The proficiency level we expect from incoming students and staff is the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages (CEFR), in writing, speaking and understanding skills.
Howest has either English or Dutch as teaching languages.
We expect applying students to provide proof of their proficiency in the language of instruction in the chosen program in one of the following ways:
- A signed confirmation letter from the sending university, stating that the applicant’s language skills reach the B2 level and thus are sufficient to attend courses, participate in different types of classroom and examination activities. (only valid for exchange students)
- The results of a (free) online language test which can be related to the CEFR B2 level,such as Dialang and Testpodium. The online test should have been taken under the supervision of the sending institution. The result sheet needs to be stamped and signed by a staff member of the sending institution. (only valid for exchange students)
- An official certificate or score report referring to the European Framework or from one of the recognized language tests, e.g. TOEFL: paper based 550/internet based 79/computer based 213 or IETLS: 5.5, no partial results below 5.
The following applicants are not required to document their language skills for study in English or Dutch respectively at Howest:
- applicants from countries having the chosen modules´ teaching language as their national language.
- applicants attending a full-time degree programme at their home institution taught in the same language as the Howest modules they are applying for.
Howest reserves the right to contact the sending university to verify the information on language proficiency, or to contact the applicant to have a telephone or Skype conversation in English.