Language requirements for lecturers

As determined by Flemish decree, academic staff are required to meet certain language requirements for the language in which they teach.

Lecturers-in-charge require a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language in which they teach a course.

English C1 Certificates

A C1 level of English proficiency can be certified by a language certificate linked to the CEFR C1 level or by means of an English-language diploma from secondary education, or an English-language bachelor/master diploma or doctorate from an English-language institution.

If you already have an English language certificate or an equivalent diploma, you can add this to your personnel file (personnel - my data - education tab) in Apollo.

Types of Language Tests

Common English proficiency tests include the following:

  • the ITACE test from the consortium of the university language centres of UAntwerp, KULeuven, VUB and Ghent University
  • TOEFL: TOEFL iBT: a total score of at least 110
  • IELTS: a total score of at least 7
  • Cambridge ESOL: At least the CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) with a total score of at least 67

Any expiry dates stated on the test results will be disregarded. 

ITACE test (University Language Centre)

Lecturers who have not obtained any of the above-mentioned language certificates can take the ITACE test (Interuniversity Test of Academic English) at the University Language Centre (UCT) of Ghent University.

Ghent University has chosen this test because it is specifically tailored to an academic environment and to teaching.

The ITACE test is funded by the central administration and is free of charge for lecturers.

The test has been internationally validated.

 

The dates for all the language tests in 2020-21: 10/09/2020, 14/12/2020 and 12/06/2021, you can register via: link 2020

 

 

Language course

UGent offers a training series 'Lecturing skills in English'. More information can be found at https://onderwijstips.ugent.be/nl/tips/lecturing-skills-english-trainingsreeks/

Dutch C1 Certificates

A C1 level of Dutch proficiency can be certified by a language certificate linked to the CEFR C1 level or by means of a Dutch-language diploma from secondary education, or a Dutch-language bachelor/master diploma or doctorate.

If you already have an English language certificate or an equivalent diploma, you can add this to your personnel file (personnel - my data - education tab) in Apollo.

Common Dutch proficiency tests:

  • the Interuniversity Language Test of Dutch (ITNA) from the consortium of university language centres of of UAntwerp, VUB, KULeuven and Ghent University
  • the Dutch as a Foreign Language Certificate (CnaVT), academic language proficiency profile (PAT)
  • a certificate awarded by a Centre for Adult Education, grade 4
  • a certificate of Dutch for non-native speakers level 6  from a university language centre

Any expiry dates stated on the test results will be disregarded.