TakeOff@FBETo start your journey at our faculty and the university as smoothly as possible, the International Training Centre (ITC) developed a comprehensive TakeOff@FBE trajectory consisting of three parts:

  1. CheckIn - 1 to 5 September
  2. BePrepared - 5 to 9 September
  3. OnBoarding. - 14 to 16 September

These programmes are also a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students at the faculty and offers you the time and space to settle in Ghent, finish all the administrative burdens and get acquainted with your new surroundings. 

CheckIn@FBE1. CheckIn@FBE (1-5 Sept)

Prior to your arrival you will receive pre-arrival information via your EConsort account regarding visa application, arrival in Ghent, health insurance, banking, housing, etc. Read these information carefully! Upon your arrival in Ghent we assist you with completing the registration and administration regarding residence permit, insurances, banking, etc.

BePrepared@2. BePrepared@FBE (5-9 Sept)

This part focuses on scientific and educational preparation and consists of preparatory courses in statistics (theory, exercises), ‘R’ (statistics software), chemistry (theory, exercises), economics and scientific integrity. 

BePrepared is offered in a blended fashion, with theoretical lectures pre-recorded online and practical sessions hosted at Campus Coupure of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.  All course material for the statistics, chemistry and economics modules will be made available via UFORA, the Ghent University digital learning platform, around August 15th. 

Participation to BePrepared@FBE is mandatory for all VLIR-UOS, Erasmus Mundus and EIT AVSA scholarship holders and highly recommended for all other students. Experience learned it has a significant positive impact on the students’ passing rates! The economics modules (theory and exercises) are only open to IMRD and SINReM students.

  • Students starting a master programme should confirm their participation to BePrepared@FBE and OnBoarding@FBE via the ‘my application 2022’ account on the EConsort platform before August 12th.
  • Other students that wish to follow the BePrepared@FBE programme: contact shortcourses.itc@ugent.be
  • Registration deadline: August 12th 2022

The participation fee for BePrepared@FBE is € 80 and covers the costs of all lectures and access to the digital learning materials. At the end of the course a certificate of achievement will be awarded and you will receive a group picture. VLIR-UOS scholarship students are exempt from the participation fee payment.

Programme at a glance (the detailled programme will be available via this site by mid August)

Monday, September 5th 2022 Campus Coupure


  • Welcome and introduction to BePrepared@FBE
  • Scientific integrity
  • Workshop study efficiency
  • ICT Helpdesk

pm: Economics: Theory 1

Tuesday, September 6th 2022 Campus Coupure
am: Statistics: Exercises 1
pm: Economics: Theory 2
Wednesday, September 7th 2022 Campus Coupure
am: Statistics: Exercises 2
pm: Introduction to R (Statistics software)
Thursday, September 8th 2022 Campus Coupure
am: Economics: Exercises 1
pm: Chemistry: Exercises 1
Friday ,September 9th 2022 Campus Coupure
am: Economics: Exercises 2
pm: Chemistry: Exercises 2

OnBoarding@FBE3. OnBoarding@FBE (14-16 Sept)

This part introduces you to the daily life and university atmosphere, as well as social and cultural aspects of living in Ghent and Belgium. We teach you a few words of Dutch and guide you on how to use the university library. Some important Ghent University services are introduced, such as the student job service, social service, and Trustpunt. The police informs you about biking safety and traffic rules. And of course we also organise a social activity to get to know each other and the ITC team, with snacks and drinks.

Programme at a glance

Wednesday, September 14th  2022 Campus Coupure


  • Welcome at Faculty by the Dean
  • Practical information about the Faculty
  • Introduction ITC Team
  • Culture shock, navigating Europe and Belgium


Wellbeing and Social services @UGent and @FBE

  • Ombudsperson

  • Trustpunt

  • Job Service of Ghent University

Fun Activity

  • Photo Rafting
  • Sport activity
  • Belgian cooking: Belgian waffles & chocolate mousse (Belgian beer tasting)

Register and select your fun activity!

Thursday, September 15th 2022 Campus Coupure


  • Traffic rules with focus on safe biking
  • Waste disposal in Ghent


  • Ghent University Language Centre
  • Teaser Dutch language part 1
  • Quiz
Friday, September 16th 2022 Campus Coupure


  • Emergency and evacuation planning at Campus Coupure
  • ICT workshop
  • How to use the university library?
  • Group picture

Lunch time:

  • Reception with food and drinks

OnBoarding2@FBEOnboarding for Exchange students, students from the Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) in South Korea and students who arrive in Ghent after September 14th

These student can follow a catch-up version on 22nd and 23rd September.

Thursday, September 22nd  2022 Campus Coupure


  • Welcome at Faculty
  • Practical information about the Faculty
  • Introduction ITC Team
  • Culture shock, navigating Europe and Belgium
  • Tour of the faculty


Wellbeing and Social services @UGent and @FBE

  • Ombudsperson

  • Trustpunt

  • Job Service of Ghent University

Specfic information session per programme

Friday, September 23rd  2022 Campus Coupure


    • Group picture
    • ICT workshop + Helpdesk on the road
    • Teaser Dutch language
    • Quiz

    Information of interest

    Have a look at the online Welcome Guide

    How to get to from Brussels Airport to Ghent: watch the video

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