Howest international

"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 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

"It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest"

Ma Yan (China)

"It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest"

Ma Yan (China)

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Being able to study at Howest was really a great experience for me. I have met many friends from other countries, and everyone is very friendly. Intercultural communication is really interesting. I was also impressed with the country of Belgium; I traveled to many cities during my stay here. Belgian beer and chocolate are really great, I love them!!! It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest. Thank you!

"Embarking on this adventure in Howest was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life."

Elif Aksoy (Turkey)

"Embarking on this adventure in Howest was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life."

Elif Aksoy (Turkey)

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I had the best times here with beautiful people from all over the world who came to have an experience like me. It is so hard to describe this experience in words, but with all my heart, I can say that I have many “homes” in many parts of the World now and all those I met have a “home” in Turkey as well. Howest and Belgium have hosted us all very well. We had an unforgettable experience that changed all of our lives and gave us many new perspectives. Here, I learned to question myself more, got out of my comfort zone and discovered new aspects of myself. I look at life from a different perspective now, and I recommend this experience to everyone. I found a new family in Kortrijk and I am so grateful for that. Thanks for everything Howest, thanks Kortrijk thanks Belgium!"

"Erasmus is an experience that I won't ever forget, it changes you as a person and your life"

Lucia Fernandez (Spain)

"Erasmus is an experience that I won't ever forget, it changes you as a person and your life"

Lucia Fernandez (Spain)

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It helps you to know yourself better and expand your achievements. You create a new routine of your life together with new people; people that I hope to keep for life because they are very special ones that have marked my heart forever. I think that one of the best pleasures in life that not everyone values is being able to meet people from other countries and with other languages and to build bonds forever. I feel so lucky to have lived this experience. I will keep these special people with me for life.

"International semester at Howest in Bruges"

Yerim Kim (South Korea)

"International semester at Howest in Bruges"

Yerim Kim (South Korea)

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Celebrating birthdays and cultures with international and local friends, in an international way, during an international semester at Howest in Bruges.

"Going on an Erasmus exchange has been literally life changing for me"

Zackarias Alenljung (Sweden)

"Going on an Erasmus exchange has been literally life changing for me"

Zackarias Alenljung (Sweden)

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I will forever remember my time here, as it will probably be one of my best memories. I have made so many new friends and met so many kind and humble people. Here you can see an image of me and my two best Erasmus friends that I keep closest to my heart.

"I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest"

Nadia Garcia Peralta (Mexico)

"I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest"

Nadia Garcia Peralta (Mexico)

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This exchange program not only helped me open my mind and learn about other cultures/countries, it also started great friendships that I believe have helped me shape a better version of myself, I can’t wait to see what my second semester at Howest will bring. 

I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest and I’m hopeful I’ll see them in the near future being as awesome and incredible as I saw them through this international experience.
 

"I must come back!"

Topi Raatikainen (Finland)

"I must come back!"

Topi Raatikainen (Finland)

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The past five months have passed really quickly – It feels like it was yesterday when I was waiting my flight to Brussels at the Helsinki Airport in mid-September. I found studying in Howest and living in Kortrijk easygoing. I did have some challenges with my courses, but I understand why, because I wasn’t really prepared for what was to come. Even if my personal performance wasn’t so great, I did find the courses interesting and knowledge gained as something I can use to build my future path.

As a career-changer in your early thirties, I believe it is a bit unusual to go to Erasmus+ exchange. But as it was an option for me, I thought it wouldn’t be wise to miss it. And I’m glad I didn’t! I’ve worked in multicultural environments before, so studying abroad wasn’t that big a change for me in that sense, but it is always interesting to meet new people with different backgrounds. And living abroad is always exciting!
As the time went by so fast, I did miss few things: I didn’t go to watch any football game, I didn’t go to see any ice hockey game, and I didn’t try the combination of mussels and fries. This only means one thing: I must come back!

"My first semester in Kortrijk was one of the best experiences of my life."

Oriane Launay (France)

"My first semester in Kortrijk was one of the best experiences of my life."

Oriane Launay (France)

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I had the opportunity to meet great people from all over the world. But I was also able to discover myself. I learned to be independent living alone and to integrate, to accept other people's differences as well as my own. I was also able to visit neighboring countries such as Germany and Austria but also to discover more about Belgium. And all of this at low prices. 
These 5 months have allowed my friends and I to create unbreakable bonds. I hope to see them again as soon as possible and I'm sure I'll see them again because what we lived through was wonderful and unforgettable. I am now starting a second semester at Howest and I'm sure it will be just as wonderful as the first one.
 

"It has definitely been a wonderful and interesting exchange experience in Belgium, which will also be important to my future career."

Jinxing Gao (China)

"It has definitely been a wonderful and interesting exchange experience in Belgium, which will also be important to my future career."

Jinxing Gao (China)

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I have really enjoyed my stay in Belgium, not only because of the courses that I had looked forward to for a long time but also in terms of meeting new people - new people from all over the world. I had my classes with local students as well as with internationals from Norway and Finland. Apart from sharing ideas and helping each other with courses, they also played a role as my English teacher; I feel that my English has improved a lot with the help of the other students.

What impressed me most is that although local students had already learned about ‘Machine Learning’ the previous semester and there were only a few internationals in the class this time, the teacher still taught us with patience and full preparation. One local student helped me a lot with my Project with her medical background. Other teachers gave me a lot of extra assistance with my IoT Device, as they knew I lacked experience with it. There are so many helpful people who I want to thank that I can’t list all of them.

Also, big thanks to my language teachers and coaches as they are really warm-hearted and generous to help me voluntarily with my English, especially in terms of boosting my confidence in speaking English. There are always unlimited resources you can explore aside from your specialized courses, depending on what you want and how you decide to take action. 

It has definitely been a wonderful and interesting exchange experience in Belgium, which will also be important to my future career.

"Thank you for making me feel welcome and at home. "

Elisa Fernández Medina (Mexico)

"Thank you for making me feel welcome and at home. "

Elisa Fernández Medina (Mexico)

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Being here showed me that there are no limits, and that boundaries don't exist. I found a perfect family, one really different and weird but perfect. They showed me that distance means nothing. In them, I found the best gift ever, a piece of the world. 

"I’ve found my happy place in Kortrijk, and my second family at Howest."

Anja Wilawitzer (Austria)

"I’ve found my happy place in Kortrijk, and my second family at Howest."

Anja Wilawitzer (Austria)

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Whenever someone tells me they’re insecure about going abroad or having doubts, the only thing I respond is: “Do it.” These weeks and months are going to enrich you with some of the most unique, thrilling and encouraging experiences that you’ll make as a student – probably even in your entire life. Getting to know people from everywhere with so many different backgrounds and stories is so fascinating, and then realizing how close you have become over the time is even more beautiful. I felt like we would be united in diversity, and I really do understand the meaning of culture. Not only do I acknowledge cultural differences much better now, but I can also value my own “roots” much more. By no means would I want to miss out on this incredible semester – I’m beyond grateful and lucky to have chosen this city and this university.

"You can really go to everywhere from here!"

Hawoon Gu (South Korea)

"You can really go to everywhere from here!"

Hawoon Gu (South Korea)

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The greatest thing about studying at Howest as an international student? Howest is located in the center of Europe! You can really go to everywhere from here!

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