Course concept

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

AUTUMN AND SPRING (except for diversity and health@world) 30 ECTS
Internship and personal development plan (autumn and spring)
In this module, we offer a placement in a hospital ward, a nursing home or in a home care organization. Each unit contains a period of minimum 4 weeks. Internship must be combined with a Personal Development plan in which you reflect on your learning style, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and your international nursing experience during the internship period. Through lifelong learning and reflecting you can keep the gained competencies up to date, and shape your career.
9/18/27 ECTS
Evidence based nursing 1 (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
This assignment is based on the cyclic process of evidence based nursing, which means that the starting point of research is formulating a concrete research question. The next step is searching for literature in electronic databases. Before writing a review, a methodological appraisal of all articles found must be conducted. Then a conclusion must be made carefully and implications for nursing practice must be given. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
3 ECTS
Diversity and health@world (only spring)
Type of course: assignment
In this course, you will attend our health@world international week. Within this international project, first year nurse students of Howest (University of applied sciences) learn about the importance of social and cultural influences on nursing, health and health care and open their minds to the diversity of our (globalizing) society. The project is organized as an international week and the nurse education of Howest invites international nurse students and lecturers to participate and to work on intercultural cases in mixed teams. With an experience based approach, participants learn with and from each other. After joining the event, we expect a short reflection (maximum 2 pages) about your experiences and the gained international/intercultural competences.. This course can only be followed in Spring. Usually, the course takes place in April, but the exact timing varies every academic year.
2 ECTS
Quality nursing (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
In this course, the aim is to solve a case critically by using the PDCA-cycle of W. E. Deming. You can choose your case based on your traineeship experiences. The starting point is that you choose a certain aspect in nursing that can be improved (quality, safety, ethical aspects,…). The output will be a plan of action to improve the nursing management, based on a given template. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
3 ECTS
Care ethics, visions and organization (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
The aim of this course is to compare the health care system and the Nursing education in Belgium and your home country. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
3 ECTS
Interdisciplinary nursing (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
The aim of this assignment is to find out how patient care is organized in an interdisciplinary way. This assignment is based on your traineeship experiences. Aim is to make an inventory of all disciplines and their contribution in achieving the best outcomes for the patient population. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
3 ECTS
English for exchange students - evening course (autumn and spring)
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.
3 ECTS
Cultural and socio-economic introduction to Belgium (autumn and spring)
In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish politics, culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socio-economic data of your home country. This module includes a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.
3 ECTS

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 ‘International Nursing Programme – ETS VPL’

Orientation week & buddies

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We organise a fulltime orientation week before the start of the actual lessons. We warmly recommend all incoming students to attend it, since it will offer you the opportunity to:

  • get to know the other incoming students and the locals through fun team building & other activities
  • get to know Howest and the campus(es) where you will spend your semester/year
  • explore the Howest cities Bruges & Kortrijk together with our local students and dive into student life
  • discover some Belgian cultural treasures through student-friendly sightseeing trips to our most beautiful art cities like Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, …
  • get loads of practical tips from our students while getting installed in your student room

Howest does not charge any participation fee for the orientation week, but students do need to pay for their own expenses, such as a couple of train trips, some entrance fees and your own food & drinks. Prices are kept as low as possible and as close to 100 euro total as possible.

The estimated price for the orientation week in 2020-21 (for under 26y) is about €53 for the train tickets and €47 for the excursions, to be paid in cash at the start of the orientation week.

Dates of the Orientation Week:

  • Autumn Semester: 14 - 18 September 2020
  • Spring Semester: 1- 5 February 2021

You'll also have a Howest buddy or two to welcome you and show you around! For more information about buddies, click here.

Prerequisites

Minimum 4 successfully completed semesters (120 ECTS) in a Bachelor programme of Nursing or related. 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.

Click here for Howest language expectations.

All Howest and exchange students should bring their own laptop, with all necessary and officially licensed basic software (Word). Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software.

Timing and location

Both semesters take place in Bruges.

Our Autumn semester runs from September 14th 2020 until January 29th 2021

The first week is the fulltime Orientation Week. The actual lessons start on 21 September. From 02/11/2020 to 06/11/2020 there is one week of Autumn Holiday. Winter holidays are from 21/12/2020 to 01/01/2021.

The examination period starts immediately afterwards. In the last week of the semester (25/01/21-29/01/21), there are still exams, as well as feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd  chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department,  2nd chance exams can be taken by the end of the 1st  exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Our Spring semester runs from February 1st until July 3rd 2021

Classes start on the 8 February, but all newly arriving incoming students are expected on Monday, 1 February, for our fulltime Orientation Week. From 05/04/2021 - 16/04/2021 there is a two-week Easter Holiday.

The examination period starts on 24 May. From 21 June to 2 July there are feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department, 2nd chance exams can be taken by the end of the 2nd exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Address of the campus

Howest Brugge Station - BST5
Rijselstraat 5, 8200 Brugge (Sint-Michiels), Belgium