Course concept

What makes this semester unique?

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  • the combination of multidisciplinary courses with specific journalism courses
  • the focus on digital skills
  • the focus on creative and innovative content creation
  • the international dimension in several course units
  • the challenging integrated project in which you will be coached to assume the role of journalist / content creator in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team
  • the collaboration between Belgian and international students from Europe and beyond
  • the exclusive use of English as the working language and the possibility of acquiring extra language skills: introduction to Chinese and/or Dutch

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme offers in English, as an option for semester exchange , to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students.

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Course overview

Newsroom & Projects
This course stimulates students to develop a journalistic attitude. You will take part in a list of diverse workshops, to improve your journalistic skills with the help of people working in the media field. You will also be immersed in cross media Newsrooms. The cross-pollination of international and Belgian students will lead to a diverse journalistic product, with the all-important thrill of the deadline.
Media practice in English
The course aims to sharpen researching, interviewing, listening, writing, reporting, pitching, presenting, debating and analysing skills in English, with a strong focus on media-related content. This class can be taken simultaneously with the elective, Academic English (non media-related) course as the content does not overlap. Native English speakers can opt for a tailor-made program that includes producing, hosting and doing the social media for an English radio program about international topics.
International media
This course aims to guide students through the international media landscape. It gives students insights in the developments and trends that characterize today’s globalized media landscape. The focus lies on a comparative approach and the interaction of media models with political, historical and cultural background. The course combines (academic) theory with illustrative case studies.
Meeting Flanders today
This course will deepen your knowledge and show the most interesting sides of the region of Flanders (and Belgium in general). Along with international tourism students, you will dive into several “typical” Belgian themes, such as design, comics, European institutions, cycling and of course, chocolate and beer. We’ll explore cutting-edge museums and the European parliament, visit various Belgian cities, get guided by experts and reflect on both Flemish and your own culture through discussions, presentations and tourism and journalism related assignments. Please note that this course will cost you between 130 and 150 euro for travel and tours only. All excursions are required.
Integrated project (ITP) (required)
In a multidisciplinary and international team, you tackle a real-life project for a stakeholder within the broad media field. Applying creativity techniques as well as your newly acquired digital skills, you will deliver a qualitative, innovative and deadline-driven result that satisfies both the customer and the end-user of your product. You will learn to handle cultural differences, communication challenges, group dynamics, feedback and self-reflection, all which go hand-in-hand with project management.


Project management for creatives (recommended)
Project management for creatives is focused on methodologies and tooling to efficiently manage your projects, with maximum collaboration within project teams and seamless integration between project data, documentation and look & feel. Students will use Microsoft products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, …), as standard tooling to realise basic data management and low-entry workflows. Students practice management skills by making mindmaps, project plans and budgets. 
Event management (recommended) 
Event management is about how to organize a spot-on event; how to choose the venue, how to create the right mood and how to engage the visitors and keep them hooked on the experience through personalized communications.
Digital project communication: video (recommended)
You learn the technical skills of visual storytelling and photography (with a DSLR camera). You also learn how to use basic features of professional video editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018). Ultimately, you can communicate about video production with camera people and video editors.
Digital project communication: images (recommended) 
You gain the technical skills to search, select and edit images. You will master the basic features of professional editing software (Adobe Creative Cloud Suite – Photoshop) and have a good understanding of when & how to opt for alternatives (Canva, wordswag,…). After this 101 on visual design, you’ll be able to adhere to design principles and industry standards when creating assets for your project and to deliver assets ready for online usage (social media,, …) and additional print work (poster, sticker, …). 


English for exchange students - evening course (optional)
This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.
Chinese 1 (optional and depends on number of enrollments)
Students learn beginner reading and listening skills in Chinese and prepare for level 1 of the official Chinese test HSK. Students learn the Chinese sound and tone system. At this level, they do not read or write Chinese ideogrammes yet. The objective is to read in transcription (“pinyin”). Students will learn vocabulary related to the following topics: greetings, family, dates and time, hobbies and visiting friends. Grammatical topics will focus on word order, questions, grammatical particles, measurements, numbers and modal verbs
Basic Dutch for exchange students (optional)  
Through short, lively lesson units, you will learn basic Dutch grammar along with typical expressions and introductory vocabulary to help you during your stay in Kortrijk and Flanders. This language course is complementary to the Meeting Flanders Today lessons and gives additional insights into Flemish and Belgian society and culture.

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes

(if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)

  • Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
  • Next to ‘Opleiding’ select: Project management & Storytelling,Tourism /Journalism - ETS DCP
  • Next to ‘Traject’ select Journalism and for the elective courses, select Optional Modules


Minimum 2 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 60 ECTS in a related Bachelor programme. This will need to be confirmed by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, or a signed letter from the sending university.

All students should bring their own laptop. To be sufficient the laptop should have a minimum i5 intel processor and minimum 6Gb RAM. Howest is focused on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Explicit respect for intellectual property is the logical consequence. Howest wants every student to work with legal software.

For the required software Howest has an agreement for all its students with Academic Software. You will benefit from the Howest discount on the license fee. During the first classes an English version of MS Office (required MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook) and an English version of Adobe CC14 will be installed on your laptop. There is no need to install the software beforehand.

Click here for Howest language expectations.

Non-exchange students can only attend the international semester as a Postgraduate course and need to have completed at least a full Bachelor degree programme at the time they start the international semester course at Howest.

Non-exchange students are not able to attend this international semester.

Timing and location

The course takes place in Kortrijk.

Address of the campus:

Howest, Campus Kortrijk Weide - The Penta
Sint-Martens-Latemlaan 1B - 8500 Kortrijk

Read more about the timing of our Exchange semesters