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 takes up approximately 25 hours and consists of two major components:

  1. twelve lectures on the above-mentioned aspects of life in Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands
  2. four extra-curricular activities: a guided city walk through Ghent, a visit to the Ghent City Museum, a hands on demonstration of Belgian gastronomy and a one-day excursion in Flanders and the Netherlands under the guidance of experts.

Upon completion of this postgraduate course, students are awarded a Certificate of Low Countries Studies - Ghent University.