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The English-taught semesters Global Business Management (GBM) are aimed at both bachelor students and graduates. Since there is the possibility for an individual itinerary, the English-taught semesters are interesting for students from a broad range of different study programmes such as commercial sciences, business and management, computer sciences, social & human sciences and other. This semester will surely add value to your degree and your career opportunities as your entrepreneurial, team-working and communication skills will definitely 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: Global Business Management I: Autumn

GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT I - COMPULSARY MODULES (24 ECTS) HTC n-TC SL
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS - 6 ECTS

Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium - survival course Dutch
In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socioeconomic data of your home country. This module includes a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.

20 55 75

Intercultural communication
In the context of a globalized world, intercultural communication has become very important. However, effective cross-cultural communication and cooperation is still quite a challenge. This course looks at the barriers that arise when people from different cultures and social groups interconnect, and what you can do to lower those barriers.

20 55 75
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SKILLS 1 - 12 ECTS

Change management
When the rate of external change exceeds the rate of internal change, an organisation is in trouble. Although the implementation of any change in a company is not an easy task, companies cannot afford a status quo. As students, you will achieve the competences needed to establish changes in your future professional environment.

20 55 75

Customer Relationship Management
CRM is a customer relationship management (CRM) solution that provides the tools and capabilities needed to create and maintain a clear picture of customers, from first contact through to purchase and post-sales. Customer Relationship Management can be utilized for Sales Force Automation, Marketing Campaigns and complete Customer Service Management as out of the box functionalities.
+ Google DMA
Google Digital Master classes: you will learn Google Adwords ins and outs, Search engine marketing (SEO/SEA), Display & video advertising and Google Analytics. 

You will participate in the Digital Masters Academy (training and online examination) and in the Google Online Marketing Challenge (team assignment and presentation).

50 100 150

Project Entrepreneurship
During a full week, students will play an international business game in heterogeneous teams. The game consists of different rounds with increasing degree of difficulty in the team decisions.

20 55 75
INNOVATION MANAGEMENT – 3 ECTS

Innovation is a global trend. Companies will make the difference, not (only) by keeping costs low, but by keeping on renewing products, processes etc. You will learn why innovation is so important, how it can be triggered in a company, and which are the necessary ingredients in the innovation process. Furthermore, the topic of managing innovation is also covered.

20 55 75
CONSUMER AWARENESS - 3 ECTS

Our main objective is to study consumer rights protection more specifically on the digital European market. The various elements of this module are: understanding consumer awareness; consumer protection and consumer rights in Europe; practices both in the tangible goods sector and in the services sector; institutions of consumer rights protection; building consumer awareness.

20 55 75

 

ELECTIVE COURSE(S): MAX. 6 ECTS FROM THE MODULES BELOW  HTC n-TC SL
FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT – 3 ECTS
Learn to use financial instruments to manage exposure to risk in a firm: operational risk, credit risk and market risk, inflation risk, business risk, legal risk, reputational risk, etc.
20 55 75

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROUP PROCESSES – 3ECTS
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 boot camp the students have to reflect on their experiences by writing an experience report/paper (Notice!! Extra cost 270 euro bootcamp, but all inclusive).

30 45 75

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - 3 ECTS
HRM is a specific approach in personnel management which in recent years has set the norm. In this course the focus will be on operational human resource management. Examples of topics that will be discussed are selection, appraisal, rewarding, socialization, performance & development.

24 51 75

DATA DRIVEN SUPPLY CHAIN AND BLOCKCHAIN – 3 ECTS 

What is supply chain and what is the "new" supply chain?

Short introduction to Blockchain, physical internet and the new network economy. From new network economy to data driven supply chain. Digital transformation and disruption: impact on economy and on logistics. Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Artificial intelligence and Big data and data analytics in the supply chain. Data Sharing Platforms: NxtPort, Nallian, Xynaps, RX/SeaPort, GTD (IBM/Maersk). State of affairs digital documents and blockchain (eCMR, eECD, eWaste, ePhyto, eBL,….). Legal aspects of Blockchain. Global logistics delivered through Blockchain. Lean thinking & Lean working with/through big data/Blockchain.

The logistical digital transformation? Keys to success.

20 55 75

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - 6 ECTS
Nowadays, there is an increasing need and interest in Chinese culture and language. It is useful to know about the language when coming to China for travel or business. The Howest Confucius Institute offers (elementary – intermediary – advanced) Chinese language courses for students. The course also involves a small tailor-made and practical project. The course may be extended in the second semester (Spring).

