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Employee benefits

You will find at Ghent University a stimulating, supportive environment that also supports work-life balance and offers a wide range of additional benefits to lecturers and researchers.

The University offers its employees a range of benefits. Some examples:

  • A comprehensive training and education offer and many internal career opportunities
  • 36 holidays (for full-time employment), supplemented by bridging days (determined annually)
  • Eco vouchers and benefits platform
  • Various services for a good work-life balance, such as the possibility of teleworking, an ironing service, etc.
  • Childcare and the organization of holiday camps for children
  • Several university restaurants where employees can eat inexpensively
  • An extensive sports offer at low prices

Overview of all employee benefits


At Ghent University, you will receive a salary according to established salary scales. Several factors determine the salary scale: 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 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 some other days.

HR policy prioritising career prospects and fair working conditions

As a committed and caring employer, Ghent University stands for a talent-people-oriented HR policy with quality careers and new stimulating career opportunities.

Your development is an essential part of Ghent University's mission. We offer a comprehensive and continuously updated training offer for all employees.

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Top research environment

Research 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 the last decade, the university has been listed in the Shanghai Ranking top 100 world universities.

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. The university strengths in life sciences, medicine, materials and agricultural science, veterinary medicine, psychology, history and many more are complemented by our 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.

Build networks and pursue an active lifestyle

At Ghent University, we strive to make you feel right at home and link you with like-minded people. Stay informed about news and events, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also participate in a range of culture and leisure groups and associations.

Unique cultural platforms unite knowledge and expertise on specific regions, offering support to the Ghent University community in establishing or expanding new cooperation.

Ghent university has a broad international network and many opportunities for international contacts.

Ghent: a safe, beautiful, opportunity-rich location

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.

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.

Top-level sports facility

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.

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.


Ghent University works on diversity in an active and integral way. We build on our mission statement in which Ghent University profiles itself as a socially engaged and pluralistic university that is open to everyone regardless of philosophical, political, cultural and social background.

Read more about the UGent gender and diversity policy


Ghent 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.