Enroll at Howest
Step 1 is for your pre-registration with Howest. This online registration will help ensure your final registration runs smoothly. In order to pre-register, you will need your electronic identity card and several documents. Don't have all the requested documents yet? No problem, you can upload them later when you finalise your registration.
Step 2 is your final registration. this can be completed online or at the student secretariat on campus from June 27th.
Final registration: where and when?
From Saturday, June 27th, you can complete your final registration. This can be done online or by appointment at the student secretariat (every working day).
Open your online registratie and check whether all necessary documents have been uploaded.
Are all your documents in order? Now put together your study programme and sign it. After which your file will then be processed and checked by Howest. Only then will your contract, the request for payment of the tuition fees and any additional study costs be delivered electronically.
Register at the campus
Would you rather make your final registration at the student secretariat? Make sure you have uploaded all the necessary documents first. To do this, open your online registration.
Are all your documents in order? Then make an appointment at one of the campuses below. During your appointment, your contract will be drawn up and you can pay the tuition fees and any additional study costs on site by Bancontact.
Study programmes in Bruges
Campus Brugge Station - BST5
Study programmes in Kortrijk
Campus Kortrijk Weide -Gebouw J
Graaf Karel de Goedelaan 32
Study programmes in Oudenaarde
Exemptions or customised programme?
Are you requesting exemptions during your online registratieor do you choose to follow a customised programme? In that case, you will first have to make an appointment with your course counsellor before you can complete your registration. The contact details of your course counsellor can be found in the email you receive after your online registration.
Which documents do I need to upload when registering online?
- A copy of your identity card (front and back)
- A copy of your secondary education diploma or your provisional diploma + (in the case of a foreign secondary education diploma, proof of admission – see admission requirements)
- If applicable: attestation showing that you were entitled to an education allowance for secondary education or a study grant from the Flemish government last academic year. When you submit one of these certificates, you pay a reduced tuition fee upon registration (scholarship rate).
- If applicable: certificate of work or unemployment (@home, bridging programme nursing)
- Proof that you have taken the entry-level test (bachelor’s Education course)
- Proof that you passed the artistic entrance exam (bachelor’s Digital Design & Development – Devine course)
- What does your course registration cost?
- Are you entitled to a scholarship/study grant?
- It is possible to pay the tuition fees with training vouchers (max. € 250) if you meet the stipulated conditions
- It is possible to pay tuition fees via a SME portfolio (KMO-portefeuille). Our registration number is DVO 102391. The application must be submitted, at the latest, within 2 weeks after the start date.
- Tuition fees can be paid in instalments according to a distribution plan drawn up by an employee of the student services department.
Those who want to enrol in a bachelor's programme, must have obtained at least a Flemish secondary education diploma or HBO5. Direct enrolment is also possible with a Dutch VWO and MBO level 4 diploma.
Students with a different (foreign) secondary education diploma can register if their diploma offers access to the university in the country where they obtained their diploma and if they meet the language requirements included in the education and examination regulations. First, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check whether your diploma is eligible. If this is the case, you will receive a certificate of admission with which you can register.
Those who wish to enrol in a graduate programme can do so with a secondary education diploma, but also with a certificate from the second year of third grade BSO that was obtained at least 3 years ago.
Anyone who does not meet these conditions will still be given the opportunity to register via an admission test. There are special procedures for the admission examination.
If you want to enrol in a bachelor's education programme, you must first take the Primary Education, Secondary Education, Nursery Education entry test.
If you want to enrol in the bachelor course for Digital Design & Development, you must first pass an artistic entry test.
What you have done before: paq and pac?
With what you have studied in the past (previously acquired qualifications – paq) or learned elsewhere through experience (previously acquired competences – pac), you may be exempt from one or more course units or parts of the study programme.
There are special procedures for paq and pac’s.
Starting in February
Do you feel you have not made the right choice of study, but you don't want to feel stuck? In that case, start a new course at Howest in February.
A number of graduate courses will start over again with a model track in February. In this case, you can still obtain your diploma in 2 years’ time.
For other courses, we offer you the opportunity to switch to a course route that suits you through a customised programme. You start in February and the study programme is spread over an extra semester. This way you don't lose a full academic year and you increase your chances of success.
Take a look at the study programmes offered and make an appointment with the course counsellor to work out your customised route together.
For information about your registration and administrative file, please contact the student secretariat.
The tuition fee is € 947.20 for a model course route of 60 credits for non-scholarship students.
For individual course routes, the tuition fee depends on the number of credits taken.
You pay the scholarship fee of € 111.90, if you can prove that you were entitled to an education allowance for secondary school education or received a study grant for the previous academic year (proof from the Ministry of the Flemish Community, study grant department or copy of an account statement).
Tuition fees are paid when registering by Bancontact. Cash or Visa are not accepted.
If it turns out that you are not entitled to a study grant for the current academic year, you will have to pay an additional fee up to the rate of a non-scholarship student.
Costs specifically charged to the student and annual licenses for the Basic software package are added to the tuition fee on a flat-rate basis. For the 2020-2021 academic year, this fixed cost is € 90 (subject to change). Costs for course materials, books, other programme-specific software, study trips, etc are not included.
