Medicine

Update 15 September 2020:

Due to the current outbreak and spread of the covid-19 virus, our faculty board has decided to cancel all incoming and outgoing international mobility until 31 January 2021.

In accordance with the general policy stated in our fact sheet (cf. below), our programme committee decided to be very strict in accepting incoming medical students only from 1 May 2021 onwards during the 2nd semester. As such, we anticipate possible new surges of COVID-19 during the winter months, and students enhance their chances of being accepted for clinical rotations at the departments. From May through September the departments generally have a much larger capacity of internship spots. The deadline to apply through the Oasis system for an exchange in the 2nd semester and summer months of AY 2020-2021 (May until September) remains 15 November 2020.

Please be aware that the approval of applications will remain subject to conditions and measures in effect in the coming months, and before students’ arrival. We will of course keep applicants and partners informed if anything changes in this respect.

 

Students considering coming to Ghent University for an exchange within our Medicine programme are only eligible if

  • there is a formal exchange agreement with our university and your home university for the programme of Medicine
  • you meet the requirements and respect the deadlines for application (cf. infra).

Before you start planning your exchange to Ghent University, contact your home university to find out if there is an exchange agreement and what the procedure is for you to get nominated to go on exchange to Ghent University.
Please also consult our fact sheet for incoming students.

Possibilities

Internships/courses

All our theoretical courses are taught in Dutch. Therefore we seldom accept foreign students for our theoretical programme (except if you have a B2 level of Dutch). This means that exchange students are mainly registered for clinical rotations at our hospital (3 to 6 months).

Period

You can choose to come to Ghent in either the autumn semester, the spring semester or during the summer months July/August. Please note that internship spots are limited during the summer months due to the limited capacity of the hospital wards. Internship spots between February-April are also very limited or even unavailable at some departments due to the large number of Ghent university medical students performing traineeships during these months.

Requirements

All applicants must be in their Master’s level (4th, 5th or 6th year) and speak and write English at least at B2 level.

We are convinced that it is necessary for a student to be able to communicate properly with patients and his or her mentor. Therefore a student with insufficient fluency in spoken English will not be allowed to start his/her internship.
We strongly recommend, though not impose, a Dutch A1 or A2 level as this will facilitate the communication with patients at the wards.

Practical information

Deadlines for application

Autumn semester: 15 May
Spring semester and summer months: 15 November

More information for exchange students as well as the application procedure can be found on the international pages of Ghent University.

Our faculty is not involved in the allocation process of accommodation at the halls of residence. All inquiries concerning housing have to be addressed directly to our housing office.

Please make sure you arrive a few working days prior to the start of your internship to arrange all the Erasmus paperwork at the faculty and to collect your student card at the Student Registration Desk of Ghent University (take your Letter of Invitation with you).

FAQs

  • When do the semesters start?

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The autumn semester begins in September, the spring semester begins in February. Here you can find the academic calendar.

  • When do I receive my Letter of Invitation?

The processing of your application usually takes two months. Applications are processed after the application deadline, and you may expect your Letter of Invitation after the admission process has been finished. Your application first has to be assessed by the relevant departments at the hospital which takes some time.

  • What do I have to do after my arrival in Ghent?

We strongly recommend you to plan to arrive in Ghent a few days before the start of your first internship. Please come to the International Office of the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to take care of the administrative formalities. You also need to enrol personally at the Student Registration Desk of Ghent University to obtain a student card (take your Letter of Invitation with you).

  • What do I need to take care of when leaving Ghent?

You are required to bring your evaluations forms (one per internship you have been doing) to the International Office at the faculty at the end of your stay. Your transcript of records cannot be issued if we have not received the evaluation forms.

  • How do I get in contact with other exchange students?

The central International Office organises Welcome days for incoming students which take place at the beginning of each semester. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet other exchange students. Also, students at our faculty organise a buddy programme. Once you are accepted as an incoming student, you will be contacted by your buddy!

Contact

Elien Rottiers
Ghent University – Campus UZ Gent
Corneel Heymanslaan 10 - Entrance 42 - Building 3K3
9000 Gent
Belgium
international.med@ugent.be

 

 

 

Update 15 September 2020:
Due to the current outbreak and spread of the covid-19 virus, our faculty board has decided to cancel all incoming and outgoing international mobility until 31 January 2021.

In accordance with the general policy stated in our fact sheet (cf. below), our programme committee decided to be very strict in accepting incoming medical students only from 1 May 2021 onwards during the 2nd semester. As such, we anticipate possible new surges of COVID-19 during the winter months, and students enhance their chances of being accepted for clinical rotations at the departments. From May through September the departments generally have a much larger capacity of internship spots.
The deadline to apply through the Oasis system for an exchange in the 2nd semester and summer months of AY 2020-2021 (May until September) remains 15 November 2020.

Please be aware that the approval of applications will remain subject to conditions and measures in effect in the coming months, and before students’ arrival.
We will of course keep applicants and partners informed if anything changes in this respect.