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

"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.

"During your exchange semester at Howest, first, you start discovering people, and then you start discovering yourself again."

Hüdai Karabulut (Turkey)

"During your exchange semester at Howest, first, you start discovering people, and then you start discovering yourself again."

Hüdai Karabulut (Turkey)

internationalisering

During your exchange semester at Howest, first, you start discovering people, and then you start discovering yourself again.

"Erasmus is the best opportunity you can use while being a student. The international environment makes you realize that in every situation, the people that surround you matter the most. You make so many unforgettable friendships and memories that you wil"

Akvilé Noreikaité (Lithuania)

"Erasmus is the best opportunity you can use while being a student. The international environment makes you realize that in every situation, the people that surround you matter the most. You make so many unforgettable friendships and memories that you wil"

Akvilé Noreikaité (Lithuania)

internationalisering

Erasmus is the best opportunity you can use while being a student. The international environment makes you realize that in every situation, the people that surround you matter the most. You make so many unforgettable friendships and memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. Howest was a part of that too - all the teachers and the international office were always very friendly and helpful.

"Such a great time! Things come and go but experiences stay with us."

Elena Safronova (Finland / Russia)

"Such a great time! Things come and go but experiences stay with us."

Elena Safronova (Finland / Russia)

internationalisering

Going abroad always feels fascinating and fun, sometimes even scary. But what if you don’t just go abroad for a week or two? What if you are about to explore a totally new lifestyle, change your routines, meet new people? Doesn’t it sound appealing? Of course, it does! 

Remember, Erasmus is not only about visiting a new place. It’s about getting a unique experience that you cannot get anywhere else. I’m so happy to have a chance to study in Belgium, and particularly in Kortrijk. 
The Belgian culture is such an unknown, unique culture, but so interesting. I was surprised to learn that you have three official languages! Both Kortrijk and Belgium have a great location. Kortrijk is next to Brussels, Gent, Antwerp and Belgium is next to France, the Netherlands, Germany, etc…

Such a great time! Things come and go but experiences stay with us.
 

"Where are you going? What is Kortrijk? Are you crazy? "

Javier Granados Calvo (Spain)

"Where are you going? What is Kortrijk? Are you crazy? "

Javier Granados Calvo (Spain)

internationalisering

These were the questions that my friends and me asked before coming here. I didn’t even know where I was going, but I was sure that it was going to be a really good year. First of all, I thought I was going to the French-speaking part of Belgium, I was so wrong. I came here and I was listening a language that was really different and difficult for me. Well done, Javier, you have gone to a place you have no idea about. The first semester started well, but I was focused on my new Spanish friends and was not really open to international people. Then I started to realise that I was missing out on many things by doing that so I started to open up to all the internationals. At this moment, I can say that if you go abroad you should open your mind. I am going back to my home country with a lot of new friends from a lot of different nationalities.

"Up until the beginning of my third-year at Furman University, I had never ventured outside the United States."

Matthew Martin (USA)

"Up until the beginning of my third-year at Furman University, I had never ventured outside the United States."

Matthew Martin (USA)

internationalisering

It was in one of my very first days in Belgium that one innocent, pixelated emoticon welcomed my arrival with a wave of confusion, shock, and shame. At that very moment, I realized that I had encountered my very first test of being in a foreign country and now it was time to decide whether I should run from this crisis or tackle it head-on. Before I can explain what happened next though, I first need to tell you how I got here. 

Up until the beginning of my third-year at Furman University, I had never ventured outside the United States. In fact, I spent most of my life in the Southeastern portion of the US–– rarely away from my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. When I discovered I would be spending almost five months in Kortrijk, Belgium, I was definitely excited for the adventure but also nervous–– worrying about if I would find genuine friends, if people would understand my accent, if people would speak my language, if I would run out of money, and if my world back home would change too much while studying abroad. 

In spite of these fears, I stayed optimistic and entered Belgium excited for the life I would create for myself in Kortrijk. In the first week, I made friends! While I didn’t realize this then, these friends over the next few months would soon become my international family. We would explore the Belgian coast together, have picnics in French gardens, discover new music in the summer festivals of Kortrijk, and even travel through Greece and Italy for a couple weeks. But before all of that, we spent the first week touring Bruges and Ghent; and then, on our day in Ghent, it happened. 

