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As a student, you may be granted a special statute because of circumstances and/or characteristics.


Howest aims to open up its education to the widest possible population and aims to offer every student maximum opportunities to develop.

Every person is unique. Howest recognises and values differences and pursues a diversity policy aimed at evolving from an integrated to an inclusive policy, complemented by a target group policy.


  • Language policy: possibility to test and update language skills;
  • Language remediation programmes in cooperation with adult education centres;
  • Specific actions for refugees: diploma equivalence and language remediation;
  • Inclusive examination facilities;
  • Peer Assisted Learning: senior students coach new students in acquiring academic skills or updating learning material;
  • Specific actions for incoming students: buddy project, renting bicycles at student prices, support during the search for accommodation, ...
  • Specific actions for students with a special statute:
    • Teaching and examination facilities;
    • Guidance and support according to the feasibility of studies;
    • Additional support;
    • Adapted learning resources – financial support by the Cell Specific Educational Resources;
    • Pedagogical assistance - VAPH financial assistance ;
    • (adapted) transportation to and from classes – VAPH assistance;
    • (adapted) accommodation in the in-house accommodation (adapted rooms and parking);
    • Compensatory software.
  • Howest Community Service Learning: students commit to initiatives focused on needs within Howest - buddy&mind: taking up an informal role as 'peer supporter';
  • Awareness campaigns such as: mental health week, week against sexual violence and sexually transgressive behaviour between students.

Information can be requested by contacting ria.vermote [at] (Ria Vermote), social policy coordinator (0477 91 38 38).

Support services

As a student, you may be granted a special statute based on individual characteristics and/or circumstances. You must reapply annually using the registration tool. You do not need to reapply if you have already been granted the statute of 'student with learning disabilities' or 'student with AD(H)D' or 'student with ASD' at Howest. These statutes are valid throughout your entire study career at Howest.

Apply for support services

You will find more information on this web page. You can also contact your programme's study coach.

  • Do I meet the conditions?
  • Which documents do I need to submit?
  • What are the possible facilities?
  • What are the deadlines?
  • What happens with all my personal data?
  • What if problems arise?

Study coaches

You will find lots of information on this webpage and at your programme's study coach.

  • Do I meet the conditions?
  • What documents do I need to submit?
  • What are the possible facilities?
  • What are the deadlines?
  • What happens to all my personal data?
  • What if problems arise?
Study coaching

Student guidance at Howest includes a lot of measures and activities that study programme staff members take to coach you, as a person under development, as optimally as possible and to offer maximal learning opportunities and chances of success from the very start.

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Which statute is possible?

Students with a disability

  • Motor disability;
  • Hearing impairment;
  • Visual disability;
  • Chronic illness;
  • Psychiatric disability;
  • Multiple disability;
  • Developmental disabilities:
    • Learning disorder (dyslexia, dyscalculia,...);
    • Autism spectrum disorder;
    • AD(H)D;
    • Tic disorder;
    • DCD/dyspraxia;
    • Developmental dysphasia;
    • Stuttering;
    • Combination disorders.

Students in specific social or individual circumstanes (including medical problems)

  • Pregnancy and/or parenthood;
  • Informal care;
  • Employment;
  • Different cultural background or foreign native language;
  • Transition period transgender;
  • Other exceptional social and individual circumstances.

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Student with a cultural statute

Student with a mandate

  • On a governing or advisory body in Howest and/or AUGent;
  • A political mandate.

Student entrepreneur

What support services can I get?

Below, you will find a number of possibilities.

Possible support services for educational activities (following classes, study materials, tasks, internships, study track...)

  • Possibilities of absences and solutions;
  • Opportunities to leave a teaching activity earlier;
  • Making study material available digitally;
  • Possibility of student counselling service by appointment;
  • Allowing exceptions for deadlines;
  • Rescheduling of practicals and/or internships;
  • Flexibility in study progression/tempo;
  • Communication to teaching staff concerning points of interest;
  • Changing contract or track outside the scheduled periods;

Possible support services for exams

  • Adapt examination format to individual needs;
  • Taking exams on computer (possibly compensatory software);
  • Flexible exam planning;

Inclusive facilities during written exams

  • Assessment for content and understanding for spelling mistakes, except for language modules;
  • Oral explanation of exam questions;
  • Extra time for taking a written exam, unless time is an element of assessment.