Universiteit Gent Gent, Belgium

Vis stort kort
Ghent University was founded in 1817 as a Latin-speaking State University by William I, King of the Netherlands. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly formed Belgian state began to administer the university. In 1930, it became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium and in 1991 great autonomy was assigned to the university.

It is located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and is one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students.

The university is divided into 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains.

Most of the activities of Ghent University take place at various locations in and around Ghent.

Ghent University consistently rates among the top universities not only in Belgium but also throughout the world (top 100).
Available places
Spring Semester 2020
  • Agroscience (Erasmus+)
  • Geoscience (Erasmus+)
  • Chemistry (Erasmus+)
  • Math/Eco/Stat (Erasmus+)
  • Molecular Biologi (Erasmus+)
  • Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, MSc (Erasmus+)
  • Bioinformatics (Erasmus+)
Autumn semester 2020
  • Agroscience (Erasmus+)
  • Geoscience (Erasmus+)
  • Chemistry (Erasmus+)
  • Math/Eco/Stat (Erasmus+)
  • Molecular Biologi (Erasmus+)
  • Bioinformatics (Erasmus+)
Spring Semester 2021
  • Agroscience (Erasmus+)
  • Geoscience (Erasmus+)
  • Math/Eco/Stat (Erasmus+)
  • Molecular Biologi (Erasmus+)
  • Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, MSc (Erasmus+)
  • Bioinformatics (Erasmus+)
Language requirements
Almost all incoming exchange students are required to submit a language certificate which shows that they have acquired a B2-level in English.

You can submit one of the following documents:
→A TOEFL certificate: minimum score 510-559 (paper-based) or 87-109 (internet-based)
→An IELTS certificate: minimum score 6.0
→A TOEIC certificate: minimum score 785-944
→A Cambridge certificate: FCE, CAE or CPE
→A certificate of a university language centre: minimum level B2
→A proof that your are a native speaker of English this can be a copy of your identity card/passport)
→A proof that you successfully finished a study programme of at least one year which was competely taught in English

Attention: specific language requirements apply for exchange students at the faculty of Bioscience Engineering

For Law and Political Science students: B2 in English is recommended. A language test is not required.
Academic comments
Please be aware that, as a general rule, students at Science and Technology must have an average mark of at least 7 in order to be eligible for an exchange with one of our partner institutions. The evaluation of applications for student exchange at Science and Technology is based on an overall evaluation of the student's academic qualifications, and in some cases, students may be awarded an exchange placement even though their average mark is less then 7.
Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering: places only avaliable at master level.

The courses offered by Department of Geology are considered to be of high relevance for geoscience students from Department of Geoscience at AU, see more information through the link below (Geology)

A minimum of 20 ECTS per semester is required, of which 15 from the geology programme. A maximum of 25 % of the ECTS can be taken from a programme different than the geology programme.
Research projects or internships (1 semester or 2 semesters) can be chosen. Students should have an agreement with a promoter at UGent prior to sending their learning agreement.
Statistics and Mathematics

For students from the AU Department of Statistics and Mathematics we recommend:
1. Master of Science in Mathematics (se link below)
2. Master of Science in Statistical Data Analysis Programme (se link below)

Suggestions of suitable courses: "Categorical Data Analysis", "Geostatistics", "Econometrics: Time Series Analysis".
Agro-Environmental Management

For AU students studying at Agro-Environmental Management we recommend the following programmes:

1. Agricultural Sciences
2. Land and Forest Management
3. Environmental Technology
Food Science

For AU studens studying Food Sciences we recommend taking the Exchange Programme in Bioscience Engineering: Food Science and Nutrition (master's level)

For AU students studying Agrobiology at Aarhus University we recommend the Exchange Programme in Bioscience Engineering: Agricultural Sciences (see link)
Instruction languages
  • English
  • Dutch
Full-time course load according to host institution
ECTS credits are used.
Credit translation
Your board of studies determines the number of courses you must take at your host institution to get 30 ECTS credits. It is therefore a good idea to check the study board's guidelines and conversion list between credits/units before starting the process of writing an application for preliminary approval. Read more at your study portal (study abroad - how to apply - course requirements and preapproval)
Academic calendar
The academic year at Ghent University is divided into two semesters. This means that a part of the courses of a study programme is completed by the end of December, followed by examinations. This way the first examination period is spread over two months, January and June.
First term : late September - beginning of February
Lecture period : late September - mid December
Examinations : January

Second term: beginning of February - late September
Lecture period : beginning of February - late May
Examinations : late May - beginning of July
Available for
  • Exchange
Housing information
Interesting links
Evaluations by prior abroad students
Evaluation date Abroad as Student study
19-07-2019 Exchange BS SAM BSc POL | Political Science
11-02-2019 Exchange BS SAM JUR | Laws
07-10-2018 Exchange BS SAM BSc POL | Political Science
01-10-2018 Exchange BS SAM BA JUR | Laws
28-08-2018 Exchange BS SAM BA JUR | Laws
21-07-2018 Exchange ST NAT SCIENT | Geology
18-02-2018 Exchange NS NAT BSc | Mathematics
11-02-2018 Exchange NS NAT BSc | Molecular Biology
NS NAT BSc | Science
10-02-2017 Exchange BS SAM BSc POL | Political Science
13-01-2017 Exchange NS NAT BSc | Biology
NS NAT BSc | Chemistry
NS NAT BSc | Molecular Biology
07-01-2017 Exchange BS SAM JUR | Laws
06-01-2017 Exchange BS SAM JUR | Laws
29-12-2016 Exchange BS SAM BA JUR | Laws
29-12-2016 Exchange BS SAM BA JUR | Laws
16-12-2016 Exchange BS SAM BSc POL | Political Science
03-02-2016 Exchange BS SAM JUR | Laws
01-02-2016 Exchange NS NAT BSc | Geoscience
22-01-2016 Exchange BS SAM BSc POL | Political Science