Course offer in English

English-taught semesters

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Howest warmly welcomes exchange students from its partner universities for a semester or a full year of study.

Also other students can matriculate for our English-taught courses, which are organised in the framework of several of our Bachelor degree programmes, provided that they already have (at least) a Bachelor degree by the start of the study period at Howest.

Programmes 2018-2019

12 English-taught semester programmes in Autumn: from September to the end of January

8 English-taught semester programmes in Spring: from February to the end of 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 select the name of your programme.
For the Digital Creative Project semesters at Howest Kortrijk, click ‘digital creative projects’ and then choose the right track under ‘traject’. For ‘Realisation in Product Design’ click ‘Bachelor in het industrieel productontwerpen’ & as ‘traject’ choose ‘3 IPO’.

English-taught semesters, what are they?

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. Many of those English-taught course units are also attended by local Howest students, whereas all the other course units of their BA programme are offered in Dutch. Dutch is the official language in Flanders and the main teaching language at Howest.  We often refer to our English-taught semesters as ‘international semesters’, given their global focus and/or international public combined with the English-medium teaching.

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

Selecting courses from different English-taught semesters is only possible if both programmes are organised on the same campus ánd if their schedules allow it. Schedules are only available shortly before the start of the semester.

Digital Arts and Entertainment

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Howest´s first full BA degree programme entirely taught in English to international and local students.

Advanced bachelor of Bioinformatics

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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.


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An international, interactive health week, meeting people with common interests!

From 1st April till 5th April 2019 (Bruges, Belgium)

Within the international project health@world, first year Nursing 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 Nursing Department of Howest invites international nursing students and lecturers to participate. With an evidence- and experience-based approach, participants learn with and from each other about cultural sensitive care and intercultural communication and international perspectives on Nursing.

The health@world project includes intense group and case work in international mixed teams, using innovating teaching methods such as blended learning and low-tech/high-fidelity simulation.

Health (care) worldwide

Many combined factors affect the health of individuals. Health is determined by their circumstances (health behavior, genetics,…) and environment. To a large extent, factors on international (economic inequality north-south, financial crisis,…), national (debts, economic measures,…), community (environment, employment,…) and family (income, housing,…) level all have considerable impacts on health. All determinants mentioned above are presented to the first year students as a framework to be able to understand differences in health, health care and health behavior of different nationalities and cultures.

Nursing worldwide

Evidence based nursing is becoming common practice in health care settings. Still there are a lot of differences between the nursing practice in different countries worldwide and even in Europe. Is nursing practice also culturally determined? Both students and lecturers who’re participating in international exchange are reporting a lot of differences in nursing procedures, materials and practice between countries. Even within a country, nursing practice can already differ between health care settings (e.g. inpatient versus outpatient care). An important cause of these differences is definitely the environmental reality in which nursing is practiced, but maybe also different evidence and therefore different nursing education. Perhaps we can even speak about a different ‘nursing culture’.

Cultural sensitive care

In a relatively short time, Belgium has become a multicultural and multireligious society. On the one hand that’s positive. A multicolored society has many advantages and can be very enriching. We are invited to deal with the richness of difference and meet the other. On the other hand this colorful life doesn’t come without a struggle. Regularly there’re frictions, conflicts and disagreements related to the ethno-cultural diversity. This social trend is also reflected within the healthcare services. Also healthcare facilities are challenged to intercultural work. And also here this happens somewhere on the continuum between “very inspiring” and “especially difficult”. The challenges in this field are wide and complex. More than ever there is a need for intercultural dialogue, to grasp and understand the actual intercultural processes and to find an appropriate attitude to deal with that.

Purpose of the international week

For students

As a future nurse it’s important to look at your own place within a more global and evolving context both national and international. Through this international week, students learn to know the importance of social and cultural influences on health and health care and open their minds to the diversity of our society.

During this international week students will learn about the differences in healthcare in the world and the influence of Europe and the world on healthcare in their home country, mainly in the area of cultural sensitive care and intercultural communication and international perspectives in Nursing..

Students will also learn to be sensitive for other cultures they meet in health care settings and learn how it influences the daily practice as a nurse. Mixed teams will be assembled, in order to work on intercultural cases.

For lecturers

For lecturers (and other invited guests) who will attend the health@world week, it will be an opportunity to share some ideas and to have discussions about further cooperation (see below, practical information).

During the health@world week, students will work on intercultural cases in mixed teams. The teams will be guided by the invited lecturers. It will be an added value to share your opinions and evidence-based (and/or experience based) approach on how to solve the intercultural case.

In the video below, lecturers who attended the previos edition (2017) testify about the possible capital gains of attending the health@world week.

Practical information

All activities – except fort he guided walk in Bruges and the dinner (Halve Maan brewery) will take place at the campus, near the station.

Address: Rijselstraat 5, Bruges.

No attendance fee

There is no attendance fee for the health@world event. However, you have to pay for your own travel and accommodation costs.


Apply online voor Health@world: International week in nursing.

Application deadline: 11th February 2019


There are several accommodation facilities in the area of the campus. We propose the IBIS budget hotel, a new and cheap hotel situated next to the main entrance of the railway station of Bruges. Then you’re near to our campus and also near to the city center. Following this link you can find some information.

Guest lecturers

Guest lecturers are warmly welcome to teach in the international week. The visit can be organized as an Erasmus teacher exchange.

We invite lecturers from international partner institutions for lectures, workshops, testimonies,… about topics in the area of cultural sensitive care (good practices), intercultural communication and  international perspectives on Nursing,…

We also ask the invited lecturer to introduce the presentation with a brief summary of the health care system and the nursing education in the own country.

You can also choose to to give a practical workshop on basic nursing skills such a hand hygiene, taking blood samples, IM injections,…

We are open to any suggestions!

The overall aim is to compare evidence, practice and education resulting in an article or shared course material that can be used by the participating lecturers for publication.

Preliminary program (subject to change)

  Students Lecturers
Monday 1st April Morning Arrival and welcome
Afternoon Introduction
Tuesday 2nd April Morning Meet & Greet / visit Howest Hospital
Afternoon  Solving intercultural cases in mixed teams
Wednesday 3rd April Morning Plenary/parellel sessions
Afternoon Guided walk: Bruges from the medical perspective
Thursday 4th April Morning Poster presentations
Afternoon Debate
Friday 5th April Morning Farewell breakfast at the campus / final and reflections
Afternoon Departure

Contact us

Wouter Decock
Howest University of applied siences
Rijselstraat 5 - B-8200 Bruges 
Tel. 0032 50 38 12 77

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