There are about 23 million Dutch speakers (more than 16 million in the Netherlands and 6 million in Belgium). As the official language in Flanders and Ghent is Dutch, we recommend a basic knowledge of the language. Therefore students are advised to start learning Dutch before their arrival in Ghent or to take a Dutch course upon arrival in Ghent.
During the academic year students can take an evening or day course for beginners at the Language Centre of Ghent University (UCT). The evening course is different from the day course as it is especially developed for exchange students. Exchange students are entitled to a voucher for a course of Dutch offered by the International Relations Office. With this voucher they are only required to pay € 50 for the course book and administration costs.
Other language courses
Next to Dutch the University Language Centre offers courses in all modern European languages. The courses are a combination of class sessions and self-study. Students from abroad can also follow other languages apart from Dutch (e.g. English and French). The normal student reduction (more or less half price) applies to those courses.
The University Language Centre also organises tests of English and Dutch knowledge which indicate your current level of language proficiency. If you want to take part in one of these tests, you have to register at the UCT.
Test venue: University Language Centre UCT, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, B-9000 Ghent
Price of the test: € 60 (if you decide to take another course of English at the UCT later on, this € 60 will be deducted from the registration price for the course).
UCT - University Language Centre (registration office)
UFO building, Foyer (ground floor)
More information about the Language Requirements for Exchange Students