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Welcome days

Will you be starting at Howest in September 2023?

Let us help you make a smooth start with our Welcome Days, from 11 to 15 September:

  • get your class schedule
  • learn how to use your Howest e-mail account
  • learn about the academic and examination regulations
  • learn about all the possibilities for study support
  • get to know other new students in a relaxed atmosphere.

In short, you will find out everything you need to know for a successful start at Howest. Don't miss it!

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After your online registration and final enrollment, the student administration office will review your file. If everything is in order, your enrollment will be forwarded to all Howest systems and your student profile will be created. You will receive a confirmation email with further instructions at your private email address.

You are now officially a member of our Howest community!

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 activate your account you will need to set up your password

Follow the instructions

Having technical problems with your account?

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Student portal

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 studentadmin [at] (student administration office.)

Your Howest-mailbox

Once your account is configured, you will be able to log in to your Howest-mailbox.

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Your student card

On the first day of the new academic year, you will receive your student card from the institution. This is the ultimate proof that you are part of our Howest community.

Your student card is the preferred payment method on campus. The Howest campuses are completely cashless. This means that you can only pay with a bank card or your student card at the restaurants and vending machines. Discover in this video how to load money onto your card.

Printing on campus can only be done with your student card.

Study materials


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.


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

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.


Starting from 01/09, books can be purchased online through Standaard Boekhandel using your Howest login. Details about your order (delivery, returns, etc.) can be found under the Practical section starting from 01/09.

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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.

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.

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Study coaching

In addition to the guidance from within the study programme, you can address the study coach for extra customized assistance.

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Requesting support

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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Other useful links

Easy access to the campus

Commuting to and from campus? A Stuvo staff member will be happy to help you on your way!

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Studying involves costs

Are you experiencing difficulties or do you want to be well prepared? The student facilities service (STUVO) is the right place to help you out!

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Housing possibilities

Howest Students Affairs (Stuvo) will help you find suitable accommodation.

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Your voice counts!

Howest takes student participation - participation of the students in the operation and functioning of Howest – very seriously. As a student, you can express your opinion, your idea, your remarks or comments almost anywhere and about anything.

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