Special status for a foreign-language speaker


  • You have enrolled in Flemish higher education for the first time in a Dutch-language study programme and
  • You have followed maximum two years of Dutch-language education.

Not applicable for incoming exchange students.

Application procedure

Submit a substantiated request with the director of the Department of Educational Policy

  • Via oasis.ugent.be
  • At last upon 9 november 2018 (unless impossible due to exceptional circumstances)
  • Add required documentation and official certificates

The special status is only granted for the academic year in which it was awarded and starting from the decision date, and it can be granted for no more than one academic year.


You may request following facilities: 25% more time for an evaluation and using a translating dictionary during an evaluation.

You need to inform the lecturer(s) in charge via oasis.ugent.be which of the awarded education and/or examination facilities you wish to invoke for the course unit at hand, no later than

  • 10 August 2018 for the resit examination period 2017-2018
  • 14 december 2018 for the first semester examination period
  • 17 mei 2019 for the second semester examination period
  • 9 augustus 2019 for the resit examination period

If the special status is awarded later than the above-mentioned deadline you need to inform the lecturer(s) as soon as possible.

Facilities are always granted in joint consultation with the lecturer in charge. In dialogue with the faculty director of studies or the chair of the study programme committee, the lecturer in charge may refuse a facility if duly justified. S/he may do so if the essential programme competences are impaired as a result of the facility or if it is practically not feasible to grant the facility. The faculty and/or institutional ombudspersons may mediate in this procedure if necessary.

Special status students who are denied any education or examination facilities may appeal against this decision with the Institutional Appeals Committee, as stipulated in article 100 of the Education and Examination Code.