Course concept

What makes this semester unique?

  • the combination of multidisciplinary courses with specific tourism courses
  • the focus on digital skills 
  • the focus on creative, innovative content creation for tourism goals
  • the international dimension in several course units
  • the challenging integrated project in which you will be coached to assume the role of a tourism manager in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team
  • the collaboration between Belgian and international students from Europe and beyond
  • the exclusive use of English as the working language and the possibility of acquiring extra language skills: introduction to Chinese and/or Dutch

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

Current issues in tourism
You will dig into hot topics and trends in the field of tourism, connected to destinations, accommodation, transport and more, from the point of view of a tourism professional and an end user. You will develop your own insights into the sector via critical analysis of texts and heated class discussions.
Visitor attractions
Creating new visitor attractions or setting up a visitor center, a museum or a theme park are ambitious projects that require good project management skills and insight into the needs of today’s tourists. We’ll take you on a ride of the project management cycle, by highlighting each step through real (international) cases. You’ll come to understand what makes such large-scale projects succeed and you’ll get closer to being a tourism professional able to work on such projects yourself.
Surviving as a tourism professional today includes following distribution trends. This course gives you basic insights into e-commerce. You’ll learn why it is important and what the most interesting options for different players in the tourism field are. We’ll also teach you how to set up a basic webshop for a tourism enterprise, how to approach social media and how to interpret web-analytics. Through case studies, expert guest speakers and class discussions, you’ll develop a clear understanding of E-commerce’s essential role in the tourism field. You will also learn the basics of Google Advertising & Google Analytics.
Meeting Flanders today
This course will deepen your knowledge and show the most interesting side of the Flanders region (and Belgium in general). Along with international tourism students, we’ll dive into several “typical” Flemish/Belgian themes, such as design, comics, European institutions, cycling and, of course, chocolate and beer. We’ll explore cutting-edge museums and the European parliament, visit various Belgian cities, get guided by experts and reflect on the culture here through discussions, presentations and tourism and journalism related assignments. Please note that this course will cost you between 130 and 150 euro for travel and tours only. All excursions are required.
Integrated project (ITP) (required)
In a multidisciplinary and international team, you tackle a real-life project for a stakeholder within the broad field of tourism. Applying creativity techniques as well as your newly acquired digital skills, you will deliver a qualitative, innovative and deadline-driven result that satisfies both the customer and the end-user of your product. You will learn to handle cultural differences, communication challenges, group dynamics, feedback and selfreflection, all which go hand-in-hand with project management.


Project management for creatives (recommended)
Project management for creatives is focused on methodologies and tooling to efficiently manage your projects, with maximum collaboration within project teams and seamless integration between project data, documentation and look & feel. Students will use Microsoft products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, …), as standard tooling to realise basic data management and low-entry workflows. Students practice management skills by making mindmaps, project plans and budgets. 
Event management (recommended) 
Event management is about how to organize a spot-on event; how to choose the venue, how to create the right mood and how to engage the visitors and keep them hooked on the experience through personalized communications.
Digital project communication: video (recommended)
You learn the technical skills of visual storytelling and photography (with a DSLR camera). You also learn how to use basic features of professional video editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018). Ultimately, you can communicate about video production with camera people and video editors.
Digital project communication: images (recommended) 
You gain the technical skills to search, select and edit images. You will master the basic features of professional editing software (Adobe Creative Cloud Suite – Photoshop) and have a good understanding of when & how to opt for alternatives (Canva, wordswag,…). After this 101 on visual design, you’ll be able to adhere to design principles and industry standards when creating assets for your project and to deliver assets ready for online usage (social media,, …) and additional print work (poster, sticker, …). 


English for exchange students - evening course (optional)
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.
Chinese 1 (optional and depends on number of enrollments)
Students learn beginner reading and listening skills in Chinese and prepare for level 1 of the official Chinese test HSK. Students learn the Chinese sound and tone system. At this level, they do not read or write Chinese ideogrammes yet. The objective is to read in transcription (“pinyin”). Students will learn vocabulary related to the following topics: greetings, family, dates and time, hobbies and visiting friends. Grammatical topics will focus on word order, questions, grammatical particles, measurements, numbers and modal verbs
Basic Dutch for exchange students (optional)  
Through short, lively lesson units, you will learn basic Dutch grammar along with typical expressions and introductory vocabulary to help you during your stay in Kortrijk and Flanders. This language course is complementary to the Meeting Flanders Today lessons and gives additional insights into Flemish and Belgian society and culture.

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: Project management & Storytelling,Tourism /Journalism - ETS DCP
  • Next to ‘Traject’ select Tourism and for the elective courses, select Optional Modules

Orientation week & buddies


We organise a fulltime 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 any participation fee for the orientation week, but students do need to pay for their own expenses, such as a couple of train trips, some entrance fees and your own food & drinks. Prices are kept as low as possible and as close to 100 euro total as possible.

The estimated price for the orientation week in 2020-21 (for under 26y) is about €53 for the train tickets and €47 for the excursions, to be paid in cash at the start of the orientation week.

Dates of the Orientation Week:

  • Autumn Semester: 14 – 18 September 2020
  • Spring Semester: 1- 5 February 2021

You'll also have a Howest buddy or two to welcome you and show you around! For more information about buddies, click here.


Students who wish to enroll, should have completed minimum 2 semesters (an equivalent of 60 ECTS) in a Bachelor programme in Tourism or Recreation Management. Students in Communication or Business Management with an interest in Tourism and Recreation Management can also apply. 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.

All students should bring their own laptop. To be sufficient the laptop should have a minimum i5 intel processor and minimum 6Gb RAM. Howest is focused on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Explicit respect for intellectual property is the logical consequence. Howest wants every student to work with legal software.

For the required software Howest has an agreement for all its students with Academic Software. You will benefit from the Howest discount on the licence fee. During the first classes an English version of MS Office (required MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook) and an English version of Adobe CC14 will be installed on your laptop. There is no need to install the software beforehand.

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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 Kortrijk.

Our Autumn semester runs from 14 September 2020 to 29 January 2021

The first week is the fulltime Orientation Week. The actual lessons start on 21 September. From 02/11/2020 to 06/11/2020 there is one week of Autumn Holiday. Winter holidays are from 21/12/2020 to 01/01/2021.
The examination period starts immediately afterwards. In the last week of the semester (25/01/21-29/01/21), 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, Campus Kortrijk Weide - The Penta 
Sint-Martens-Latemlaan 1B - 8500 Kortrijk