Welcome Days for International Students

The Welcome Days are designed to make your transition to Ghent University and university life as smooth as possible. When you attend the Welcome Days, you will find a wide variety of sessions, events, and social gatherings to help you get to know the university and city better, find answers to your questions, and make new friends.

New Welcome Days for new international students arriving at UGent in the spring semester: 6 + 7 February 2020.

For whom?

The Welcome Days are open to all NEW international students (exchange, degree and PhD) of Ghent University. Students who were already registered at Ghent University in the past cannot be accepted.


Thursday 6 and Friday 7 February 2020


The programme is free of charge; participation is strongly recommended. We advise you to plan your arrival date in Ghent minimum 1 day before the start of the Welcome Days.

Please keep in mind that, if you have lessons, courses, lab work, etc… on the Welcome days, you need to contact your professor/promoter and ask whether you can take part.

Thursday 6 February 2020

Morning: general information session

  • 08.00 - 09.00  Welcome Coffee & Speech by the Rector
  • 09.00 - 10.30  general information about a number of facilities and important administrative steps during your stay in Belgium
  • 10.30 - 11.30  specific information for students residing in the university halls of residence
  • 10.30 - 14.00  information fair
  • 12.00 - 14.00  Free lunch

Afternoon: social activities

Choose one from the following (detailed information):

  • Crash Course Dutch
  • Guided roofed boat tour in the historical center
  • Guided beerwalk
  • Guided visit Belfry Tower
  • Guided visit Saint-Peter’s abbey
  • Guided walk with ESN
  • Sport: indoor fitness
  • Sport: indoor squash
  • Sport: indoor wall climbing

The Welcome Days are organised by the International Relations Office of Ghent University, in co-operation with the Province of East-Flanders, the City of Ghent, ESN Gent and many other helping hands.


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Looking forward to meeting you in Ghent!

International Support Team
Benedicte, Greet, Karen, Maaike and Patricia