Course concept

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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.

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

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:
This course starts with a short introduction or rehearsal of the basic principles of prevention and health promotion. The social, behavioral and cultural determinants of health are discussed through gamification. Next, topics such as intercultural communication, health promotion in different cultures (incl. refugees), health literacy and active participation in health promotion projects will be studied. We will discuss about the role of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination in the health sector. Finally, some cultural differences in health aspects (such as nutrition, tobacco use, alcohol use, etc.) are being described.
24 51 75
Trends and entrepreneurship - 3 ECTS
In Trends & Entrepreneurship, you learn about the principles of business management. You discover how to analyze customer needs and the wider market environment. And how to use that analysis to make the right decisions regarding product or service development, pricing, distribution and communication. Moreover you learn about the newest developments in human resources management. For each of the business management areas we introduce you to, you learn about the latest trends involved. This course ends with an oral defense of a practical assignment on business analysis and business plan design.
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
Health Promotion Project - 3 ECTS
In health promotion project, we introduce the internationally used framework for developing health promotion programmes, called Intervention Mapping Protocol. You will learn how to perform the different steps of  program development:  
  • Needs assessment using the precede-proceed model
  • Program development
  • Program implementation
  • Program evaluation

Some basic principles of project management will be taught and you can work on a real health problem/question from Healthy Howest. 

18 57 75
Personal development and group processes - 6 ECTS
In this module you will learn more about personality theories, learning styles, training and communication methods, group dynamics, team coaching and situational leadership. There is a teambuilding day included in the course. Students develop a group dynamic session as a task, and reflect about their personal functioning as well as functioning in group.  
48 102 150
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
Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium - survival course Dutch - 3 ECTS – evening course (optional)
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) level B2).
20 55 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.

Click here for Howest language expectations.

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 are not able to attend this international semester.

Timing and location

The course takes place in Bruges.

Address of the campus:

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

Read more about the timing of our Exchange semesters