Frequently asked questions about COVID-19

Life on campus

Mobility

Where can I park my bike?
  • On each campus there are two types of bicycle storage options
    • Outdoor bike racks and stands. These are always freely accessible, before, during and after teaching hours. 
    • Covered bike sheds. These are always freely accessible, before, during and after teaching hours.
  • On several campuses (and by halfway the academic year we will aim for all campuses) there are racks and stands in a covered and guarded area. These racks are under camera surveillance. The use of these racks is subject to an application for registration.
     
Where can I park my car?
  • On most campuses (not at Brugge Centrum) there are car parks that are accessible with the student card. The use of the car park is free but the number of parking spaces is limited. There are always spaces reserved for staff and of course for people with disabilities.
  • On the campus Brugge Centrum, there is no car park accessible to students, except for people with disabilities. Students will have to park in the surrounding streets, where parking is paid, and limited in time.

Catering

Where can I find food?
  • On each campus there is a student restaurant, within 5 minutes walking distance of each class building. 
  • In each student restaurant you can get sandwiches (on order via Resto.howest.be). Please note that you have to order your sandwiches before 9.00 a.m., because we cannot make the sandwiches on the spot on request due to corona measures. 
  • In each student restaurant you’ll find at least pasta (with different types of sauce) and you can always find a full meal (carbohydrates, starches and vegetables) in a nearby class building or student restaurant on the same campus.
Can I eat in a corona-safe way?
  • Catering is limited to take-away meals only
  • Queues at the service are limited
    • by ordering in advance as much as possible,
    • by limiting the number of students who are at the service at the same time (break times are spread between 12:00 and 14:00)
  • The number of seats in the catering areas is limited. Take a seat safely at a distance of 1.5 meters from your table companion. You do not take off your mask until you sit down.
  • In the catering areas you can also log in with QR codes per table; users can clearly indicate which tables and chairs have been used, after which they are disinfected for reuse.
  • It is requested not to move chairs and to push tables together so that the spread in the catering areas is maintained.

Protective measures

Pandemic scenarios and 2020-2021 roadmap: colleges of higher education

Check what safety measures (Dutch) apply per pandemic level in the colleges of higher education.

What is Howest doing to minimise the spread of the coronavirus in its buildings?

In addition to physical distancing, good hygiene is crucial in order to avoid virus transmission. This is a shared responsibility of all staff and students. Regular thorough hand washing plays a crucial role in this.  

  • entering the campus 
  • entering a classroom (after a break)
  • before and after visiting the toilet
  • before and after a meal
  • before leaving the campus
  • after coughing/sneezing 
  • before and after operation of machines such as printers, laboratory equipment, etc.
  • before and after handing out documents such as examination copies, etc.
  • every two hours

The facility services take care of regular cleaning with an increased control of sanitary facilities: cleaning and replenishment of soap, toilet paper and towel rolls.

Follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Use paper tissues and dispose of them in closed dustbins.

Posters relating to good hand hygiene and good sneezing and coughing hygiene are hung up in strategic places in the buildings. 

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Wearing a face mask is compulsory as soon as you are on campus. You must also wear your face mask outside the buildings in places where many people are together.

A face shield can only be used for medical reasons and if certified by a doctor. The employee/student must always have this certificate with them.

Keep in mind that washing / disinfecting the hands before putting on and after taking off the face mask is mandatory. In that case, you should provide your own hand disinfectant.

Both students and staff who come to the campus for lessons or exams can each collect one reusable Howest face mask at the reception desk. 

Disposable face masks are additionally provided during practical lessons and classes where it is not appropriate to wear a fabric mask, such as laboratory activities. 

The obligation to wear a face mask is displayed at strategic locations in the buildings.

Are the buildings open/accessible?

The buildings/campuses, libraries and catering are open to users when code yellow is in effect. With code yellow, the occupancy is limited to 75% of the normal capacity. This is further reduced when code orange and red are in effect.  Code orange: the following applies: occupancy rate in the auditoria: 1 in 5, occupancy rate in other rooms: 1 in 2 and occupancy rate for practicums and lab exercises: 1 in 1.

