Special Status for Students

What is a special status?

In consideration of the reason why they have been awarded special status, and in joint consultation between the lecturer in charge and the student concerned, special status students may be awarded one or several of the following facilities:

  • being exempted from educational activities requiring student attendance. In this case, a task may be imposed instead;
  • having one or several examinations rescheduled to a different time in the same academic year;
  • being examined in a manner different from the regulatory manner;
  • being given an alternative time for feedback;
  • being awarded different terms and conditions with regard to the concrete manner in which tuition is provided and in which the students are evaluated.

Who can apply for a special status?

Special status may be applied for on the grounds of one or more of the following:

1. Functional impairment

Students registered with the Flemish Agency of Persons with a Disability (Vlaams Agentschap voor Personen met een Handicap or VAPH) or students with permanent or long-term impairment of one or more bodily functions, as listed in the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) (e.g. motor impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disorder, chronic medical disorders, mental health problems, other or multiple functional impairments).

These students may address the contact point Students and Functional Impairment (Aanspreekpunt student & functiebeperking) for assistance in compiling their application file and consultation regarding the desired facilities.

For more information, students from the following faculties can contact Charlotte De Lange via or 09 264 72 66

  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

For more information, students from the following faculties can contact Ruth Cnockaert or Stijn Defruyt via or 09 264 72 69

  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Students from campus Kortrijk can contact Evy Vanderbrugghen or Stijn Defruyt via or 056 24 12 19.

2. Approved top-level sports activities

Regardless of the sports discipline involved, students qualify to be awarded special status if they first and foremost comply with one of the following requirements:

    1. you can prove that you received the special status as a student athlete at another institution of the Ghent University Association;
    2. you are recognised as a top athlete by the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC) or the Flemish sports agency (BLOSO);
    3. you are considered a top athlete or a promising young athlete by your own sport federation;
    4. you meet the standards held out for taking part in the Universiade or the University World Championships.

Moreover, these students are required to complete at least 5 training sessions or competition sessions on a weekly basis. There are additional minimum requirements for each individual sports discipline.

For more information, please contact or 0486 29 18 60.

3. Holding office

  • in a Faculty Board at Ghent University (elected office);
  • in a central administration or advisory body of Ghent University: the Board of Governors, the Executive Board, the Educational Council and the Social Council;
  • in a central administration or advisory body of Ghent University Association;
  • in student associations as specified in the decree pertaining to the subsidization of student and pupil associations dated 30 March 1999, or the student council as determined in the decree pertaining to the legal status of students, the level of co-determination in higher education, the integration of specific sections of higher education for social promotion into university colleges, and the required support regarding the restructuring of Flemish higher education, as approved on 19 March 2004;
  • as the chair of a collection of student organisations recognised by the Student Activities Office.

4. Professional artistry

As a professional artist you can apply for this special status to acquire access to certain facilities.

5. Exceptional social or individual circumstances

More information can be obtained via .

6. Student-entrepreneur

You need to meet the following cumulative conditions to obtain this special status:

  • You need to have acquired credit certificates of at least 60 ECTS credits from an academic programme or you need to run an existing enterprise.
  • You need to have acquired credit certificates for at least half of the personal enrolment curriculum in the academic year preceding the year for which the special status is requested, unless you are enrolling for the first time in higher education.
  • You need to submit a description of your current business activity or a plan showing that you intend to offer a product or service that can create value within 12 months. This should demonstrate that the activity has a clear growth perspective.

Applications and deadlines

  • Application form
  • Submit application at the start of the semester in case of 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Submit application in case of 2: before 15 October

Usually, the status is valid for one academic year. It can also be valid for several years or for your entire academic track.