Preparatory language courses and tests

Preparatory language courses 

Dutch course

As the official language in Flanders and Ghent is Dutch, we recommend a basic knowledge of the language. Therefore students are advised to start learning Dutch before their arrival in Ghent or to take a Dutch course upon arrival in Ghent.

During the academic year students can take an evening or day course for beginners at the Language Centre of Ghent University (UCT).

The evening course is different from the day course as it is especially developed for exchange students. Exchange students are entitled to a voucher for a course of Dutch offered by the International Relations Office. With this voucher they are only required to pay € 65 for the course book and administration costs.

Other language courses

Next to Dutch the University Language Centre offers courses in all modern European languages. The courses are a combination of class sessions and self-study. Students from abroad can also follow other languages apart from Dutch (e.g. English and French).

There are semester courses at different levels, scheduled during the academic year. August and/or September host intensive daytime courses for a period of two to three weeks.

The normal student reduction (more or less half price) applies to those courses.

Language tests

The University Language Centre also organises tests of English and Dutch knowledge which indicate your current level of language proficiency.

If you want to take part in one of these tests, you have to register at the Language Centre.

  • Test venue: University Language Centre UCT, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, B-9000 Ghent
  • Price of the test: € 60 (if you decide to take another course of English at the UCT later on, this € 60 will be deducted from the registration price for the course).
  • Held on fixed days
  • Test reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

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