Study at Howest
"Howest is a university that provides top-notch education, and 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 25 Bachelors, 12 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 our 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 33 programmes for English-speaking students available, ranging from full bachelor’s 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 that provides top-notch education, and where learning is both effective and enjoyable.
"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.
"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!