All information on international applications can be found here.

General information


Applications for the autumn semester begin on 15 January of the same year.

Application deadlines for the academic year 2023-2024 are as follows: 

  • 1 June, 2023 for students who will need to apply for a visa in order to study in Belgium
  • 1 July, 2023 for EU citizens and other applicants who do not require a visa.

The application processing fee is 50 EUR and is non-refundable.

The good news is that there is no limit on the number of admitted students. If you meet the diploma and language requirements, you will be accepted.

The average processing time for applications is two to three weeks. Please take into account that Howest University of Applied Sciences is closed for summer recess between 17 July and 15 August 2023 During that time no emails will be answered, and no applications will be processed.

Our academic calendar is split into two semesters. Students applying for degree programmes are only admitted at the start of the academic year, i.e. the autumn semester. Starting classes in the spring semester is not possible, as courses in the second semester build on first semester curriculum. 


Tuition at Howest is a combination of a fixed fee and a variable fee (price per ECTS). Tuition fees for academic year 2023-2024 are as follows:

  Fixed fee Variable fee
(per ECTS)
(for 60 ECTS bachelor's programme)
(for 30 ECTS Bionformatics@home programme)
Belgian and EEA students €282,10 €13,50 €1092,10 €687,10
Non-EEA students €1104,10 €99,80 €7092,10 €3546,10

Postgraduate Certificate Programmes have a fixed price for all nationalities:

  • Global Business Management - 2.000 EUR/year
  • Migration and Refugees - 1000 EUR/semester (only for EEA candidates) or 1500 EUR/year (includes internship) for both EEA and non-EEA candidates

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Admission requirements

Diploma requirements

Every admission file is assessed on its own merit.


  • A secondary education diploma that gives access to higher education (university studies) in the country where the diploma has been issued.

Short-track, advanced bachelors or postgraduate certificate programmes

  • At least a bachelor's degree. Additionally, you need to meet specific diploma requirements indicated on the programme pages

If these documents are in a language other than Dutch, French, German or English, they must be translated by a sworn translator. 

Still in secondary school?

If you are in your final year of secondary studies, you can still start the application process after admissions open. You will need to provide us with your current secondary transcript and an official document from your institution stating when you are expected to graduate and with what kind of diploma. We encourage students not to wait until the summer and apply as early as possible. This will ensure that they can start looking for accommodation, arrange visa on time and arrive to Belgium worry-free to their academic journey at Howest.

Applying from The Netherlands?

•    a Dutch Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) diploma
•    a Dutch Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs (MBO) diploma of at least 3 to 4 years with qualification level 4
•    a Dutch Getuigschrift van met goed gevolg afgelegd propedeutisch examen

If you are in possession of one of these diplomas, you do not have to apply for admission and you can enroll directly via this link.

French or German-speaking Communities in Belgium?

You do not need to submit an application for admission. Your diploma gives access to our bachelor's programmes, provided you can submit a proof of meeting the language requirement (Dutch or English, depending on the programme you choose). Send a copy of your diploma and proof of language proficiency to admissions [at] If you meet the language requirements, you will receive a ‘Certificate of Acceptance’ and you can register directly via this link

The following foreign study certificates/diplomas are eligible for enrolment in associate degree programmes at Howest:

  • all diplomas listed under diploma requirements for our bachelor's programmes.
  • a Dutch diploma ‘Hoger algemeen voorgezet onderwijs (HAVO)’. This diploma gives direct access to our associate degree programmes. You do not have to submit an application for admission. You can enrol directly via this link

Admissions examination

If you don not meet the conditions above, you may still apply via an admissions examination. For further information please visit this section of our website: special procedures for the admission examination and contact Ms Els Gobbin at toelatingsonderzoek [at]

Language requirements

The minimum level required is the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference. 

