Course offer in English

Howest UAS has a varied offer of English-taught programmes:

  • 6 bachelor degrees
  • 4 postgraduate certificate programmes
  • English-taught semesters within most of our bachelor programmes, 23 in total, for incoming exchange students. Two of these semester options are offered as postgraduate certificate programmes to non-exchange students.
  • The European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management. 

You find all those programmes below. We warmly welcome international students for degree study, and students from our partner universities for a semester/year of exchange study.   

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English-taught semesters (exchange students)

Our English-taught semesters (ETS) are primarily intended for exchange students from our partner universities, in accordance with the study fields mentioned in our exchange agreement. Below the list of ETS programmes you can find more info on the concept of an ‘English-taught semester’.

Each year, a limited number of non-exchange students (not affiliated with a Howest partner school) can also get selected to attend those Howest English-taught semesters that are also offered as Postgraduate Certificate programmesClick here for full list of those, and for info on the selection and application conditions for non-exchange students.

Programmes 2022-2023

Autumn Semester
15 English-taught semester programmes (from September to January)

Spring Semester
8 English-taught semester programmes (from February to June)

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 the name of your programme.

English-taught semesters, what are they?

An English-taught semester is a coherent package of course units which a Howest bachelor's programme offers in English to incoming students from its partner universities abroad and as a study abroad option to other international students. Many of these English-taught courses are attended by local Howest students as well, whereas all the other courses of their Ba programme are given in Dutch. Dutch is the official language in Flanders and the primary teaching language at Howest.  We often refer to our English-taught semesters as ‘international semesters’, given their global focus and international public combined with the English-medium teaching.

Some of our English-taught semester programmes consist of course units that together amount to 30 ECTS credits, the full standard semester load in European higher education. The English-taught semesters with 30 ECTS do not contain any elective options for students who need the full 30 ECTS semester load. Others, though, count for more than 30 ECTS credits and therefore provide elective options.

Selecting courses from different English-taught semesters is only possible if both programmes are organised on the same campus, and if the schedules are compatible. Schedules are only made available shortly before the start of the semester.  So the safest option, especially for students who need to be sure of their study programme at Howest in advance, is to stick to one English-taught semester programme. 

Bachelor of Digital Arts and Entertainment

Digital Arts and Entertainment (DAE) is an award winning, internationally focused, English-taught bachelor’s degree.

DAE has been crowned best game design and development school in the world three times in the last five years (2021-2018-2017) by The Rookies World School Rankings®, making DAE a top international player in game design and art education.  Howest DAE is ranked #25 in the 2022 Princeton (USA) Review’s Top 50 of Game Design Undergraduate programmes.  

Our curriculum consists of 180 ECTS credits in a 3-year structure and offers six majors to choose from:

  1. Game Graphics Production (GGP)
  2. Game Development (GD)
  3. Independent Game Production (IGP)
  4. Interactive Sound Production (ISP)
  5. Visual Effects (VFX)
  6. 3D Animation 

The industry is built on passion, commitment, and hard work. You will need these 3 qualities if you want to succeed at DAE.

On top of that, as an exchange student, there are a few things you should consider when composing your Learning Agreement and choosing your course units:

  1. Choose course units from maximum 2 different majors. You can find detailed information of all DAE courses and majors on the DAE website.
  2. Make sure you have the necessary knowledge to follow a course. When choosing a second-year course, make sure you master the right prerequisites. You can check the prerequisites. (e.g. When choosing 3D3 in the VFX major, you need to have the skills of 3D 1 AND 3D 2 AND 3D Pipeline.)
  3. When joining DAE during the Spring semester, you can only choose courses from semesters 2 and 4.
  4. When joining DAE during the Autumn semester, you can only choose courses from semesters 1, 3 and 5.

Lastly, the moment you become part of DAE you become a member of its community – a vibrant, international community where you are free to attend a wide range of activities, study nights, student-led workouts, workshops…

With the support of a community team, we pledge to our students our commitment to upholding a campus culture of open-mindedness, inclusivity, acceptance, and connection. 
Each of us brings a different story to DAE – we look forward to hearing yours!

Visit www.digitalartsandentertainment.com and have a look at our DAE campus The Level.

Download the leaflet

Bachelor of Digital Design & Development

Digital Design & Development (DEVINE) is a 3-year degree programme (180 ECTS) in association with The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Royal Conservatory. Devine is offered jointly by Howest UAS and KASK at the Howest Kortrijk campus.

Devine is renowned for its talented students with desirable and highly employable skillset. Once you've graduated, you immediately start as Experience Designer, Front-end Developer, Interaction Designer, Motion Designer, Full Stack Developer, Mobile Developer or simply Deviner.

The Devine programme is entirely taught in English.

Are you an Exchange Student interested in a Devine Exchange Semester?

Bachelor of Applied Computer Science - major Cyber Security Professional

The bachelor of Applied Computer Science offers the ideal education to kickstart your career in Cyber Security. You study the specific problems in the field of security and learn how to arm yourself against them.

As a Cyber Security specialist you will be trained in the very latest technologies and techniques in the field of cyber security, cyber crime and cyber warfare. The Cyber Security Specialist provides more security and privacy in the digital world.

