Ghent University completes cape of 2.000 outgoing exchange students

(11-10-2019) Last academic year 2.052 outgoing exchange students were registered, which is a milestone in Ghent University's internationalization ambitions.

In this way, Ghent University is for the first time reaching the threshold of 2.000 outgoing exchange students and is thus taking an important step in its ambition to internationalize the curriculum of its students, by supporting various forms of student mobility.

A growing trend in outgoing exchanges continues year after year. In addition to traditional mobility within the EU (especially through the well-known Erasmus + program), the number of exchanges outside Europe is also increasing, accounting for around 30% of all exchanges in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Incoming mobility has stabilized in the last two academic years around 1.500 mobilities.

“When the Erasmus program started thirty years ago, Ghent University was already on board. In the first year it was only a handful of students, but already then we knew: we cannot miss this boat. In the meantime, we have reached 2.000 outgoing exchange students a year. At Ghent University we are absolutely convinced of the importance of international and intercultural competences - for all students. That is why we remain committed to expanding our range of international cooperation and mobility.” (Rector Rik Van de Walle)

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The outgoing exchange students studied, did an internship or did research in the context of their master's thesis in 94 countries. The number 1 exchange destination is The Netherlands. The fact that many Veterinary Medicine students are doing a short-term internship in veterinary practices at our northern neighbors offers some explanation for the popularity of The Netherlands as an exchange destination. Outside Europe, the most popular destinations are the United States, Kenya and China.

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The most important source of funding for exchanges of Ghent University students remains the Erasmus + program. But many students also finance their mobility themselves: mainly short-term mobility in the context of a (clinical) internship or research. Just over half of this mobility takes place in the EU. Most students opt for a traditional exchange in which they take courses at a foreign partner institution. In addition, more and more students are crossing the border for (clinical) internship and research.

Incoming exchange students come from 70 countries. Students from Italy and Spain form the largest group.

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*Exchange is possible within Belgium between the Flemish and the Walloon community within the framework of the Erasmus Belgica program.

The administrative, substantive and personal guidance of more than 3.500 exchange students is the merit of many internationalization employees, exchange coordinators, internship supervisors and others at the faculty and various services within the central administration. The International Support Team of the Internationalization department takes the lead in this.

To optimize this guidance even further, the third Ghent University Internationalization Day will take place on Monday 21 October with a specific focus on the role of ATP employees in internationalization at Ghent University.