Preparatory semester

What is the preparatory semester?

An academic year at Ghent University Global Campus starts in September and ends in June the next calendar year, just as it does in Belgium. However a lot of admitted students have been asking Ghent University Global Campus what to do between the moment they graduate from high school in February and the start of the academic year in September. For those students Ghent University Global Campus has a solution. Admitted students can already enroll in March and follow certain courses in a Preparatory semester.

With this preparatory semester students start earlier with their studies at Ghent University Global Campus and students can re-allocate their course load: students will be better prepared for Mathematics and English and will have the opportunity to already take some courses of the next semesters. This makes that the first year of the Bachelor of Science is spread in time, with more time to study for all the courses. Since the first year of the program is the hardest, the extra semester makes it lighter.

We emphasize that the preparatory semester is not designed to reduce the 4 years of curriculum. Students take the 1st year curriculum spread over three semesters instead of two. Within the preparatory semester students can take up three credit recognized courses (Introduction to engineering mathematics course is not a credit course). If a student starts in March, the student is automatically qualified and required to take the rest of the courses from the following September onwards.

Q: What is the GUGC preparatory semester?
A: An academic year at Ghent University Global Campus starts in September. But the GUGC preparatory semester starts in March instead of September. With this preparatory semester GUGC gives the opportunity for students who already acquired a high school diploma before March to get already started at GUGC. Once the new academic year starts in September the preparatory semester students are automatically integrated in the new batch of freshmen but already acquired a head start.

Qualifications

For the academic year 2016-2017 admitted students

  1. who acquired a high school diploma or its equivalent before March 2nd, 2016 and
  2. who applied before Jan 29, 2016 qualify to start studying at Ghent University Global Campus from March, 2016 onwards.

For the academic year 2017-2018 admitted students

  1. who acquired a high school diploma or its equivalent before March 2nd, 2017 and
  2. who applied before Jan 31, 2017 qualify to start studying at Ghent University Global Campus from March, 2016 onwards

Preparatory semester courses

It is important to understand that a student who enrolls in March and starts with the Preparatory semester will do an extra semester. However this extra semester is offered to Ghent University Global Campus students without any extra costs. The courses which will be organized for the students enrolling in March are:

  • Introduction to engineering mathematics – Mandatory, non-credit course

This introductory course is a non-credit course. This means that this course is especially created for students who enroll in March and is therefore mandatory for all students who enroll in March. Passing this course will not affect the actual course work of the student his/her Bachelor program. However this course will prepare the student for the Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 2 courses which are part of the official curriculum. After this course the student will be better trained to take up these mandatory classes. After taking this course, there is no need to attend the precollege course in summer. Ghent University Global Campus believes that taking Introduction to engineering mathematics will greatly enhance the chances of students in succeeding in the official mathematics courses. Therefore Ghent University Global Campus strongly recommends to all students enrolling in March to take this course.

  • English for Academic Studies 1 – Mandatory, credit course

English for Academic Studies 1 is a credit course. This course is especially organized for students who enroll in March and is therefore mandatory for all students who enroll in March. Passing this course will affect the course work of the student in the Fall semester. Students who have passed English for Academic Studies 1 during the Preparatory semester don’t have to take English for Academic Studies 1 again during the Fall semester. The advantage of taking English for Academic Studies 1 during the Preparatory semester is that the student will have more time to study for the science courses in the Fall semester.

  • Organic Chemistry 1: Structure and Reactivity - NOT Mandatory, credit course

Organic Chemistry 1: Structure and Reactivity course is a credit course. This course is an introduction to the basics of organic chemistry, with emphasis on the understanding of chemical structures and properties. The student who takes this course is expected to have a high school level knowledge of chemistry. The advantage of taking this course during the Preparatory semester is that the student will have more time to study other courses in the in the Spring semester.

  • Microbiology - NOT Mandatory, credit course

The Microbiology course is a credit course. This course is a basic course in biology with emphasis on evolution, biodiversity and adaptations of microorganisms. The student who takes this course is expected to have a high school level knowledge of biology. The advantage of taking this course during the Preparatory semester is that the student will have more time to study other courses in the in the Spring semester.

Cost

Three semesters for the price of two! The tuition for three semesters is the same as for two semesters and the Introduction to Engineering Mathematics is free of charge.

The extra Preparatory semester in the first year will not cost extra. The enrolment fee is paid only once for the three terms of the first year. Each term tuition fee is paid for the credit courses. After finishing the three terms of the first year a student who enrolled in March has followed the same courses as students who enrolled in September, so the amount of credits is the same.

Detailed instructions for the payment will be sent during January:

Enrolment fee: 2,000,000 KRW, paid at enrolment before the start in March
Course fee varies depending on the number of courses a student takes. Per course a student pays 1,500,000 KRW.

  • Introduction to engineering mathematics is free of charge, but for the rest of the courses, the fee is W 1,500,000 per course
  • Possible combinations are the followings:
    • Introduction to engineering mathematics + English for Academic Studies 1 = 1,500,000 KRW.
    • Introduction to engineering mathematics + English for Academic Studies 1 + Organic Chemistry 1 = 3,000,000 KRW.
    • Introduction to engineering mathematics + English for Academic Studies 1 + Microbiology = 3,000,000 KRW.
    • Introduction to engineering mathematics + English for Academic Studies 1 + Organic Chemistry 1 + Microbiology = 4,500,000 KRW.

Dormitory

The dormitory rooms will be available for use. More detailed info will be shared among applicable students.