Accepted as an exchange student

Welcome Activities

We recommend you to arrive in Ghent in time so you can participate in the UGent Welcome Days and the Faculty Welcome moment.

UGent Welcome Days - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the start of the semester

  • You will receive a UGent information package and a lot of necessary information.
  • Programme

Faculty Welcome moment for incoming exchange students - Thursday evening and Friday before the start of the semester

  • You will receive information about our faculty, courses and support services.
  • Programme: 
    • Thursday 23 September - 18.00 to 19.30: online Faculty Welcome moment via MS TEAMS (registration not required)
      • Welcome word
      • Information about our faculty
      • Educational services
      • Information about the library
      • Digital facilities@UGent
      • Finalizing your course selection
      • Practical information and student organisations
    • Friday 24 September - from 09.30 to 11.00, or from 11.00-12.30: tour around our campus + lunch (registration required before 21/09/2021)

Buddy Programme

A big adventure is waiting for you: a new city, lots of new people and maybe also a different way of following classes and taking exams. This might be a bit overwhelming at first, and we can imagine you have a lot of practical questions about your studies. A lot of practical matters will be addressed during the Faculty Welcome, but afterwards you can also turn to one of the buddies for help and information.

A buddy is a local student from our faculty who can guide you through our beautiful city, explain how to find and reach the campus, help you to connect with local students, and much, much more. Along with the staff members of our faculty, they can help you make the most of your exchange in Ghent.

  • You will be informed by e-mail on how to subscribe

Welcome guide

The Welcome Guide offers you an elaborate overview of everything you might want to know when starting your studies.


Looking for a comfortable and high quality living unit to rent at a competitive price? The Housing Office rents offers accommodation for exchange students and can inform and advise you about the private rented market. 


Questions about restaurants, sports centre and bicycle rent? Make sure to read the website about University life.


Questions about registration, insurance, support and evaluation? Check the webpage Welcome at Ghent University!