About Ghent University

Ghent University is an internationally renowned, open, pluralistic and socially engaged university in Belgium. Our credo is 'Dare to Think'.

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Ghent University is an open, pluralistic and socially engaged university. It is more than 200 years old, offers more than 200 programmes (including 64 English-taught master's programmes) and conducts in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains.

Our credo is Dare to Think: we are a haven for courageous thinkers.


Our organisational model provides autonomy for 11 faculties and their departments, supported by 9 central administrative departments.

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In Belgium, Ghent University is located in and around Ghent, Courtrai, Bruges and Ostend. We are also the first European university in Songdo, South Korea.

Aula AcademicaHistory

Ghent University was founded in 1817. Over the past 200 years, Ghent University has counted many eminent scientists, ministers and even Nobel laureates among its staff and alumni.

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