International Support Team

The International Support Team (IST) is part of the International Relations office of Ghent University located in Korte Meer 9, 9000 Gent. We are a team of 5 university staff members: Karen, Benedicte, Greet, Maaike, Joke and Sofie (not in this picture yet). 

Karen, Benedicte, Greet, Maaike, Joke

What we do

  • Being students first point of contact for help and guidance regarding a range of administrative and wellbeing issues and offering advice and support. If necessary, we direct international students to other Ghent University departments they might need
  • Answering questions and concerns of incoming and outgoing exchange students and guiding them through our application procedures
  • Drawing up the inter-institutional agreements with partner institutions
  • Helping students (bachelor or master degree) who need to prove sufficient means of subsistence in the framework of their visa or residence permit application
  • Guiding staff members or students who participate in the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme through the process
  • Arranging exemption of the APS certificate for Chinese students
  • Organizing arrival and welcome activities at the start of each semester

How we can help

  • The IST aims to help you get the very best out of your international experience
  • We want to be your first stop for information, advice and support before your arrival as well as throughout your time at Ghent University or abroad
  • You must not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are here to assist you

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How to contact us

  • Benedicte Desmedt +32 9 264 83 76
  • Greet Naessens +32 9 264 70 34
  • Joke De Spiegelaere +32 9 264 83 04
  • Karen Wouters +32 9 264 70 25
  • Maaike Dhondt +32 9 264 83 75
  • Sofie Van Rentergem +32 9 264 83 70

Our new visiting address
Korte Meer 9
9000 Gent

(Postal address: Ghent University - International Relations Office - Rectorate - Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25 -  BE - 9000 Gent)


Monday Book an online meeting Book an online meeting
Tuesday Closed 14.00 - 16.00 
Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday 09.00 - 12.00 14.00 - 16.00 
Friday Closed Closed


Planning your exchange at Ghent University and still stuck with some questions?
Send us an e-mail and we will set up an online meeting.

Useful links (A-Z)

Specific links for Ghent University outgoing students