  • Sitting together on campus (indoors and outdoors) is permitted provided you wear a face mask. 
  • To avoid waiting, students should not come to the campus too long in advance. 
  • The use of lifts is limited to one person. 
  • One-way circulation in corridors and on stairs is provided where possible. This will be displayed on the spot. 
  • In places where there is no one-way circulation, the right-hand side of the corridor or stairs must always be used. This will be displayed on site and, where possible, marked on the ground.  
  • Wherever possible, signs on the ground are used to show the required distance.  
  • Plexiglas is provided at reception desks, student secretariats, ICT helpdesk, libraries and catering facilities.
  • The obligation of social distancing is displayed at strategic places in the buildings.
I feel sick. What should I do?

When you feel sick, self-isolate at home or in your student room and call your GP.

Highly suspect symptoms are shortness of breath, cough, chest pain and altered taste or smell. Also combinations of fever, muscle pain, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, headache or watery diarrhoea can be caused by COVID-19. In case of such complaints, always contact your GP by phone.

Anyone with a suspicion of COVID-19 should be tested. In case of a positive test, home isolation for at least seven days is compulsory and risk contacts are detected, notified and if necessary also tested. 

COVID-19 testing: when, where and how?

Mandatory and free testing

  • Do you have possible symptoms of corona (cough, pain or difficulty when breathing, smell or taste disorders, sore throat, fever, cold and / or diarrhea)?
  • Did you have close contact (longer than 15 minutes, less than 1.5 m away without a mouth mask) with a person with confirmed corona infection and do you have symptoms?

Stay home and call upon your doctor for testing and quarantine instructions. You need to be tested in these cases and the test is free. If the test capacity is exceeded, critically ill patients, patients from nursing homes and care personnel are given priority. If the test is not available to you at such a time, then you absolutely adhere to the quarantine and do not worry about any legal testing obligation.
 
Request a quarantine certificate from your doctor and deliver it to the student secretariat/administration immediately. Depending on the test result and whether or not symptoms occur, your doctor must issue/warrant a new quarantine certificate or illness certificate (certificate of work incapacity).

What do I do if I have a confirmed COVID-19 infection?
  • If you receive confirmation that you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will have to follow the instructions of your treating physician and go into quarantine.
  • Request a quarantine certificate or absence certificate from your doctor and deliver it to the student secretariat/administration.
  • Contact tracing on behalf of the government will also be commenced: we ask for your full cooperation, as well as the details of the contacts you may have had at work, on campus or in your student room.
  • In addition, in case of an effective COVID-19 contamination, we ask you to complete this form as soon as possible.
  • The data of this report will be forwarded to the external service for prevention and protection IDEWE and the internal contact investigation team of Howest so that any additional measures can be taken through an additional risk analysis. You may also be contacted by telephone by an IDEWE occupational physician (Dr. Kathleen Cornelis or Dr. Griet Sierens) or a Howest contact tracer.
  • As always, the occupational physicians of IDEWE and employees of HOWEST guarantee that this information will be used in concordance to the associated ethical rules and with respect for your privacy.
     
What if a colleague or fellow student becomes infected?

People with a suspicion of infection stay at home or in their student home and ask their doctor for advice by telephone. Colleagues and fellow students keep a close eye on their own health. As soon as they feel ill themselves (and suffer from a fever and / or cough or shortness of breath), they also stay at home and contact a doctor for advice.

Anyone identified as a high-risk contact by the contact center / occupational physician will be contacted with information about any quarantine or testing.

More info about the measures for contacts of a person with COVID-19

Contact tracing

To make contact tracing in case of infection run smoothly, you should keep a list (preferably digital) at hand with the names of people with whom you have contact. Write on it the names and telephone numbers of the persons who meet the following criteria:

  • Was the person who was within a distance of <1.5 m (“face to face”) for at least 15 minutes without a mask from you?
  • Was that person in the same room / closed environment with you for more than 15 minutes, not always keeping a distance of 1.5 m? No use was made of masks and / or screens.
  • Was there physical contact with that person?
  • Did that person work with you for more than 4 hours in a small space where the distance rules and contact rules could not always be guaranteed.
  • Did you travel for more than 15 minutes without a mask with that person in the same means of transport without the distance rules being guaranteed.
  • Did that person frequently share material that wasn’t disinfected?

In addition to keeping track of your own contact details, contact tracing is also provided by QR codes on tables in cafeterias and classrooms.

