Ghent is the capital of the East- Flanders province. It has a very central position according to the other important cities in Belgium (such as Brugges, Brussels, Antwerp). The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe.
Ghent is a famous place that has much to offer for everyone. It has a nice modern part for the students, but the old part of the city sure is something worth visiting. Ghent has many musea, shops, dancings, nice cafes and many more opportunities to have a fun time.
Famous people in Ghent
- Jan van Eyck, painter (c. 1385–1441)
- Adolphe Quetelet, inventer of the BMI (1796 – 1874)
- Thomas Van der Plaetsen, Decathlon Athlete
- Das Pop, Indie Pop/Pop Rock band
- Trixie Whitley, Alternative Rock/ Soul/ Blues Singer
- Soulwax & 2 Many DJs, Electronic/Rock band: brothers David and Stephen Dewaele
- Xavier Henry, Shooting Guard/small forward for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers
- Kevin De Bruyne, Professional Footballer
- Gaelle Mys, Olympic Gymnast
Our patients mainly speak Dutch, but because of Belgiums background many patients also speak French. For the internship it will be sufficient if you speak English, the doctors will help you in this language and most of the patients will be able to understand you. Although, we recommend to learn some basic Dutch to improve the communication with the patients during the consultations.
The place where you will be situated: UZ Gent. This is the largest hospital in Ghent, further more we have the AZ Sint-Lucas, Maria-Middelares and Jan Palfijn.
The UZ Ghent hospital is also the place where medical students have their lessons.
The hospital address: De Pintelaan 185
Decent knowledge of English is required to do a research project in Ghent.
For the available projects, please have a look at the projects database.
Most of the projects will take in the UZ Ghent hospital.
You will be provided with some pocket money so you can buy your lunch at the hospital restaurant. They provide a menu with three choices, one of wich will always be vegetarian.
You will be staying at a small studio close to the UZ Ghent Hospital, which is not far from the city center.
Internet will be provided. We try to place all the incommings in the same building or close to eachother. This is not guaranteed.
Most of you will arrive at Brussels airport (Zaventem or Charleroi). From there it is very easy to take a train to Gent Sint-Pieters (NOT Gent Dampoort!). Your contact person will provide more information once you know where and when you are arriving.
You can look up the time table and buy tickets at this site: http://www.belgianrail.be/en/Default.aspx
Most students transport themselves by bike in Ghent, but there are also very good trams and busses to get everywhere. We will provide a public transportation card.
Most of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is the largest carfree area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are:
- the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece
- the belfry
- the Gravensteen castle
- the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour.
Important museums in Ghent are:
- the Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Museum of Fine Arts), with paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Paul Rubens, and many Flemish masters
- the SMAK or Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (City Museum for Contemporary Art), with works of the 20th century, including Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol
- The Huis van Alijn (House of the Alijn family) was originally a beguinage and is now a museum for folk art where theatre and puppet shows for children are presented.
Special in July: “Gentse feesten”
The Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival) is a huge music and theatre festival in the city of Ghent.
Besides stage events there are random small street acts such as mimickers, buskers, etc.
The festival starts on Friday 15 July 2016 until Sunday 24 July, so it lasts ten days!
If you are already curious, check out the website! https://gentsefeesten.stad.gent/en
The weather is changeable in Belgium. It can be very hot (up to 35°C) or rainy with temperatures of 15°C. Keep this in mind when you're packing your bags.
In Belgium punctuality is very important, so always be on time in the hospital/at your research lab. If you can't make it on time, notify your supervisor. Abstence is not appreciated!