Special status on the grounds of student entrepreneurship


You need to meet the following cumulative requirements:

  • You have acquired credit certificates of at least 60 ECTS credits from an academic programme or you run an existing enterprise;
  • You have acquired credit certificates for at least half of the personal enrolment curriculum in the academic year preceding the year for which the special status is requested, unless you are enrolling for the first time in higher education;
  • You need to submit a description of your current business activity or a plan showing that you intend to offer a product or service that can create value within 12 months. This should demonstrate that the activity has a clear growth perspective.

Application procedure

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

  • Via oasis.ugent.be
  • No later than November 5 (unless impossible due to exceptional circumstances)
  • Add required documentation and official certificates

The special status is granted for one academic year and starting from the decision date.


You may request following facilities on condition that the education and examination activities do directly conflict with the grounds for this special status:

  • Being exempted from/modification of educational activities requiring student attendance. In this case, a task may be imposed instead or the educational activity may be organised at a different time within the same academic year;
  • Having one or several evaluations rescheduled to a different time in the same academic year;
  • Being given an alternative time for feedback.

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

Academic year 2023-2024:

  • 26 April 2024 for the second semester examination period
  • 2 August 2024 for the resit examination period

Academic year 2024-2025:

  • 5 December 2024 for the first semester examination period
  • 24 April 2025 for the second semester examination period
  • 7 August 2025 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.
Rejectable facilities that have not been addressed in a timely manner by the relevant responsible lecturer(s) will be automatically approved at the start of the respective examination period.
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 the Education and Examination Code.
Students with special status in whom the facilities granted in terms of education or examination facilities are not applied may appeal to the Institutional Appeals Committee, as stipulated in the Education and Examination Code.


On Special Status (Information sheet students) you will find a practical step-by-step plan on the application procedure and the allocation and management of facilities.

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