Terms and Conditions

The Low Countries Studies programme does not lead to a degree, only to a certificate. The programme is not a full-time degree programme or exchange module and cannot be used to gain access to or register for university studies. Most students can take this course as an additional programme, staff members can take this course within the framework of LifeLongLearning.

For the students of the European Master of Science in Clinical Linguistics, the Low Countries Studies is a mandatory course of 3 ECT within their programme. They have an extra workload.

Students can register until the end of February 2022. The usual rules of the University apply in connection with quitting the programme.

Certificate and how to obtain it

Students wishing to obtain a certificate are invited to attend at least 75% of the lectures. Attendance on campus will be registered via the student card.

The official certificates from Ghent University are signed by the Rector and the dean of the Arts' Faculty. Each student will receive a copy both in Dutch and in English.

The name on the certificate will be in the order as indicated on the official registration list (and on your university card). This order cannot be changed.

Low Countries Studies as a mandatory course

After each lecture, the students post a short reflection (approx. 300 words) in the appropriate discussion forum on Ufora. The students are encouraged to interact with each other in this way. Students are expected to respond to at least nine of the twelve lectures.

After the completion of the course, students write an essay (approx. 4000 words). For this essay, students can choose from two options. Or they write a reflection on the entire program: what was interesting, what are the most striking differences with the home country, which subjects were clearly lacking (always thoroughly substantiated); or they write an essay on one topic from the course, comparing thoroughly the situation in Belgium with the situation in their home country. The comparison must be accompanied by a reflection on the differences.

The essays are expected at the latest on Tuesday, 31 May, 23.59h and should be handed in via Ufora (A005539A - Low Countries Studies). Under the tab ‘Ufora-tools’ there is an ‘Assignment’ called ‘Essay’.