For Bachelor 4 students the fall semester is to be spent at home campus in Belgium, and runs from the last week of September until the end of January (incl. examination period).
Through this Preparatory Semester, students can re-allocate their course load and start their studies earlier: students will be better prepared for Mathematics and English and will have the opportunity to take some courses from the upcoming semesters. This spreads the first year of the Bachelor of Science over three semesters, at no extra cost, creating more time to study all the courses. Since the first year of the programme is often the hardest, as students are adapting to university life, the extra semester lightens the burden.
We emphasize that the Preparatory Semester is not designed to reduce the four years of curriculum. Students take the 1st year curriculum spread over three semesters instead of two. Within the Preparatory Semester students can take three credit-recognized courses. If a student starts the preparatory semester in March, the student will be eligible to take the remaining bachelor 1 courses until the following September semester and the next March semester.