"Howest is a university where learning is both effective and enjoyable."
Howest is an entrepreneurial 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 Bachelors, 10 Associate Degrees and many Postgraduate Certificate programmes, all 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 have 28 programmes for English-speaking students available, ranging from full bachelor degrees to English-taught semesters to postgraduate certificates. We warmly welcome degree-seeking students as well as semester-exchange students from our Erasmus and overseas partner universities.
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 is ranked #21 in the 2020 Princeton Review’s Top 50 of Game Design Undergraduate programmes. 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 programmes 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.
"The teachers are awesome, very friendly and are so passionate about their courses, up to the point they transferred their passion to us. "
Viktoria Vasileva (The Netherlands/Bulgaria)
I had heard about Howest DAE before, mainly from classmates as I follow them on their social media. But I never imagined that I would have that opportunity and get to have this experience as I had already chose my study program in a different university. Until one day when I discussed it with a classmate and we though, maybe we could go together on exchange. Then of course the first thing we check was this university and the rest was history! Our dream came true.
Another university, different studies, different country and people – I was drawn to do it. I found it very nice that Howest use a different system which would broaden my experience and at the same time it would be a bigger challenge to me. But It was one of those decisions you have the opportunity to take once in a lifetime! We were brave enough to jump together and go on an exchange, and on top of that, it was during the COVID challenge. And you can see it on our faces, It was by far one of the greatest experiences ever!
We had great local buddies that met us with a lot of other students. They took care of us during the whole exchange and they made the experience less stressful for us. The teachers are awesome, very friendly and are so passionate about their courses, up to the point they transferred their passion to us.
It was a pleasure to share such energy in a great environment. I know we could feel it mainly through the screens and I can only wonder what the full DAE experience would have been if there were not a global pandemic. This means one thing, I must come again and see it for myself. (A second bachelor does not sound that far away after all.)
"I will never forget this half year that I spent in Brugge. "
Laura Roothans (Portugal)
It’s definitely a weird time (due to corona) to go abroad, but I couldn’t be more grateful and happy that I still went. I will never forget this half year that I spent in Brugge.
We all know that this could have been a lot different if it wasn’t because of this pandemic, but we also know that we still enjoyed every bit that we were here. Despite all, this has been a true, but good, rollercoaster.
I met amazing people that are now part of my family. I’m sure that when everything calms down and when it’s possible, we will visit each other. It was mainly because of these people that I had the most amazing months. These people helped me to get through this weird time, we helped each other. We all needed each other. It was the right time for us, and we didn’t even realize it. We were lucky enough to have met each other, that’s all I can say.
We tried to enjoy the little that we had. We tried to do the best that we could. Enjoy every second of everyday. Enjoy the little moments. Enjoy the present. We had each other and I couldn’t be more grateful.
This was exactly what I needed. I grew up because of this experience. I learned a lot about myself but also about everything around me.
I’m really thankful for my experience, not only in Bruges, but also in Howest. I really appreciate everything they did, so that, despite everything, we could have the best months here, and we did. Somehow, they made it through. They were always supportive. They had creative ideas and activities to keep us motivated and to still enjoy our experience.
"This unforgettable experience gave me the opportunity to grow professionally as well as personally."
Sophie Donner (Austria)
I always wanted to go on an exchange semester to Belgium and I never doubted it even when the Corona crisis became present in Europe. And I am grateful that I made this decision because despite some restrictions such as some online lectures, limited travel options and closed bars, my time in Belgium was unforgettable. That thanks to the special people from all over the world that became true friends. In the student dorm “The Wing” in Kortrijk we made great memories. In addition to that, I really enjoyed my courses at Howest and the practical way of teaching us knowledge. I had the opportunity to learn a lot not only professionally but also personally, to get out of my comfort zone and be more confident.
I really recommend anyone to study abroad and to live this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"Due to the ongoing COVID-pandemic I wasn’t sure if it was a good decision to take part at an Erasmus-exchange before my arrival in Bruges, but I must confess that I didn’t regret it a single time! "
Johanna Frey (Germany)
I would describe my semester at Howest as fun, interesting and definitely recommendable. Due to the ongoing COVID-pandemic I wasn’t sure if it was a good decision to take part at an Erasmus-exchange before my arrival in Bruges, but I must confess that I didn’t regret it a single time!
The staff members and lecturers at Howest did their best to make sure that everybody enjoyed their semester. From online group meetings, personal talks to the buddy-programme, everybody had the opportunity to join the Howest international community. Especially interesting, I found the study content of my programme “Migration and Refugees”. I enjoyed that the lecturers were so passionate about their modules and as our group was very small, we got deep insight into the topics and had a very friendly and caring relationship with our lecturers.
In my free time, I enjoyed spending time with international and Belgian students as well as going for a walk or a bike ride at or around Bruges. Bruges is definitely a must-see in Belgium!
On my way back to Germany, I take along with me international friends from all over Europe, who I hopefully will be able visit once the pandemic will get better; the experience of a way of teaching, which is very different to the one I experienced in Germany and a broad knowledge about migrants and refugees.
"I have learned a lot, developed as a person, met new people and made friends. "
Franz Jonzen (Sweden)
While it has been stressful with the classes and the Covid pandemic complicated a lot, my exchange studies will still be a time that I always remember fondly. I have learned a lot, developed as a person, met new people and made friends. Thanks to everyone that made my time in Kortrijk the wonderful experience it was.
"I really felt at home in Bruges: it’s a city with a magic atmosphere, an elegant beauty and a lot of hidden places to get lost in."
