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Ghent University

4.3 out of 5 (229 ratings / 136 reviews) Gent, Belgium
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.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Education & Training (1)
Humanities (1)

About

History

In comparison with other European universities, the Ghent Alma Mater is relatively young. The institution was inaugurated on October 9, 1817, after King William I in the preceding year had proclaimed the establishment of three universities in the Southern Netherlands.

Education

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.

Research

Ghent University is acknowledged as an international top player in research. By striving for excellence, strategic clustering and the efficient support of a wide range of research niches, Ghent University aims to stay in this league.Track record of research: overview of the main research and funding projects - from excellent individuals to multidisciplinary partnershipsResearch directory: discover which research groups and institutes are part of the universityResearch in numbers: quick glance at Ghent University's research facts and figuresInstitutional partnerships and international networks

Career

Every year the Ghent University Association organizes a Graduation Fair in Ghent at the end of March. All final-year students of the four member institutions of AUGENT are welcome to visit this Graduation Fair.

 The Graduation Fair’s goal is to help final-year students find a first job or an opportunity for further study. In addition a series of information sessions help students to learn everything there is to know about taking their first steps towards a professional career.The fair has three sections:
  • A job market with some 160 employers from different sectors participating
  • An information fair concerning postgraduate possibilities and PhD
  • Information sessions and company presentations.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
66 -5
2018
61 8
2017
69
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
2020
87 5
2019
92 -4
2018
88
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
2020
123 20
2019
143 -36
2018
107
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
130 8
2019
138 -13
2018
125
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

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 lib.ugent.be you can find, among others:

  • Databases
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Theses

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

Accreditation

Ghent University Global Campus has been accredited by both the Ministry of Education (Korea) and by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).

Student Reviews

A brilliant uni and city
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I completely loved my experience at Ghent University. The programme itself was at a high standard academically and I felt I got a lot of support from the lecturers. They challenged me a lot. All my flatmates were lovely and all Erasmus or international students so this gave it a very friendly and open vibe with everyone chatting away. The city itself is gorgeous and very...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

being an international student is a life-changing experiences as i could enrich my interpersonnal skills and broadening my international connection. Beside, having a chance to get outside from the homeland, enables me to learn the different culture. I could expanding my comfort zone through studying abroad

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ghent University has a practical approach in combination with the academical education. The professors are approachable and help you when necessary.

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