Prospect outgoing exchange students

exchange_UGent_EB_RGB_kleur1.pngWhat makes studying abroad (so) different

 Studying abroad is  almost the same as studying in Ghent, but then again somewhat different. You'll follow classes, participate in group work, do sports, go out, etc. The way of teaching might be the same or different compared to Ghent University. After successful exams you will gain credits, which will be recognized at UGent and will be integrated in your regular study programme. In this way your study time will be the same as students who do not study abroad.

  • Obtain credits at one of our partner universities
  • Studying abroad will not prolong your study time
  • You will study in English or in the local language (French, German or Spanish)
  • Within the Erasmus area you will receive a scholarship
  • Outside of the Erasmus area you can apply for different scholarship opportunities

10 reasons why you should study abroad

 

Ghent has over 250.000 inhabitants, the world hosts over 7 billion people. It's time to leave Ghent, spread your wings and discover the world!

Each country developed it's own education system. For some it might be very similar to Flanders, but for other countries it might be very different. Discover other teaching methods, learn about other traditions and discover how different education can be!

You have been studying languages for several years? It's time to start using them in daily life, use them inside and outside your host university. You will be amazed how fast you pick up new words and become fluent in a foreign language.

In a globalized world you will most probably end up working in a multicultural team. During your exchange you will not only learn about the local culture, you will also meet people from all over the world and learn about their habits and traditions. This will prepare you to understand other cultures.

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. Studying abroad makes you more independent, more self-confident. Students who study abroad become explorers and really want to discover all aspects of the new environment and discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbour. It's time to live an independent life. No more hotel Mama. You will be amazed how much you will learn about yourself in such a short period!

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations and to be able to solve problems.

Your improved language skills, your ability to cooperate with people from around the world, your independence, your willingness to learn, etc are very attractive to future employers. In no time you will get the job you have always dreamed of!

Students from all over the world who share an intensive period studying, living and partying together. Is there a better basis for a lifelong friendship?

Other universities offer different courses and other specialisations. They also might use other ways of instructing. Expose yourself to this and you probably will find new interests and discover different subjects compared to Ghent.

Of course it's not all about studying. Discover your new home town and country and have fun!

When can you study abroad during your studies at the faculty EB

 If you want to study abroad next year, the following conditions apply:

  • At the time of application: registered or completed all courses of the first and second bachelor year (120 ECTS)
  • At the time of departure: completed all courses of the first and second bachelor year (120 ECTS). Exception: if students don't pass all courses, 2 UGent-courses/max. 12 ECTS of bachelor 1 or 2 can be combined with the study abroad
  • Students who follow preparatory or linking courses need to have finalized all courses before the actual exchange. Exception: if students don't pass all courses, 2 UGent-preparatory/linking-courses/max. 12 ECTS can be combined with the study abroad
  • Follow a programme of at least 24 ECTS per semester at the host institution (matched to min. 24 ECTS at UGent)

 

An exchange during the following programmes is possible:

  • 3rd Bachelor Business Economics: semester 1 or full year
  • Master Business Economics: semester 1
  • 3rd Bachelor Business Engineering: semester 2 or full year
  • Master Business Engineering: for general courses only (courses related to the main subject need to be followed at UGent): semester 1 or full year
  • 3rd Bachelor Economics: semester 1
  • Master Economics: semester 1
  • 3rd Bachelor Business Administration: semester 1
  • Master Business Administration: semester 1
  • 3rd Bachelor Public Administration and Management: semester 1
  • Master Public Administration: semester 1

Here you can find a detailed overview of the exchange possibilities.

Where can you study (abroad)

 4 different areas:

  • Erasmus Belgica: French-speaking universities in Belgium
  • Erasmus (EU+Norway)
  • Switzerland
  • Non-Erasmus destinations

All details can be found in our partner database.

How much does it cost

You will only pay tuition fees at Ghent University, not at the host institution.  Besides you can receive a financial support depending on the area.

Erasmus Belgica: French-speaking universities in Belgium

One time incentive of €100 + €100/monthly for renting a room close to the French-speaking university

Erasmus (EU+Norway+FYROM+Iceland)

Students who choose one of our Erasmus partners receive a scholarship, the amount differs depending on the country:

  • €335/month for Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Austria, UK and Sweden
  • €285/month for Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Croatia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic
  • €235/month for Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, FYROM

Students who pay a reduced tuition fee at UGent get a top-up of €100 monthly.