I was excited to share my adventures of discovering Gravensteen Castle and tasting Belgian chocolate for the first time, so I uploaded a few Instagram photos and didn’t think much of it. A few minutes later, the sharp ping of a text notification revealed the horrible mistake I had committed: I had used the German flag instead of the Belgian flag in my caption. Now, in reality, this mistake was not catastrophic by any means, but it represented a greater issue: that issue being just how limited my understanding was of international identities and foreign cultures.

 I knew if I wanted to have any success in learning about intercultural communication this semester, I would have to be intentional in my conversations with friends, I’d have to be bold and take risks in how I spent my free time, I’d have to be comfortable being wrong and learning from my mistakes, and I’d have to study up!

And that’s exactly what I did. Over the next few weeks I studied coursework ranging from Basic Dutch to Copywriting, from Consumer Behavior to Public Affairs, and from Crisis Communication to Sales Communication. While these classes were certainly a departure from the mathematics that I focused on in my first two years of university, these courses as a whole challenged and informed my understanding of the relationship between communication and culture, For instance, Sales Communication forced me to rethink how we discuss items we believe are worth buying, while Copywriting made me see how even a single word in a slogan––or an emoticon, for that matter–– can completely change the statement’s message. 

After and between classes, I chatted with friends from India about the counterintuitive differences of our non-verbal communication; for instance, a side-to-side head wobble in India is the equivalent of the American head nod. Meanwhile, I practiced my Spanish with friends from Mexico and Spain throughout the week and saw that other languages were just as nuanced as my own language.  

When we weren’t busy studying, our little international family spent the weekends acting as tourists in our new home country of Belgium, exploring cities and towns near and far: such as Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ypres, Namur, Ostend, Dinant, De Panne, De Haan, Oudenarde, and––of course–– Kortrijk. Other nights we shared food, exchanged recipes and made dinner together; we organized game nights; we sang songs from each other’s countries; we stayed up late at night, talking about what we missed from home, what made us excited to get up each day, and what we hoped for our futures; and we enjoyed every day we had together. 

If I were to go back, I’m happy to say that I would do things exactly the same. I would travel the same way, study the same way, and cherish the same friendships. I’d even make the exact same mistakes, because even the small mistakes are still managing to teach me big lessons :)

Now working at ...

Matthew Martin (USA)

"The friends we made while being in Belgium will stay the best thing that happened to us on Erasmus!"

Marina Nikolic & Danilo Kovacevic (Serbia)

"The friends we made while being in Belgium will stay the best thing that happened to us on Erasmus!"

Marina Nikolic & Danilo Kovacevic (Serbia)

internationalisering

This semester was something amazing. We've met a lot of people and learned a lot of things about different cultures, not only Belgian. Friends we have met here are from all over the world (Europe, South and North America and Asia) and we are sure that someday we will meet each other again.

We can only thank Erasmus+ programme for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Discovering Belgian cities and enjoying fries, beer and chocolate was a true Belgian experience. Cycling through Kortrijk, drinking coffee at DeDingen and having our classes all together at the Square in Kortrijk made our stay even more memorable.

The friends we made while being in Belgium will stay the best thing that happened to us on Erasmus! We are proud to know so many good people from all around the world!
 

"Howest provided us with a unique Erasmus experience! We had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world - people who are not friends but family to us now. "

Hristiana Dimitrova (Scotland) & Oriane Paralté (France)

"Howest provided us with a unique Erasmus experience! We had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world - people who are not friends but family to us now. "

Hristiana Dimitrova (Scotland) & Oriane Paralté (France)

internationalisering

Also, their 'Buddy' programme ensures you have Belgian student to help you settle down quickly and make friends as soon as you arrive. The university is modern and classes are small so teachers are also coaches and mentors and are very helpful and professional. Howest provided us with new learning practices and methods - it was great to get more practical and hands-on experience.

Howest was the best choice for Erasmus experience and offered us much more than we expected - this is why we both chose to stay for 2 semesters!

Opleiding / Dienst