Course offer in English

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

  • 4 full bachelor degrees
  • 1 advanced bachelor degree
  • 1 Postgraduate Certificate
  • English-taught semesters within most of our bachelor programmes, 22 in total, for incoming exchange students. Some of those semesters can be attended by non-exchange students as Postgraduate Certificate programmes.
  • 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 are primarily intended for exchange students from our partner universities, in function of the study fields mentioned in our Exchange Agreement. 

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 2021-2022

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

6 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 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 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.

Bachelor of Digital Arts and Entertainment

Howest´s award winning BA degree programme DAE is entirely taught in English to international and local students. 

Digital Arts and Entertainment has SIX MAJORS:

  1. Game Graphics Production
  2. Game Development
  3. Independent Game Production
  4. 3D Animation
  5. Visual Effects (VFX)
  6. Sound Design

In 2021, Howest was again ranked #1 Best Game Design and Development School in the world by The Rookies, after previously being #1 in 2018 and 2017. Howest DAE also holds the Grads in Games title of  #1 HE Educational Institution in 2021, and previously in 2018. DAE students have also been recognized over the years with numerous awards and accolades for student work via both The Rookies and Games in Grads. Howest DAE is ranked #21 in the 2020 Princeton (USA) Review’s Top 50 of Game Design Undergraduate programmes.  

Visit and have a look at our DAE campus The Level

Download the leaflet

Bachelor of Digital Design & Development

Digital Design & Development is a 3-year bachelor degree that is part of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Royal Conservatory. Devine is jointly offered 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.

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 major is entirely taught 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 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 And to check out our facilities, go to

Read more about the programme

Advanced bachelor of Bioinformatics

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 60 ECTS / 1 year programme is offered in English.

For more information, see our leaflet with the course programme or contact

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

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Several Dutch-taught Howest bachelor programmes teach one or two semesters in English in order to welcome students from their international partner universities for an exchange semester or year.  Some of those bachelor programmes also offer their English-taught semester(s) as Postgraduate Certificate programmes (in Dutch “Postgraduaat”), and can thus select each year a limited number of non-exchange students (not affiliated with a Howest partner school) to attend them. Under here you find the full list.

English-taught semesters also offered as  Postgraduate Certificate programmes in 2021-2022

In order to be eligible, the non-exchange students must meet the Howest English proficiency requirements and have a bachelor degree at minimum.  In most cases, the bachelor degree of the applicant must include knowledge and competences directly related to the specific study field of the English-taught semester at Howest. 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. We strive for a well-balanced composition of the English-taught semester groups in terms of participant profiles due to our hands-on approach with numerous team assignments and projects. This will be taken into account during the selections.

The tuition fee for each of the Postgraduate Certificate semester programmes is mentioned on the webpage of the programme itself.

Please note that our English-taught Semester/Postgraduate Certificate programmes are not in themselves degree programmes. Because of their nature and short duration, an admission letter for those programmes is often not sufficient for the Belgian Consular Offices to grant the applicant the necessary entrance visa to Belgium, which has far-reaching requirements. 

Non-exchange students can apply for the Postgraduate Certificate (or any other) programmes via, from where they can follow either the international or the domestic application track. Howest charges an application processing fee of 75 EUR to all students applying with an international diploma (not obtained in Belgium). The application fee is fully refundable after your final registration at Howest, but non-refundable for applicants who don’t get selected or don’t make it to Howest.

Application deadlines for the English-taught semesters as Postgraduate Certificate programmes are the same ones that apply for the incoming exchange students. You find them here

Our Exchange study at Howest page contains useful information blocks for non-exchange students too, starting from Accommodation, visa requirements, insurance, and all items below.

Howest course catalogue

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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.