  • Students and staff register by means of the QR code that is provided at the place where one sits at the beginning of each lesson or/and during lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Reading the QR code can be done with a smartphone. Registration is also possible via a computer with the link under the QR code.
  • The student/employee preferably logs in with his/her Howest account.
  • If you don’t have a Howest account, this can be done via an online form.
  • On the basis of these registrations, it is determined which students/employees were in the vicinity of a potentially infected person. These contact details are provided to the occupational physician of IDEWE who is responsible for contact tracing within Howest.
     
I have to go into quarantine, what now?

If you have to go into quarantine, please inform your course coordinator so that the necessary arrangements can be made for taking online lessons or adjusting your timetable.  Upload your quarantine certificate via ibamaflex as proof of legitimate absence. In future evaluation periods, this is necessary in order to be entitled to a catch up on classes.

Please also inform your course coordinator when your quarantine period ends and when you will be back to your normal schedule.

Ik behoor tot een risicogroep en/of iemand van mijn gezin behoort tot een risicogroep ?

Vraag aan je arts of je de lessen mag meevolgen. Mag je niet naar school dan geeft je arts je een speciaal medisch attest omdat je tot een risicogroep behoort. Behoort iemand van je gezin tot een risicogroep dan mag je naar school, tenzij je arts anders beslist. In dit geval wordt samen met de talentcoach en de opleidingscoördinator bekeken welke faciliteiten mogelijk zijn.

Je dient een aanvraag in via de faciliteitentool en spreekt meteen persoonlijk af met de talentcoach van je opleiding. Je maakt een afspraak in de online agenda of je neemt contact op via mail. Indien je gebruik wenst te maken van faciliteiten, is het jouw verantwoordelijkheid om je hiervoor aan te melden. Zonder een officiële aanvraag en de bijhorende attestering kan de opleiding niet voorzien in bepaalde studie- en/of examenfaciliteiten.

Student services

Financial

I can no longer do my student job, but I have fixed expenses. What can I do?

For a large number of students, their income has disappeared and contrary to employees, there are no economic measures for job students. Students often also have costs, such as a student room rent, food, ... 

Make sure to take a look at Howest vacatureservice or at the VDAB site https://www.vdab.be/.

I still have to apply for/complete my scholarship (application).

You can apply for or complete your scholarship (application) yourself through  www.studietoelagen.be. You need your ID-card and a card reader or the It’s me-app to log in. 

Do you need any help with this? Contact a Stuvo staff member

How do I keep a clear view on my income/expenses?

It is not always obvious to keep a clear view on your income and expenses. The Wakosta?!-app   can help you in doing so. Via this app you can:  

  • Enter all your incomes and expenses
  • Obtain a summary of your monthly or weekly budget 
  • At the end of the month, enter your surplus or deficit in the new month, or you can also restart on a monthly basis.
  • Decide for yourself how you keep your budget.

You can download the app through the Play store or App store.

I would like to apply for an enrolment fee distribution plan. How can I do this?

In case you should wish to spread the enrolment fee over three months, you can directly apply for this spread through the Student Administration Desk by sending an email to brugge.studentensecretariaat@howest.be or kortrijk.studentensecretariaat@howest.be

Do you wish a spread over six or nine months, please contact a staff member of the Stuvo social service.

In case it should appear that a distribution plan does not offer enough help, you can also apply for an intervention in the study costs. On the basis of a social survey, in which the incomes and expenses are asked for, it can be checked whether or not study financing through Stuvo is possible.

I/my parents financially have a hard time and need help to pay for my study costs. Where can I get help?

Do you have concerns about the financing of your study costs? Please contact a staff member of the Stuvo social service. On the basis of a social survey, in which the incomes and expenses are asked for, it can be checked whether or not study financing through Stuvo is possible. The contact information can be found through this  link

Housing

What measures do I have to follow in dorms?

Know that in your student room, you need to comply with the rules imposed by the government as well. Concerning social contacts, this means that the close contacts you formed at home must also be complied with the one in your student town. Within Howest's student housing the corona measures include that you have to wear a mouth mask as soon as you leave your room and that no externals are allowed into the housing.

All specific regulations

What happens in case of a corona contamination in the student house?

