For prospective degree students

What is a degree student?

Degree students are students that stay at UGent for the entire study programme and after successful completion, receive a UGent diploma.

If you are only here for a limited amount of time and will obtain a diploma from your home university, you are an exchange student.

If you already are a registered Ghent University student, you can visit the webpage for current students for more information on course schedules, exam periods, track counselling, etc.

Why study at our faculty?

Challenging and interactive courses

Our courses consist of a wide variety of hands-on and real-time teaching methods: case studies, group assignments, papers, guest lectures, business games, … Several speakers of international companies are invited to share their experience with our students, in addition to the academic theories and frameworks. The courses are very demanding and challenging, yet very professional.

A top 100 university

Ghent University enjoys a high reputation worldwide. We are ranked number 69 in the Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities (Shanghai Ranking). Belgium is known for its very high level of education. It’s one of the best in the world and will certainly contribute to your educational experience. Consult all our international rankings here.

Very accessible and highly qualified staff

Our professors are very accessible and helpful. They are eager to share their knowledge and to interact and discuss questions with their students. Our staff excels in teaching and research. They incorporate their research expertise into their classes. Do you have a problem? Our student administration is happy to help you out!

Career opportunities

Big international companies will reach out to you through the student association’s job fair, guest lectures, company presentations, etc. During your study programme you can fulfil an internship at a major company. Our traineeship supervisor team will help you setting up a solid working contract.  

An international culture

Our Belgian students are very open minded and will make you feel welcome. Living in Belgium as an international student is easy because almost everyone speaks English. So you will be easily integrated with Belgian and other international students.

The city of Ghent

Ghent is a beautiful, historical city. It has an open and progressive culture. Enjoy several cultural and sportive activities during the year. You can travel around town by bike. Ghent is also located in the heart of Europe, so it’s very easy to travel to other cities and countries (eg. Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome, …).

Our English programmes

Learn more about our faculty and our English programmes in the information brochure.

Preparatory programmes

Master programmes

Subsequent master programmes

Required initial competences

It is your own responsibility to meet the requirements regarding the initial competences by the start of the academic year.

If you have any doubts or questions about the requested initial competences, please do not hesitate to contact the professors. The professors' contact details can be found in the Course Catalogue.

Preparatory programmes

The courses in the preparatory programme are not introductory courses, they are more advanced courses with required initial competences. Therefore we advise you to check these initial competences in the course specifications, which can be consulted in the Course Catalogue.

In order to clarify the mathematical skills that are required, we provide you with exercises you have to be able to solve without too many difficulties. These exercises are only applicable to students who have to follow a preparatory programme and take one or both of the following courses:

  • Mathematics II (A) and Financial mathematics A (Preparatory programme in Business Economics)
  • Mathematics II (A) and Mathematics II (B) (Preparatory Programme in Business Engineering)

Master programmes

We advise you to check the initial competences in the course specifications, which can be consulted in the Course Catalogue.


All students of the master’s programmes Economics, Business Economics and Business Engineering have the opportunity to do an internship. More information about the internship can be found here.

Summer School BE Prepared

During summer, you can follow a preparatory programme in orde to refresh your general knowledge of Mathematics, Chemistry and/or Economics at the Faculty or Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University.

More information can be found on the website of the International Training Centre.

Practical information


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