Modalities for outgoing students

This text gives an overview of the points of view of the Faculty Board and the Joint Examination Boards FEA regarding the studies at an international university within the framework of a study exchange.

Admission requirements

Engineering - Campus Boekentoren

  • Biomedical engineering: decision by the Study Programme Committee
  • Chemical engineering: decision by the Study Programme Committee
  • Civil engineering: bachelor diploma obtained
  • Computer science engineering: bachelor diploma obtained
  • Electrical engineering: decision by the Study Programme Committee
  • Electromechanical engineering: having obtained at least 675/1000 in the bachelor
  • Engineering physics: bachelor diploma obtained
  • Fire safety engineering: decision by the Study Programme Committee
  • Industrial engineering and operations research: successfully completed all bachelor courses that are taught in the same semester as the exchange semester
  • Sustainable materials engineering: decision by the Study Programme Committee
  • Textile engineering: decision by the Study Programme Committee

Other masters - Campus Boekentoren

Students

The coordinator of an Erasmus+ exchange agreement informs all students for whom the exchange is intended about the possibilities. Each of these students can apply to study abroad within the framework of this agreement. The exchange can only take place during the Master’s programme, and this for a period of 1 semester up to 1 year, with the following conditions per education programme:

  • MSc Engineering Architecture (Dutch):  for 1 semester, during the first or the second semester
  • MSc Civil Engineering (Dutch and English): preferably during the second Master year, if motivated also possible during the first Master year
  • MSc Biomedical Engineering (Dutch and English): only during the second Master year
  • MSc Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (Dutch and English): preferably during the first Master year
  • MSc Chemical Engineering (Dutch and English): preferably during the first Master year, preferably for one semester
  • MSc Computer Science Engineering (Dutch and English): for 1 or 2 semesters, during the first or second Master year, only with a Bachelor’s degree
  • MSc Electrical Engineering (Dutch and English): preferably during the second Master year
  • MSc Photonics Engineering (Dutch and English): preferably during the second Master year
  • MSc (Sustainable) Materials Engineering (Dutch and English): for 1 or 2 semesters, during the first or the second Master year
  • MSc Urbanism and Spatial Planning (Dutch and English): for 1 semester, during the first or the second Master year
  • MSc Textile Engineering: for 1 or 2 semesters, during the first or the second Master year
  • MSc Electromechanical Engineering (Dutch and English): for 1 or 2 semesters, during the first or the second Master year
  • MSc Engineering Physics (Dutch and English): for 1 or 2 semesters, during the first or the second Master year
  • MSc Civil Engineering Technology and MSc Land Survey Engineering Technology (Dutch) : for the second semester, during the Master’s programme (Master’s thesis)
  • MSc Chemical Engineering Technology (Dutch): for the second semester, during the Master’s programme (Master’s thesis)
  • MSc Electrical Engineering Technology and MSc Electromechanical Engineering Technology (Dutch): preferably during the second semester, during the Master’s programme; exceptionally also for the first semester, for students who only have to complete their Master’s thesis and a maximum of 2 course units (students who complete the programme in 4.5 years)
  • MSc Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology (Dutch): for the second semester, during the Master’s programme (Master’s thesis + possible courses)
  • MSc Information Engineering Technology (Dutch): for the second semester, during the Master’s programme (Master’s thesis)
  • MSc Kortrijk: please contact the International Relations Officer of Campus Kortrijk

The coordinator ranks the applicants; in order to do so not only the examination results are taken into account, but also other criteria such as independence, motivation, etcetera. A priori no minimal study performance is set as a condition.
The coordinator proposes a study programme abroad to the Curriculum Committee, after the advice of the concerned study programme committee, at the latest on 31 October for a study programme in the first semester and at the latest on 15 March for a study programme in the second semester. The Curriculum Committee decides about the study programme abroad.

International universities

All institutions with a full-fledged academic programme for engineering, architecture or computer science are taken into consideration. It is first and foremost the responsibility of the coordinators to inform themselves, within the realm of their field of study, about the academic level of the international institution.

Length of the international stay

An Erasmus+ student resides for either one or two semesters of an academic year at an international institution; with the exception of students of the following study programmes:

  • The students of the maCT: preferably 1 semester
  • The students of the maBS: definitely at Ghent University – FEA for their Master’s thesis

If a student studies at an international institution during an even semester, it has to be safeguarded that he/she will get two examination periods for each of the course units of the preceding odd semester; in practice it is insisted upon that all exams of the odd semester are completed before leaving abroad. The coordinator and the head of the study programme committee have to keep track of this.
A summer trimester at an international university is also possible, but only within the framework of a final project.

The international study programme

Equality between the course units at the guest institution and the ones of which the student is exempted at the FEA can and should not be a goal. Essential is the equality of the education and the comparability of the study load. The coordinator and the study programme committee have to monitor that an international course unit is not a repetition of what the student has already studied at the FEA.

The Master’s Thesis at the guest university

If the ERASMUS student writes his/her Master’s thesis at the guest institution, the following rules have to be taken into account:

The global performance of the year

There is a predeliberation for all ERASMUS students together.

  • The predelibertation committee consists of: the dean, the academic secretary, all ERASMUS coordinators, the commissioners of the theses and the examiners of all course units for which the ERASMUS students have taken an exam at Ghent University
  • The predeliberation committee advises the Examination Board about the global performance of the year of each ERASMUS student, based on the international evaluation records and their “translation” to the FEA norms.
  • The ERASMUS coordinator makes sure that all international evaluation records are available during the predeliberation; the coordinator and the Ghent University commissioner(s) of the thesis provide the “translation” in joint consultation

One semester at the guest university

  • The student takes an exam at Ghent University for all course units of the semester spent at Ghent University (see also 3)
  • The student takes an exam at the guest institution for all course units included in the international study programme. These results will be “translated” to FEA results based on the local evaluation criteria, conversion tables, past experience, ECTS degrees.
  • The Master’s thesis is marked separately by the assessment committee. The global year result is calculated using the FEA method.

An academic year at the guest institution

  • The student takes an exam at the guest institution for all course units included in the international study programme. These results are “translated” to FEA results based on the local evaluation criteria, conversion tables, past experience, ECTS degrees.
  • The Master’s thesis is marked separately by the assessment committee. The global year result is calculated using the FEA method.