Why work at Ghent University?

Persoon bekijkt Aula UGentEmployee benefits

Ghent University offers its employees a range of benefits:

  • A comprehensive training and education offer and many internal career opportunities
  • 36 holidays (for full-time employment), supplemented by annually determined bridging days
  • Eco vouchers and discounts with many third-party suppliers via Benefits at Work platform
  • Various services for a good work-life balance: possibility of teleworking, an ironing service...
  • Childcare and the organization of holiday camps for children
  • Several university restaurants where employees can eat inexpensively
  • An extensive sports offer at low prices. Ghent University boasts a fully equipped sports centre, GUSB. The centre is home to 5 halls for indoor activities, a 25-metre swimming pool, 2 saunas and much more.

Overview of all employee benefits

Ghent: offbeat city in the heart of Europe

© UGent - Jonas VandecasteeleDiscover Ghent: a human-scale city with the heartbeat of a metropolis, a city of trailblazers and free spirits and an authentic place with a rich past and an exciting future.

The city of Ghent

Multicultural, historical, connected and open: the city of Ghent welcomes expats from all over the globe. Immerse yourself in local culture and get a taste of home by participating in a range of groups and associations catering to expats.

Cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly city centre

With a large car-free zone covering almost the entire city centre, the city of Ghent is sustainability-minded and encourages foot and two-wheeled traffic. This policy limits noise and pollution and prioritises health and accessibility. Ghent University offers a bicycle rent and repair service for students and staff.

The city bus and tram network is efficient and easy to use. Ghent University faculties are spread out across the city, within walking distance of each other, instead of located on a single campus. Take a look at the university layout within Ghent.

Excellent food and drinks

Getting a great bite to eat is also a few steps away both at the university at its high-quality, affordable student restaurants and also across the city within easy walking distance.


Discover Ghent: a human-scale city with the heartbeat of a metropolis, a city of trailblazers and free spirits and an authentic place with a rich past and an exciting future.

Top research environment

Medewerker onderzoek UGentResearch is the engine of Ghent University. The discoveries, innovations and achievements of our researchers are changing the world, influencing high-impact domains and driving global knowledge society worldwide. For years now, Ghent University has been listed in the Shanghai Ranking of top 100 universities worldwide.

Since its founding over 200 years ago, Ghent university has established a reputation for excellent science, from fundamental and high-risk science to applied research. We have an internationally renowned expertise in life sciences, medicine, materials and agricultural science, veterinary medicine, psychology, history and many more, complemented by a strong focus on multidisciplinary collaboration.

There are several funding opportunities to start a research career at Ghent University.

Thanks to our bottom-up research policy, young researchers and scientists are supported, encouraged and given diverse growth opportunities within a research climate focusing on superior quality and cutting-edge approaches.


Medewerker UGentAt Ghent University, you will receive a salary according to established salary scales. Your salary scale depends on the personnel category, the level of the position and your work experience. In each vacancy notice you can read which salary scales and/or grades are linked to the position.

Your salary increases as you build up experience. Seniority accrued with previous employers is included in the calculation of your salary under certain conditions. The salary is supplemented by an end-of-year allowance and a holiday allowance.

There is a financial contribution from Ghent University for commuting to and from the workplace by public transport and/or bicycle from your legal residence or home.

As a full-time employee of Ghent University, you are entitled to 36 days off, supplemented by statutory and decree holidays. You also get days off between Christmas and New Year to replace holidays that fall on Saturdays or Sundays. Some holiday periods are fixed, such as the week of the Ghent Festivities and a number of other days.

HR policy prioritising career prospects and fair working conditions

UGent'er aan bordAs a committed and caring employer, Ghent University stands for a talent and people oriented HR policy. We focus on successfully building careers and creating stimulating career opportunities.

Your development is an essential part of our mission. We have a comprehensive training offer for all employees, which we update continuously.

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Expand your network

Studenten Global Campus Zuid-KoreaAt Ghent University, we strive to make you feel right at home and get you in touch with like-minded people.

During your career, you can expand your international network through our unique regional platforms, which pool knowledge and expertise on specific regions. They offer the Ghent university community support in setting up or expanding new collaborations.

The university also has a broad international network. Perhaps working at the Ghent University Global Campus in South Korea might appeal to you?

You can also participate in a range of culture and leisure groups and associations, which allow you to grow on a personal level as well.


Studenten aulaGhent University works on diversity in an active and integral way. We are a socially engaged and pluralistic university, open to everyone regardless of their philosophical, political, cultural and social background.

Read more about our gender and diversity policy



Klimaatbos3Ghent University forms a leading knowledge institution where we create an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable world within a local and global context.

Learn more about our initiatives



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