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Application and requirements.

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A degree student enrols at University College Ghent as a regular student in order to obtain a full degree or diploma.

If you possess a Flemish diploma of secondary education, you can immediately enrol in an Associate or Bachelor degree programme at HOGENT.

Diploma or degree requirements
Associate degree programmes

If you possess one of the diplomas listed below, you can immediately enrol in an Associate degree programme at HOGENT.

  • a European 'Baccalaureate Diploma', awarded by the European schools in Belgium or abroad
  • a Swiss ‘Diplôme du Baccalauréat International (BI)’, awarded by the Organisation du Baccalauréat International in Geneva
  • a Luxembourgish ‘Diplôme de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires’ or ‘Diplôme de Din d’Etudes Secondaires Techniques’
  • a Dutch diploma ‘Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs’ (HAVO)
  • a Dutch diploma ‘Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs’ (VWO)
  • a Dutch diploma ‘Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs’ MBO of at least 3-4 years with qualification level 4 (only to professional bachelor programs)
  • a Dutch ‘Getuigschrift van met Goed Gevolg Afgelegd Propedeutisch Examen’
  • a French diploma ‘Baccalauréat’ (minimum score 10/20)
  • a German diploma ‘Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Abiturprüfung’
  • an American ‘High School Diploma’ with a record of transcript mentioning at least 4 AP’s (Advanced Placements)
  • a diploma awarded by the SHAPE School (NATO)
  • a bachelor diploma or equivalent (via NARIC or an international decree)
  • a master diploma or equivalent (via NARIC or an international decree)
Bachelor degree programmes

If you possess one of the diplomas listed below, you can immediately enrol in a Bachelor programme at HOGENT.

  • a European 'Baccalaureate Diploma', awarded by the European schools in Belgium or abroad
  • a Swiss ‘Diplôme du Baccalauréat International (BI)’, awarded by the Organisation du Baccalauréat International in Geneva
  • a Luxembourgish ‘Diplôme de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires’ or ‘Diplôme de Din d’Etudes Secondaires Techniques’
  • a Dutch diploma ‘Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs’ (VWO)
  • a Dutch diploma ‘Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs’ MBO of at least 3-4 years with qualification level 4 (only to professional bachelor programs)
  • a Dutch ‘Getuigschrift van met Goed Gevolg Afgelegd Propedeutisch Examen’
  • a French diploma ‘Baccalauréat’ (minimum score 10/20)
  • a German diploma ‘Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Abiturprüfung’
  • an American ‘High School Diploma’ with a record of transcript mentioning at least 4 AP’s (Advanced Placements)
  • a diploma awarded by the SHAPE School (NATO)
  • a bachelor diploma or equivalent (via NARIC or an international decree)
  • a master diploma or equivalent (via NARIC or an international decree)

Candidate students possessing other foreign degrees or diplomas can also apply for Associate or Bachelor degree programmes at HOGENT.

Send an email containing

  • your name,
  • your nationality,
  • study programme of your interest,
  • your obtained diplomas and its country of origin,
  • your obtained Dutch language certificates.

Deadlines for submitting the application:

  • June 1st for candidates who need a student visa
  • July 1st for the other candidates

After application, we will check if your diploma or degree gives access to enrolment in an Associate or Bachelor degree programme at HOGENT and we will check if you meet all language and other requirements specified below.

After successful application, you will receive an official invitation letter to add to your visa application. The candidate is responsible for meeting the visa application requirements at the Belgian embassy/consulate. It is advisable to hand in the necessary visa documents as requested by the embassy/consulate at least three months before the start of the academic year (or preparatory Dutch language year if applicable).

Other deadlines might apply for the School of Arts, for postgraduate courses or continued education programmes.


Dutch language requirements
Associate degree programmes

If you want to apply for a Dutch-taught Associate degree programme at HOGENT you need to meet a minimum Dutch language level based on a proof of language proficiency by the time of enrolment. Following language certificates are accepted:

Bachelor degree programmes

If you want to apply for a Dutch-taught Bachelor degree programme at HOGENT you need to meet a minimum Dutch language level based on a proof of language proficiency by the time of enrolment. Following language certificates are accepted:

If you want to apply for a study programme at the School of Arts, other language requirements may apply.

