Language Requirements for Exchange Students

Ghent University is located in Flanders (Belgium), where the official language is Dutch, which is also our official language of instruction. However a growing number of courses is taught in English. Please check the exchange programmes to find out which language the courses are taught in.

Language certificate


As not all incoming students have a sufficient knowledge of Dutch, Ghent University requires a good knowledge of English (CEF B2-level or higher) in order to communicate and function in an academic context. Therefore all incoming exchange students are required to submit a language certificate which shows that they have acquired a B2-level in English.

You can submit one of the following documents:

  • A TOEFL certificate: minimum score 510-559 (paper-based) or 87-109 (internet-based)
  • An IELTS certificate: minimum score 6.0
  • A TOEIC certificate: minimum score 785-944
  • A Cambridge certificate: FCE, CAE or CPE
  • A certificate of a university language centre: minimum level B2
  • A proof that you are a native speaker of English this can be a copy of your identity card/passport)
  • A proof that you successfully finished a study programme of at least one year which was completely taught in English

Attention: specific language requirements apply for exchange students at the faculty of Bioscience Engineering and the faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

More information

For more information about the language requirements please contact the 'FCI administrator' of the faculty you are applying to.
Their contact details can be found here.