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Academic Software

Howest is committed to facilitate its students at the purchase of the software necessary for their study programme and, out of a fundamental respect for intellectual property, to link this commitment to a strict supervision on the use of legal software.

Each year, you pay a student-friendly license fee for the software that you need.

All the software for your study programme (and much more) can be found at

If you experience any problems with a license or during installation, please contact the academic software support.

Academic Software NL

Basic software

For several years, Howest has opted to include the licences for one academic year for the basic software package in the fixed study cost.

This software package includes:

  • Microsoft Office (via Microsoft Campus Agreement of Howest)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio and other developer tools such as Imagine (Dreamspark)
  • Mathematica
  • E4Progress Office training
  • HogeschoolTaal NL and UK (Plantyn)
  • Digital Word Trainer (Die Keure)
  • Siemens NX
  • McAfee Antivirus
  • Alinea in the cloud (Sensotec)
  • Linkedin Learning
  • Explio
  • For certain study programmes, in addition to this fixed study cost, a motivated specific study cost is charged (for example Adobe Creative Cloud, PluralSight, Cisco ...). This results in an overall extra tuition fee.

The software included in the extra study cost is mentioned in the list of study material and on the course sheet as "Software to purchase - via group purchase".

Programme-related software

In addition to the software that is included in the extra study cost, study programmes may also require programme-related software of which the license model and/or the volume does not allow it to be included in the group purchase.

This software is mentioned on the course sheet and in the list of study material as "Software to be purchased - information about the study programme". This software is distributed via Purchase and payment are effected entirely online.

The software is made available via download at the start of the academic year.

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Legal software

Howest values innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Strict respect of intellectual property is the logical consequence hereof. That is why we require that each student only works with legal software.

In accordance with the Education and Examination Regulations (ICT Regulations), inspections will be carried out on the possession of and the use of legal software.

Software voor studenten