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The international semester in the teacher training department is meant for students in education departments, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. In Howest we train teachers to teach in nursery, primary and the lower years of secondary schools (age from 2,5 years till 16 years old). This semester will surely add value to your degree and your career opportunities as you will improve your team working, communication skills and teaching methodology.

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

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 a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.
20 55 75
Teacher Lab: Didactic workshops pre-primary and primary education OR secondary education (based on your specific study field) - 6 ECTS
In this module you develop yourself further as a student teacher, you learn how to organize your classroom and how to put class activities in practice, using the newest didactic methods and integrating ICT to prepare you for teaching in the 21st century
24 51 75
Traineeships in schools - 3 ECTS
This module is aimed at teaching in practice. As an international student, you assist and help the Howest teacher trainees in their traineeship in nursery, primary or secondary education. You assist the trainees in giving student guidance and help pupils with learning disorders. As part of this course, it is also possible to help the student organise activities and school trips.
0 150 150
Skills Lab - 3 ECTS
In Skills Lab you take part in a week full of outdoor learning activities for teacher trainers, called ‘Inleefweek’. This includes visits to museums, exhibitions, a nature park and a closing event with an overnight stay in Ostend (the cost for the visits and the stay is 50 euros).
12 63 75
Trends and entrepreneurship - 3 ECTS
This course aims to improve your ability to generate new ideas. You will learn a range of techniques which simulate 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 field of education and translate them into specific and executable ideas in perspective to their future job as a teacher. The students have to design infographics and a mood board which will be presented to a jury.
12 63 75
Integration in the different fields: education - 6 ECTS
Introduction of the history and demography of migration in the world and Europe. Overview of integration projects in Flanders as case study. Field visits in multiple domains (housing, employment, culture, sport, youth, education…) The result of the module will be comparative learning by analysis of the situation of their own and compare this with the Flemish situation and other European countries.
41 109 150
English for exchange students - evening course - 3 ECTS
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. 
20 55 75
English language teaching - 3 ECTS
In this course, we offer a course in English language teaching with a focus on the newest teaching methods and didactics.
25 50 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

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 ‘Teacher Training: We teach the world – ETS TT’

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.


Minimum 2 successfully completed semesters or an equivalent of 60 ECTS in a Bachelor programme. 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.

Click here for Howest language expectations.

All Howest and exchange students should bring their own laptop, with all necessary and officially licensed software. The course overview above mentions the specific software (if any) 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 14th 2020 until January 29th 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 Brugge Centrum
Sint-Jorisstraat 71, 8000 Brugge, Belgium


Opleiding / Dienst