Ghent University

Founded in 1817, Ghent University is a relatively young university. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics and history, among many others.

Today, after decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective.

Ghent University is ranked in the top 100 (place 85) in the Shaghai ARWU ranking and is hereby national best ranked university.

Master degrees studies

Ghent University profiles itself within a broad international perspective and has an outstanding track record when it comes to participation in various international educational programmes aimed at the mobility of students, staff and personnel. Every programme has specific requirements for international students. Please check the website for relevant information about the programmes here. EU Saturn grantees have to follow the application procedure for exchange or degree students.


Because of the increasing international competition and globalisation of the Higher Education sector, universities will be forced not only to respond to this changing environment, but also to take advantage of it in order to continue to excel as a top-level institution in the fields of research, training and innovation. An important development in the field of research policy is the strive for excellence by focussing on niche areas and prioritising certain fields.

In the context of this ambition, Ghent University’s Board of Governors approved a strategic research objective to steer the university’s growth, and to prioritise quality objectives in this growth path.

The 11 faculties at Ghent University all host international researchers according to availability and interest. In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants are advised to contact the research department well in advance. You can contact the EU Saturn contact person for help.
Here you can find more information about the application procedure for PhD and post-doc researchers.

Academic or administrative staff

In order to apply for a scholarship as a visiting academic/administrative staff please contact the relevant department at Ghent University in order to set up a work plan and obtain a recommendation letter. You can contact the EU Saturn contact person for help.
Here you can find more information about procedures.