Antwerp Maritime Academy was founded in 1834 during the Napoleonic era. The Antwerp Maritime Academy (Dutch: Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen) is a university college, is a non-profit public higher education in Belgium, it is located in the north of Antwerp. The Antwerp Maritime Academy (Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen) offers Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering education and other marine training programs in Belgium. Antwerp Maritime Academy is the only academy offering courses in marine and nautical sciences entire country. The academy also participates in the Erasmus program and other projects around the world. All the programs are STCW compliant.
The Academy is fully equipped with state-of-the-art didactic equipment, laboratories and workshops including simulators for cargo handling, propulsion, marine communications, and ship navigation with a well-equipped library. Apart simulators, students take part in training on board commercial merchant marine or dredging vessels during holidays.
The language of instruction is Dutch and French with instructions for a certain number of subjects are available in English in the 4th year (second semester) of the Nautical Sciences program. So proficiency in Dutch or French is a prerequisite for all the programs except the Ph.D. and short courses. The courses do not only have to comply with regulations set by the local education authorities, they have to meet stringent international and quality-standard requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
The Antwerp Maritime Academy is, because of its specific profile, the smallest academy enrolled more than 670 students. This HE institution does not have a selective admission policy. International students are welcome to apply for enrolment. HZS also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.