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(NB. The apartments are reserved for married couples)
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Thank you for including your enrollment document, proof of your scholarship/blocked account or guarantor and a copy of your Identity Card.
OBSG is an organisation which aims to promote human, brotherly and harmonious development, which, for half a century, has been committed to the reception, housing, assistance, and guidance of students, PhD candidates and trainees from partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation.
We offer accommodation for (in total) about 50 students who come to study at the University and colleges in Ghent. Our emphasis is on creating an atmosphere that feels like a “home away from home”.
We also provide support to international students from the Global South who do not live in our accommodation.
Our “Club van Eyck”, a meeting facility, is open to all foreign students where they can come together, make friendships, exchange ideas and discuss their ideals.
We organize numerous socio-cultural activities in order to bring students into contact with Belgian culture and with people from Ghent.
Our social service provides practical, social, financial and psychological support for students who need it.
OBSG aims to support the training of skilled personnel for the harmonious development of other, especially non-Western, countries in a spirit of global solidarity, harmony and brotherhood.
We are recognized and supported by the Belgian Governmental Agency for Development Cooperation - Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Service.
OBSG was founded as a non-profit association in 1977, as the result of the work, effort and dedication of Father Charles de Hemptinne (1933-2017), a Catholic priest. Appointed in 1975 as chaplain of the foreign students in Ghent, Father Charles recognised the need for a place where international students, far away from home, could meet each other and seek out practical and spiritual support.
The OBSG residence, as it is today, began with a house in Ghent in the Kortrijksesteenweg that was bought in 1976. In the following years, with help from family and friends, Father Charles was able to take over other houses in the street and install a real students’ residence that was recognized by the Belgian Services of Cooperation to the Development in 1981. A major innovation for that time was the supply of some accommodation for students with families.
Since OBSG began, Father Charles was able to count upon the support of many collaborators and volunteers, including University professors, social workers, neighbours, friends, and, especially, the members of his own family, who generously helped the evolution of OBSG.
In 1997, a second non-profit association was created - Club Van Eyck – which had the specific aim of promoting cultural encounters and events between residents, other students and the population of Ghent. One year later, the estate of a beloved neighbour, Maria Lingier (known to the students as “Moeke” or “granny”) allowed the construction of the meeting hall “the Academy Van Eyck”. Since then, this hall has allowed students and non-students to organize many activities and events.
The OBSG is sincerely grateful for the financial support and appreciation of the Belgian Ministry of Development Cooperation as well as for the many gifts of donors, who have made it possible to create a warm, welcoming and supportive ‘home-far-away-from home’.
It gives me great pleasure that at OBSG I can enjoy my stay with students of different nationalities. Staying at OBSG gives me the feeling that I have family here in Belgium. I will always remember the kindness, care and support that I received during my stay in Ghent.
Welcome Guide International Students 2020-2021 (download pdf) : https://www.ugent.be/en/administration/welcome-days/welcomeguide.pdf/at_download/file
City Map Ghent : https://www.ugent.be/en/administration/welcome-days/citymap.pdf/at_download/file
University life : www.ugent.be/en/facilities
De Lijn (bus) : Info Tickets & travel passes : www.delijn.be/en/vervoerbewijzen
NMBS (train) : Journey planner and buy a ticket : www.belgianrail.en
Rent a bike : www.fietsambassade.gent.be/en
Tips & tricks for international students from the City service center of Gent : www.stad.gent/en/international-students