The following documents are accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

  • a recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 550 points (paper-based), 213 points (computer-based) or 79 points (internet-based);
  • a recent IELTS Certificate from the British Council: minimum score 5.5;
  • a GCSE Certificate English with score A*-C;
  • one of the following Cambridge English certificates: First Certificate in English (FCE), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):
  • a certificate of the English language Test awarded by the University Language Center (UCT) of Ghent University;
  • a Dutch diploma “Voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs” (VWO);
  • an International Baccalaureate diploma in English or with a minimum grade of 5 for the course English A or B high level or minimum grade 6 for the course English B standard level;
  • a European Baccalaureate diploma with English as first language and a score of at least 6, or as second language and a score of at least 7;
  • proof that you have successfully completed at least one year of a full-time English-taught study programme in secondary education or at least 30 credits of an English-taught study programme in higher education have been successfully completed;
  • a Duolingo Language Certificate with a minimum score of 110 or higher; or
  • IELTS Indicator: minimum score of 6.5.

If you are planning to study in Dutch, the following are accepted as proof of Dutch language proficiency: 

  • proof that you have successfully completed at least a one year of a full-time Dutch-taught programme in secondary education or that at least 30 credits of a Dutch-taught study programme in higher education have been obtained;
  • a CEF certificate for level B2 Dutch (or higher), equivalent to the requirements set forth in the Proficiency Profile for Higher Education by the Dutch Language Union; 
  • an NT2 certificate, Vantage 3.1+ 3.2  (speaking and writing) from a centre for adult education; 
  • an Interuniversitaire Taaltest Nederlands voor Anderstaligen (ITNA) certificate at level B2;
  • an NVA5 certificate from the Universitair Centrum voor Talenonderwijs of UGent.
  • Educatief Startbekwaam or Educatief Professioneel certificate from CNaVT; or
  • proof of successful Staatsexamen NTII Programma II (issued by the College voor Toetsen en Examens in Nederlands [College for Tests and Examinations in The Netherlands]). 

Motivation letter

Make sure to write the motivation letter in the same language as the language of instruction of the program you have chosen.

Additional requirements

  • To apply for Howest's Bachelor of Educational/Teacher Training Programmes (Nursery Education, Primary Education and Secondary Education), you must first take the entry examination (information in Dutch).
  • Chinese students must also pass the APS-screening
  • For students from Cameroon, Nigeria or Ghana. The institution where you have obtained your diploma must send us a copy of your diploma and transcript of records in a stamped and sealed envelope.

There is no portfolio requirement for our creative programmes. 

Application and enrolment instructions

Below you can find more information about the application and admission process for International students (holding a foreign diploma) .

STEP 1: Submit your online application

Applications start on 15 of January. 
To start your application, log in to the application platform

During the online application you will be asked to upload several documents:

  • a copy of your passport/ID;
  • a copy of your diploma with transcript of records (translated if necessary); or transcript of records and expected graduation document from your school
  • an official English language certificate;
  • a motivation letter.

Additional step for those requiring visa 

[STEP 1.1.]:  Pay the first installment (for non-EEA students only)

Once your application has been reviewed and your file approved, you will receive an invitation to pay the first installment of your tuition fee (1100 EUR).

[STEP 1.2]: Blocked Account

Along with your Provisional Certificate of Acceptence you will receive instructions on arranging a blocked account at Howest. This will be obligatory for your visa application as a proof of financial means to support your stay in Belgium. For the academic year 2023-2024 you will need to transfer 11.000 EUR as a proof of solvency (to cover your cost of living in Belgium for 12 months).

‘Provisional Certificate of Acceptance’. With this initial registration certificate and the financial certificate from Howest (blocked account), you can start your visa application 

STEP 2: Provide your final documents to Howest (digitally)

After you have received your final diploma, please resubmit your application online with a digital copy of it. Also, ask your secondary/higher institution to send an email to admissions [at] (with a stamp and signature) confirming that you have graduated (incl. the date of graduation and the official name of your diploma).

After we have received and verified those documents, you will receive a ''Certificate of Acceptance".

STEP 3: Final enrolment

In the Certificate of Acceptance you will receive a link that will allow you to finalise your enrolment at Howest University of Applied Sciences. 

During this step you will need to upload your Certificate of Acceptance, your ID/permit for residence or visa that allows you to stay in Belgium, and sign your study contract.

STEP 4: Pay the tuition fee

Enrolment will only be considered complete after payment of your tuition fee has been received.