60 90 150

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

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 an asterisk are taught by means of self study. The course tutor will be available at predetermined timeslots for individual feedback and questions.

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 ‘Global Business Management 1 – ETS GBM1’ for Autumn semester or ‘Global Business Management 2 – ETS GBM2’ for Spring semester.

Course overview: Global Business Management II: Spring

GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT II - COMPULSARY MODULES (Max. 21 ECTS but only 18 ECTS when staying a full year) HTC n-TC SL
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS - 3 ECTS (this module cannot be chosen by students staying a full year)

Cultural & socio-economic introduction to Belgium - survival course Dutch
In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socioeconomic data of your home country. This module includes a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.

20 55 75
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SKILLS 2 - 9 ECTS

Website management
The objective of this course is to obtain insight in analogue and/or digital tools (e.g. UX Design and Customer/Buyer Journey) to gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative marketing data. You will come across the typical jargon in the field and the legal framework concerning privacy, intellectual property and e-commerce. You will be able to build a commercial website taking into account a specific target audience.

20 55 75

Technology management
During classes of technology management students are introduced to new technologies to help companies work smarter and faster. A wide variety of software is open for study ranging from non-technical to more technical.

Data Science and machine learning
Before you can start learning how to use data science techniques and build machine learning solutions, it might be useful to start by defining what we mean by "data science."  Once that you have learned about the principles that underpin data science and you've been introduced to Azure Machine Learning, it's time to explore the ways you can prepare data for modeling. 

After cleaning your data, it can be useful to explore it visually before selecting the features that will help you create a useful model. 
Once that you understand the iterative process of exploring data and building and evaluating models, it's time to examine some specific model types.

Business Intelligence
This course includes Business Intelligence. Business Intelligence is the transfer of data into knowledge. The objective of BI is to integrate all relevant information from various operational sources and to analyse this information for decision making purposes.

50 100 150
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BUSINESS GAME - 3 ECTS

Entrepreneurship: business game
During a full week, students will play an international business game in teams. The game consists of different rounds with increasing degree of difficulty in the team decisions.

20 55 75

PROJECT CONSUMER AWARENESS – 3 ECTS
The objective of this project is to study consumer awareness in the European Union. Individually and in team, students will focus on at least one of the following themes: the importance of consumer awareness; consumer protection in Europe; consumer rights, both national and European examples and practices (for the tangible goods sector and services sector); institutions of consumer rights protection; building consumer awareness.

20 55 75

RESEARCH PROJECT & IMPLEMENTATION – 3 ECTS
The research module is aimed at preparing students to write a final thesis. The student will select a relevant research topic in the field of the social economy/social innovation/social entrepreneurship. He will get some tips and tricks on desk and field research.

20 55 75

 

ELECTIVE MODULES (9, 10, 12 or 13 ECTS FROM THE MODULES BELOW) HTC n-TC SL

EVENT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT – 4 ECTS
You learn how to organise an event in a professional way.  A project is a piece of work and not process or an operation. It has a start, an end and goals. Projects can be simple, like organising an event e.g. a business conference, but also very complex, like building a space rocket. In this module you learn the basics of managing a project.

33 67 100
CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - 6 ECTS
Nowadays, there is an increasing need and interest in Chinese culture and language. It is useful to know about the language when coming to China for travel or business. The Howest Confucius Institute offers (elementary – intermediary – advanced) Chinese language courses for students. The course also involves a small tailor-made and practical project.
60 90 150
APPLIED MATHEMATICS - 3 ECTS
During this course you will be studying applications of mathematics in an economic context. Some of the topics are: applications of graphs and equations (income determination model, supply and demand, …), the concept of a derivative and its applications in economics (marginal cost, optimizing economic functions, …) and the calculus of price and income elasticity. Determine the opportunities and the challenges for an existing company with intentions to expand internationally.
10 65 75
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH – 3 ECTS 
The research module is aimed at preparing students to write a final thesis. You will learn to select a relevant research topic in your field of study and you will get tips about writing a thesis partly on desk research, partly on field research. This modules also focuses on the proper use of the English language, speaking and writing.
6 69 75

ENGLISH FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS – 3 ECTS (evening course)
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
NOTICE! ONLY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COMING FROM A PARTNER INSTITUTION IN THE USA: INTERNSHIP

INTERNSHIP – 12 ECTS

In this spring semester Global Business Management II, international students coming from a partner institution in the USA can choose for an internship in a company with a duration of 8 weeks. Contact the international coordinator Business Management personally when submitting your application to determine the most suitable internship provider.

