Incoming students coming from non-EU countries have more preparatory issues to deal with than EU students. University College Ghent strongly advises these students to start preparing their mobility 1 year ahead.
We require from our incoming exchange students an official student visa in accordance with current national laws: it is the responsibility of each student to obtain the student visa in a timely manner.
Please consult the website of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to check the visa requirements.
Every person without the Belgian nationality who is coming to Belgium in order to study, must have a student residence permit. EU-nationals and nationals from a country belonging to the European Economic Area benefit from more lenient residence regulations.
You can find all the necessary information at this website or contact the Foreign Affairs Office (“Dienst Burgerzaken/Loket Migratie”), Woodrow Wilsonplein 1, 9000 Gent. Tel. +32 9 266 71 50, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All foreign students staying in Ghent have to report to the Foreigners Registration Office of the city as soon as possible after arrival. For more information, please consult the Ghent city website.