Welcome in Antwerp and welcome at our school. Please take your time to scroll trough the predeparture information on this page
Thank you for choosing our school for your studies. 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.
We are invested in making sure that your stay will be filled with new and exciting experiences in the warm and welcoming city of Antwerp. The school staff is looking forward to meeting you soon and to help you make the most of your time in Flanders.
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.
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 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.
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
Arriving in Antwerp and your first days: in your host family
or residence and at school
Please contact your host family or residence contact person on Wednesday before your arrival at the latest.
Not contacting your host family in time results in a bad first impression.
All residence arrivals will be welcomed at our school, Kipdorp 38. From there, we will accompany you to your residence room.
Meet our team
Travel & transfer
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.
For all up-to-date information about the road works, please check out this website: https://www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/nl/knip-leien-tips
All information about the city bikes can be found on: www.velo-antwerpen.be
Our school is located in the low emission zone, so you have to check on this website if your car is allowed in town: https://lez.antwerpen.be
Parking your car in Antwerp
It is very expensive to park your car in the streets. The parking lots in the neighbourhood are a much better option. Go to www.parkereninantwerpen.be to find information about parking in Antwerp.
Daytickets for parking your car in the streets for 5 euros, can be found in the dark green zone.
In the neighbourhood ‘Het Zuid’ there is a bigger and free parking. Ask your gps for Waalse kaai, Antwerpen, but please note that parking is only free on the square itself and not in the surrounding streets. You can also park your car next to the river in the same neighbourhood.