You are not feeling well or you have to take a corona test? Immediately contact your landlord so that the necessary measures can be taken to safeguard your health and that of your coinhabitants. Your coinhabitants may be considered high-risk contact and should be quarantined, just like you. Talk to your landlord about how your quarantine can be arranged, especially if there are communal areas such as a kitchen or sanitary facilities.

Are you staying in a Howest student room? Contact the janitor and the Howest Prevention Department as soon as possible.

Sports, culture and spare time

Can I still sport?

The activities of the student app and the sportplus card are currently active and have been adapted to the corona measures.  

This has the following consequences for the student app on offer:

Offer in Sport Vlaanderen Bruges (fitness, badminton, squash, group lessons):

  • Showers and changing rooms: closed.
  • Squash: closed
  • Badminton: singles possible, doubles not.
  • Fitness stays open on reservation.
  • Group lessons: number of participants can be limited; we use first come, first served principle.

Offer at Sports Centre Xavierians Bruges (free use of half hall, group lessons BBB and pilates, badminton and baseball):

  • Showers and changing rooms: closed.
  • Free use of half hall: only for badminton and tennis training, not possible for football, volleyball or basketball.
  • Badminton and baseball: keep going, minimise contact
  • Group lessons: number of participants can be limited; we use first come, first served principle

Be sure to visit www.howest.be/sport to find all the possibilities! 

Are the activities of Bruges and Kortrijk student city still going on?

All activities of Bruges and Kortrijk student city have been adapted to the corona measures. So be sure to keep an eye on the following Facebook pages or websites:

Mental Health

I am worried about my health or someone else’s health, where can I find help?

You can always contact a general practitioner when you are worried. This is also a very busy period for them. Do you have a question about your own health or the health of someone else you know? Do no hesitate to contact your general practitioner by phone. 

In case it concerns the health of someone you know, you can also have a conversation with that person. Tell him/her that you are worried about him/her, ask him/her how he/she feels and whether or not he/she understands your point of view. If the person concerned desires so, you can always take the step towards help together, provided the measures are taken into account. Also try to keep in touch with this person as much as possible. 

General information about the corona virus can be found on this website:  https://www.info-coronavirus.be/.

In what way can I stay informed about the corona news without having a bad feeling about it?

We are overwhelmed by corona news and we do not always know what information is correct. This may cause fear and panic. It is important to find a balance between staying informed and feeling safe. Staying informed is important, but it should not give you a bad feeling or unnecessary worries. Below you’ll find some tips to find a balance: 

  • Pick a fixed moment during the day to read the updates on the news sites or to watch the news. Checking the news very often does not result in gathering new information.
  • Make an arrangement with yourself on how much time you will actually spend on watching/checking the news.
  • Make sure that you consult reliable sources. Think e.g. of websites managed by the government and reliable news sites such as info-coronavirus.be.
  • Do something fun afterwards so that you can redirect your thoughts. 
  • Talk to someone about it or write down your worries when you keep thinking about it. 

Also have a look at Q6. You will find some tips there about coping with stress and worries. 

How can I stay in touch with friends, family, fellow students, ... despite the measures?

Contacting your friends, family, fellow students is limited. Try to use the digital channels such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Facetime, Skype, ... as much as you can to contact your family and friends. Make it a habit to, each day, contact someone you know, this helps making all measures somewhat more bearable.

There are also many apps to have a video conversation and even play games with several people at the same time. An example hereof is de Houseparty app, to be found in the App Store or the Play Store. 

Via the website nl.boardgamearena.com/lobby you can play several games such as werewolves, saboteur... on-line with your friends! It’s very simple: create an account, invite your friends for a game and start playing!

What can I do when I need time for myself?

There are many things you can do when you need some time for yourself. Think for a moment of what suits you best. What brings you peace of mind, what helps you to relax? Below follow some tips:  

  • Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon TV, Streamz, …  
    Finally binge watching that series that you have been looking forward to for so long. Not thinking about corona, schoolwork, ... for a little while. Do you prefer doing this together with your friends? Find a friend to start watching a series or film together. You can Skype, Facetime, call, text one another while watchig or after you watched the series or film! You can also choose to do so with your family, there’s nothing better than a film night with the entire family. 
     
  • Reading
    For readers this period is the excellent moment to start that book that you always wanted to read. 
     
