Welcome new student

"Congratulations!!! You’re enrolled at Howest. Below you will find information to help you have a smooth start."

Guide to Howest


After your registration is complete, the student secretariat will check your file to make sure everything is in order. Once they give the green light, a number of important documents will be prepared for you in iBamaflex, the student portal of Howest.

On this portal, you will find:

  • your study contract
  • the list of books and study materials
  • the documentation needed to obtain your train or bus ticket to 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 administration office. 

Your Howest-account

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

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

Once your account is configured, you can log in to portal.office.com using your Howest account and 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!

Laptop project

As a Howest student, you will need a laptop. Thanks to the laptop project, you can get great value for money when purchasing a new device. 

Student Software and books

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

The software package required for your study programme is included in the extra study costs. Since the software licenses are valid for one year, the package is only activated at the start of the academic year.

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

Books can be purchased through Standaard Boekhandel at student rates. 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 make this transition easier, we offer a series of entry-level courses that prepare you for your professional degree or graduate studies.

Welcome days

During the welcome days, you will receive information about your schedule, the academic and exam regulations, student services, your Howest email account, etc. You will also meet your new classmates, explore the Howest campus and learn about all that Stuvo (student services) has to offer. 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.

Did you miss the welcome days?
You can find the information of the past welcome days (orientation week) on the learning platform Leho. How to log on to this platform you can find in “Frequently asked ICT questions”.

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You can apply for a  scholarship each academic year. For more information, contact 1700 or a Stuvo campus employee.

Student accommodation?

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Howest has two student houses in Bruges to help ensure students get a room close to campus and at a reasonable price.

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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 bike.

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Requesting support

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Students can get extra support if needed  through our student services department. Our staff aim to make each student’s study path as comfortable as possible in line with  the competencies required for the course. This includes students with special needs, top athletes and working students.

Customised support is available and can be requested through one of our talent coaches.

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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.