Alessandra Maria Teresa Fin (Italy)
I was very undecided whether to leave Italy or not in this hard and uncertain (corona) situation. Thanks to Howest's reassurances and its way of involving us all with all the initiatives for the international students, I decided to throw myself into this adventure without overthinking. After 5 months, I’m very proud about how I dealt with all the problems of this pandemic era, almost always with positivity. But I’m quite sure that I did it thanks to the people I met: the other Erasmus guys, my teachers and administrative officers, my roommates, the Belgian students. Without this big family, I think I would not have not enjoyed my time in Belgium. During my experience, I understood the importance of people, of friendship and I’m glad of that: before leaving I took this for granted.
Also, I really felt at home in Bruges: it’s a city with a magic atmosphere, an elegant beauty and a lot of hidden places to get lost in. I found some special places in which I could relax: a new comfort zone.
So I just have to thank everyone who worked to make my time special, because, despite the situation, I’ll always remember my time in Belgium as one of the hardest and at the same time most special of my life.
"Meeting people from all over the world and discovering a different environment than you are used to is an asbolutly amazing experience."
Johannes Diekmann (Austria/Switzerland/Germany)
Even though going on an exchange semester during Corona proved to be quite complicated, I absolutly loved my time at Howest. The DAE study programme is amazing and taught me an incredible amount for the short time I was there. It was quite a lot of work at times but considering the limitations that we had due to corona I was really happy to have such a good use for my time.
Unfortunatly we could not have in-person classes, but I think the school did a really great job at providing everything in an online format. I was also very fortunate to live in a dorm throughout my stay and so I thankfully was able to meet lots of amazing people even without in-person classes.
This is the second time I spent a Semester abroad and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested! Meeting people from all over the world and discovering a different environment than you are used to is an asbolutly amazing experience.
"It was a really great experience that I will never forget!!"
Anaïs Ferrier (France/Madagascar)
At the beginning, I wanted to do my exchange semester in Taiwan, but because of covid-19 my mother wanted me to stay in Europe. So, my second option was Belgium (Campus Bruges). I was a little bit disappointed to not be able to go Taiwan, but I found my time at Howest Bruges really interesting and better than expected. Despite being in Belgium, I had the opportunity to continue learning Mandarin and do Calligraphy with “Confuciusinstituut Howest,” a community in partnership with Howest Bruges.
All of the international team really did their best to adapt to the current situation and even if we couldn’t meet each other in person and do many things, they took a lot of time to help us by sending important information and keeping us informed by emails. They even organized online activities and many little events where they gave us free food like waffles, beer, chips/crisps, chocolate.
I am really grateful to all the team, my buddy and everybody involved for everything they did for us!
I also had the opportunity to meet new people from different countries (Austria, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Venezuela, Germany, Finland, Lithuania) and discover cultures with international and local friends. I finally was able to see the snow in person for the first time in my life.
It was a really great experience that I will never forget!!
"During your time in Howest, Kortrijk, you will get to experience everything the city has to offer from alluring architecture and design to unique student nightlife. "
Nicolae Patras (Republic of Moldova)
As a master student in Sustainable Energy System Management, I have had the opportunity to choose the specialisation semester between Spain (University of Zaragoza) - Sustainable Energy Management, The Netherlands (Hanze UAS) - Sustainable Innovation Management, and Belgium (Howest UAS) - Sustainable Energy and ICT.
I chose Howest for my specialisation due to the Energy ICT courses such as Big Data & Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Blockchain & Security. By following these courses, among other things, I broadened my knowledge and understanding of current trends occurring in the Energy ICT sector. Likewise, students following these courses have all been introduced and encouraged to learn and use Python programming language for Data Analysis. To sum up, this specialisation was the best possible choice and I would definitely recommend to other students to follow it.
Moreover, the specialisation should not be considered as main driver for choosing Howest for your study semester. Student life is about so much more than just preparing you for lifetime of achievement. During your time in Howest, Kortrijk, you will get to experience everything the city has to offer from alluring architecture and design to unique student nightlife.
"I enjoyed the Howest experience so much that I decided to do my internship at Howest after the programme."
Nirmal Madhu (India)
The sustainable energy and ICT study programme at Howest indeed gave me a good combination of academic knowledge and practical tools that I needed in the current energy transition scenario. This programme provided the best pathway because of the modules taught and the projects/assignments involved with the programme.
I really appreciate the cooperative, constructive and challenging atmosphere at Howest.
"This opportunity not only gave me friends for life, but also the opportunity to discover who I really am. "
Karla Peralta (Mexico)
This has been one of the best experiences of my life even in these difficult times and Howest was a pillar of support that knew how to adapt and still found time to make my exchange a great adventure.
I’m very thankful for choosing Belgium as my exchange (and much more for having studied in Bruges as it is a fairytale city) due to the ease of getting to know every corner of the country by train and bike. I highly recommend anyone to come to live this unique life experience.
"My year in Bruges was by far the best experience of my life!"
Karen Goadec (France)
At the beginning, I was afraid go abroad for my first time living alone. But it turns out to be the best decision I ever made. I not only had the opportunity to meet new people with different cultures and habits and get important knowledge and values but also to discover myself.
I was able to visit different cities at very low prices, to taste new products (local beer and food), and to enjoy myself with all of my friends.
As I stayed the whole year, I had the chance to meet a lot of exchange students through both of the semesters. Some of them became my best friends and we already decided when and where we are going to meet and the others are also really good friends, as we shared amazing experiences that had created unbroken binds between us all. I hope we will get a chance to see each other again, and we’ll keep talking in the weekly basis via social media.
So, if you want to study abroad but have insecurities, fear not and just go for it! This is going to be the most unique and wonderful experience of your student life and will help you become who you truly are.