Software for students

"Academic software at Howest: a new approach!"

Howest is committed to facilitating its students at the purchase of the software necessary for their study programme and, out of a fundamental respect for intellectual property, to link this commitment to a strict supervision on the use of legal software.

Each year you pay a student-friendly license fee for the software that you need.

All the software for your study programme (and much more) can be found at

If you experience any problems with a license or during installation, please contact the academic software support.

Academic software

Software is not cheap and as a student you do not always know which software you will need. Moreover, to prevent you from downloading illegal software on your laptop, accidentally or otherwise, Howest has chosen to compose a software package for each study programme and to make it available to everyone at a student-friendly price through a group purchase. Howest - through its partner Academic Software - continuously negotiates with the software suppliers in order to keep the prices low. This initiative is always open to other Flemish Universities of Applied Sciences so that bundled larger volumes lead to lower pricing. Because of group purchasing, we can keep the price down.

Basic software package

That is why, for several years already, Howest has chosen to include the licenses for the Software Package Basic for 1 academic year in the fixed extra study costs. This software package includes Microsoft Office (via Microsoft Campus Agreement from Howest), Microsoft Visual Studio and other developer tools (Imagine (Dreamspark) via Microsoft Campus Agreement from Howest), Mathematica, E4Progress Office training, HogeschoolTaal NL and UK (Plantyn), Digital Word Trainer (Die Keure), Siemens NX, McAfee Antivirus, Alinea in the cloud (Sensotec), Linkedin Learning, Digital Workbook (Explio)... For some study programmes extra software is needed, which is also included in the extra study costs. These include Adobe Creative Cloud, PluralSight and Cisco.

The software included in the extra study costs is mentioned in the list of study materials and on the course sheets as "Software to be purchased - via group purchase”

Study/training specific software

In addition to the software that is included in the extra study costs, study programmes may also require study programme-specific software of which the license model and/or the volume does not allow it to be included in the group purchase. This software is mentioned on the course sheet and in the list of study materials as "Software to be purchased - information about the study programme". This software is distributed via Purchase and payment are effected entirely online. Info about this software can be obtained from the study department.

The software is made available via download at the start of the academic year.


Howest attaches a lot of  importance to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Strict respect of intellectual property is the logical consequence hereof. That is why we require that each student only works with legal software.

In accordance with the Education and Examination Regulations (ICT Regulations), inspections will be carried out on the possession of and the use of legal software.