FAQs for our English-taught bachelor’s 2020 intake

COVID-19

What will the new academic year look like? How is KdG responding to COVID-19? 

Please check our corona-related FAQs

Studying in Belgium

What is a university of applied sciences (and arts)?  

We are a university of applied sciences with an integrated school of arts.

A research university is primarily focused on the 'why' aspect of academic questions, approaching topics from a theoretical perspective.

We, in contrast, address the 'how'.  

At KdG, your education will focus on applying theoretical knowledge. You gain firsthand work experience - through internships, real case studies and our practice-based approach. We place great emphasis on support, feedback and personal coaching. 

In short, we get you ready for work.
 

What is a professional bachelor's degree?

In Flanders (Dutch-speaking region of Belgium), there are two types of bachelor’s degrees: a professional bachelor’s and an academic bachelor’s. 

A professional bachelor’s [PBa] focuses on professional practice. You learn the general and specific knowledge and skills needed to practise a particular profession. It offers a direct route to enter the job market.

In contrast, an academic bachelor [ABa] has a strong theoretical focus and prepares students for a master’s degree.

Many of our PBa students also choose to pursue a master’s degree after graduation. In Belgium, you need to complete a bridging year first, but this is not necessarily the case elsewhere. If you plan to continue your studies, it is worth checking the master’s enrolment criteria in the country where applying your theoretical knowledge.

Studying at KdG

How do you keep pace with industry trends?

KdG’s curricula are regularly reviewed by panels of industry experts, and adjusted accordingly in line with new developments. So, even in uncertain times, our students are prepared for an ever-changing job market.
 

Does KdG offer scholarships?

KdG offers no scholarships or grants. As a public university, we spread our funding across the entire student body. It helps us keep our tuition fees fair and means our university remains accessible to as many students as possible. Check Study in Flanders website for scholarship opportunities. Students holding a Belgian ID card can apply for a 'studiebeurs'.
 

Can I work while studying?

It takes discipline, time management skills and planning to successfully combine your studies with a student job. But yes, you are allowed to work while studying. Legally, you can work up to 475 hours per year as a student.

Many students do so without any problem, but your studies must remain your primary focus. A job is no excuse for missing deadlines or failure to attend mandatory classes. And note, that academic performance is also a consideration in visa renewals.

Can I visit the campus before the academic year begins?

Yes! Our Open Day on September 3 will take place on campus. See what our campuses are like, and find out about our plans for hybrid learning in the new academic year. To attend, you must register here first.

Admissions

Can I still apply for the full-degree programmes?

Yes, EEA nationals (EU & Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) and non-EEA nationals with a temporary Belgian residence permit can apply until September 8, 2020. Please ensure that you submit all your supporting documents by this date. Find more information here

Our admission deadline for non-EEA nationals has now passed (June 15, 2020). Are you interested in applying for 2021-2022? Next year’s admissions open in December. You can also keep in touch with KdG’s news by signing up here. 
 

All KdG on-campus language tests are cancelled. Do you accept online language tests?

We accept online alternatives offered by Duolingo, TOEFL and IELTS (online version of the full test). Note that we will refund the Duolingo English test’s current cost of €45 if you successfully enrol for one of our English-language programmes this academic year (2020-2021) and begin classes. This offer is valid for one test per person, taken between March 30, 2020, and September 8, 2020. Refunds that meet these criteria will take place in October. 

If you are a semi-native English speaker, there are still limited Skype tests available at the end of August.
 

My exams have been cancelled, and I am not sure if or when I will receive my high school certificate? 

Check for updates on the Admission section of our COVID-19 FAQs.
 

How soon will I know if I am accepted onto the programme?

If your application file is complete, we will let you know within a week whether your application is successful or not. Note that our admission office is closed between July 17 and August 17.
 

When will I receive my acceptance letter?

Once accepted and we have received your complete payment of the tuition fee, we will issue your acceptance letter. Payments received during the summer break are checked and processed when our Admission office reopens mid-August.
 

How will I know you if you have received my application file/tuition fee payment during the summer break? 

Our admission office is closed between July 17 and August 17, so we will process all application files and tuition fee payments chronologically, on return to the office in mid-August.
 

Do I need a visa to study in Belgium? 

Find more information here. And, check for updates on our Student travel exemptions and visa section of our COVID-19 FAQs.

Preparing to move to Belgium

When should I begin my search for accommodation?

The earlier you start, the more options are available. However, if you are facing visa delays or closed borders and are unsure if you will arrive in Belgium on time, we suggest that you do not sign any rental contract yet. By law, COVID-19 and its impact are not valid reasons to stop a lease contract, and a landlord could ask you to pay rent even if you have not arrived in Antwerp. We still recommend that you start your search for accommodation and contact landlords. If you explain your situation and your need for extra time, they may offer a degree of flexibility. 

For updates, please check our COVID-19 FAQs: Preparations for arrival in Belgium.
 

Where can I find accommodation? 

We suggest you start by reading this guide from Antwerp’s student centre, STAN.

The best place to look for accommodation is Kotweb. Set up by the city of Antwerp, STAN and higher education institutions, it aims to provide high-quality student accommodation and objective information for students. It also has a useful labelling system that informs you if a particular room meets Flemish legislation and fire safety standards. Check the Kotweb manual with some useful tips to help you with your search. 

A student room will cost you €250-500 per month – averaging €390 for a room with shared bathroom and kitchen, and €450 for a studio with private facilities.
 

Which neighbourhood should I consider?

We suggest you look for a place close to your campus.

For students studying Business Management and Applied Information Technology, this is campus Groenplaats.

Our Multimedia and Communication Technology students study at campus Hoboken and campus Zuid. Since the majority of the lessons will take place at Campus Zuid, we recommend looking for a room near this campus.
 

Will the Welcoming Days take place?

Yes! We want to give you a warm welcome. The Welcoming Days for our English-taught bachelor’s will take place on September 16-18 with extra safety measures in place. Accepted and enrolled students will receive details via email nearer the date.   

Further questions?

General questions about studying at KdG: study@kdg.be  

Housing and Student Services: studentservices@kdg.be 

Admission related inquiries:

  • Bachelor of Business Management (International Business): ibs@kdg.be 
  • Bachelor of Multimedia and Communication Technology: mct@kdg.be 
  • Bachelor of Applied Information Technology: applied-it@kdg.be