"Students were very welcoming and supportive"
Kira Altomari (USA)
While I was initially nervous about studying abroad, Howest staff, faculty, and students were very welcoming and supportive. This has truly been a life changing experience helping me to become a more well-rounded person and increase my intercultural competencies. It should be one of the first that you see.
"Erasmus: a once in a lifetime experience. "
Claudia Labate (Italy)
Last semester I had the honor to go to Belgium as an Erasmus student. I had already been abroad to study, but this…this was something else. An experience that cannot be replaced by anything, and that I would re-live in the exact same way I already did.
I got to meet such wonderful and beautiful people from all over the world, we shared our points of views and cultures, we cooked for each other our typical dishes and celebrated festivities that someone wouldn’t normally celebrate in his/her own country. I was learning new things each day, not just from the courses that Howest offered us, but also from the people that I was meeting every day.
For me this Erasmus has been also an opportunity to see a girl that I met in Berlin the previous year, and indeed she ended up being the buddy that Howest assigned to me. It was so good to see her after such a long time and we became very good friends through the buddy programme. We kept in touch throughout the semester, we went to parties together, we biked together to university and grabbed coffees in the weekends. We shared memories that I will cherish forever and I hope we will manage to see each other in a not so distant future.
But in general, I have memories with each and every person that I have met in Belgium, from the other Erasmus students to the local ones. Each one of them gave and taught me something that I will remember forever, and I am sure I will get to see them again at some point in life, somewhere in the world, because once you have been an Erasmus student, your souls will be forever connected to each other.
The classes were challenging and different from the type of classes we get in Italy. The city was completely different from where I was born and raised, but it is a cozy city that has everything a student needs. Thanks to this experience I have learned new things about the world but also about myself, how I deal with certain situations and how much alcohol I can handle, since the beer is really cheap! But jokes aside, I truly found myself in Kortrijk. My true self.
So thank you to the Erasmus+ Programme. Thank you to the coordinators and teachers at Howest and at my home University for helping us and making all of this possible. Thanks to all the other Erasmus students for sharing such an amazing experience with me, and for making it such a unique one at that. Thanks to the local students and my buddy for bearing with me and for answering all of my -sometimes stupid- questions about Belgium. And, finally, thank you to my “second family”, that has been with me in the best and worst moments of this experience. I am proud to call you my Erasmus Family.
Thank you Belgium.
"The friends we made while being in Belgium will stay the best thing that happened to us on Erasmus!"
Marina Nikolic & Danilo Kovacevic (Serbia)
This semester was something amazing. We've met a lot of people and learned a lot of things about different cultures, not only Belgian. Friends we have met here are from all over the world (Europe, South and North America and Asia) and we are sure that someday we will meet each other again.
We can only thank Erasmus+ programme for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Discovering Belgian cities and enjoying fries, beer and chocolate was a true Belgian experience. Cycling through Kortrijk, drinking coffee at DeDingen and having our classes all together at the Square in Kortrijk made our stay even more memorable.
The friends we made while being in Belgium will stay the best thing that happened to us on Erasmus! We are proud to know so many good people from all around the world!
"Erasmus means much more than studying abroad!"
Jorge Cruzado Sánchez (Spain)
When you look at this picture, you can see up to 6 different nationalities. Erasmus means much more than studying abroad. It is opening yourself to the world, to ideas you never thought about before. Cultures that you thought didn't match, now they match perfectly. Ideas you would never put together, now you learn from each other. Thank you Erasmus & Howest. I feel rich now.
"The best time of my life was at Howest."
Sumedha Sharma (India)
It was something I always wanted to experience going international and meeting a big Erasmus family that made me learn about different cultures and exposed me to different learning methods.
"Howest provided us with a unique Erasmus experience! We had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world - people who are not friends but family to us now. "
Hristiana Dimitrova (Scotland) & Oriane Paralté (France)
Also, their 'Buddy' programme ensures you have Belgian student to help you settle down quickly and make friends as soon as you arrive. The university is modern and classes are small so teachers are also coaches and mentors and are very helpful and professional. Howest provided us with new learning practices and methods - it was great to get more practical and hands-on experience.
