Information for exchange students
All general information on educational, administrative and leisurely matters for exchange students at Ghent University: https://www.ugent.be/en/exchange/
Application procedure: https://www.ugent.be/en/teaching/admission/exchangestudent/application.htm
Studying at our faculty
Do I need to know Dutch?
No, the course catalogue comprises of courses both in Dutch and in English. However, to be able to follow the courses in English, the University requires students to possess a B2 proficiency level in English. This does not apply to students taking courses taught in their native language (an Italian language course taught in Italian is open to any Italian student).
How do I choose my courses at the faculty?
- You can take course units from Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.
- You don’t have to limit your choice to the year and discipline you are enrolled in at your home university.
- You can also take a few course units from other disciplines, even outside the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy – however, the majority of the course units you choose must be found in the course catalogue of our faculty.
- All course units part of our language programmes are taught in the target language. For example, a German linguistics course unit is taught in German. Course units in all other (non-language) programmes are taught in Dutch. Exchange students may be assigned alternative coursework to be determined in consultation with the professor.
- If you want to improve your Dutch, you can take a Dutch language course at the University Language Centre (Universitair Centrum voor Talenonderwijs). You can use the language voucher which you will receive upon arrival.
- Before arrival, you have to draw up a provisional Learning Agreement as part of the admission procedure. After your arrival at the faculty, you will need to draw up a definitive Learning Agreement. Please note that exchange students must meet the following minimum credit requirements:
- trimester : 20 ECTS
- semester : 30 ECTS
- year : 60 ECTS
All courses at our faculty are listed in the programme catalogue.
Course information concerning the teaching language, contents, learning material, evaluation methods etc., can be found by clicking on the name of the course.
Preparing your stay at the Faculty
First things first
After your visit to the Student Administration Office and the exchange student adviser, you must see the FCI administrator of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy. The FCI administrator will help you with administrative questions, such as finding the time schedules of classes, accessing the Minerva platform, changing your Learning Agreement.
Definitive Learning Agreement
You have to draw up a definitive Learning Agreement once you are in Ghent. You must do this as soon as you have made a final choice of course units and no later than one month after the start of the semester. In case you fail to hand it in, your exchange period will not be validated at our university!
You can ask your coordinator for advice concerning your course units and the changes you would like to make.
The buddy programme facilitates the integration at the Faculty, not only at the beginning when you have a lot of practical questions, but also later when you want to meet fellow (Belgian) students. To help you find your way around the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, you can request a personal buddy. More information.
Language Tandem: a linguistic exchange between two people of different mother tongues
If you would like to improve your language skills and get in contact with other international or Belgian students, then get involved in a language tandem! In a language tandem both (or more) parties will benefit from the learning experience. More information.
At the end of your stay
The FCI administrator will draw up a transcript of records and send it to your home university after you have finished your exams at our faculty.
Contact the international office for more information