"The teachers are awesome, very friendly and are so passionate about their courses, up to the point they transferred their passion to us. "
Viktoria Vasileva (The Netherlands/Bulgaria)
I had heard about Howest DAE before, mainly from classmates as I follow them on their social media. But I never imagined that I would have that opportunity and get to have this experience as I had already chose my study program in a different university. Until one day when I discussed it with a classmate and we though, maybe we could go together on exchange. Then of course the first thing we check was this university and the rest was history! Our dream came true.
Another university, different studies, different country and people – I was drawn to do it. I found it very nice that Howest use a different system which would broaden my experience and at the same time it would be a bigger challenge to me. But It was one of those decisions you have the opportunity to take once in a lifetime! We were brave enough to jump together and go on an exchange, and on top of that, it was during the COVID challenge. And you can see it on our faces, It was by far one of the greatest experiences ever!
We had great local buddies that met us with a lot of other students. They took care of us during the whole exchange and they made the experience less stressful for us. The teachers are awesome, very friendly and are so passionate about their courses, up to the point they transferred their passion to us.
It was a pleasure to share such energy in a great environment. I know we could feel it mainly through the screens and I can only wonder what the full DAE experience would have been if there were not a global pandemic. This means one thing, I must come again and see it for myself. (A second bachelor does not sound that far away after all.)
"I will never forget this half year that I spent in Brugge. "
Laura Roothans (Portugal)
It’s definitely a weird time (due to corona) to go abroad, but I couldn’t be more grateful and happy that I still went. I will never forget this half year that I spent in Brugge.
We all know that this could have been a lot different if it wasn’t because of this pandemic, but we also know that we still enjoyed every bit that we were here. Despite all, this has been a true, but good, rollercoaster.
I met amazing people that are now part of my family. I’m sure that when everything calms down and when it’s possible, we will visit each other. It was mainly because of these people that I had the most amazing months. These people helped me to get through this weird time, we helped each other. We all needed each other. It was the right time for us, and we didn’t even realize it. We were lucky enough to have met each other, that’s all I can say.
We tried to enjoy the little that we had. We tried to do the best that we could. Enjoy every second of everyday. Enjoy the little moments. Enjoy the present. We had each other and I couldn’t be more grateful.
This was exactly what I needed. I grew up because of this experience. I learned a lot about myself but also about everything around me.
I’m really thankful for my experience, not only in Bruges, but also in Howest. I really appreciate everything they did, so that, despite everything, we could have the best months here, and we did. Somehow, they made it through. They were always supportive. They had creative ideas and activities to keep us motivated and to still enjoy our experience.
"This unforgettable experience gave me the opportunity to grow professionally as well as personally."
Sophie Donner (Austria)
I always wanted to go on an exchange semester to Belgium and I never doubted it even when the Corona crisis became present in Europe. And I am grateful that I made this decision because despite some restrictions such as some online lectures, limited travel options and closed bars, my time in Belgium was unforgettable. That thanks to the special people from all over the world that became true friends. In the student dorm “The Wing” in Kortrijk we made great memories. In addition to that, I really enjoyed my courses at Howest and the practical way of teaching us knowledge. I had the opportunity to learn a lot not only professionally but also personally, to get out of my comfort zone and be more confident.
I really recommend anyone to study abroad and to live this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"Due to the ongoing COVID-pandemic I wasn’t sure if it was a good decision to take part at an Erasmus-exchange before my arrival in Bruges, but I must confess that I didn’t regret it a single time! "
Johanna Frey (Germany)
I would describe my semester at Howest as fun, interesting and definitely recommendable. Due to the ongoing COVID-pandemic I wasn’t sure if it was a good decision to take part at an Erasmus-exchange before my arrival in Bruges, but I must confess that I didn’t regret it a single time!
The staff members and lecturers at Howest did their best to make sure that everybody enjoyed their semester. From online group meetings, personal talks to the buddy-programme, everybody had the opportunity to join the Howest international community. Especially interesting, I found the study content of my programme “Migration and Refugees”. I enjoyed that the lecturers were so passionate about their modules and as our group was very small, we got deep insight into the topics and had a very friendly and caring relationship with our lecturers.
