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.
"I saw this experience as a real opportunity to improve my level of Dutch and also to learn how to live alone in an environment I don't know."
Hélène Bellatrèche (Wallonia)
Hello ! My name is Hélène and I come from Wallonia. My Erasmus in Kortrijk was really important to me! I saw this experience as a real opportunity to improve my level of Dutch and also to learn how to live alone in an environment I don't know.
At the beginning, I was a little bit afraid: afraid of not understanding, not being able to express myself, not being able to manage on my own. But once I got there, this fear left and made way for a desire to discover and learn.
As soon as you arrive, the whole Howest team welcomes you and puts you at ease. They give you lots of advice, introduce you to the Howest community and are always there for you if you need them.
I did my Erasmus in my own country and despite this; I could discover my country in a different way. I liked being part of Flanders and developing my level in Dutch.
Howest is very connected and I could discover modern infrastructure and new teaching methods. Moreover, the subjects learned are very focused on the chosen option. The teachers are always willing to listen to you and are always there if you have any questions.
At Howest, I could make friends who helped me adapt and who were there for me. I thank them with all my heart.
This year has been a bit complicated with the corona crisis but even during this difficult time, Howest was there to encourage and support us.
I would recommend to all students who want to discover new things and get a change of atmosphere, in their own country or abroad, to take part in an Erasmus programme!
Thank you for everything!
"I really enjoyed my studies at Howest"
Diãna Anna Audare (Latvia)
I like that we had a lot of discussions in class and guest speakers who are experts in their field. I also made a lot of new friends and we are still keeping in touch after the end of semester via video chat. I also enjoyed field trips to Ghent to see companies and that we were able to collaborate and develop a project in a real-life situation for real working businesses. The Orientation Week was spectacular and very fun. We visited Bruges, Ghent, and had a nice bike tour around Kortrijk. I hope to visit Belgium, Kortrijk some other time again.
"My time on Erasmus at Howest is definitely one I will remember fondly. "
Ana Sofia Alves (Portugal)
From the wonderful campus staff who were very approachable and helpful to even the people in the city of Kortrijk. I’m also very grateful for meeting many wonderful people from the most varied nationalities, with whom, I believe, I created beautiful friendships.
My semester also went from getting lost in Belgium (by train), riding a bicycle on a regular basis, cooking experiments and even movie nights that turned into trip planning in the last couple of weeks.
If you decide on going to Howest, I’m sure you will have a great time, and if that’s your choice, then come with all your heart and experience for yourself many amazing things and what the country, the university and the people have to offer.
Bilbo Baggins once said "I'm going on an adventure" and going on Erasmus is just that. One experiences new things, new cultures, ways of living, and you even might end up knowing yourself a bit more.
"Being able to go to this Erasmus exchange at Howest DAE was an amazing experience! "
Alisé Canis (France)
I met people from all around the world and had so much fun with them! The school is stunning, such an amazing building and teachers that I didn't want to go back home.
Unfortunately, my exchange was during the Corona crisis so I just spent one month and a half instead of five months and it really broke my heart... But I was impressed about how the school managed to do everything online in such a short amount of time! Even though I was really sad about the situation, I learned a lot of things, the teachers supported us and my classmates kept in touch with me online even if we barely knew each other. I definitely don't regret it!
"Thanks to all the people who were part of this incredible experience"
Natalia Pérez Martín (Spain)
Going on Erasmus is an experience that more and more students dare to have. When I started the semester, I couldn't help feeling fear and sometimes confusion. How was I going to survive 5 months by myself in a place I didn't know? Would I be able to adapt to the new habits and way of life of the destination? What problems will I have to face? Will I make new friends? What are the people going to be like?
These are probably common questions we all asked ourselves when we knew we were going to be exchange students. In spite of the fear and last minute doubts, all the moments I experienced during this semester will be precious memories forever.
Meeting people from other countries and with different cultures, the warm welcome of my buddies assigned by Howest, secretly loving to ride my bike (even though I had never biked before), the best parties, trips to different cities in Belgium, supporting each other during exam time, my birthday surrounded by great people, a trip to the amusement park, beer, chocolate and waffles… Those are some of the moments I experienced during my exchange, the 5 most special months of my life. Thanks to all the people who were part of this incredible experience. I certainly encourage all students who want to learn, have fun or meet new people, to go abroad - and of course, I wish the new Howest exchange students good luck!
"It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest"
Ma Yan (China)
Being able to study at Howest was really a great experience for me. I have met many friends from other countries, and everyone is very friendly. Intercultural communication is really interesting. I was also impressed with the country of Belgium; I traveled to many cities during my stay here. Belgian beer and chocolate are really great, I love them!!! It was really a wonderful experience for me in the Howest. Thank you!
"Embarking on this adventure in Howest was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life."
Elif Aksoy (Turkey)
I had the best times here with beautiful people from all over the world who came to have an experience like me. It is so hard to describe this experience in words, but with all my heart, I can say that I have many “homes” in many parts of the World now and all those I met have a “home” in Turkey as well. Howest and Belgium have hosted us all very well. We had an unforgettable experience that changed all of our lives and gave us many new perspectives. Here, I learned to question myself more, got out of my comfort zone and discovered new aspects of myself. I look at life from a different perspective now, and I recommend this experience to everyone. I found a new family in Kortrijk and I am so grateful for that. Thanks for everything Howest, thanks Kortrijk thanks Belgium!"
"Erasmus is an experience that I won't ever forget, it changes you as a person and your life"
Lucia Fernandez (Spain)
It helps you to know yourself better and expand your achievements. You create a new routine of your life together with new people; people that I hope to keep for life because they are very special ones that have marked my heart forever. I think that one of the best pleasures in life that not everyone values is being able to meet people from other countries and with other languages and to build bonds forever. I feel so lucky to have lived this experience. I will keep these special people with me for life.
"International semester at Howest in Bruges"
Yerim Kim (South Korea)
"Going on an Erasmus exchange has been literally life changing for me"
Zackarias Alenljung (Sweden)
I will forever remember my time here, as it will probably be one of my best memories. I have made so many new friends and met so many kind and humble people. Here you can see an image of me and my two best Erasmus friends that I keep closest to my heart.
"I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest"
Nadia Garcia Peralta (Mexico)
This exchange program not only helped me open my mind and learn about other cultures/countries, it also started great friendships that I believe have helped me shape a better version of myself, I can’t wait to see what my second semester at Howest will bring.
I’m so thankful for the people I met in Kortrijk and at Howest and I’m hopeful I’ll see them in the near future being as awesome and incredible as I saw them through this international experience.
"I must come back!"
Topi Raatikainen (Finland)
The past five months have passed really quickly – It feels like it was yesterday when I was waiting my flight to Brussels at the Helsinki Airport in mid-September. I found studying in Howest and living in Kortrijk easygoing. I did have some challenges with my courses, but I understand why, because I wasn’t really prepared for what was to come. Even if my personal performance wasn’t so great, I did find the courses interesting and knowledge gained as something I can use to build my future path.
As a career-changer in your early thirties, I believe it is a bit unusual to go to Erasmus+ exchange. But as it was an option for me, I thought it wouldn’t be wise to miss it. And I’m glad I didn’t! I’ve worked in multicultural environments before, so studying abroad wasn’t that big a change for me in that sense, but it is always interesting to meet new people with different backgrounds. And living abroad is always exciting!
As the time went by so fast, I did miss few things: I didn’t go to watch any football game, I didn’t go to see any ice hockey game, and I didn’t try the combination of mussels and fries. This only means one thing: I must come back!