"Howest is a university that provides top-notch education, and 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 25 Bachelors, 12 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 our 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 33 programmes for English-speaking students available, ranging from full bachelor’s 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 2021, Howest was ranked as best school in the world to learn game art and development by The Rookies and Grads in Games, after previously being #1 in 2018 and 2017. 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 that provides top-notch education, and where learning is both effective and enjoyable.
"An Erasmus+ experience is certainly a journey that you will tell your grandchildren about!"
Amer al Qadah (Turkey/Palestine)
Going to Erasmus was one of my university goals. Getting to do that in Belgium, at one of its most innovative universities (Howest), was something to be grateful for. It was an experience of a lifetime! Especially during our study time, with all the extraordinary (corona) circumstances - and with all of the stories with people that were like family!
If there were one piece of advice that I could give to students, it would be to go on more journeys that make you find yourself. An Erasmus+ experience is certainly a journey that you will tell your grandchildren about!
"If it was forever it wouldn't have been so special"
Marconi Melissa (Italy)
Everybody that had been on Erasmus told me "You will find a new family there," but I was like "No way it's going to happen, I already have my safe place at home."
It didn't take long to change my mind completely. These people...I can't really explain. It's like we were meant to meet. They have been part of my life for 5 months and I can't believe it's over. I found caring, kind and special friends. Each of them will have a place in my heart. It's true and sad that Erasmus has an ending point, but as a wise girl told me on our last night together: "If it was forever it wouldn't have been so special."
"I made friendships along the way that'll hopefully last a lifetime"
Doğan Mert Güven (Turkey)
I always wanted to see more, hear more and experience more of Europe. Erasmus allowed me to do just that. I made friendships along the way that'll hopefully last a lifetime. I encourage everyone to get out of their comfort-zones and travel all over the world!
Laura Rabasco Hernández (Spain)
I feel very fortunate to say that I have been one of the first international students to have the opportunity to study the Design and Development English Bachelor Howest program. And you may never guess, but this picture was actually taken inside Campus Buda located in Kortrijk! (Yes, they have a seesaw next to the main classrooms)!
Howest is all about getting the best out of each student, pushing them out of the box and helping them excel in fields they would never expect to. The creative environment, the friendly touch of the teachers and the interesting projects makes the Devine English degree a really wonderful experience. Besides that, there is a wonderful team of professionals working at STUVO, willing to help the students with any issue or complication we might be facing.
I must say that it is not an easy degree: you need to invest time and give the best that you can offer every day, but all of it will be rewarded. This is just the first year and I'm amazed at how much I have learnt and improved, I promise it is worth the effort.
My classmates have been a blessing during this course, we give each other feedback and share our tricks in order to be helpful and grow up as a team. I can't say much about the social life at the campus due to the Corona situation we all have been living in, but I can't wait to see what the following years are going to be like!
"Everything changes, your environment, the language, your daily life, but most importantly, you!"
Aleksandra Antonova Nikolova (Spain)
I never doubted when ex- Erasmus students told me how life changing it is to go studying abroad, but I didn't realize how true that is until I experienced a whole year as an exchange student in Kortrijk. Everything changes, your environment, the language, your daily life, but most importantly, you! In my case, I got to know my pitfalls and biggest insecurities, so I tried to improve everything I could from my personality, I expanded my horizons to the limit and always went out of my comfort zone. I met the most amazing people, the ones I call nowadays best friends and family, we had connection even before meeting in person, by chatting online! We pushed each other to travel, develop, organize and create new experiences together. Of course there were challenges to face, especially the coronavirus crisis this year! That is why with my mates, we tried to keep always the positive aspects: how much knowledge we gained from HOWEST and therefore we developed a much more interesting CV, for our professional future. At the end, I can proudly say that this year was the happiest of my life and I can't wait to put to practice everything learned and to talk about Kortrijk and HOWEST to everyone!
"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.