Holidays and leave

Holidays 2017

If you have a Ghent University employment contract and you work full-time, the basic number of holidays is 39.

This is subject to changes depending on your appointment and/or staff category and any period of leave/absence granted during this year. E.g. if you start later than the first of January, you have a number of holidays that is proportional to the number of months that you will have worked in that civil year.

Some of these holidays are assigned by Ghent University and are fixed on a particular date.

Fixed days

  • Friday 26/05
  • Monday 10/07(before holiday of the Flemish community)
  • Monday 17/07 until Thursday 20/7 (Ghent festival )
  • Monday 14/08 (before Assumption of the Holy Virgin)
  • Friday 03/11

Apart from these holidays, there are the public or legal holidays ('bank holidays').

  • Sunday 01/01 (Newyear)
  • Sunday 16/04 (Easter)
  • Monday 17/04 (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 01/05 (Labour day)
  • Thursday 25/05 (Ascension day)
  • Sunday 04/06 (Whit)
  • Monday 05/06 (Whit Monday)
  • Tuesday 11/07 (Flemish community)
  • Friday 21/07 (National holiday)
  • Tuesday 15/08 (Assumption of the Holy Virgin)
  • Wednesday 01/11 (All Saints' Day)
  • Saturday 11/11 (Armistice/Remembrance Day)
  • Monday 25/12 (Christmas)

Apart from the public holidays, the employee doesn't have to work on:

  • Thursday 02/11 (All Souls' Day)
  • Wednesday 15/11 (Belgian Monarchy)
  • Tuesday 26/12 (Second Christmas Day)


Parental - maternity - paternal leave (

Maternity leave: this type of leave sets out the maternity provisions to which female employees are entitled, both before and after the birth of their child. Maternity provisions refer to the leave and pay to which employees may be entitled, and their right to resume employment with Ghent University, following the period of leave. All employees seeking maternity leave must produce medical evidence of the expected day of birth.

Paternal leave: The University is committed to supporting all employees who have a child or have adopted one. Following the birth or adoption, eligible employees can take paid leave to care for the child and/or to support the mother/adopter in the form of Paternity Leave.

Parental leave: the purpose of this scheme is to enable staff to spend more time with their young children whilst at the same time keeping their employment open.

Compassionate leave

The University has informal provisions in place for allowing staff to take Compassionate Leave, i.e. time off with pay for employees who are having to cope with certain (often emergency) situations within their immediate family, e.g. spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law. The time allowed is to enable individuals to cope with immediate practical difficulties and to set up any arrangements that might need to be made.


  • marriage
  • childbirth
  • death