"During your time in Howest, Kortrijk, you will get to experience everything the city has to offer from alluring architecture and design to unique student nightlife. "
Nicolae Patras (Republic of Moldova)
As a master student in Sustainable Energy System Management, I have had the opportunity to choose the specialisation semester between Spain (University of Zaragoza) - Sustainable Energy Management, The Netherlands (Hanze UAS) - Sustainable Innovation Management, and Belgium (Howest UAS) - Sustainable Energy and ICT.
I chose Howest for my specialisation due to the Energy ICT courses such as Big Data & Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Blockchain & Security. By following these courses, among other things, I broadened my knowledge and understanding of current trends occurring in the Energy ICT sector. Likewise, students following these courses have all been introduced and encouraged to learn and use Python programming language for Data Analysis. To sum up, this specialisation was the best possible choice and I would definitely recommend to other students to follow it.
Moreover, the specialisation should not be considered as main driver for choosing Howest for your study semester. Student life is about so much more than just preparing you for lifetime of achievement. During your time in Howest, Kortrijk, you will get to experience everything the city has to offer from alluring architecture and design to unique student nightlife.
"I enjoyed the Howest experience so much that I decided to do my internship at Howest after the programme."
Nirmal Madhu (India)
The sustainable energy and ICT study programme at Howest indeed gave me a good combination of academic knowledge and practical tools that I needed in the current energy transition scenario. This programme provided the best pathway because of the modules taught and the projects/assignments involved with the programme.
I really appreciate the cooperative, constructive and challenging atmosphere at Howest.
"This opportunity not only gave me friends for life, but also the opportunity to discover who I really am. "
Karla Peralta (Mexico)
This has been one of the best experiences of my life even in these difficult times and Howest was a pillar of support that knew how to adapt and still found time to make my exchange a great adventure.
I’m very thankful for choosing Belgium as my exchange (and much more for having studied in Bruges as it is a fairytale city) due to the ease of getting to know every corner of the country by train and bike. I highly recommend anyone to come to live this unique life experience.
"My year in Bruges was by far the best experience of my life!"
Karen Goadec (France)
At the beginning, I was afraid go abroad for my first time living alone. But it turns out to be the best decision I ever made. I not only had the opportunity to meet new people with different cultures and habits and get important knowledge and values but also to discover myself.
I was able to visit different cities at very low prices, to taste new products (local beer and food), and to enjoy myself with all of my friends.
As I stayed the whole year, I had the chance to meet a lot of exchange students through both of the semesters. Some of them became my best friends and we already decided when and where we are going to meet and the others are also really good friends, as we shared amazing experiences that had created unbroken binds between us all. I hope we will get a chance to see each other again, and we’ll keep talking in the weekly basis via social media.
So, if you want to study abroad but have insecurities, fear not and just go for it! This is going to be the most unique and wonderful experience of your student life and will help you become who you truly are.
"I will forever remember my time at Howest"
Azucena Jagersbacher (Mexico)
The Creative Communication Project semester I studied at their Kortrijk campus was simply wonderful. I truly enjoyed my courses, learned a lot, and had plenty of opportunities to put theory and skills into practice.
I also met a beautiful bunch of new people, many of whom I became really close friends with. From being nervous with me for biking in a city for the first time to movie and board game nights and cooking experiments to discovering what Belgium has to offer, I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with them. I am sure our friendship will endure.
Confucius once wrote: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” If you decide to come to Howest, I must urge you to follow his advice. If you do, it’s a guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"I have found a lot of friends and mentors to whom I am very grateful."
Temirlan Karazhakov (Kazakhstan)
One of my priorities at the moment is to gain international experience that will allow me to invest in my professional skills, which will help me become a qualified specialist. Network infrastructure is currently a rapidly growing field of application that is useful in almost all areas. Getting an education in one of the innovative universities that offers close cooperation with the fields of industry, business and social profit is also an excellent opportunity to gain practical skills and experience. Also, the presence of various accreditations and memberships makes my choice one hundred percent. I am sure that this program will help me fully realize myself in my future field.
In addition, it was a great chance to learn about the culture of Belgium and the diversity of different cultures United by one program. Belgium interested me with its bilingual atmosphere and architecture of buildings that have been preserved for many years in Kortrijk.
And to be honest, I have found a lot of friends and mentors to whom I am very grateful.
"I will definitely always remember this experience!"
