Study at Howest
"Howest is a university where learning is both effective and enjoyable."
Howest is an entrepreneurial University of Applied Sciences known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education and research, and its close collaboration with industry, business and the social profit sector.
We offer 24 Bachelors, 10 Associate Degrees and many Postgraduate Certificate programmes, all with a strong practical focus, in the areas of Business & Management, Industrial Sciences & Technology, Digital Design, Architecture, Healthcare, Education and Social Sciences. Howest is a member of Ghent University Association, which provides high-quality higher education to about 1/3 of Flanders’ student population. All programmes are fully accredited by NVAO, the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation.
We constantly develop our course offer in English in order to position Howest as an attractive academic choice for students from abroad. At present, we have 28 programmes for English-speaking students available, ranging from full bachelor degrees to English-taught semesters to postgraduate certificates. We warmly welcome degree-seeking students as well as semester-exchange students from our Erasmus and overseas partner universities.
Our four campuses are located in the historical cities of Bruges and Kortrijk, in the province of West Flanders, Belgium. Studying in Bruges or Kortrijk includes having a series of very attractive locations nearby: the Belgian coast as well as our Flemish art cities like Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent... You can also reach famous European places like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Cologne in a one or two hours train journey.
Howest is ranked #21 in the 2020 Princeton Review’s Top 50 of Game Design Undergraduate programmes. In 2021, Howest was ranked as best school in the world to learn game art and development by The Rookies and Grads in Games, after previously being #1 in 2018 and 2017. Several of our students from various programmes received awards over the past few years.
Howest continuously adapts its curricula to include new areas of knowledge and to put the latest research into practice. Creativity and entrepreneurship are part of the Howest DNA. Field-driven assignments and on-the-job training are key components of each programme. That is how we meet the changing needs of today’s society and arm our students with future-proof skills.
Committed and supportive lecturers embody Howest’s core values “serve - empower - care” which stimulate an open, pluralistic and international outlook on education, research and service to society.
Over the years, Howest has built a solid reputation in application-oriented scientific research, services and education, partnering with universities and work-field organisations in Belgium, Europe, and all over the world. Our students and staff are given plenty of opportunities to go global and gain international experience, thanks to international networks, scholarships and exchange programmes. Howest has led or actively participated in many highly successful international projects.
In short, Howest is a university where learning is both effective and enjoyable.
"An Erasmus+ experience is certainly a journey that you will tell your grandchildren about!"
Amer al Qadah (Turkey/Palestine)
Going to Erasmus was one of my university goals. Getting to do that in Belgium, at one of its most innovative universities (Howest), was something to be grateful for. It was an experience of a lifetime! Especially during our study time, with all the extraordinary (corona) circumstances - and with all of the stories with people that were like family!
If there were one piece of advice that I could give to students, it would be to go on more journeys that make you find yourself. An Erasmus+ experience is certainly a journey that you will tell your grandchildren about!
"If it was forever it wouldn't have been so special"
Marconi Melissa (Italy)
Everybody that had been on Erasmus told me "You will find a new family there," but I was like "No way it's going to happen, I already have my safe place at home."
It didn't take long to change my mind completely. These people...I can't really explain. It's like we were meant to meet. They have been part of my life for 5 months and I can't believe it's over. I found caring, kind and special friends. Each of them will have a place in my heart. It's true and sad that Erasmus has an ending point, but as a wise girl told me on our last night together: "If it was forever it wouldn't have been so special."
"I made friendships along the way that'll hopefully last a lifetime"
Doğan Mert Güven (Turkey)
I always wanted to see more, hear more and experience more of Europe. Erasmus allowed me to do just that. I made friendships along the way that'll hopefully last a lifetime. I encourage everyone to get out of their comfort-zones and travel all over the world!
Laura Rabasco Hernández (Spain)
I feel very fortunate to say that I have been one of the first international students to have the opportunity to study the Design and Development English Bachelor Howest program. And you may never guess, but this picture was actually taken inside Campus Buda located in Kortrijk! (Yes, they have a seesaw next to the main classrooms)!
Howest is all about getting the best out of each student, pushing them out of the box and helping them excel in fields they would never expect to. The creative environment, the friendly touch of the teachers and the interesting projects makes the Devine English degree a really wonderful experience. Besides that, there is a wonderful team of professionals working at STUVO, willing to help the students with any issue or complication we might be facing.
I must say that it is not an easy degree: you need to invest time and give the best that you can offer every day, but all of it will be rewarded. This is just the first year and I'm amazed at how much I have learnt and improved, I promise it is worth the effort.
My classmates have been a blessing during this course, we give each other feedback and share our tricks in order to be helpful and grow up as a team. I can't say much about the social life at the campus due to the Corona situation we all have been living in, but I can't wait to see what the following years are going to be like!
"Everything changes, your environment, the language, your daily life, but most importantly, you!"
Aleksandra Antonova Nikolova (Spain)
I never doubted when ex- Erasmus students told me how life changing it is to go studying abroad, but I didn't realize how true that is until I experienced a whole year as an exchange student in Kortrijk. Everything changes, your environment, the language, your daily life, but most importantly, you! In my case, I got to know my pitfalls and biggest insecurities, so I tried to improve everything I could from my personality, I expanded my horizons to the limit and always went out of my comfort zone. I met the most amazing people, the ones I call nowadays best friends and family, we had connection even before meeting in person, by chatting online! We pushed each other to travel, develop, organize and create new experiences together. Of course there were challenges to face, especially the coronavirus crisis this year! That is why with my mates, we tried to keep always the positive aspects: how much knowledge we gained from HOWEST and therefore we developed a much more interesting CV, for our professional future. At the end, I can proudly say that this year was the happiest of my life and I can't wait to put to practice everything learned and to talk about Kortrijk and HOWEST to everyone!