In my free time, I enjoyed spending time with international and Belgian students as well as going for a walk or a bike ride at or around Bruges. Bruges is definitely a must-see in Belgium!
On my way back to Germany, I take along with me international friends from all over Europe, who I hopefully will be able visit once the pandemic will get better; the experience of a way of teaching, which is very different to the one I experienced in Germany and a broad knowledge about migrants and refugees.
"I have learned a lot, developed as a person, met new people and made friends. "
Franz Jonzen (Sweden)
While it has been stressful with the classes and the Covid pandemic complicated a lot, my exchange studies will still be a time that I always remember fondly. I have learned a lot, developed as a person, met new people and made friends. Thanks to everyone that made my time in Kortrijk the wonderful experience it was.
"I really felt at home in Bruges: it’s a city with a magic atmosphere, an elegant beauty and a lot of hidden places to get lost in."
Alessandra Maria Teresa Fin (Italy)
I was very undecided whether to leave Italy or not in this hard and uncertain (corona) situation. Thanks to Howest's reassurances and its way of involving us all with all the initiatives for the international students, I decided to throw myself into this adventure without overthinking. After 5 months, I’m very proud about how I dealt with all the problems of this pandemic era, almost always with positivity. But I’m quite sure that I did it thanks to the people I met: the other Erasmus guys, my teachers and administrative officers, my roommates, the Belgian students. Without this big family, I think I would not have not enjoyed my time in Belgium. During my experience, I understood the importance of people, of friendship and I’m glad of that: before leaving I took this for granted.
Also, I really felt at home in Bruges: it’s a city with a magic atmosphere, an elegant beauty and a lot of hidden places to get lost in. I found some special places in which I could relax: a new comfort zone.
So I just have to thank everyone who worked to make my time special, because, despite the situation, I’ll always remember my time in Belgium as one of the hardest and at the same time most special of my life.
"Meeting people from all over the world and discovering a different environment than you are used to is an asbolutly amazing experience."
Johannes Diekmann (Austria/Switzerland/Germany)
Even though going on an exchange semester during Corona proved to be quite complicated, I absolutly loved my time at Howest. The DAE study programme is amazing and taught me an incredible amount for the short time I was there. It was quite a lot of work at times but considering the limitations that we had due to corona I was really happy to have such a good use for my time.
Unfortunatly we could not have in-person classes, but I think the school did a really great job at providing everything in an online format. I was also very fortunate to live in a dorm throughout my stay and so I thankfully was able to meet lots of amazing people even without in-person classes.
This is the second time I spent a Semester abroad and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested! Meeting people from all over the world and discovering a different environment than you are used to is an asbolutly amazing experience.
"It was a really great experience that I will never forget!!"
Anaïs Ferrier (France/Madagascar)
At the beginning, I wanted to do my exchange semester in Taiwan, but because of covid-19 my mother wanted me to stay in Europe. So, my second option was Belgium (Campus Bruges). I was a little bit disappointed to not be able to go Taiwan, but I found my time at Howest Bruges really interesting and better than expected. Despite being in Belgium, I had the opportunity to continue learning Mandarin and do Calligraphy with “Confuciusinstituut Howest,” a community in partnership with Howest Bruges.
All of the international team really did their best to adapt to the current situation and even if we couldn’t meet each other in person and do many things, they took a lot of time to help us by sending important information and keeping us informed by emails. They even organized online activities and many little events where they gave us free food like waffles, beer, chips/crisps, chocolate.
I am really grateful to all the team, my buddy and everybody involved for everything they did for us!
I also had the opportunity to meet new people from different countries (Austria, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Venezuela, Germany, Finland, Lithuania) and discover cultures with international and local friends. I finally was able to see the snow in person for the first time in my life.
It was a really great experience that I will never forget!!
"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!