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The international semester is aimed at both bachelor students and graduates from the field of study of computer sciences. This semester will surely add value to your degree and your career opportunities as both your team-working and communication skills will improve.

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest Bachelor programme offers in English, as an option for semester exchange , to incoming students from its partner universities abroad, and as a study abroad option to other international students.

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Course overview: Applied Computer Sciences Autumn

BUSINESS & WEB TECHNOLOGIES: COURSE UNITS & CODES HTC n-TC SL ECTS Bachelor year
Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium*** 20 55 75 3  
Content Management Systems 30 45 75 3 3
Knowledge and Workflow Management 50 75 125 6 3
Web Technology, Security and Honeypot 60 90 150 6 2
Project*** 12 138 150 6 3
TOTAL 182 418 600 24  

ECTS = European Credit Transfer System
HTC = Hours of teaching and coaching during the semester
n-TC = non-teaching and coaching hours per semester
SL = total study load in number of hours

Note: courses listed in the same cell cannot be taken separately
Note: courses marked with 3 asterisks are mandatory

ELECTIVE COURSES
These courses can be in addition to or instead of one of the “classic” programme above to fit personal needs
HTC n-TC SL ECTS Bachelor year
Security Management, Threat and Risk Assessment 30 45 75 3 3
Emergent Security Techniques 30 45 75 3 3
Cryptography and Blockchain 50 75 125 5 3
Windows and Linux Server Security 30 45 75 3 2
Object Oriented Architectures and Secure Development 60 90 150 6 2
Operating Systems Concepts 30 45 75 3 2
Hardware and Operating Systems 60 90 150 6 1
Databases 30 45 75 3 1
Problem Solving 30 45 75 3 1
Programming Fundamentals 60 90 150 6 1
E-business 30 45 75 3 1
Cyber Security Fundamentals 30 45 75 3 1
Web Development 60 90 150 6 1

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes (if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)
Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
Next to ‘Opleiding’ select ‘Applied Computer Science 1 – ETS ACS1’ for Autumn semester or ‘Applied Computer Science 2 – ETS ACS2’ for Spring semester.

Course overview: Applied Computer Sciences Spring

WEB TECHNOLOGIES & SECURITY: COURSE UNITS & CODES HTC n-TC SL ECTS Bachelor year
Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium*** 20 55 75 3  
Web and Mobile Technology
Advanced Server Web
Progressive Web Apps
Native Mobile Apps
Web Frameworks
90
20
30
20
20
135 225 9 2
2
2
2
2
.NET Technology Fundamentals 30 45 75 3 2
Forensic Analysis 30 45 75 3 2
Network and System Pentesting 30 45 75 3 2
International Project*** 10 65 75 3 2
TOTAL 242 508 750 24  

ECTS = European Credit Transfer System
HTC = Hours of teaching and coaching during the semester
n-TC = non-teaching and coaching hours per semester
SL = total study load in number of hours

Note: courses listed in the same cell cannot be taken separately
Note: courses marked with 3 asterisks are mandatory

ELECTIVE COURSES
These courses can be in addition to or instead of one of the “classic” programme above to fit personal needs
HTC n-TC SL ECTS Bachelor year
AR Fundamentals and Development 30 45 75 3 2
Mobile Security (*1) 30 45 75 3 2
Practical Reverse Engineering and Malware Analysis 30 45 75 3 2
Server System Management 60 90 150 6 2
Application Prototyping 30 45 75 3 1
Computer Networks 60 90 150 6 1
Object Oriented Programming 60 90 150 6 1
Web, Mobile and Security 60 90 150 6 1

Course Unit Descriptions for All English-taught semester programmes (if not available yet for the upcoming academic year please select the current year)
Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
Next to ‘Opleiding’ select ‘Applied Computer Science 1 – ETS ACS1’ for Autumn semester or ‘Applied Computer Science 2 – ETS ACS2’ for Spring semester.

(*1) course cannot be taken if « Web and Mobile Technology” is also part of the programme

Prerequisites

Minimum 2 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 60 ECTS in a Bachelor in Computer Sciences. In both ACS semesters experience in an object oriented language, preferably Java or C#, and a prior practical experience with different webtechnologies, such as HTML , CSS and JavaScript, are obligatory. Our classes are lab – oriented, meaning there is a high level of practical application of acquired knowledge. Familiarity with the practical execution of different areas in computer sciences is mandatory.

Each applicant will complete a mandatory test determining their prerequisite knowledge level. If the students’ level appears to be insufficient, the application may be declined. Each applicant needs to prove that he/she fulfills these requirements by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, transcripts of records or a signed letter from the sending university. 

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All students should bring their own laptop, with the following minimum requirements: 8GB RAM memory, SSD hard disk, i5 processor with VTX and a 64-bit architecture. If no SSD hard disk is present, 16GB RAM is required. More details can be found on http://www.howest.be/laptops

Non-exchange students can only attend the international semester as a Postgraduate course and need to have completed at least a full Bachelor degree programme at the time they start the international semester course at Howest.

The course overview above mentions any specific software necessary for the course unit. Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software.

Different projects, mostly in international teams. The aim is to integrate students from abroad with Belgian students and stimulate teamwork, international communication and co-operation.

Timing and location

Both semesters take place in Bruges.

Our Autumn semester runs from 13 September 2021 to 5 February 2022

The first week is the fulltime Orientation Week. The actual lessons start on 20 September. From 01/11/2021 to 06/11/2021 there is one week of Autumn Holiday. Winter holidays are from 27/12/2021 to 08/01/2022.

The examination period starts immediately afterwards. In the last week of the semester (31/01/22-05/02/22), there are still exams, as well as feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd  chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department,  2nd chance exams can be taken by the end of the 1st  exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Our Spring semester runs from February 14th until July 2nd 2022

Classes start on the 14 February, but all newly arriving incoming students are expected on Monday, 7 February, for our fulltime Orientation Week. From 04/04/2022 - 16/04/2022 there is a two-week Easter Holiday.

The examination period starts on 30 May. From 27 June to 2 July there are feedback sessions for students.

The Howest 2nd chance exams take place in the 3rd exam period (Aug/Sept). As an exceptional service for exchange students AND only after explicit approval by the head of the study department, 2nd chance exams can be taken by the end of the 2nd exam period, at a date to be determined by the study department.

Address of the campus

Howest Campus Station Brugge - BST5
Rijselstraat 5, 8200 Brugge (Sint-Michiels), Belgium

Opleiding / Dienst