Howest international

"Howest is a university where learning is both effective and enjoyable."

Howest is a dynamic University of Applied Sciences known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education and research, and its close collaboration  with industry, business and the social profit sector. 

We offer 24 Bachelor and 10 Associate Degrees with a strong practical focus, in the areas of Business & Management, Industrial Sciences & Technology, Digital Design, Architecture, Healthcare, Education and Social Sciences.  Howest is a member of Ghent University Association, which provides high-quality higher education to about 1/3 of Flanders’ student population. All programmes are fully accredited by NVAO, the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation. 

We constantly develop our course offer in English in order to position Howest as an attractive academic choice for students from abroad. At present we organise 2 Bachelor degrees fully in English as well as 21 English-taught semesters, to which we warmly welcome students from our Erasmus and overseas partner universities for an exchange period. 

Our four campuses are located in the historical cities of Bruges and Kortrijk, in the province of West Flanders, Belgium.  Studying in Bruges or Kortrijk includes having a series of very attractive locations nearby: the Belgian coast as well as our Flemish art cities like Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent... You can also reach famous European places like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Cologne in a one or two hours train journey. 

Howest made it to the 2019 Princeton Review’s Top 50 of Game Design Undergraduate programmes, entering the list on #22 as the highest-ranked newcomer. In 2017 and 2018, Howest was ranked as best school in the world to learn game art and development by The Rookies and Grads in Games. Several of our students from various programs received awards over the past few years. 

Howest continuously adapts its curricula to include new areas of knowledge and to put the latest research into practice.  Creativity and entrepreneurship are part of the Howest DNA.  Field-driven assignments and on-the-job training are key components of each programme. That is how we meet the changing needs of today’s society and arm our students with future-proof skills.   

Committed and supportive lecturers embody Howest’s core values “serve - empower - care” which stimulate an open, pluralistic and international outlook on education, research and service to society.  

Over the years, Howest has built a solid reputation in application-oriented scientific research, services and education, partnering with universities and work-field organisations in Belgium, Europe, and all over the world. Our students and staff are given plenty of opportunities to go global and gain international experience, thanks to international networks, scholarships and exchange programmes. Howest has led or actively participated in many highly successful international projects. 

In short, Howest is a university where learning is both effective and enjoyable. 

Testimonials

"My Erasmus adventure taught me the value of opening my mind to new experiences and people that, otherwise, I couldn’t have met staying in my hometown."

Carlos Lázaro (Spain)

"My Erasmus adventure taught me the value of opening my mind to new experiences and people that, otherwise, I couldn’t have met staying in my hometown."

Carlos Lázaro (Spain)

internationalisering

I had the great opportunity of living abroad for one year and I can’t do anything but thank Belgium for such an amazing and incredible experience. When I arrived in September, I couldn’t have imagined how my life would be ten months later. 

Belgium gave me the chance to meet a lot of people from different countries, which meant meeting a lot of different cultures, perspectives, ways of being and putting all of them together. By doing this, I could know, understand and love these cultures as if they were my own. But I could also share my own culture, values and customs and feel so proud of them.

My Erasmus adventure taught me the value of opening my mind to new experiences and people that, otherwise, I couldn’t have met staying in my hometown. But, it wasn’t only through others that I learned valuable lessons. I also spent time getting to know more about myself, which allowed me to grow as an individual.

Thanks to Belgium, I bring back to my home memories, moments, experiences, trips, parties, lessons… that made me richer than before. But, if I have to pick something out above all in my Erasmus, it is the people who, after one year, I can consider as my family. 

"Erasmus: a once in a lifetime experience. "

Claudia Labate (Italy)

"Erasmus: a once in a lifetime experience. "

Claudia Labate (Italy)

internationalisering

Last semester I had the honor to go to Belgium as an Erasmus student. I had already been abroad to study, but this…this was something else. An experience that cannot be replaced by anything, and that I would re-live in the exact same way I already did. 

I got to meet such wonderful and beautiful people from all over the world, we shared our points of views and cultures, we cooked for each other our typical dishes and celebrated festivities that someone wouldn’t normally celebrate in his/her own country. I was learning new things each day, not just from the courses that Howest offered us, but also from the people that I was meeting every day. 