For the remaining 18 ECTS, you follow the modules: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS; INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SKILLS 2, ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BUSINESS GAME and PROJECT CONSUMER AWARENESS. If you already participated in GLOBAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT I then RESEARCH PROJECT & IMPLEMENTATION is an alternative for the module INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

For more info, please contact International Coordinator Business Management Lieven Theys lieven.theys@howest.be
8 292 300

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 an asterisk are taught by means of self study. The course tutor will be available at predetermined timeslots for individual feedback and questions.

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 ‘Global Business Management 1 – ETS GBM1’ for Autumn semester or ‘Global Business Management 2 – ETS GBM2’ for Spring semester.

Orientation week & buddies

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We organise a full-time orientation week before the start of the actual lessons. We warmly recommend all incoming students to attend it, since it will offer you the opportunity to:

  • get to know the other incoming students and the locals through fun team building & other activities
  • get to know Howest and the campus(es) where you will spend your semester/year
  • explore the Howest cities Bruges & Kortrijk together with our local students and dive into student life
  • discover some Belgian cultural treasures through student-friendly sightseeing trips to our most beautiful art cities like Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, …
  • get loads of practical tips from our students while getting installed in your student room

Howest does not charge a participation fee for the orientation week, but students do need to pay for their own expenses, such as a couple of train trips (with a Go Pass this comes down to max. €5,1/train journey if you’re under 26), some entrance fees (at student & group fares) and your own food & drinks. Everything in the low-cost way, and without any obligation as to participate in the paying activities.

"You'll get a Howest buddy to welcome you and show you around!"

Prerequisites

Minimum 2 successfully completed semesters in a Bachelor Business programme or an equivalent of 60 ECTS. 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 English proficiency level we expect from incoming students is the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages (CEFR), in reading, writing, speaking and understanding skills. We expect applying students to provide proof of their proficiency in English in one of the following ways (Erasmus students provide the proof of their home university international coordinator):

  • A signed confirmation letter from the sending university, stating that the applicant’s language skills reach the B2 level and thus are sufficient to attend courses, participate in different types of classroom and examination activities. (Only valid for exchange students)
  • The results of a (free) online language test which can be related to the CEFR B2 level, such as Dialang, Testpodium or the Erasmus online language test. The online test should have been taken under the supervision of the sending institution. The result sheet needs to be stamped and signed by a staff member of the sending institution. (Only valid for exchange students)
  • An official certificate or score report referring to the European Framework or from one of the recognised language tests, e.g. TOEFL: paper based 550/internet based 79/computer based 213 or IETLS: 5.5, no partial results below 5.

The following applicants are not required to document their language skills for study at Howest:

  • applicants from countries having English as their national language;
  • applicants attending a full-time degree programme at their home institution taught in English.

Howest reserves the right to contact the sending university to verify the information on language proficiency, or to contact the applicant for a telephone or Skype conversation in English.

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 English-taught semester as a Postgraduate course and need to have completed at least a full Bachelor degree programme at the time they start the English-taught semester course at Howest.

Timing and location

Both semesters take place in Bruges.

Our Autumn semester runs from September 16th 2019 until January 31st 2020

The first week is the fulltime Orientation Week. The actual lessons start on September 23th. From 28/10/2019 – 02/11/2019 there is one week of Autumn Holiday. Winter holidays are from 23/12/2019 till 04/01/2020.

The examination period starts immediately afterwards. In the last week of the semester (27/01-01/02) there are still exams, but also feedback sessions for students.

Our Spring semester runs from February 3th until July 4th 2020

Classes start on 10 February, but all newly arriving incoming students are expected on Monday February 3th, for our fulltime Orientation Week. From 06/04/2020 - 18/04/2020 there is a two-week Easter Holiday.

The examination period starts on 25 May. From June 22th till July 4th there are feedback sessions for students.

The Howest second 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, a second chance exam 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 Brugge Station - RSS5
Rijselstraat 5, 8200 Brugge (Sint-Michiels), Belgium

Opleiding / Dienst