Admission requirements

Educational background

A prerequisite for admission is that applicants have a Bachelor (or Master) degree in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, oceanography, marine sciences, geography, geology, veterinary medicine or other equivalent degrees with minimum 180 credits at the latest before Sep 1st 2019.

Language Requirements

Knowledge of the English language is considered as a basic requirement. All students must provide evidence of their proficiency in English through one of the following documents (not older than 2 years at the application deadline)

  • A recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 87 points (internet based)
  • A recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 6.5
  • A recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level / minimum CEF-level B2) 
  • A recent Cambridge English certificate: Cambridge English First (FCE) - grade A or B 
  • A certificate proving that you have followed at least 1 year of higher education in English

Language Opportunities

Language diversity provides an added-value to studying and living in Europe. IMBRSea students have the opportunity to learn a language within the transferable skills course in semester 1.

Legalizing your diploma

If you are accepted into the IMBRSea programme you will be required to send copies of your higher education diploma and academic transcript of records to the coordination office, in order to finalise your application and to start the enrolment procedure. It is important that we can ascertain the authenticity of your diploma and transcript of records.

One of the three routes listed below has to be taken, depending on the country where the diploma was issued (check the list of countries per legalization method):

  1. You need a certified copy: A certified true copy of a document is a copy taken of the original primary document by a qualified official who guarantees its authenticity as a true copy. Click here for more information.
  2. You need an apostille: For contact information on where to get the Apostille seal and requirements on how to get the seal:, check Competent Authority under the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents
  3. You need to legalise your diploma at the Belgian Embassy: For contact information on where to have the legalisation done and the requirements: click here.

More information about the legalization methods per country and how to get your documents legalized can be found here.

The list of requirements for each country can also be found via this link where you should enter the following data:

  • Situation: 'Use a foreign document in Belgium'
  • Country: Insert the country where your diploma was issued
  • Document group: 'other documents drawn up or legalised by a competent local authority'

Please note that you will have contact the institute that issued your diploma to obtain a certified copy or to find out what the procedure is to have your diploma apostilled or legalised.

Important remark about translation: if your higher education diploma(s) are not issued in English, French, German, or Dutch, they need to be translated by a certified translator and the original and translation need to be added to your application.

Please send your legalized documents via post to:

Marleen Roelofs
IMBRSea coordination office
Ghent University - Marine Biology department
Krijgslaan 281/S8
9000 Ghent

Frequently asked questions: 

In my country the ECTS credit system is not used and the grading system is different from Europe. How will my previous education be evaluated?

There are indeed a large number of different grading systems used in different countries. The IMBRSea selection committee consists of people who have sufficient background in evaluating the diverse gradin systems. Note that the programme and participating universities have a long-lasting experience in this matter.