Course concept

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.

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Course overview

AUTUMN AND SPRING (except for diversity and health@world) 30 ECTS
Internship and proactive nursing (autumn and spring)
In this module, we offer a placement in a hospital ward, a nursing home or in a home care organization. Each unit contains a period of minimum 4 weeks. Internship must be combined with an assignment on clinical reasoning. Through lifelong learning and reflecting you can keep the gained competencies up to date, and shape your career.
9/18/27 ECTS
Evidence based nursing 1 (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
This assignment is based on the cyclic process of evidence based nursing, which means that the starting point of research is formulating a concrete research question. The next step is searching for literature in electronic databases. Before writing a review, a methodological appraisal of all articles found must be conducted. Then a conclusion must be made carefully and implications for nursing practice must be given. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
Diversity and health@world (only spring)
Type of course: assignment
In this course, you will attend our health@world international week. Within this international project, first year nurse students of Howest (University of applied sciences) learn about the importance of social and cultural influences on nursing, health and health care and open their minds to the diversity of our (globalizing) society. The project is organized as an international week and the nurse education of Howest invites international nurse students and lecturers to participate and to work on intercultural cases in mixed teams. With an experience based approach, participants learn with and from each other. After joining the event, we expect a short reflection (maximum 2 pages) about your experiences and the gained international/intercultural competences.. This course can only be followed in Spring. Usually, the course takes place in April, but the exact timing varies every academic year.
Quality nursing (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
In this course, the aim is to solve a case critically by using the PDCA-cycle of W. E. Deming. You can choose your case based on your traineeship experiences. The starting point is that you choose a certain aspect in nursing that can be improved (quality, safety, ethical aspects,…). The output will be a plan of action to improve the nursing management, based on a given template. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
Care ethics, visions and organization (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
The aim of this course is to compare the health care system and the Nursing education in Belgium and your home country. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
Interdisciplinary nursing (autumn and spring)
Type of course: assignment
The aim of this assignment is to find out how patient care is organized in an interdisciplinary way. This assignment is based on your traineeship experiences. Aim is to make an inventory of all disciplines and their contribution in achieving the best outcomes for the patient population. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.
English for exchange students - evening course (autumn and spring)
This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.
Cultural and socio-economic introduction to Belgium (autumn and spring)
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 a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.

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 ‘International Nursing Programme – ETS VPL’


Minimum 4 successfully completed semesters (120 ECTS) in a Bachelor programme of Nursing or related. 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.

 Incoming applications for traineeships in Nursing will be processed on the condition that Howest can arrange/find a traineeship where the student can be hosted and guided in a safe environment and possible admissions will be subject to Covid 19 measures possibly taken by the Belgian authorities or by Howest concerning the possibility of travel, the opening of borders and the organisation of higher education in Flanders.

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All Howest and exchange students should bring their own laptop, with all necessary and officially licensed basic software (Word). 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

Both semesters take place in Bruges.

Address of the campus:

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

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