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The international semester Applied Health and Lifestyle Sciences is aimed at both bachelor students and graduates. Since there is the possibility for an individual itinerary (= open semester), the international semesters are interesting for students of different study programmes, especially sport and movement, applied psychology, applied health sciences but also other fields of study such as nursery, health coaching, leisure management, or social work. This semester will surely give added value to your degree and your career opportunities as you improve your team working and communication skills.

Course overview

International 30 ECTS Applied Health & Life Style Sciences - Autumn

Introduction Course - Innovation in applied health & lifestyle sciences - 3 ECTS
In this module real-life cases and challenges in the domain of sports, exercise and preventive health care are tackled by going through the different phases of the Design Thinking methodology: (i) Empathize: Fully understand the experience of the user, through observation, interaction, and immersing yourself in their experiences; (ii) Define: Process and synthesize the findings from the empathy work to form a user point of view that will be addressed with your innovation; (iii) Ideate: Explore a wide variety of possible solutions through generation a large quantity of diverse possible solutions to the challenges, allowing you to step beyond the obvious and explore a range of ideas; (iv) Prototype: Transform your ideas into a physical form so that you can experience and interact with them and, in the process, learn and develop more empathy; (v) Test: Try out innovations and use observations and feedback to refine the innovations, learn more about the user, and refine your original point of view. This module gives students many opportunities for interdisciplinary and intercultural learning.
10 65 75
Cultural frameworks in health - 3 ECTS:
  • Introduction to the basic principles of prevention and health promotion
  • Social, behavioural and cultural determinants of health
  • Intercultural communication in health promotion
  • Health promotion in different cultures (incl. refugees)
  • Health literacy and active participation in health promotion projects
  • Cultural differences in health aspects (such as nutrition, tobacco use, alcohol use, etc.)
  • Cultural frameworks and stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination in the health sector
24 51 75
Trends and entrepreneurship - 3 ECTS
This course aims at improving your ability to generate new ideas. You will learn a range of techniques which stimulate creativity and lateral thinking. Furthermore the course focuses on the process of harvesting ideas. Innovation implies the transformation of ideas to goods and services that create value for others. With this module, we encourage the entrepreneurial, sustainable and innovative thinking of the students. The student will have to look for trends and innovations in the health, leisure and exercise market and translate them into specific and executable ideas in perspective to their future job in the labour market. The students have to design infographics and a mood board which will be presented to a jury.
10 65 75
eHealth - 3 ECTS
eHealth is a relatively recent term for healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication. During several workshops you get acquainted with the diverse landscape of e-health practices: e.g. serious games, mobile health, social media, chat and mail support.
24 51 75
Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium - survival course Dutch - 3 ECTS
In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish politics, culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socio-economic data of your home country. This module includes visits to several important cities in Belgium.
20 55 75
English for exchange students - evening course (optional) - 3 ECTS
This course - complete IELTS Bands 5-6.5 - is a short preparation course of 24 classroom hours for students who wish to take the Academic module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It teaches the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that a student needs for the IELTS exam.It covers all the exam question types, as well as key grammar and vocabulary which, from research into the Cambridge Learner Corpus, are known to be useful to candidates doing the test. If a student is not planning to take the exam in the near future, the book teaches him or her the skills and language needed to reach an upper-intermediate level of English (Common European Framework (CEF) levelB2).
20 55 75
Health Promotion Project - 3 ECTS
  • The use of an intervention mapping protocol: 
    • Needs assessment using the precede-proceed model
    • Program development
    • Program implementation
    • Program evaluation
  • Basic principles of project management
  • Working on a real health problem/question from Healthy Howest
18 57 75
Personal development and group processes - 3 ECTS
In this module you will learn more about experiential learning, group dynamics, team coaching and situational leadership. A coaching boot camp guides the students through experiential learning and group dynamic exercises in nature to become more aware of their own behaviour and role within the group. After the bootcamp the students have to reflect on their experiences by writing an experience report/paper. 

30 45 75
Individual movement skills - 3 ECTS (BACKUP if the course English for exchange students is not included)
Start to swim: Basic insights for the technique of breaststroke and crawl with corresponding start technique + progressive condition building up to 1000m.
Start to run: Basic insights for the running technique, training plan “start to run” and build up to 10 km. The student is introduced to alternative ways of running.
Start to dance: Discovering rhythm and music structure. The students is initiated in the basic dance steps and gets an introduction to different dance styles and rhythmic skills.
40 35 75
Sport psychology - 3 ECTS
In this module you will get acquainted with the foundations of sport psychology. After an introduction in basic psychological principles such as motivation, goal pursuit, personality, anxiety etc., we will apply these principles to both athletes and coaches. Further, we will also have a look into mental skills training and morality in sport.
21 54 75
Solution focused health coaching – 3 ECTS
Solution Focused Health Coaching is a practical course that provides an invaluable overview of Solution Focused Health Coaching skills and techniques. Reflecting upon research on the solution focused approach (The Bruges Model – Korzybski Institute) and her wide experience in several projects United Kingdom,  Anneleen De Lille brings her own experiences of Solution Focused Health Coaching together with others in the field to cover topics such as: the coach-coachee relationship, the role of technology in coaching, inclusive coaching group and team coaching practical issues and skills. Incorporating coachee case studies, worksheets, practice tips and discussion points, the skills, strategies and techniques in this course are straightforward to apply and can be used in different coaching settings.
30 45 75
  • HTC = Hours of Teaching and Coaching
  • n-HTC = non-Teaching or Coaching Hours
  • SL = Study Load 

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 Health and Lifestyle Sciences – ETS AH’


Minimum 3 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 90 ECTS in a Bachelor of Sports and Movement, Applied Health Sciences , Sports and Leisure Management, Tourism and Recreation Management or Applied Psychology. This will need to be confirmed by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, or a signed letter from the sending university. The students must have sufficient affinity with applied psychology, coaching and counselling in order to receive the permission to follow this international semester Applied Health and Lifestyle Sciences. It’s also advisable that the students are eager to join intensive counselling and coaching assessments and show engagement.

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All students should bring their own laptop, with all necessary and officially licensed software. The course overview above mentions any further specific software necessary for the course unit. Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software.

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.

Timing and location

The course takes place in Bruges.

Our Autumn semester runs from September 13th 2021 until Fabruary 5th 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.

Address of the campus

Howest Brugge Centrum
Sint-Jorisstraat 71, 8000 Brugge, Belgium