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JMU Summer in Antwerp


Antwerp, Belgium

Program Description


Pre-Departure Orientation Information for Summer 2014

  • General Orientation and SIA Orientation #1 - February 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Capital all, followed by Heneral Orientation in Memeorial Hall at 1:00 p.m.

  • Orientation #2 - March 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Showker Hall

  • Orientation #3 - April 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Showker Hall

The Semester in Antwerp Program is offering a special, six-week session in Antwerp. You will study global marketing and international logistics and complete six credit hours.   Students will take their courses at the historic University of Antwerp as part of JMU's summer semester in Antwerp, Belgium. The program of study includes a trips to Italy (Rome, Florence, and Amalfi Coast), and, of course, Belgium (Brussels, Brugge/Ze Brugge, Leuven). Students will visit businesses, governmental institutions, and cultural sites as part of the program. In addition, the students will have three free weekends to explore European cities on their own.

Location Description

Antwerp, chosen in 1993 as the "Cultural Capital of Europe," is a city with a distinctive character, one which combines the charm and tradition of a rich history with the vigor and progress of a modern industrial center. According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the port of Antwerp is the second largest only to Rotterdam in Europe and Antwerp World Diamond Center plays an important role in setting standards, regulating professional ethics, training and promoting the interests of Antwerp as a center of the diamond industry. Hence, Antwerp is the perfect place to study international business. Moreover, the city boasts many excellent museums and historic monuments, as well as a fast-paced nightlife, fine shopping districts, and a booming commercial center.


Mert Tokman | | Marketing


Accommodations will be provided for through residence halls/dormitories, with two meals per day included in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

This program is targeted towards junior or senior COB majors or minors.

COB 300 or MKTG 380 are prerequisites for this program.

Why should you consider spending six weeks in Antwerp?  

•English is spoken everywhere in Antwerp; no foreign language needed 

•Classes will be taught at the University of Antwerp 

•Easy access to several major businesses and governmental institutions, including the Antwerp Diamond District, the Port of Antwerp, the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission 

•Antwerp is the fashion capital of Europe 

•You have great travel opportunities on your free weekends. Belgium is centrally located in the heart of Europe.  Easy train access to major European cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, London, and Luxembourg. 

•As part of the semester in Belgium, you will travel to cities in Turkey (Istanbul), Greece (Island of Santorini), Croatia (Split and Dubrovnik), Italy (Ancona, Bologna, and Florence), and, of course, Belgium (Brussels, Brugge/Ze Brugge, Leuven). 

•Brussels is the headquarters of NATO, the European Union, and the Belgian government 

•Belgium produces the world’s best chocolate 

•Hundreds of JMU students have already been to Antwerp, and speak very highly of the experience.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Mert Tokman  |  |  Marketing

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.4.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


MKTG 460: Global Marketing (3 credits)

MKTG 490: Special Studies in Marketing (3 credits)

IBUS 498: Special Topics in International Business (3 credits)