  • Hobbies
    Very often, hobbies can still be  exercised subject to some adjustments. Sports, gaming tournaments with friends, baking, knitting, drawing, ... These are all hobbies you don’t have to give up! 
What can I do when I feel lonely?

In times like these it can happen that you feel lonely. Be aware that this is also true for many other people you know, look out for each other!  Try to do something for someone else each day, this makes that, provided the measures are taken into account, you stay in touch with the people you know. 

Use social media, apps, mobile phone, ... to contact your friends. Try to contact or send a text message to someone you know, friends, family,  several times a day. 

The buddies of Buddy&Mind are also ready for you during this period. Need a good talk?  Send an email to buddyandmind@howest.be or have a look at www.buddyandmind.be. You can also contact the Stuvo staff members for further assistance. 

International students in Digital Arts & Entertainment have been assigned a buddy at the start of the academic year. Do no hesitate to contact your personal buddy. 

For more information regarding loneliness, you can surf to the following websites: eenzaamheid.info/hulp or doorbreekeenzaamheid.be.

How can I deal with stress and moments of intense worries?

This period is unpredictable to many people, this may cause fear and stress. 

An important step is to bring structure into your daily life. Stand still at the matters on which you have grip on and on how you can make adjustments to the corona measures. Make a feasible planning, give yourself that little bit of predictability. You can plan your meals, (school)work, free time, ... This gives a positive feeling of control and can reduce stress. 

If you know that you worry a lot when you watch the news or receive information about the corona virus, have a look at FAQ question 2. 

Specific exercises to relax your body and mind can be found through this  link. Make sure to check the Leho and Facebook pages of Stuvo where additional exercises will be posted.  

For individual guidance on how to deal with stress and worry moments, you can contact a staff member of the Stuvo social service.

For an on-line training on how to deal with worries and stress complaints, you can have a look at snelbeterinjevel.nl.

You can also read the testimony of Merel or listen to the tips of Tuur, the youth worker at Overkop, by using this link. Additionally, you can find some tips on the Psywest website under the tab ‘Zelf aan de slag’. 

What if I experience fear of failure or insecurity?

This period may make you feel insecure or make you extra afraid to fail. 

For individual questions and assistance, you can  contact the staff members of the Stuvo social service.

Another possibility is to surf to the Psywest website by using this link. Under the tab ‘Zelf aan de slag’ you can find some tips or you can register for the group training sessions and workshops.

How can I myself increase my mental resilience?

On the website Fit in je hoofd you can find many tips to increase your resilience and mental toughness. There are 10 steps elaborated which can inspire you for a healthier and happier life. You can create a personal account where you can receive exercises on the basis of a survey you filled in before. 

Through snelbeterinjevel.nl you can also find three on-line trainings to work independently on sleep, worry and stress complaints.  

On the website of Rode Neuzendag you’ll find some articles that you can read and interviews that you can listen to.  Maybe you’ll find some tips that are helpful for you!

How do I become mindful in these times?

Is mindfulness a thing for you? Then you can have a look at this website: vaardigleven.be. It is an on-line learning environment with free exercises which were composed by professional caregivers. On the website mindfulme.be, you can find a lot of information on this topic. 

In addition, the people of Rode Neuzendag have again opened the free meditation podcasts.

How can I develop and maintain a positive sleep rhythm?

Sufficient sleep is very important. It ensures physical and mental recovery. Therefore, it is indispensable for a good health and state of mind. 

Try to have enough sleep every night. This is about 7 to 8 hours. Also try to go to bed at a fixed moment, because this ensures a fixed planning in your day. 

More useful tips and information can be found on the website of CM and fit in je hoofd. You can download the Do-book ‘Slaapwel’ for adults.

You can also have a look at the website of Psywest. Under the tab ‘Zelf aan de slag’ you can click on the theme beter slapen, where you can also find a lot of tips.

What can I do when I have frustrations because of the corona measures?

Keep in mind that we all are connected to one another and all of us  follow the same measures. It may perhaps be far away and of no great concern to you, but it is closing in more and more. Maybe you are not in the risk group, but this does not mean that you cannot be a carrier. 

It is important to remember that you do not just do this for yourself. By abiding by the measures, you limit the possibility of getting contaminated and of contaminating others. Each individual plays a crucial role in the  fight against corona. 

Need a good talk? Do not hesitate to contact one of the staff members of the Stuvo social service.

