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.

Welcome to Ghent University! We have been preparing for your arrival and are very excited that you have made the decision to join us.

Make the most of our Welcome Days: we want you to have fun and learn about your new home!

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.

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.

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.

Practical information

We are pleased to invite all international students (both exchange and degree) starting their studies at Ghent University in the first semester of the academic year 2018-2019  to our Welcome Days.

These will take place on Thursday 20th and  Friday 21st of September 2018, prior to the start of the academic activities on Monday the 24th of September. During these days you will get the opportunity to meet other students and get acquainted with Ghent University and the City of Ghent.


The program is free of charge, but registration is necessary, both for the mandatory and the social activities, because places are limited. For this reason we also ask to register for only one of the social activities either on Thursday or on Friday.

You can register here until Thursday September 13th at 23:59.

Looking forward to meeting you in Ghent!

The International Student Support Team
Stephanie, Laïla and Charlotte