Admission of international degree students at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Studying abroad is a huge decision in a student's career. It involves significant social, academic and financial efforts. 

In order to help international students in deciding whether studying at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University (UGent-FEA) fits their profile and background, the faculty has set up an advising system based on the results of a GRE-test. 

As of academic year 2023-2024, it is mandatory to submit the result of the Quantitative Reasoning component of the General Test.
Without this, applications will not be assessed/evaluated and as such, admission will be denied. However, the result of the test is not binding towards being granted admission or not.

Exemptions from submitting a GRE

Following students are exempted from submitting a GRE test:

  • Students who obtained their degree from a university located in an EEA-country (European Economic Area): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands
  • Students from partner universities with whom the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture has an exchange agreement
  • Students in joint programmes:
    • MSc in Biomedical Engineering (UGent-VUB)
    • MSc in Photonics Engineering (UGent-VUB)
    • MSc in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research - Sustainable Mobility Analytics (EIT Urban Mobility Master School)
    • International Master of Science in Advanced Design of Sustainable Ships and Offshore Structures
    • International MSc in Fire Safety Engineering (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD))
    • International MSc in Textile Engineering (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD))
    • European MSc in Nuclear Fusion and Engineering Physics (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD))

About the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

GRE is a standardised test on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing that measures readiness to pursue graduate-level programs. The GRE is available in two categories: the GRE General Test and the GRE Subject Tests. GRE scores are valid for five years following your test date. More info can be found on the GRE website

Admission to UGent-FEA

To make a decision on the applicant's eligibility to be granted admission to the FEA study programmes, the relevant study programme committee will take the GRE scores into consideration. The study programme committee will take a final decision based on all components in an applicant's file, including but not limited to the study record, CV, motivation letter, certificates and diplomas etc. 

Indicative GRE scores for FEA applicants

Based on thorough research, FEA has decided to base the evaluation of an applicant's GRE score for the Quantitative Reasoning component of the GRE General Test on this scale: 

  • GRE score of 163 or above: Provided the applicants adopt an appropriate study attitude, this scores gives a positive indication of their chances of success in the study programme. 
  • GRE score between 158 and 162: Provided the applicants put in sufficient effort, they have acceptable chances of success in this study programme. 
  • GRE score of 157 or below: The GRE score is insufficient and suggests the applicants will have considerable difficulties in successfully completing the study programme in the foreseen timeframe. 

 Please note that GRE scores are valid for five years following your test date.