I do not feel well at home / in my student room. What can I do?

First of all, check what makes you feel this way at home or in your student room. Is it loneliness, boredom, fear, ...?

Try to talk about this to people in your immediate surroundings, explain to them what is difficult for you, what bothers you. This is not always that easy. That is why the Buddies of Howest and the staff members of the Stuvo social service are always at your service. The buddies can be contacted through buddyandmind@howest.be.

Also try to contact your friends, they are often in the same situation as you are. You can be a great help to one another.  

There are a lot of tensions at home now that we are all back home together. What can I do?

It is quite normal that tensions build up at home. You are together more frequently and this can lead to discussions and confrontations. The images below show you a number of tips on how to deal with conflicts in the family. 

Several websites offer a listening ear through an anonymous chat conversation: 1712.be, watwat.be, slachtofferzorg.be. For individual questions and assistance, you can  contact the staff members of the Stuvo social service.

How can I cope with the loss of someone I know?

In the first place, we  wish you much strength. Loss comes with overwhelming emotions. Everybody griefs in his/her own way. For one person, talking is important, whereas the other needs peace of mind. 

Overkop has developed a tool kit to support you with the loss and with dealing with your emotions. It explains what mourning exactly is, whether your feelings are normal and what could help you. You can find the tool kit here. Thereby, the following website is also referred to: rouwkost.be.  

On the website of Psywest you’ll find some articles that you can read and interviews that you can listen to. For individual questions and assistance, you can contact the staff members of the Stuvo social service. The contact information can be found through this  link.  

Do you have a friend or fellow student who has lost someone he/she knows or someone for his/her immediate surroundings, and you do not know how to deal with this? Also have a look at the websites and links above. In addition, the Buddies of Howest and the staff members of the Stuvo social service are always at your service. 

I am worried about a fellow student, what can I do?

Do you notice specific signals with a fellow student that worry you? Try to discuss these with the student himself. Always try to express your concern from your point of view. E.g. “ I’ve noticed that you are a little grumpy lately, have you been feeling it too?” 

If you do not see it feasible to address the student yourself, you can always contact a staff member of the Stuvo social service for advice. When you notice that the person needs more help, you can always refer him/her to Stuvo.

Where can I go to when I need a confidential talk?

You can always contact the staff members of the Stuvo social service. The contact information can be found through this link.  They offer a discrete, listening ear and can find a solution to help you further on your way. The talks can be face-t-face by appointment, by phone, through chat or video conversation. Feel free to indicate which communication tool is most comfortable for you.  

Study coaching

Digital learning is new to me. Where can I get help?

We fully understand that digital learning is new and that it requires adjustments. In the first place, you can contact the lecturers of your study programme. But you can also contact the talent coach of your study programme. The contact information can be found through this link. You can also have a look at the FAQ collection of the Student Services. There, you can find all kinds of questions and answers on how you can approach digital learning. The survey can be found on the course site of Leho, STUVO-talentcoaching

What can I do when I have questions about my studies, study method, planning , ...?

Do you have important questions of content about the modules? You cannot find everything on Leho? Contact the lecturer of the module concerned. You can also ask a fellow student!

If, in addition, you need assistance for making a planning or elaborating your study method, do not hesitate to contact the talent coach of your study programme. The contact information can be found through this link. You can also have a look at the FAQ collection of the Student Services. There, you can find all kinds of questions and answers on how you can approach digital learning. The survey can be found on the course site of Leho, STUVO-talentcoaching.

How do I stay motivated to further deal with my studies and daily life?

If your courses continue on-line and take the form of distance learning, start your day as you would have a normal school day. The material for self-study will be provided by the study programme departments. Do not put off the work! 

A good balance between schoolwork and relaxation is very important. Make a clear planning of your schoolwork and plan something fun afterwards. This makes that you have something to look forward to. Try to respect your planning as well as possible, you will see that this simplifies things.  Do you need any help? Have a look at the FAQ list of the Student Services or contact one of the talent coaches. The survey can be found on the course site of Leho, STUVO-talentcoaching.

Keep in touch with your friends and fellow students using digital tools. Meet on regular fixed contact moments to do schoolwork together and help each other if necessary. 

International mobility

Can I study abroad in the first semester of 2020-21?