Eduardo González Mora (Mexico)
Maybe it was not the semester that we expected but I'm sure we all learned to enjoy the little things and live in the present.
During this bizarre experience, I learned to value my health, my friends, to get out of my comfort zone, to grow as a person and above all to be resilient.
I had the opportunity to meet people from other countries that are now part of my family. I am sure we will see each other again; a friend from an international program will be a friend for life.
Many thanks to all Howest staff members, especially the teachers who played an important role in rethinking how we could continue to learn despite the limitations. Also to my buddies, who made my stay more pleasant and enjoyable.
Today I dare say that I am more prepared, not only to go out into the world but also to face the challenges that stand in the way.
"I saw this experience as a real opportunity to improve my level of Dutch and also to learn how to live alone in an environment I don't know."
Hélène Bellatrèche (Wallonia)
Hello ! My name is Hélène and I come from Wallonia. My Erasmus in Kortrijk was really important to me! I saw this experience as a real opportunity to improve my level of Dutch and also to learn how to live alone in an environment I don't know.
At the beginning, I was a little bit afraid: afraid of not understanding, not being able to express myself, not being able to manage on my own. But once I got there, this fear left and made way for a desire to discover and learn.
As soon as you arrive, the whole Howest team welcomes you and puts you at ease. They give you lots of advice, introduce you to the Howest community and are always there for you if you need them.
I did my Erasmus in my own country and despite this; I could discover my country in a different way. I liked being part of Flanders and developing my level in Dutch.
Howest is very connected and I could discover modern infrastructure and new teaching methods. Moreover, the subjects learned are very focused on the chosen option. The teachers are always willing to listen to you and are always there if you have any questions.
At Howest, I could make friends who helped me adapt and who were there for me. I thank them with all my heart.
This year has been a bit complicated with the corona crisis but even during this difficult time, Howest was there to encourage and support us.
I would recommend to all students who want to discover new things and get a change of atmosphere, in their own country or abroad, to take part in an Erasmus programme!
Thank you for everything!
"I really enjoyed my studies at Howest"
Diãna Anna Audare (Latvia)
I like that we had a lot of discussions in class and guest speakers who are experts in their field. I also made a lot of new friends and we are still keeping in touch after the end of semester via video chat. I also enjoyed field trips to Ghent to see companies and that we were able to collaborate and develop a project in a real-life situation for real working businesses. The Orientation Week was spectacular and very fun. We visited Bruges, Ghent, and had a nice bike tour around Kortrijk. I hope to visit Belgium, Kortrijk some other time again.
"My time on Erasmus at Howest is definitely one I will remember fondly. "
Ana Sofia Alves (Portugal)
From the wonderful campus staff who were very approachable and helpful to even the people in the city of Kortrijk. I’m also very grateful for meeting many wonderful people from the most varied nationalities, with whom, I believe, I created beautiful friendships.
My semester also went from getting lost in Belgium (by train), riding a bicycle on a regular basis, cooking experiments and even movie nights that turned into trip planning in the last couple of weeks.
If you decide on going to Howest, I’m sure you will have a great time, and if that’s your choice, then come with all your heart and experience for yourself many amazing things and what the country, the university and the people have to offer.
Bilbo Baggins once said "I'm going on an adventure" and going on Erasmus is just that. One experiences new things, new cultures, ways of living, and you even might end up knowing yourself a bit more.
"Being able to go to this Erasmus exchange at Howest DAE was an amazing experience! "
Alisé Canis (France)
I met people from all around the world and had so much fun with them! The school is stunning, such an amazing building and teachers that I didn't want to go back home.
Unfortunately, my exchange was during the Corona crisis so I just spent one month and a half instead of five months and it really broke my heart... But I was impressed about how the school managed to do everything online in such a short amount of time! Even though I was really sad about the situation, I learned a lot of things, the teachers supported us and my classmates kept in touch with me online even if we barely knew each other. I definitely don't regret it!
"Thanks to all the people who were part of this incredible experience"
Natalia Pérez Martín (Spain)
Going on Erasmus is an experience that more and more students dare to have. When I started the semester, I couldn't help feeling fear and sometimes confusion. How was I going to survive 5 months by myself in a place I didn't know? Would I be able to adapt to the new habits and way of life of the destination? What problems will I have to face? Will I make new friends? What are the people going to be like?
These are probably common questions we all asked ourselves when we knew we were going to be exchange students. In spite of the fear and last minute doubts, all the moments I experienced during this semester will be precious memories forever.
