Faculteit Mens en Welzijn

Campus Schoonmeersen
Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1 (auto, post)
Voskenslaan 270
9000 Gent
  +32 (0)9 243 20 01
  fmw@hogent.be

Faculteit Natuur en Techniek

Campus Schoonmeersen
Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1 (auto, post)
Voskenslaan 270 (voetgangers, openbaar vervoer)
9000 Gent
  +32 (0)9 243 27 00
  fnt@hogent.be

Faculteit Bedrijf en Organisatie

Campus Schoonmeersen
Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1 (auto, post)
Voskenslaan 270
9000 Gent
  +32 (0)9 243 22 00
  fbo@hogent.be

School of Arts

Campus Bijloke
J. Kluyskensstraat 2
9000 Gent
  +32 (0)9 267 01 00
  www.hogent.be/arts
  schoolofarts@hogent.be

FLANDERS, GATEWAY TO EUROPE

Location

Flanders has an area of13,522 km² and is situated in the northern region of Belgium. Our region boasts about 6 million inhabitants Flanders is situated in the centre of the major West European industrial regions on the crossroads of many important industrial and travel axes. 

History

In European history, Flanders has had a lot of faces. The name itself is related to the county that was formed around the region of Bruges in the early 8th century. From that point on, a wide variety of European nations (France, Spain, Austria-Hungary, the Netherlands,…) reigned over the region at some point in history. Traces of this can still be found in the culture, language and monuments that are scattered over the lands. After the Belgian independence of the Netherlands in 1830, Flanders became what it is now. A versatile and innovative region, with warm and welcoming inhabitants. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover all this yourself!

Flemish people

At first, they appear to be modest and introverted. Initially, most of them do not make contact easily with people they do not know. From the moment they get to know you, however, they become very sociable. Never hesitate to start a conversation, as the Flemish are helpful and friendly, especially when you try to talk their language. In Flanders Dutch is the main language, although French is spoken in the southern part of Belgium, Wallonia, and to a large extent in Brussels as well.. If people hear that you do not speak Dutch easily they will switch to French, English, German or even another language to help you.

Useful links

Dutch crash course

hello: hallo
(HAH-low)

good bye: tot ziens
(TOT seens)

how are you?: hoe gaat het?
(hoo GAHT hut?)

fine, thank you: goed, dank u
(GOOT, dahnk uu)

do you speak English?: spreekt u Engels?
(SPRAYKT uu ENG-uls?)

Map of Belgium