For the first semester of 2020-21, the following measures concerning international mobility shall apply:

  • Erasmus exchanges and internship semesters (in Europe) may continue as long as the partner and the host country do not advise negatively. Mobile students should take into account the colour code of their destination country and follow all measures imposed by that country, e.g. compulsory COVID-19 testing or quarantine. Travelling for study reasons is considered an essential trip by most destinations, including codes orange and red, but you should check this carefully before you leave via the following website.
  • Internships in countries of the ‘Global South’ within the framework of development cooperation are not allowed.
  • Studying abroad at our intercontinental partners is only possible in South Korea. All other destinations have been cancelled, either by the partners or by Howest, or both.
  • Intercontinental internships in industrialised countries are carried out upon specific request to the International Office.
  • Study and inspiration trips and short-term student mobility by plane are not allowed, as well as to destinations that are colour coded red by the Belgian government or that impose a mandatory quarantine upon arrival for travellers from Belgium. More information can be found on the following website.

Students may only start to incur costs for their authorised international mobility after they have received final notification from the receiving organisation that they will be able to do so. In this case too, students must bear in mind that the situation will remain unstable for months to come, and that in the event of resurgence or new outbreak of the virus, each country may take new measures with an impact on the study/internship semester, including a possible new lockdown and temporary impossibility to return. Students who start their international mobility should be prepared to ‘sit out’ a lockdown at a European destination or South Korea and/or to switch to an online alternative to their study/internship abroad.

Do I have to return from abroad?

For students who are abroad in the event of an outbreak/resurgence of the coronavirus, we do not organise compulsory evacuation or immediate recall of all students abroad, BUT we do advise travelling back for students who:

  • are staying in a region that is considered to be a point of origin. If that point of origin is (in) a ‘Southern country’, our return advice will be binding.
  • are told by their internship that they can no longer keep them on an internship, and that there is also no option to continue working online for a while.
  • are asked by the authorities of the country of destination to leave the country (then the Belgian embassy will also notify you by text message or e-mail).
  • are requested or strongly advised by the Belgian embassy/consulate at the destination to leave the country. If this is the case, you will receive a text message or e-mail from the embassy/consulate with this explicit advice, as you are registered on travellersonline.diplomatie.be. In any case, we advise everyone to actively contact the Belgian embassy of your region.
  • no longer feel comfortable at their foreign destination.

However, for those who are in a safe place and are prepared to endure any government measures ‒ such as staying inside for a while, or closed borders/airspace or travel restrictions ‒ such as airlines that temporarily cease flying ‒ it may be safer not to travel (immediately) and thereby run the risk of getting stuck somewhere.

As the situation varies greatly from country to country, the programme and/or internationalisation service is in direct contact with the student in order to work out the safest and most feasible solution together.

If my internship is terminated, will I still be able to graduate?

You will be able to graduate via an alternative internship assignment, in consultation with the programme and your internship.

Information for the student and prospective sutdent

Choice of study

I don’t (quite) know what I want to study yet. What do you recommend?

If you do not yet know which programme suits you best, you can use a study selection tool to help you. Through your school account you can use the Columbus test; your secondary school teachers can help you with this. Outside the school context you can also use the Simon test or I-prefer.

These instruments are freely accessible to everyone. After taking the test, you will receive a feedback report in your e-mail inbox fairly quickly. A talent coach from Howest can help you to choose a programme that is in line with your interests and abilities on the basis of this report. Please feel free to contact us.

I would like to have a personal conversation about my study choice, is that possible?

Yes, you can make an appointment with a talent coach from Howest or with the course counsellor of the programme.

Can I visit the campus before making my final study choice?

You can visit the Howest campuses. However, by appointment only, with a maximum of three people and with respect for social distancing. Plan your visit via the course counsellor of the programme.

How can I enrol at Howest?

From Saturday 27 June you can register online as well as on campus. More information

Housing

Can I live in rented accommodation?

Yes, you can. We take measures so that you can safely visit and stay in one of Howest’s student homes. Howest has student rooms for rent in Bruges and Kortrijk. More information

What is the best way to start the search for accommodation?

Gathering information about the various possibilities in combination with a site visit is the best way to find the right room. On the Howest website you will find information about the student rooms of Howest in Bruges and Kortrijk. Do you wish to visit them in a safe way?