"During your time in Howest, Kortrijk, you will get to experience everything the city has to offer from alluring architecture and design to unique student nightlife. "
Nicolae Patras (Republic of Moldova)
As a master student in Sustainable Energy System Management, I have had the opportunity to choose the specialisation semester between Spain (University of Zaragoza) - Sustainable Energy Management, The Netherlands (Hanze UAS) - Sustainable Innovation Management, and Belgium (Howest UAS) - Sustainable Energy and ICT.
I chose Howest for my specialisation due to the Energy ICT courses such as Big Data & Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Blockchain & Security. By following these courses, among other things, I broadened my knowledge and understanding of current trends occurring in the Energy ICT sector. Likewise, students following these courses have all been introduced and encouraged to learn and use Python programming language for Data Analysis. To sum up, this specialisation was the best possible choice and I would definitely recommend to other students to follow it.
Moreover, the specialisation should not be considered as main driver for choosing Howest for your study semester. Student life is about so much more than just preparing you for lifetime of achievement. During your time in Howest, Kortrijk, you will get to experience everything the city has to offer from alluring architecture and design to unique student nightlife.
"I enjoyed the Howest experience so much that I decided to do my internship at Howest after the programme."
Nirmal Madhu (India)
The sustainable energy and ICT study programme at Howest indeed gave me a good combination of academic knowledge and practical tools that I needed in the current energy transition scenario. This programme provided the best pathway because of the modules taught and the projects/assignments involved with the programme.
I really appreciate the cooperative, constructive and challenging atmosphere at Howest.
"This opportunity not only gave me friends for life, but also the opportunity to discover who I really am. "
Karla Peralta (Mexico)
This has been one of the best experiences of my life even in these difficult times and Howest was a pillar of support that knew how to adapt and still found time to make my exchange a great adventure.
I’m very thankful for choosing Belgium as my exchange (and much more for having studied in Bruges as it is a fairytale city) due to the ease of getting to know every corner of the country by train and bike. I highly recommend anyone to come to live this unique life experience.
"My year in Bruges was by far the best experience of my life!"
Karen Goadec (France)
At the beginning, I was afraid go abroad for my first time living alone. But it turns out to be the best decision I ever made. I not only had the opportunity to meet new people with different cultures and habits and get important knowledge and values but also to discover myself.
I was able to visit different cities at very low prices, to taste new products (local beer and food), and to enjoy myself with all of my friends.
As I stayed the whole year, I had the chance to meet a lot of exchange students through both of the semesters. Some of them became my best friends and we already decided when and where we are going to meet and the others are also really good friends, as we shared amazing experiences that had created unbroken binds between us all. I hope we will get a chance to see each other again, and we’ll keep talking in the weekly basis via social media.
So, if you want to study abroad but have insecurities, fear not and just go for it! This is going to be the most unique and wonderful experience of your student life and will help you become who you truly are.
"I will forever remember my time at Howest"
Azucena Jagersbacher (Mexico)
The Creative Communication Project semester I studied at their Kortrijk campus was simply wonderful. I truly enjoyed my courses, learned a lot, and had plenty of opportunities to put theory and skills into practice.
I also met a beautiful bunch of new people, many of whom I became really close friends with. From being nervous with me for biking in a city for the first time to movie and board game nights and cooking experiments to discovering what Belgium has to offer, I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with them. I am sure our friendship will endure.
Confucius once wrote: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” If you decide to come to Howest, I must urge you to follow his advice. If you do, it’s a guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"I have found a lot of friends and mentors to whom I am very grateful."
Temirlan Karazhakov (Kazakhstan)
One of my priorities at the moment is to gain international experience that will allow me to invest in my professional skills, which will help me become a qualified specialist. Network infrastructure is currently a rapidly growing field of application that is useful in almost all areas. Getting an education in one of the innovative universities that offers close cooperation with the fields of industry, business and social profit is also an excellent opportunity to gain practical skills and experience. Also, the presence of various accreditations and memberships makes my choice one hundred percent. I am sure that this program will help me fully realize myself in my future field.
In addition, it was a great chance to learn about the culture of Belgium and the diversity of different cultures United by one program. Belgium interested me with its bilingual atmosphere and architecture of buildings that have been preserved for many years in Kortrijk.
And to be honest, I have found a lot of friends and mentors to whom I am very grateful.
"I will definitely always remember this experience!"
Eduardo González Mora (Mexico)
Maybe it was not the semester that we expected but I'm sure we all learned to enjoy the little things and live in the present.
During this bizarre experience, I learned to value my health, my friends, to get out of my comfort zone, to grow as a person and above all to be resilient.
I had the opportunity to meet people from other countries that are now part of my family. I am sure we will see each other again; a friend from an international program will be a friend for life.
Many thanks to all Howest staff members, especially the teachers who played an important role in rethinking how we could continue to learn despite the limitations. Also to my buddies, who made my stay more pleasant and enjoyable.
Today I dare say that I am more prepared, not only to go out into the world but also to face the challenges that stand in the way.