Ghent University


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Ghent University is one of the major universities in Belgium and is ranked among the Top 150 universities worldwide. It provides high-quality academic teaching, excellent infrastructure and a wide scope of student facilities. Ghent is a socially committed and pluralistic university that is open to students from all walks of life. Located in Flanders, Ghent was the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium.

Embedded in the beautiful city of Ghent, you will be able to enjoy numerous social and cultural activities in the lively and creative atmosphere which is typical of the city.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Second Term February–July
Semester 2 First Term September–February

View the Ghent University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Ghent University has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

20 ECTS credits per semester at Ghent University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Ghent University.

Masters level exchange only.

Find courses

Search the Ghent University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.
List of Masters of Architecture courses taught in English.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 


Study areas taught in English

Biological engineering
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Information technology
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Ghent University's Housing Office rents out rooms, studios and flats, and provides information and advice about the private rented market. It caters to international students, staff and visitors. Ghent's housing web page provides information to help you get started.

Cost of living

To help with budgeting, Ghent provides information about the average costs of life in Belgium.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Certain health insurance requirements are in place for non-EU exchange students at Ghent University. Follow the University's insurance information checklist to ensure you have the necessary coverage.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Belgian Embassy and Consulates for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.