Switzerland

  • CHF 360-420/month (in 2016-17)
  • The scholarship is paid by the host institution

Non-Erasmus destinations

  • Grants are managed by the central administration and distributed on socio-economic basis
  • Students can apply for these grants after they have been selected for one of the partner universities
  • approx 100 UGent one time travel allowances, based on the distance:

Distance (km)                          

Amount € / mobility

100 – 499

180

500 – 1999

275

2000 – 2999

360

3000-3999

530

4000-7999

820

>= 8000

1100

 

  • approx. 80 travel allowances (see above)+monthly allowance €650 (max. 1 semester)
  • The demand for scholarships to non-Erasmus destinations is higher than the offer
  • Some partner universities have own scholarships and will inform you whether or not you're qualified (f.e. JASSO for Japan, ASEM Duo, etc.)
  • More information on how to apply for a scholarship for a Non-Erasmus destination (after you have being selected)

Double degree

During a regular exchange programme students receive a transcript of records, but not a degree from the host university. In a double degree programme students receive a degree of both the home and the host university. The faculty currently offers the following double degree programmes:

    • Double Degree Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Master Business Economics)
    • Double Degree Université de Liège (Master Business Engineering)
    • Double Degree University of Nebraska, Omaha (Master Business Engineering, Business Economics, Economics)
    • Double Degree University of Porto

 

Double Degree Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Master Business Economics) 

In two years time students in Business Economics (Corporate Finance and Accountancy)  obtain a degree form Ghent University and Göttingen. During the first master year you will study in Ghent and during the second master year you will study and finish your master thesis in Göttingen. If you're interested in this programme you can contact the International Office, before you start your master.

Double Degree Université de Liège (Master Business Engineering)

Students Business Engineering (Finance and Operations Management) can study the first master year in Liège and the second master year in Ghent and will obtain a degree from both universities.  If you're interested in this programme you can contact the International Office, before you start your master.

Double Degree University of Nebraska, Omaha (Master Business Engineering, Business Economics, Economics)

Students in Business Economics and Business Engineering will study the first year at UGent and the second year in Omaha. During the second year students will also make the master thesis at UGent. Students in Business Engineering will study the first year at UGent, the second year in Omaha and the third year back at UGent.  If you're interested in this programme you can contact the International Office, before you start your master.

Double Degree Programme between University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering and Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. (Master Business Engineering, Operations Management)

Students in Business Engineering - Operations Management- study the first year at UGent and the first semester of the second year at the University of Porto. The second semester of the second year they study again at UGent and finish a dissertation project with double supervision.
If you are interested in this programme you can contact the international office, preferably before you start the master cycle.

Before you apply

 Before you apply it's important to inform yourself thoroughly in order to make the right decision:

How to apply

Applications in Oasis will be open at the beginning of December. Please make sure to make your exchange request in the right academic year. If the current academic year is 2017-18 and you wish to make an exchange in 2018-19, please make your exchange request in Oasis under the academic year 2018-19.

Please consult the exchange manual (available on Minerva, info site FINT) for all details on how to apply to study abroad!

Next application deadline: January, 31st, 2018 (for an exchange in 2018-19)!

FAQ

Yes, if you can follow a programme of at least 24 ECTS per semester within the exchange possibilities of your programme at the host institution. We advise you to make an appointment with a study track counsellor first to find out about your learning track next year. Then you can make an appointment with the International Office to find out about your personal exchange possibilities. Bear in mind that some partner universities only accept master students who have finalized their bachelor programme.

The selection will be done during the month of February. All exam results, language knowledge, motivation, availability of your programme at the partner institution, availability of places at the host institution, etc. are taken into account.

Yes, once during each study cycle (bachelor and master). However during the selection students who have been on exchange already get a lower priority.

It's impossible to answer this question is we have no idea yet of your ranking during the selection procedure. We also don't know how high the demand for university X will be, as this varies every year. We advise you to make an application for all partner universities where you want to study and rank them in order of your preference.

Yes, selection criteria are the same. However the number of places outside of the Erasmus area are limited. Therefore students with higher grades are more likely to get selected for university outside of the Erasmus area.

Yes and no. After the selection you have one week to reject your selection. You then you hold one of the available exchange places. Places are limited, therefore it's important to make your application only for destinations where you really want to go to. One week after selection cancellations are no longer accepted.

  • If you have been selected by Ghent University and nominated
  • If your applications has been accepted by the partner university
  • If you meet all conditions after the exam period

The partner universities are selected by the faculty and meet the same quality criteria. The level should be approximately the same. However the way of lecturing and examinations might be different from Ghent University.

It is possible to make an exchange in the same year as the master thesis. Your exchange will be in the 1st semester and you will finalize your master thesis in the 2nd semester. It's important to make arrangements with your promoter before you leave about the expectations in regard to your master thesis during your exchange. It's also important to keep in touch with your promoter during your exchange (mail, telephone, Skype). It's advisable to select a topic where physical presence in Ghent during the 1st semester is not necessary, f.e. for doing research or interviews which can only be done in Ghent.

In some cases students will even have more time for the master thesis after the exchange. When your exchange period ends in December and you have no exams in January, you can use January and February to work on your master thesis.

Contact

International Office

Send us an e-mail: int.feb@ugent.be

Visit us: Campus Tweekerken, Building Hoveniersberg, Dean's office, ground floor.

Give us a call: +32 9 264 3303/3304