For certain courses of study, in addition to the flat-rate sum, a motivated, course-specific study fee is charged. This concerns costs incurred for either membership of professional associations, or for additional study course specific software, the use of specific material or attending events.
Working students without a higher education diploma can pay with a maximum of 250 euros in training vouchers per academic year (in accordance with the regulations of the VDAB, the Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training).
Working students can pay via KMO-portefeuille. Be sure to mention this when registering. The application must be made within 14 days of the kick-off of the academic course.
You can contact the Stuvo employee social services for more information. Make an appointment
Would you like to apply for exemptions, study part-time or enter into a credit contract for one or more course units? Then, make an appointment with the course counsellor before your final registration.
Bring the following to your appointment:
- Official school report / diploma of previous education(s)
- Study guide / study sheets of previously studied programme(s)
After determining your study programme, you will visit the student secretariat for final enrolment.
- Study credit does not apply to a graduate course. You can register for this.
- For a bachelor's programme, you can only register up to the amount of your available study credit (with the exception of those who have already obtained a master's degree and had their study credit reduced by 140 credits).
You can consult the state of your study credit here
You will receive your student card at the start of the academic year, after your final enrolment.
With this card, you can enjoy many advantages at home and abroad.
The student card is used to copy, print, pay at the vending machines and in the cafeteria, and to gain access to the car park. You can top up the balance of the student card online, but also at the reception desk.
On and around the campus
There is a specific offer for lunches per campus (hot dishes, sandwiches, pasta, cold dishes, hot snacks, soup).
You can find all information about student housing on the student accommodation page.
- BRUGES CAMPUS
As a student in Bruges, you can rent a student bicycle through the 'Bruges student city' project with favourable terms. You pay € 6/month. The minimum rental period is 3 months.
- KORTRIJK (COURTRAI) CAMPUS
As a student in Kortrijk you can rent a bicycle at Mobiel with favourable terms. You pay € 5/month.
Certificates for a train subscription are given at the time of final enrolment. This allows you to purchase a school subscription or campus card and travel at student rates.
When you buy a Buzzy Pass you will get a 35 percent discount. Consult the timetable of De Lijn.
- COMBINED SUBSCRIPTION (TRAIN + BUS)
With the certificate for a train subscription, you can buy a combined season ticket from NMBS/SNCB (Belgian National Railways). You get a 35 percent discount on the bus part. To take advantage you need to fill in this form.
- BUS PASS
Students studying in Kortrijk can purchase a De Lijn student pass for bus transport in Groot-Kortrijk (the greater region of Kortrijk). For this, you pay an administrative fee of € 10. More information
I’m coming to school by car. Is there parking nearby?
On the Howest website, you can choose your campus and check the parking facilities.
The start and organisation of the academic year
The academic year starts with the kick-off days, which take place during the week commencing September 14th.
During the kick-off there will be orientation days and information is given about the timetable, education, and examination regulations. As well as, student guidance, the Leho study platform and use of your Howest email account.
You will also have the opportunity to meet new fellow students, look around the Howest campus and Stuvo (student facilities department). In addition, a number of practical arrangements will be made to get the year off to a good start.
Your presence on these kick-off days is a must. The detailed schedule can be found here from September 1st
Classes for first-year students officially start on Monday, September 21st. In the week before, there are kick-off days during which your presence is essential.
Howest offers entry-level courses between August 31st and September 11th to prepare you for your graduate or bachelor studies. You review the necessary basic knowledge and get a good idea of what your course really entails. These courses are optional.
Group divisions and timetables will be announced during the kick-off week. From then on, the timetables can be found on lesroosters.howest.be.
- 02/11/2020 – 08/11/2020: Autumn break
- 21/12/2020 – 03/01/2021: Winter break
- 01/02/2021 – 07/02/2021: Intersemester break
- 05/04/2021 – 18/04/2021: Spring break
Study material / software / laptops
From September 1st you can find the book list on howest.be/kickoffweek.
The book sale is organised by Standaard Boekhandel during the kick-off activities on campus and/or at other pre-announced times.
Payment is can only be made by Bancontact. So be sure to consult the book list beforehand, so you have an idea of the cost price. Bring this book list with you when purchasing your books.
It is possible to receive an invoice, provided you have the necessary information at hand (name and address of the employer, and VAT number).
Courses are offered online and you may print them if desired.
The software package via group purchase, which is necessary for your studies, is included in the extra study cost. Since the software licenses are valid for one year, the package is only activated at the start of the academic year.
A number of courses use other course-specific software in addition to this software via group purchase. If applicable for your course, a list can be consulted from September 1st at www.howest.be/kickoffweek. This software can be purchased at a student-friendly price from www.academicshop.be/howest.
Statutes and facilities
All information about the application procedure, substantiation, supporting documents and certificates can be found via howest.be/facilities.
The course counsellor arranges all facilities and support for and with you, in consultation with the course.
Anyone who is employed at least 50 percent in the private sector in the Flemish Region and who is enrolled on a study programme registered on vlaanderen.be/vlaams-opleidingsverlof is eligible for Flemish training leave under certain conditions. Be sure to check these conditions in advance.