Prospect incoming exchange students

Thank you for your interest in our exchange programme.

About us

Welcome to the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration - Ghent University.

Each year we host more than 250 incoming exchange students from partner universities through the Erasmus+ programme and other co-operations worldwide.

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Conditions for the participation in the exchange programme

Before sending your online application, please check if you meet the requirements to enter our exchange programme:

  • You can only enter the exchange programme of our faculty if there is a bilateral cooperation agreement (in the Erasmus+ framework or other) between your home university and our faculty.
  • You have to be nominated by your home university. Please ask your international office for advice and information about your options.
  • Do you have a B2 English level language certificate ?
  • Do you find suitable courses at our faculty? The majority of subjects are taught on Master level!
  • Can you compose an exchange curriculum of minimum 24 ECTS/semester?
  • Important: incoming exchange students are required to have a balanced workload between the exchange curriculum and the workload of the degree components that would normally be completed at the sending institution (and which will be ‘replaced’ after successful completing the exchange programme).
  • This means that the workload of educational components at the sending institution (to be replaced during mobility) should also amount minimum 24 ECTS (= table B of the LA)!
    Nominated students should have at least 24 ECTS available (thesis not included) in their degree programme at the start of the exchange period, for credit transfer to ‘replace’ degree components during mobility.
  • Do you meet the initial competences to enter the courses?
  • Are the dates of our academic calendar suitable for you?
  • The duration of your exchange period you apply for is the maximum period we can host you as exchange student. Prolongation during your stay is NOT possible!

Internships, thesis, free movers

  • Please note that we have no open internships available at administrative level.

If you have been invited for a traineeship in a specific department of our faculty, please contact the professor concerned who signed your training agreement.

  • It is not possible to write a thesis, Master dissertation, etc. within our exchange programme.
  • Studying as a 'free mover' at Ghent University is not possible. Student exchange is only possible in the framework of an inter-institutional agreement between partner universities.

Exchange programme

The exchange programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration includes subjects in 5 different study fields:

  1. Economics: focus on the functioning of the global economy
  2. Business Administration
    Courses in the study field ‘Business Administration’ focus on the different functional parts and organization of a business,
    including business skills and entrepreneurship
  3. Public Administration and Management: focus on the processes and management of the public, social profit and non-profit organizations
  4. Business Economics
    These courses have a strong analytical and quantitative focus and include research skills. A profound mathematical and statistical
    knowledge is required.
    The subjects in the study field ‘Master in Business Economics’ have a modular structure. That means that the courses will be bundled
    in modular blocks of six weeks each.
    The content of the courses are processed in a more focused and in-depth manner. The teaching methods are demanding and
    challenging: case studies, group assignments, discussion panels, lectures, business games, etc.
    At the end of each modular block you have an exam from the previous course. During a modular block you also get interim tests and
    (group) assignments. As a result, you no longer have exams in January or June.
    Because of the modular structure, it is difficult to include subjects from other study fields in your schedule.
  5. Business Engineering
    The study field 'Business Engineering’ is a combination of business administration, data-driven management science,
    business processes and technology.
    A business engineer may act as a mediator between technical and business economic positions to conduct data analysis, modelling
    and decision-making.
    Different management science principles are discussed and maintained through mathematical modelling, statistics and numerical
    algorithms.
    Since the courses have a strong focus on quantitative analytics in production, services, logistics, marketing and finance, a good
    knowledge of data analysis techniques, conceptual or mathematical modelling techniques and techniques of decision making are
    required. Additionally some course require a profound knowledge in programming.

 

IMPORTANT, check this info carefully BEFORE you make your application:

  • The course titles not always reflect the content. It is crucial to read the course specifications and initial competences of each course. See our online exchange programme: click on a subject of your choice and a pdf-file pops up.
  • Study field: you can include a subject outside your study field ONLY IF you have explicit approval from the UGent faculty international office. Take into account that the course schedules from the different study fields are not in harmony with each other.
  • Study level: the majority of subjects in the exchange programme are taught at Master level. To include Master courses in your curriculum, you need to have completed minimum 180 ECTS in your home degree within the study field of your choice.  Bachelor courses are taught at 3th year level. This means that you need to have completed minimum 120 ECTS in your home degree
  • As a Bachelor student you can include a Master course in your curriculum ONLY IF you have explicit approval from the UGent faculty international office. This means that you have to proof that you meet the initial competences/course requirements of the course concerned  (f.e. by transcript of records, taking part in a pre-test,...).
  • Workload: you need to compose a curriculum with a workload of minimum 24 ECTS/semester (without overlap!). A regular workload at Ghent University is 30 ECTS/semester or 60 ECTS/year.
  • Course schedule: the schedules from the different study fields are NOT harmonized with each other. So in case you select subjects from different study fields/levels, it is your own responsibility to compose a study programme without timetable conflicts! Courses in the study field of Ma Business Economics are taught in a modular schedule and with permanent evaluation! It’s a time slot based teaching approach with active teaching methods and class engagement, organised in teaching blocks of 6 weeks. This means that it will be almost impossible to match with timetables in other study fields.
  • Maximum 40% of credits in your exchange curriculum can be selected from other faculties at Ghent University.

 

Exchange programme 2019-2020    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. 

 

Course schedule 2019-2020: course schedule semester 1, check here                                                                                                                                               If several time slots are available for 1 subject, you are expected to attend all of them.

Language requirements

To follow courses in English at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration level B2 is required.

As prospect exchange student you need to provide one of the following language certificates: more info

A statement from your international office/English teacher is NOT sufficient!

For information about language tests and courses:  University Language Center (UCT)

 Academic calendar

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters: winter term (September - January) and spring term (February - June)

Academic calendar 2019-2020

Examinations

  • Exams take place at the end of each semester for all courses except those with a system of permanent evaluation and the subjects in the study field Ma Business Economics (evaluation after each 'module').
Exam period winter semester = 06-01-2020 until 01-02-2020
Exam period spring semester = 25-05-2020 until 27-06-2020
Resit examinations (winter/spring) =  17-08-2020 until 12-09-2020
  • Exams are in English and can be either written or oral. Sometimes you will be asked to write a paper instead of writing an exam.
  • Courses instructed in Dutch have an exam in Dutch.
  • Results of the exams are definitive.
  • In case you failed an exam, you have the right to take a resit exam during the scheduled resit period.
  • Resit period = August-September (also for exchange students!)
  • Results are only available after the official publication date at the end of each exam period. Also for resit exams!
  • No long distance exams are organised!

Life@Ghent University, accommodation, etc.

Here you will find information about Ghent University and its facilities: life@Ghent University

How to become an exchange student at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration?

Application deadlines

The application deadlines are set to May 15th (1st sem/winter) and November 15th (2nd sem/spring)

Application procedure

You need to complete the necessary online administration before you can be accepted at our faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

Your application will only be taken in consideration if your file is complete!

The applications submitted in time will being processed as soon as the deadline expires on May 15th. The processing time can take approximately 6 weeks to be completed.  Applications from non-EU students are handled first because of visa procedures. 

Read the application procedure carefully!

Application doesn't imply automatic approval, every application will be evaluated on grades, study level, proposed study programme, motivation, etc.

Housing application

Once your online exchange application is submitted, you can make an online housing application to rent a student room at Ghent University.

The moment your exchange application is officially approved, the housing application will also be approved automatically (in case of availability!)

More info concerning the housing facilities: click here

 

Prolongation exchange period

You can only stay for the period you have applied for. At our faculty, prolongation of your exchange period is NOT possible during your exchange period.

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