Language Requirements

Common European Framework Reference for Foreign Languages

To be able to determine the proficiency of someone's knowledge of Dutch or English, Ghent University uses the Common European Framework Reference for Foreign Languages (CEFR-level).

Standard level at Ghent University

Most programmes require the standard level of proficiency

For a programme instructed in Dutch:

  • required CEFR-level of Dutch proficiency: B2 (click to check the accepted proofs)
  • required CEFR-level of English proficiency: 0

For a programme instructed in English:

  • required CEFR-level of Dutch proficiency: 0
  • required CEFR-level of English proficiency: B2

for more details: Common European Framework Reference (CEFR)

Levels of proficiency

Check the levels of knowledge and which proofs are accepted

Here you can find details of special language requirements, which might be applicable to your programme. Click here for the special language requirements for academic year 2015-2016.

Validity of language test results / language proofs

  • any accepted proof of language proficiency must be valid upon enrolment
  • the validity date mentioned on the language certificate cannot be exceeded
  • if no validity date is mentioned on the language certificate, the certificate can be no older than 4 academic years, counting from the academic year after the proof of language was acquired

Who is exempted?

Who does not need to submit a proof of language proficiency.

Remarks / Exceptions

  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies: level C1 of Dutch is required.