Exchange students are students from universities with which Ghent University (Medicine department) has a formal exchange agreement. If an exchange agreement does not exist between your home university and Ghent University you cannot apply for an admission as exchange student at our medicine department.

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 process is for you to get nominated to go on exchange.



All our theoretical courses are taught in Dutch. Therefore we seldom accept foreign students for our theoretical programme (except if you have a C2 level of Dutch). This means that exchange students are mainly registered for clinical rotations at our hospital (3 to 6 months).


As the academic year is divided into 2 semesters you can choose to come to Ghent in either the autumn or the spring semester. We don’t accept any exchange students during the summer holidays (July and August).


As a minimum, all applicants must speak and write English 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.

Practical information

Application deadlines

Autumn semester: 15 May
Spring semester: 15 November


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

The medicine department 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.


  • 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.


Elien Rottiers
Ghent University – Campus UZ Gent
Corneel Heymanslaan 10 - Entrance 42 - Building 3K3
9000 Gent