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Ghent University: New tuition fee to see an astronomical increase



Ghent University from 2016-2017 academic year shall see a sharp increase in tuition fees for all programs taught at the University. This will particularly see a drastic change in all international masters programmes and/or joint programmes.

Ghent University in their official website wrote ” Starting from academic year 2016-2017, there will be some major changes in tuition fees for international students. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that from 2016-2017, there will no longer be a reduced tuition fee for students from developing countries. From 2017-2018, there will be a significant increase in tuition fees for international students from non-EEA countries. ”

The University explains that this tuition fee shall be fixed and non-refundable and it shall consists the amount paid per credit point taken up in the curriculum (except for students with a scholarship from the Flemish Government known as “Studietoelage”). Therefore the following is the new structure of tuition fee in Ghent University.
 Scholarship student (“Studietoelage”) = €105
 Non-scholarship student, BTC- en ICP-scholarship student or student from an OECD/DAC recognised developing country: for full-time study of 60 credits: €890 = €230 (fixed amount) + number of credit points taken up x €11

However, the most interesting part is that from 2017-2018 a higher tuition fee of €5330 will be applicable to all non-EEA students with the exception of enrolment in a Dutch taught bachelor programme, BTC/ICP- scholarship students or students from an OECD/DAC recognized developing country.

It should be recalled that, Non-scholarship student, BTC- en ICP-scholarship student or student from an OECD/DAC recognised developing country earlier on paid less than 90 euros as tuition fee. This is a sharp increase from the current. This new development is still to be seen if it will attract more international students into Belgium despite the fact that statistics show that, more international students coming into Belgium to study had deregistered since the March 22 terror attacks.

God is still saying something.

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