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Howest University of Applied Sciences

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Description of Howest University of Applied Sciences

  • Established: 1997
  • Location: West Flanders, Belgium
  • Language of instruction: Dutch, English
  • Number of students: 5,000
  • Type of study: nonprofit university.

Howest is a university of applied sciences in Belgium, a dynamic university, known for its innovative multidisciplinary approach to education and research. The college works closely with industry, business and the social sector.

The university offers 24 bachelor's programs, 10 associated practical courses in the areas of business, management, industrial sciences, technology, digital design, architecture, healthcare, education and social sciences. Howest is a member of the Association of Ghent Universities, which guarantees high-quality higher education, all university programs are fully accredited by NVAO, the Dutch-Flemish accreditation organization.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Howest University of Applied Sciences

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from 1175.00 € / year
from 1175.00 € / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 1175.00 € / year
from 1175.00 € / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

  • Student House The Lodge (Bruges)

New student rooms with shared facilities (kitchen, toilet). The residence is located within walking distance from the train station, academic building and 10 minutes by bicycle from the campus center of Bruges.

Prices - from 330 € / month, at no extra cost per room and 430 € / month. per studio, all payments are included. A 12-month contract is concluded

  • Student House Burgemeester Vercruysselaan (Kortrijk)

Student rooms are only for international students with amenities (kitchen, bathroom, toilet), located 5 minutes by bike from the center and train station.

Price - from 350 € / month, without additional fees. A 12-month contract is concluded, subject to change.

The university offers balanced food in student restaurants.

Activities Howest University of Applied Sciences

Brugge Studentenstad (student organization) holds cultural evenings for students with a low fee of 5 euros. Among the events are concerts, comedy shows and theater performances.

Kortrijk hosts student movie nights and performances.

Thanks to the Stuvo sports sticker, a large number of evening sports activities are available for students near the campus: fitness, swimming, zumba, bowling, ice skating, archery training.

The university conducts special classes to teach students how to cook healthy foods: healthy nutrition workshops are held in collaboration with Liberale Mutualiteit.


  • Howest is constantly developing its academic capabilities, expanding the offer of English courses in order to position the university as oriented towards students from abroad. Today, the university provides training in English, offering 2 bachelor's programs and 21 certificate courses (Microdegree) lasting one semester.
  • Howest was on the list of the top 50 undergraduate programs in Game Design Review 2019, ranking 22nd on the list of universities whose graduates received the highest-paid jobs immediately after graduation. In 2017, 2018 The college was recognized as the best in the world for teaching the creation and development of computer games. Over the past few years, several graduates of various university programs have received awards in this area.
  • Howest constantly adapts its curricula, includes new areas of knowledge in the list of students, applies the latest research in practice. Creativity and entrepreneurship are part of Howest DNA, and practical tasks, on-the-job training, and internships are key components of each program. This is how the university retains relevance in a changing society, equips students with future-oriented skills.
  • Enthusiastic and caring lecturers embody Howest's core values of Serving, Empowering, Caring. This stimulates an open, pluralistic and non-national approach to education, research and interaction with society.
  • The university is actively involved in Erasmus and other exchange programs with foreign partners.

Facilities and equipment at Howest University of Applied Sciences

Four Howest campuses are located in the historic cities of Bruges and Kortrijk, in the province of West Flanders. Studying in Bruges or Kortrijk is convenient for visiting a number of attractive places nearby: the Belgian coast, the picturesque cities of Flanders - Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent. From any campus it is easy to get to famous European cities - Paris, London, Amsterdam, Cologne in one or two hours by train.

Campuses are equipped with ping pong and kicker tables, basketball courts, badminton nets and halls with a piano.

Admission dates and extra charges

Academic Calendar:



Beginning of September

The beginning of the fall semester


Organizational Week


Academic activity

Late October to early November

Autumn holidays


Academic activity

End of December - beginning of January

Winter holidays / internship

January-early February

1st exam session

Beginning of february

Beginning of the second semester


Academic activity

Mid / end of April

Spring Holidays (Easter) / Internship


Academic activity

End of May-End of June

2nd exam session

Tuition at Howest does not include tuition fees, travel or study tours, travel expenses, or museum visits.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Foreign students present upon graduation, officially certified and translated into Dutch or English (International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, German Abitur, US high school diploma with 4 subjects studied at the AP level, Dutch, Luxembourg diplomas) or legalized foreign bachelor / master diploma.

For applicants from Russia, upon admission to the bachelor's program, it is necessary to provide a certificate of complete secondary education, a certificate of completion of 1-2 courses of a Russian university. Another option is a certificate of completion of preparatory courses of the International Foundation, etc.

The minimum level of language proficiency is level B2 (CEFR) in reading, speaking and understanding in English or Dutch. Pupils provide official certificates:

  • TOEFL (paper version - 550, Internet - 79)
  • IELTS (5.5, at least 5 for each of the blocks).

Scholarships Howest University of Applied Sciences

Scholarships from the Dutch government are aimed at EU or EEA citizens, people with a residence permit or residing in the country legally for more than 12 months, as well as students with relatives who are EU citizens.

In Belgium, there are independent scholarships provided by private individuals for students with high academic performance.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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