Ghent University

Ghent University is a top 100 university founded in 1817. As one of the major universities in Belgium, our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research in both exact and social sciences.



Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, was founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange.The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winners Corneille Heymans and Maurice Maeterlinck, Leo Baekeland, Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, Peter Piot,...


All bachelor programmes and most masters are instructed in Dutch. The language of instruction of each programme is mentioned in the course catalogue.The English version of the course catalogue is a translation of the course catalogue in Dutch and does not imply that the programme will be instructed in English.A few master programmes are partly taught in English and partly in Dutch. As the official language of these programmes is Dutch, the Dutch language requirements apply.


  • Science communication
  • Technology transfer
  • Business Development Centers
  • Bimetra Clinical Research Center


The following steps in recruitment workflow in the event of a contract (i.e. you are on the university payroll) are generally followed:

  • The supervisor selects a viable candidate and sends a recruitment proposition to the Recruitment Office.
  • The Recruitment Office starts up a file within the most suitable staff category and contacts the candidate for the necessary documents. If applicable, the process of obtaining the correct entry permit is instigated.
  • The Recruitment Office sends the required information and/or forms to the candidate.
  • On arrival, the candidate will be invited by the Welcome Team.
Depending on the specific job category, different regulations and workflow may apply.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (8)
Engineering & Technology (6)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Agriculture & Forestry (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Business & Management (3)
Social Sciences (3)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Law (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
69 -7
62 9
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
107 11
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
125 6
131 -7
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The Counselling Office of Ghent University offers information, professional advice and counselling concerning the different aspects of a study career, before, during and after the period of study.This service is at the disposal of all students, prospective students or anyone else interested in studying at Ghent University.Students who are at odds with their studies because of personal distress and / or ineffective study habits can turn to the Counselling Office. Two psychologists, well-acquainted with study problems or psychological problems that students may have, are available for counselling.

Housing services

The University Halls of Residence have a great deal to offer

  • They offer short stay possibilities.
  • The rental fees are lower than the ones on the private market.
  • The use of electricity, water, internet,... is included in the rental fee.
  • The deposit fee is limited.
  • Furniture is provided.
  • Facilities: a common room, a study hall, a bicycle park and a laundry room.
  • 24/7 on-site support.

Library services

Ghent University Library is a network of faculty libraries and the Book tower, giving access to a broad scale of scholarly information and supporting users in finding the right information.Through the catalogue on you can find, among others:

  • Databases
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Theses
The catalogue is freely accessible to everyone.

ICT services

  • E-learning
  • Software
  • Web-based email
  • UGent website

Medical services

This service is run by general practitioners who are well-acquainted with student’s medical needs. Also for small surgery and gynaecological consultations students can make use of this service.Students can indeed also contact a general practitioner elsewhere in town, or go to the university hospital.

Student Life

Campus life

The Campus Kortrijk offers academic Bachelor and Master courses in Industrial Sciences (Industrial Engineering) .

On the campus 'by the sea' the GreenBridge incubation and innovation center is located. GreenBridge provides infrastructure and services for (young) technology companies.Ghent University is the first European university that is part of the Songdo Global University Campus (SGUC) in Incheon (Korea). On the SGUC, 10 leading universities are represented offering excellent higher education to domestic and international students.

Sports facilities

Ghent University boasts a fully-equipped sports centre ("GUSB"), with three large and two small halls for indoor activities, a 25-meter swimming pool, an instruction pool, two saunas, two, and more! Special attention is devoted to sports for disabled students. Some of the sports that can be pursued are: aerobics, aikido, condition gym, badminton, basketball, bujinkan bujutsu, cross-country running, diving, BBB, handball, hockey, jazz-dance, jogging in group, judo, karate, kayaking, korfball, Latino moves, mini-football and five-a-side football, Body&Mind, rugby, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, yoga, zumba etc.

Student clubs

  • Archeologische Werkgroep
  • BeMSA
  • Board of European Students of Technology Ghent
  • Brugse Universitaire Kring
  • Capitant Gent
  • CenEka
  • Chemica
  • Chinese Students Organisation
  • Christen Democratische Studenten
  • Comac
  • De Loeiende Koe
  • Deliria
  • Dentalia
  • Dionysus
  • Erasmus Student Network
  • FaculteitenKonvent Gent vzw
  • Filologica
  • Flanders Youth Society for Entrepreneurship
  • FLUX
  • Fotoklas
  • Geeraard
  • Gents Universitair Harmonie Orkest
  • Gents Universitair Koor
  • Gents Universitair Symfonisch Orkest
  • Gentse Biologische Kring
  • Gentse Farma Kring