Howest was the best choice for Erasmus experience and offered us much more than we expected - this is why we both chose to stay for 2 semesters!
"During your exchange semester at Howest, first, you start discovering people, and then you start discovering yourself again."
Hüdai Karabulut (Turkey)
During your exchange semester at Howest, first, you start discovering people, and then you start discovering yourself again.
"Howest is an excellent university, and the people working there are amazing! Indeed, by remaining human, they develop people!"
Sylvaine Chan-Tave (France)
Howest is an excellent university, and the people working there are amazing! Indeed, by remaining human, they develop people!
"Every moment was precious and valuable for me. When I return to South Korea, I will really miss Howest and Belgium."
Kim Hui Jin (South Korea)
Every moment was precious and valuable for me. When I return to South Korea, I will really miss Howest and Belgium.
"Erasmus is the best opportunity you can use while being a student. The international environment makes you realize that in every situation, the people that surround you matter the most. You make so many unforgettable friendships and memories that you wil"
Akvilé Noreikaité (Lithuania)
Erasmus is the best opportunity you can use while being a student. The international environment makes you realize that in every situation, the people that surround you matter the most. You make so many unforgettable friendships and memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. Howest was a part of that too - all the teachers and the international office were always very friendly and helpful.
"To study abroad, is by far, the most educational and enlightening experience of my academic life."
Filipa Garrocho (Portugal)
By doing Erasmus in Belgium I got the chance to experience in first-hand the feeling of living in a different country, with different routines, schedules, habits, language and to learn with and be part of a different health system. This was a great opportunity to compare the Belgium health system with the Portuguese one, to learn with the best parts of it, to see new ways of doing the same nursing techniques, other methods of work and to live in a richer nursing reality, with more material conditions. It allowed me to see how the economy of a country reflects itself on the health system reality and in the population’s houses and life’s circumstances.
Now working at ...
Lisbon Nursing School
"Thanks to this – in Flanders - unique advanced bachelor in the study of Bioinformatics, qualitative staff members now enter the labour market and they perfectly fit in this niche."
Pieter De Bleser
Biological experiments become more and more large-scale and the need for streamlined analyses increases. There is a transition from gene-central to genome-wide studies with implications for an advanced use of computer and statistics. Whereas large-scale experiments become cheaper and faster, the analysis of the results becomes ever more labour-intensive.
A possibility to close the gap between bioinformatics and traditional biology and biomedical research is the availability of ‘bioinformatics scientists’.
Howest plays an important pioneering role in this field. Thanks to this unique advanced bachelor in Flanders in Bioinformatics, qualitative staff members now enter the labour market and perfectly fit in this niche. We are convinced these people will contribute to scientific research in Flanders!
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expert Bio-informatica, VIB-UGent
"The student is perfectly coached in small groups."
The Bioinformatics training is a unique training for people who want to approach sciences and laboratory work in a different way. Thanks to the increasing use of informatics, the field of bioinformatics comes more and more to the forefront. The student is perfectly coached in small groups. This way, a unique atmosphere is created and students learn a lot in a relaxed way.
In the beginning, many students might be discouraged by the informatics part of the training, but thanks to the good composition of the course package many pieces of the puzzle slowly form one integrated unit.
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Jasper graduated in 2010.
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Bioinformatic scientist at Centrum voor Medische Genetica
"In de praktijkgerichte opleiding Journalistiek leerde ik zelfstandig werken."
Jochen Coorevits (en)
In de praktijkgerichte opleiding Journalistiek leerde ik zelfstandig werken. Dat komt in mijn huidige job als sportjournalist dagelijks van pas. Na mijn stage bij de sportredactie van Het Nieuwsblad begon ik er als freelancer. Ik ben er de vaste man die Club Brugge opvolgt. Daarnaast breng ik verslag uit over voetbal- en wielerwedstrijden.
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sportjournalist bij Het Nieuwsblad