If you have not obtained the required Dutch level B2 you can follow:


Specific requirements for School of Arts programmes

If you want to apply for a study programme at the School of Arts, visit the Student Affairs Office of the School of Arts. For the academic bachelor programmes at the School of Arts artistic entrance tests apply.

If you do not have a (equivalent) degree or diploma to enrol in an Associate or Bachelor degree programme, you can pass an alternative admission procedure if you meet the requirements described below.

Associate degree programmes

The test takes two hours and consists of two parts:

  • functional mathematics;
  • functional language skills and information processing.

To pass the test, you need to obtain a minimum score of 50% for both parts of the test. More info on the test will soon be available on the website of Ghent University Association.

When and where?
  • Gent: Instituut Rommelaere, Jozef Kluyskensstraat 29, Gent.
    Thursday June 20 at 2 pm
    Thursday June 20 at 6 pm
    Saturday September 7 at 10 am
  • Kortrijk: Howest: Graaf Karel de Goedelaan, Kortrijk, lokaal A 009.
    Wednesday June 19 at 6 pm
  • Brugge: Howest, Rijselstraat 5, Brugge, lokaal D102.
    Monday June 24 at 6 pm
  • Brugge: Howest, Rijselstraat 5, Brugge, lokaal D101.
    Monday September 2 at 6 pm
Register for the alternative admission procedure test

To register for the test, send an email to Pascal Van Geit.

Telephone: 0032 9 243 33 89

Bachelor degree programmes
Dutch language requirements

If you want to apply for a Dutch-taught Bachelor degree programme at HOGENT you need to meet a minimum Dutch language level based on a proof of language proficiency by the time of enrolment. Following language certificates are accepted:

Age requirements

In order to be eligible for the alternative admission procedure, you need to be 21 year old or older on December 31 2019. This requirement does not apply for

  • refugees,
  • virtuosos for a Bachelor degree programme at the School of Arts.
Alternative admission procedure

The test consists of six phases. The first three parts are an intake interview, the development of a portfolio and an admission test. More info on the procedure is available on the website of Ghent University Association.

When?

Admission for first semester 2019-2020 (June 2019)

  • Intake interview takes place before May 30 2019.
  • Portfolio is submitted before June 5 2019.
  • Admission test on June 15 2019.

Admission for second semester 2019-2020 (November 2019)

  • Intake interview takes place before November 7 2019.
  • Portfolio is submitted before November 13 2019.
  • Admission test on November 23 2019.
Start the alternative admission procedure

To start the alternative admission procedure, send an email to Pascal Van Geit.

Telephone: 0032 9 243 33 89

Specific requirements for School of Arts programmes

If you want to apply for a study programme at the School of Arts, other requirements may apply.

For most of the study programmes at the School of Arts artistic entrance tests apply.

For Dutch-unaware candidates who are interested in an academic bachelor programme at the School of Arts, there is a special admission procedure. In this procedure, you can also read an alternative way of applying for virtuosos in the arts.

An exchange student is a student who temporarily studies at University College Ghent for one semester or academic year, but stays enrolled at her or his home institution. Exchange students are expected to earn credits which they can transfer to their degree studies at their home institution.

Bilateral agreements

You can only be considered as an exchange student if there is a valid bilateral agreement between your home institution and HOGENT. 

Check all agreements 

Application

Your online application as exchange student at University College Ghent needs to be submitted before the following deadlines:

  • 15 November for the 2nd (spring) semester of the current academic year
  • 31 May for the 1st (autumn) semester of the next academic year (application starts 1 March 2019)

Please note that registration deadlines for the School of Arts are different.

Application

Language requirements

Exchange students are expected to have a good command of spoken and written English in order to be able to follow the lectures and complete the course assignments, oral presentations and exams. We advise students to have a B2.

In addition, if a student chooses one of the language courses in our International Curriculum, we expect him/her to have the required entrance level. In the list of the courses, and also in the ECTS description of the courses, the entrance level is stated in the title of the course. For example: Français (CEFR-B1): the minimum level of French to be able to take this class is B1.

Students taking one of the language courses will be asked to provide us a certificate to prove this level. The certificate can be a statement by one of the home institution's language teachers.

More on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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