Our programme is listed in the Cybersecurity Higher Education database powered by ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity.

This 3-year bachelor's programme (180 ECTS) is taught entirely in English.

Read more about the programme

Bachelor of Industrial Product Design

The bachelor’s programme in Industrial Product Design (IPD) at Howest offers hands-on training to students with a passion for sustainable product design. This three-year, full-time programme (180 ECTS) is taught entirely in English and is offered at our Kortrijk campus to both local and international students.

In our fully equipped workshops, students are immersed in a world of advanced prototyping, creativity and innovative problem solving, human-centered design techniques, materials and technology. They are encouraged to sketch, develop, build and test their ideas freely with the support of an experienced team of instructors and in close collaboration with the industry.

Thanks to its long tradition of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, its many design brands and manufacturing companies, the Kortrijk region has belonged to the Unesco Creative Cities Network since 2017.

For a taste of our students’ award-winning work visit www.industrieelontwerpers.be. And to check out our facilities, go to www.industrialdesigncenter.be.

Read more about the programme

Bachelor of Creative Technologies and Artificial Intelligence

The English-taught Bachelor in Creative Technologies & AI is a short-track programme of 1 year (60 ECTS) for students who already hold (at least) a bachelor’s degree in IT.

This fast track excels because of its hands-on “learn from the professionals” approach, allowing you turn your ideas into fully functional, professionally deployed AI products.

You will learn how to: 

  1. choose the right AI-technology based upon actual cases in healthcare, robotics and more
  2. fully optimize your AI models  
  3. build a robust back-end for your AI solutions
  4. deploy your AI software using MLops

Admission requirements:

The fast-track programme is primarily aimed at graduates with professional and academic bachelor’s degrees. You must have a solid understanding of how to code and understand the fundamentals of statistics.

Read more about the programme

Advanced bachelor of Bioinformatics

This advanced bachelor is a one-year programme (60 ECTS) for students who already hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

You learn to store, process and analyze molecular biological data and in a next step to automatize this with data storage and processing by means of programming and scripting. Moreover, you learn to develop web applications for molecular data analysis.

Because our students get a profound basis of programming skills during the educational program, they are the (missing) link between ICT experts and molecular biologists.

Read more about the programme

European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management

The European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management (SESyM) is an initiative of EUREC (Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres) in collaboration with a consortium of higher education institutions, notably the Hanzehogeschool Groningen (NL), the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen HOWEST (BE), the University of Zaragoza (SP), Limerick Institute of Technology (IE) and the University of Pisa (IT).

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Postgraduate Certificate in Cyber Security

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Kickstart your career in Cyber Security. Do you already have an IT degree or are active in the IT world and you want to develop further in that field?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cyber Security at Howest University of Applied Sciences in Bruges, Belgium, offers you the ideal education. This 1 year programme is offered in English.

More information

Our Bachelor major of Cyber Security (3 years – 180 ECTS), which is also entirely taught in English, might be the right alternative if this Postgraduate Certificate programme is not what you were looking for.

English-taught semesters as Postgraduate Certificate programmes

Several Dutch-taught bachelor's programmes at Howest offer English-taught semesters in order to welcome students from international partner universities for an exchange semester (30 ects) or year (60 ects). Three of those bachelor's programmes also offer their English-taught semester(s) as postgraduate certificate programmes. Each year they select a limited number of students not affiliated with a Howest partner school to attend them. You can find the list below.

English-taught semesters offered as postgraduate certificate programmes in 2022-2023

* Students who do not need a visa to study in Belgium (from EEA countries) can choose between the semester or year programme.  Students from outside the EEA, who thus need a visa to study in Belgium, must take up the full year programme in order to be eligible for the Belgian study visa. Please note that, given the nature of these programmes (non-degree & short track), it can happen that a Belgian consular office does not grant a visa for them.

In order to be eligible, students must meet the Howest English proficiency requirements and have at least a bachelor's degree.  You will find more information about specific requirements on the webpage of the postgraduate certificate programme itself (see programme list above).

All applications for English-taught semesters as postgraduate certificate programmes are subject to approval by the Howest admissions team. Due to our hands-on approach with numerous team assignments and projects, we strive for a well-balanced mix within the English-taught semester groups in terms of participant profiles. This will be taken into account during the selections.

The tuition fee for each of the postgraduate certificate semesters is mentioned on the programme's webpage.

Please note that our English-taught semester/postgraduate certificate programmes are not degree programmes.

Non-exchange students can apply for the postgraduate certificate and other programmes via howest.be/apply-now. From there you can follow either the international or the domestic application track.

Howest charges an application processing fee of 50 EUR which is non-refundable. 

Application deadlines for the English-taught semesters as postgraduate certificate programmes are the same as those that apply for the incoming exchange students. You can find them here.

Our Exchange Study at Howest page contains useful information for non-exchange students too, such as accommodation, visa requirements, insurance, and more.

Howest course catalogue

You can find the course catalogue here.

  • Next to ‘Taal’ select ‘English’
  • Next to ‘Opleiding’ select the name of your programme.
  • On each specific programme page, there is detailed explanation on how to navigate through the catalogue.