Admission & applying

Academic requirements

SINReM is particularly suited for (but not limited to): bioscience engineers, biotechnology scientists, chemical engineers, chemists, environmental scientists and engineers, geologists, geophysicists, mining engineers, mineralogists, materials scientists, metallurgists and process engineers.

To be admitted to the SINReM programme, you need to:

  1. hold a Bachelor degree (equivalent to at 180 ECTS) in a discipline closely related to the SINReM scope (see above for examples);*
  2. have a strong background in science (equivalent to at least 15 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics and 10 ECTS in chemistry);*
  3. have completed your previous degree(s) with good or very good grades (typically top 30% of the students);
  4. submit a convincing motivation letter with your application, which shows that the SINReM scope matches your previous education and future goals;
  5. fulfil the English language requirements listed below.

* If you do not fully meet criteria 1 and 2, you may still be admitted if you have excellent grades (typically top 10% of the students) in your previous degree(s). Please note that in this case you will have to invest more time within the first year to catch up with fundamentals of science and engineering.

Academic admission (and Letter of Admission) is given by the SINReM Selection Committee, based upon the strength of the academic profile and motivation. The full application procedure needs to be completed in order to be granted admission.

English Language requirements

Accepted official language test certificates (the certificate cannot be older than 5 years):

  • TOEFL IBT (at least total score of 86 out of 120)
  • TOEFL PBT (at least total score of 570)
  • Academic IELTS (overall band score of at least 6.5 with at least 6 for writing)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

If you have obtained at least 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction, you can provide a stamped and signed certificate of English proficiency issued by your home universityOnly for nationals of: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

How to apply


Applications for intake September 2021 are currenlty open!

The deadline for all (EEA* and non-EEA*) Erasmus Mundus scholarship applications, non-EEA* AVSA scholarship applications and non-EEA* self-funding student applications is 28th February 2021.

The deadline for EEA* AVSA scholarship applications and self-funding EEA* student applications is 31st May 2021.

*European Economic Area


    1. Register here
    2. Complete the online application and wait for further instructions by e-mail

You will need a PDF of your diploma (or certificate of enrolment if you are not yet graduated), transcript of records, passport, motivation letter, CV and two reference letters. All documents need to be in English.

Applicants need to legalise their diploma and transcript. Only selected applicants will be required to send their documents within 15 days of the selection result. Please make sure your diploma and transcript are legalised before the selection result on the 15th March 2021.
We do not review eligibility, transcripts, diplomas or credentials via e-mail, so please ensure to apply via the online application process.

Information about the legalisation of your diploma

Please legalise your diploma according to the correct legalisation method for your country. You will be required to send us your legalised diploma and transcripts (original legalisation seal on a copy of your English diploma) within 15 days after your selection. Make sure your diploma and transcripts are legalised before we request them.

Applicants that have not yet graduated may send us an English, unlegalised “certificate of enrolment” with their expected graduation date, signed and stamped by a university official (registrar’s office or student services).

Scholarship selection process

To award the “fee waivers” and scholarships, all students will be ranked based on the evaluation of their application by a SINReM scholarship selection committee.

To set up the scholarship ranking, this selection committee takes into account not only previous achievements, motivation (including entrepreneurial spirit) and references, but also the scientific background of the applicants, as the SINReM programme aims to work on multidisciplinary projects with a diversity of students having different backgrounds.

Candidates who were selected for a scholarship will automatically receive an admission letter by the Registrar of Ghent University, in the name of the SINReM consortium if they wish to enroll.

Successful candidates who have been granted academic admittance must request an admission letter signed by the Registrar of Ghent University, in the name of the SINReM consortium if they wish to enroll with their own financial means.

All students participating in the SINReM programme will need to sign the Student Agreement, which can be found here.

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