Student refugee information

As a faculty for higher art education we see it as our duty to actively engage in society. We strongly believe that an open society thrives upon education as well as upon culture and art. We would like to offer you the combined strength and support of these foundations: learning through education, art and culture.

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Royal Conservatory together constitute the School of Arts of University College Ghent. For the academic year 2016-2017 the School of Arts offers some specific initiatives to support student-refugees in their choice for our institute.

You will find an overview of our study and research programmes, application requirements, admission tests, registration process, student services and scholarships for non-EU/EER nationals. On May 18th 2016 we organise an extra information session about studying higher education in Flanders for refugees and asylum seekers.

In addition, a multi-disciplinary 8-week course in Open Design will be hosted by the departments of autonomous arts and design. This course is open for both refugees and asylum seekers. The course will be held in English from May 2nd till June 30th 2016, and is free of charge. Deadline for applying is April 18th 2016.

Our English Programmes

Through language we connect. But it can also be a barrier. Therefore we like to inform you that the School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Because of this, every year we welcome a large amount of students from abroad. We believe that the diversity they (and maybe you) bring enriches to our community. Have a look at the programmes we offer.
There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts.
The postgraduate programmes Musical Performance Practice, Soloist Classical Music, Digital Storytelling, European Postgraduate in Arts in Sound (EPAS) and Curatorial Studies are also English spoken.

Open Design Course for refugees and asylum seekers

This 8-week course is open for candidates who are in the process of seeking asylum and those who have been officially recognized as refugees. The course will accept a maximum of 12 participants. Classes are taught in English. There is no tuition fee, participation is free of charge.

Start date: 2 May 2016
Deadline for applications: 18 April 2016

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How to enroll at our School of Arts

In order to enroll in a master or postgraduate programme in the arts you must hold the appropriate preceding diploma. You are also required to participate in an orientation test.


If you hold a foreign diploma you can enroll in a programme after the university college’s Education Office has approved of your application. If you would like to take up a master programme but do not hold the appropriate preparatory bachelor’s degree, we can try to offer you a 'bridging programme'.

If you hold a foreign diploma you can enroll in a programme after the university college’s Education Office has approved of your application. If you would like to take up a master programme but do not hold the appropriate preceding bachelor’s degree, we can check whether you can enroll in a bridging programme. Our study path coaches will be happy to advise you on your specific situation. You may contact them any time by or you can come to the information session on May 18. (more info below)

Orientation test

The orientation tests for enrolment in the English Master Programmes will take place on April 18, 2016 and on September 2, 2016. For the dates of the orientation tests for the postgraduate programmes, please check on the pages about these programmes on our website.

Study Costs and Scholarships

For the academic programmes in drama, visual arts audiovisuals arts and music, students belonging to nationalities from outside the EEA need to pay an increased tuition fee. But we also offer the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Additionally, some non EEA students belong to a category exempted from paying the increased tuition fee.

Tuition fee:

  • Fixed administrative amount: €690
  • Variable amount per credit: €33
  • Model Curriculum of 60 credits: €2670

At our faculty each student pays an additional contribution covering the costs of  materials (consumables), or a studio fee, apart from the tuition fee.

Scholarships for non-EEA students:

The School of Arts will implement a scholarship system for non-EEA students in the drama, visual arts, audiovisual arts and music fields of study. Annually, scholarships will be disbursed that equal the amount of the increased tuition for non EEA-students. Scholarships can be awarded to students in a bridging program, preparation program and master program.

Visit the financial page on our website for more information

Come and Visit Us

Open day: Sunday 17 April 2016

You are welcome to visit School of Arts Ghent on our open day. In the information sessions you will find out everything there is to know about our programmes and you can visit the studios and infrastructure. Students will exhibit their work and there will be a host of other special activities.

  • Sunday 17 April 2016 between 10.00am and 5.00pm

Information session for refugees and asylum seekers
“Studying Higher Education in Flanders”

We invite all interested student refugees to attend an information session specifically conceived for refugees and asylum seekers. Here too, you'll have the opportunity to visit our campus, meet our staff members and students, and get the answer to your questions about studying at the School of Arts.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 18th 2016, 6.00. PM.-8.00. PM
  • Location: School of Arts Gent, Campus Bijloke, Auditory Cirque, Pasteurlaan 2,  9000 Gent.

Aim: This information session will introduce refugees and asylum seekers in higher  education in Flanders and highlights the topics relevant for them. This information 
session consists more or less of three parts:

  1. Certificate Equation: how does it work in Flanders?
  2. An overview of higher education in Flanders: structure of higher education,   entrance requirements and procedures, language requirements, exemptions for courses based on former foreign studies, scholarships, costs, social and   financial support,…
  3. Studying in arts: short overview of programs, how preparing for entrance 
    tests and which are specific requirements,… School of Arts Gent: specific compensations and support facilities for refugees and asylum seekers.

At the end of this information session there is the possibility of an individual talk with  a member of our student services department on your specific question or situation.

Please registration for this information session:

If you should have any questions in prior of this session or if you have specific 
topics you would like to be discussed at the information session: