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Howest University of Applied Sciences

Howest is a dynamic University of Applied Sciences known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education and research, located in Belgium. Howest is renowned for its Tech-programmes, such as Digital Design and Development, Digital Arts and Entertainment and Cybersecurity. According to The Princeton Review® , it is one of the top undergraduate game design schools.



Established in 1849, the HOWEST University of Applied Sciences as we know it today, is a result of the latest merger of six prominent institutions of higher education in Flanders in 1995, when it became a single autonomous Higher Education Institution. Since then the development within HOWEST has taken on a fresh impetus and we are now one of the leading innovative providers of higher education.


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. We constantly develop our course offer in English in order to position Howest as an attractive academic choice for students from abroad. Field-driven assignments, on-the-job training and internships 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. Our students and staff are given plenty of opportunities to go global and gain international experience.


Howest University of Applied Sciences has a long history of knowledge collaboration with both large, international corporations and with local SME’s. Almost all of our research projects are either demand-driven or in close collaboration with enterprises. Our research and innovation labs have a clear focus on applied research. They are organised around topnotch, highly skilled and innovative research teams. The Howest research and innovation labs bring innovation to life, using the principles of quadruple helix innovation in which government, academia, industry and citizens collaborate to leverage structural changes. 


Howest is a university of applied sciences where you can get a future-proof profession that will guarantee you job security. The demand for the internship placements in the domains of Cybersecurity, Digital Arts and Entertainment and Digital Design and Development for our students is higher than the number of students in the programmes. Most of the students get the job offer immediately after their internship.

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Student services

Howest students may contact STUVO, Student Support Services, on the following topics: study financing, student accommodation, self-care: psychosocial counselling, student jobs, organization of social, cultural or sports events and activities. For special-status students (e.g. students with a disability, with a family or with a top-sport status, we provide extra support, such as: use of special-need software (for students with learning disorders), adaptations (facilities) for those who need it, intensive support of students with special needs, wheelchair accessible student rooms.

Housing services

Howest Student Affairs (Stuvo) helps our international students find suitable accommodation. We have housing possibilities in our own student residence or via the private market. A student room in Bruges will typically cost between €250 and €400 per month; a studio flat between €400 and €600. A student room in Kortrijk will generally cost between €270 and €470 per month.

Library services

  •  1 PC’s with network connection
  • +/- 8.000 books
  • +/- 300.000 e-books
  •  +/- 100 serials
  •   5 newspapers
  • Wi-Fi

Interesting databases giving access to English-language information:

  •  Academic Search Ultimate (16.000 journals full-text)
  • Business Source Ultimate (7.000 journals full-text)
  • ScienceDirect (4.300 journals full-text)

ICT services

Internet is available everywhere on campus. Students should bring their own laptops to the classes. Laptops can be purchased via Howest, as part of a group purchase at an external company. There are a few advantages to this (such as, for example, a replacement laptop during the time when yours will need some repair), but it is by no means obligatory. 

Medical services

Off campus. The compulsory annual health insurance (via mutual fund) costs for a student around €100 per year. Note: this insurance provides refunds for the majority of consultation costs, as well as covers the major share of basic hospital costs. In general, up to 75% of your medical expenses will be reimbursed by your health insurance company. 

Student Life

Campus life

Our five campuses are located in the historical cities of Bruges and Kortrijk in Belgium. You have all the facilities you need in the cities that are very compact, and you can easily reach all of them by bike. Moreover, within a few of hours by train or car you can be in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Cologne or Luxembourg.

Sports facilities

Depending on the campus where you are studying (Kortrijk or Bruges) you have a wide variety of choices for keeping fit and having fun. In Bruges with s Stuvo sports sticker you have free access to a large offer of sports activities in the evening, including fitness, swimming, Zumba, bowling, ice skating and Archery Tag. In Kortrijk the sport options for students are offered by Howest in collaboration with the city of Kortrijk and its department for students, Kortrijk Student City. With a SportPlus card you can enjoy a wide variety affordable sport options.

Student clubs

Howest has different student associations that compete to make student life varied and as pleasant as possible by organissing lots of activities: sports, culture, cantus events, day trips, parties, etc.


Howest is a member of Ghent University Association and is fully accredited by NVAO, the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation.

Student Reviews

Howest, Applied Architecture
Arthur Salembier rated 5 out of 5 stars

During my studies every facet of architecture has been reviewed. The knowledge I acquired is broad, it is know my responsibility to choose on which part I want to focus for my future.Through the years I learned to design and detail various buildings. I learned how a construction site works, the characteristics of various materials and the importance of clear communication...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

its good university.i like it

Not recommended.
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing courses, Not very well engaged professors. An I had an overal bad study environment there. That’s why I’m quitting in my second year of Bachelors degree. Even though my first year went flawless, it’s not the place for me.

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