks and all staff and students will have to self-quarantine 

  • If you get corona during your course, your parents will have to come and evacuate you asap from your host family. 

  • Belgians are currently allowed to see as many people as they want to, as long as we meet in 'safe circumstances': with a mask and social distancing

  • As long as the Security Council asks us to live in bubbles, you are not allowed to see other people without a mask, in 'unsafe' circumstances. So you're not allowed to:

    • travel home during weekends.

    • have a drink with friends in a bar or go to a restaurant.

    • visit a friend's house.

    • doing sports with friends.

Travel & transfer

Transfer service

Arriving at a busy airport or train station in another city can be confusing. The school offers a  transfer service to your accommodation for an additional fee.

Arriving by train

If you arrive at Antwerp’s Central Station you can take the train, bus, subway or tram to your homestay.

Arriving by plane

Brussels Airport is located 50 km away from the school so a taxi is very expensive (about 80€ to get to the city centre).

We suggest one of the following:
- Take the airport bus directly to the city centre (next to Antwerp Central Station). It takes about 50 minutes and costs €10,00.

- Take the train from the airport to Antwerp Central Station. You need to switch trains in the railway station of Brussels North. The journey takes about 75 minutes in total to get to the city centre and costs €9,45.

Arrival at the school

The school is located in the centre of Antwerp. The school can be reached with several trams and busses stopping at:

MEIR for the lines 3, 5, 9, 15

GROENPLAATS for the lines 180, 181, 182, 183, 22

MEIRBRUG for the line 7

SINT-JACOB for the lines 10, 11, 24, 12

You can also walk to the school from bus stop ROOSEVELTPLAATS (5 min. or lines 10/11) or from CENTRAL STATION (10 min or lines 9/15).

Coming to Antwerp by car - traffic in Antwerp


Antwerp isn’t an easy city when it comes to traffic and the current road works are making it even worse.

Therefore we strongly recommend all of our customers and visitors to use the public transportation system as much as possible to come to Antwerp and to use the city bikes and the public transportation to move around in the city centre. 


LABS bvba

Kipdorp 38

2000 Antwerpen




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