For me this Erasmus has been also an opportunity to see a girl that I met in Berlin the previous year, and indeed she ended up being the buddy that Howest assigned to me. It was so good to see her after such a long time and we became very good friends through the buddy programme. We kept in touch throughout the semester, we went to parties together, we biked together to university and grabbed coffees in the weekends. We shared memories that I will cherish forever and I hope we will manage to see each other in a not so distant future. 

But in general, I have memories with each and every person that I have met in Belgium, from the other Erasmus students to the local ones. Each one of them gave and taught me something that I will remember forever, and I am sure I will get to see them again at some point in life, somewhere in the world, because once you have been an Erasmus student, your souls will be forever connected to each other. 
The classes were challenging and different from the type of classes we get in Italy. The city was completely different from where I was born and raised, but it is a cozy city that has everything a student needs. Thanks to this experience I have learned new things about the world but also about myself, how I deal with certain situations and how much alcohol I can handle, since the beer is really cheap! But jokes aside, I truly found myself in Kortrijk. My true self. 

So thank you to the Erasmus+ Programme. Thank you to the coordinators and teachers at Howest and at my home University for helping us and making all of this possible.  Thanks to all the other Erasmus students for sharing such an amazing experience with me, and for making it such a unique one at that.  Thanks to the local students and my buddy for bearing with me and for answering all of my -sometimes stupid- questions about Belgium.  And, finally, thank you to my “second family”, that has been with me in the best and worst moments of this experience. I am proud to call you my Erasmus Family.

Thank you Belgium. 
 

"The best time of my life was at Howest."

Sumedha Sharma (India)

"The best time of my life was at Howest."

Sumedha Sharma (India)

internationalisering

It was something I always wanted to experience going international and meeting a big Erasmus family that made me learn about different cultures and exposed me to different learning methods.

"Howest is an excellent university, and the people working there are amazing! Indeed, by remaining human, they develop people!"

Sylvaine Chan-Tave (France)

"Howest is an excellent university, and the people working there are amazing! Indeed, by remaining human, they develop people!"

Sylvaine Chan-Tave (France)

internationalisering

Howest is an excellent university, and the people working there are amazing! Indeed, by remaining human, they develop people!

"To study abroad, is by far, the most educational and enlightening experience of my academic life."

Filipa Garrocho (Portugal)

"To study abroad, is by far, the most educational and enlightening experience of my academic life."

Filipa Garrocho (Portugal)

internationalisering

By doing Erasmus in Belgium I got the chance to experience in first-hand the feeling of living in a different country, with different routines, schedules, habits, language and to learn with and be part of a different health system. This was a great opportunity to compare the Belgium health system with the Portuguese one, to learn with the best parts of it, to see new ways of doing the same nursing techniques, other methods of work and to live in a richer nursing reality, with more material conditions. It allowed me to see how the economy of a country reflects itself on the health system reality and in the population’s houses and life’s circumstances. 

Now working at ...

Lisbon Nursing School

"The best year of my life"

Manuel Gamarra (Spain)

"The best year of my life"

Manuel Gamarra (Spain)

internationalisering

It’s very difficult to express in words everything I have experienced since I arrived in the completely unknown city of Kortrijk.  It is also impossible for me to remember all the friends from different countries and cultures that I have met throughout the academic year (many of them are not in the picture), including the locals from Belgium and the Spanish, since I didn’t know almost any of them before coming here. Strangers who became acquaintances; acquaintances who became friends; friends who became family. Uncountable stories and anecdotes, many of them that cannot be told. Erasmus, the best year of my life. And I think that my tears during the last party with everyone are good proof of it.

"Students were very welcoming and supportive"

Kira Altomari (USA)

"Students were very welcoming and supportive"

Kira Altomari (USA)

internationalisering

While I was initially nervous about studying abroad, Howest staff, faculty, and students were very welcoming and supportive. This has truly been a life changing experience helping me to become a more well-rounded person and increase my intercultural competencies. It should be one of the first that you see.

"Erasmus means much more than studying abroad!"

Jorge Cruzado Sánchez (Spain)

"Erasmus means much more than studying abroad!"

Jorge Cruzado Sánchez (Spain)

internationalisering

When you look at this picture, you can see up to 6 different nationalities. Erasmus means much more than studying abroad. It is opening yourself to the world, to ideas you never thought about before. Cultures that you thought didn't match, now they match perfectly. Ideas you would never put together, now you learn from each other. Thank you Erasmus & Howest.  I feel rich now.

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