Meeting people from other countries and with different cultures, the warm welcome of my buddies assigned by Howest, secretly loving to ride my bike (even though I had never biked before), the best parties, trips to different cities in Belgium, supporting each other during exam time, my birthday surrounded by great people, a trip to the amusement park, beer, chocolate and waffles… Those are some of the moments I experienced during my exchange, the 5 most special months of my life. Thanks to all the people who were part of this incredible experience. I certainly encourage all students who want to learn, have fun or meet new people, to go abroad - and of course, I wish the new Howest exchange students good luck!
"It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest"
Ma Yan (China)
Being able to study at Howest was really a great experience for me. I have met many friends from other countries, and everyone is very friendly. Intercultural communication is really interesting. I was also impressed with the country of Belgium; I traveled to many cities during my stay here. Belgian beer and chocolate are really great, I love them!!! It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest. Thank you!
"Embarking on this adventure in Howest was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life."
Elif Aksoy (Turkey)
I had the best times here with beautiful people from all over the world who came to have an experience like me. It is so hard to describe this experience in words, but with all my heart, I can say that I have many “homes” in many parts of the World now and all those I met have a “home” in Turkey as well. Howest and Belgium have hosted us all very well. We had an unforgettable experience that changed all of our lives and gave us many new perspectives. Here, I learned to question myself more, got out of my comfort zone and discovered new aspects of myself. I look at life from a different perspective now, and I recommend this experience to everyone. I found a new family in Kortrijk and I am so grateful for that. Thanks for everything Howest, thanks Kortrijk thanks Belgium!"
"Erasmus is an experience that I won't ever forget, it changes you as a person and your life"
Lucia Fernandez (Spain)
It helps you to know yourself better and expand your achievements. You create a new routine of your life together with new people; people that I hope to keep for life because they are very special ones that have marked my heart forever. I think that one of the best pleasures in life that not everyone values is being able to meet people from other countries and with other languages and to build bonds forever. I feel so lucky to have lived this experience. I will keep these special people with me for life.
"International semester at Howest in Bruges"
Yerim Kim (South Korea)
Celebrating birthdays and cultures with international and local friends, in an international way, during an international semester at Howest in Bruges.
"Going on an Erasmus exchange has been literally life changing for me"
Zackarias Alenljung (Sweden)
I will forever remember my time here, as it will probably be one of my best memories. I have made so many new friends and met so many kind and humble people. Here you can see an image of me and my two best Erasmus friends that I keep closest to my heart.
"I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest"
Nadia Garcia Peralta (Mexico)
This exchange program not only helped me open my mind and learn about other cultures/countries, it also started great friendships that I believe have helped me shape a better version of myself, I can’t wait to see what my second semester at Howest will bring.
I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest and I’m hopeful I’ll see them in the near future being as awesome and incredible as I saw them through this international experience.
"I must come back!"
Topi Raatikainen (Finland)
The past five months have passed really quickly – It feels like it was yesterday when I was waiting my flight to Brussels at the Helsinki Airport in mid-September. I found studying in Howest and living in Kortrijk easygoing. I did have some challenges with my courses, but I understand why, because I wasn’t really prepared for what was to come. Even if my personal performance wasn’t so great, I did find the courses interesting and knowledge gained as something I can use to build my future path.
As a career-changer in your early thirties, I believe it is a bit unusual to go to Erasmus+ exchange. But as it was an option for me, I thought it wouldn’t be wise to miss it. And I’m glad I didn’t! I’ve worked in multicultural environments before, so studying abroad wasn’t that big a change for me in that sense, but it is always interesting to meet new people with different backgrounds. And living abroad is always exciting!
As the time went by so fast, I did miss few things: I didn’t go to watch any football game, I didn’t go to see any ice hockey game, and I didn’t try the combination of mussels and fries. This only means one thing: I must come back!
"My first semester in Kortrijk was one of the best experiences of my life."
Oriane Launay (France)
I had the opportunity to meet great people from all over the world. But I was also able to discover myself. I learned to be independent living alone and to integrate, to accept other people's differences as well as my own. I was also able to visit neighboring countries such as Germany and Austria but also to discover more about Belgium. And all of this at low prices.
These 5 months have allowed my friends and I to create unbreakable bonds. I hope to see them again as soon as possible and I'm sure I'll see them again because what we lived through was wonderful and unforgettable. I am now starting a second semester at Howest and I'm sure it will be just as wonderful as the first one.