About this course

Low Countries Studies is a post academic programme for exchange students and other foreign students and researchers who are studying or working as a researcher at Ghent University and who want to learn more about Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The programme offers a broad overview of various aspects of Flemish society (language, art and culture, history, the media, the Flemish landscape, town and country planning, etc ...) and everyday customs in Flanders. All aspects will be dealt with within the broader perspective of Belgium and the Low Countries.

In the past few years the number of registrations for Low Countries Studies has climbed to over 250 students, originating from over 50 different countries all over the world: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Greece, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Vietnam, Zambia.


The programme consists this year of twelve lectures on the above-mentioned aspects of life in Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In previous years we also organized four extra-curricular activities. This year it will not be possible to have the excursions. If the covid-regulations allow so, we will have the last lecture on site, in the MigratieMuseumMigration in Molenbeek. Details about this event will be provided later.

Students wishing to obtain a certificate are invited to write a short essay (about 4000 words). This essay will be evaluated - upon passing this exam, students are awarded a Certificate of Low Countries Studies - Ghent University.