Welcome new student

"Congratulations, you’re enrolled at Howest. Below you will find a range of information for a smooth start."

Guide to Howest

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Your Howest-account

Your Howest account gives you access to the Howest systems. You will also receive all Howest communication at the email address linked to your account.

You will receive the username of your Howest account via email to your private email address (check your spam folder). To set your password, follow the instructions on ICT Howest Helpdesk.

Configure your account for the first time

Afterwards you can log in to portal.office.com using your howest account and new password to consult your mailbox.

More info about E-mail, Office and Onedrive

Having technical problems with your account? The ICT Howest Helpdesk will gladly help you!

Your registration

After your online and final registration, the student secretariat will check your file. When the green light is given, a number of important documents will be prepared for you in iBamaflex, the portal for Howest students. You will receive a confirmation email at your private email address, together with information about your new Howest account. This allows you to register in iBamaflex.

On this portal, you will find:

  • your study contract;
  • the list of books and study materials;
  • the certificate for your train or bus season ticket to the campus;
  • the transfer form for your registration fee.

If you have any questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions

Another question? Feel free to contact the student secretariat. 

Laptop project

As a Howest student, you will need a laptop. Thanks to the laptop project, you can buy one at a good price-quality ratio.

Student Software and books

All software for your study program (and much more) can be found via academicsoftware.eu

The software package through group purchase, required for your study program, is included in the extra study cost. Since the software licenses are valid for one year, the package is only activated at the start of the academic year.

Other program-specific software can be purchased at a student-friendly price.

The books with prices (student rates) can be purchased through Standaard Boekhandel. This can be done during the kick-off week on campus or online with your howest login (more info upon final registration).

Entry-level courses

The transition from secondary to higher education is not always evident. In order to prepare you as a future Howest student for this new phase in your life, we offer a series of entry-level courses that prepare you for your professional degree or graduate studies.

Kick-off week

During the kick-off week, you will receive all possible information about your schedule, the education and exam regulations, student guidance, your Howest email account, etc. You will also meet your new classmates, the Howest campus and Stuvo (student facilities department). You will have the opportunity to purchase your books and we will make a number of practical arrangements to get the year off to a good start.

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In higher education, you can apply for a scholarship per academic year. For more information you can contact 1700 or the Stuvo campus employee.

Student accommodation?

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Howest has two student houses in Bruges and, in this way, wants to guarantee that its students can get a room at a reasonable distance from the campus and at affordable rental prices.

Howest heeft in Brugge twee studentenhuizen en wil op die manier garanderen dat haar studenten op een redelijke afstand van de campus tegen betaalbare huurprijzen een kamer kunnen krijgen.

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Of course, you can also search for a room on the private market via the online Kotwest database.

Your route to the campus

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Each campus is easily accessible by public transport and/or student bike.

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Requesting facilities

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Students who need it can receive support through Facilities to make their study path as comfortable as possible in function of the competencies required by the course. This includes students with a disability, top athletes and working students.

Customised facilities are available and can be requested from the talent coach.

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The step to higher education is not self-evident for everyone. This is why Howest puts a lot of effort into supporting you during your studies, so that you can complete your study programme in the best possible way. For us, the student is central and personal contact with the lecturers is of paramount importance. 

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Information evening for parents of first year students

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After the start of the academic year, we would like to welcome the parents of our first-year students on one of our information evenings. These focus on higher education and, more specifically, on studying at Howest.

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