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About the University 🏫

Howest University of Applied Sciences: Innovating Your Future in the Heart of Europe

Brief History

Howest University of Applied Sciences, located in the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Kortrijk, is a beacon of innovation and entrepreneurship. Established as a leading institution in Belgium, Howest has garnered international recognition for its cutting-edge programs and interdisciplinary approach to education.

Student Life

With a student body of approximately 8,000, Howest offers a vibrant and diverse community. The university's focus on creativity and entrepreneurship ensures that students are not just academically prepared but also ready to tackle real-world challenges. While Howest currently does not offer semester abroad programs, its unique structure provides an enriching Bachelor's Degree experience that is both practical and future-proof.


The university is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that complement its innovative programs. Whether you're studying Cybersecurity, Digital Design & Development, or Digital Arts & Entertainment, you'll find the resources you need to excel.


Located in the charming towns of Bruges and Kortrijk, students can enjoy a rich cultural experience right at their doorstep. From historic sites to modern amenities, these towns offer a balanced lifestyle that's perfect for students.

Career Opportunities

Howest's strong ties with national and multinational companies provide students with unparalleled career opportunities. The university's programs have been recognized by prestigious organizations like the Princeton Review and The Rookies Award, making a degree from Howest a strong asset for job security in your chosen field.

Quick Facts

  • Focus on entire undergraduate programs
  • Approximately 8,000 students
  • Located in the heart of Europe
  • Recognized by the Princeton Review and The Rookies Award


One of the standout features of studying at Howest is its prime location in the heart of Europe. Within just a few hours, you can find yourself in major European cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Cologne. This makes Howest not just an international university but also a gateway to a broader European experience.

In Summary

Howest University of Applied Sciences offers an unparalleled educational experience that combines innovation, practicality, and a prime European location. With its focus on creativity and entrepreneurship, Howest prepares students for a future that is not just promising but also incredibly exciting.

About the city 🌇

Discover Bruges: The Romantic Heart of Europe and a Student's Paradise

Bruges, often hailed as Europe's most romantic city, offers an enchanting experience that seamlessly blends medieval charm with a vibrant student life. As a top destination for study abroad programs, Bruges is more than just a picturesque town; it's a hub for academic excellence and cultural immersion.

A Student's Haven in a Tourist Town

With a population of nearly 120,000, Bruges boasts a student community of 10,000, thanks to its diverse range of universities, including Howest University of Applied Sciences. This ensures a lively social scene, complete with bustling nightlife, abundant social events, and top-notch bike lane infrastructure. While the city is a popular tourist destination, it transforms into a tranquil medieval town as the night falls, offering the best of both worlds.

Compact Yet Comprehensive

Don't let the title of "capital and largest city in the province of West Flanders" fool you. Bruges is incredibly compact, making it easy to explore on foot or by bike. This means you'll never miss out on the city's cozy cafes, gourmet restaurants, historic museums, and verdant parks. It's an international studies dream come true, offering a rich cultural experience right at your doorstep.

Budget-Friendly Living

Despite its upscale reputation, Bruges offers a range of budget-friendly options for students. From affordable eateries serving local dishes to student discounts at various attractions, your semester abroad in Bruges won't break the bank.

Gateway to Europe

Located in the heart of Europe, Bruges offers unparalleled connectivity to major European cities. Whether you're traveling by car, train, or plane, you're just hours away from metropolises like Paris, London, and Amsterdam. This makes Bruges not just an ideal location for your Bachelor's or Master's Degree but also a launchpad for broader European adventures.

In Summary

Bruges is not just a city; it's an experience that offers a unique blend of romance, academic excellence, and cultural richness. Whether you're looking to complete your university abroad or seeking a unique semester exchange, Bruges provides a perfect backdrop for an enriching and inspiring educational journey.

Housing Opportunities🏫

The Lodge (Bruges)

The Lodge is a newly built student housing complex close to campus at fair rental prices. The homes are designed so that the facilities are shared such as the bathroom and kitchen, which helps to keep the rent down without going down on quality and location. To learn more about The Lodge, contact for more information.

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The Wing (Kortrijk)

The Wing offers a variety of student accommodations close to campus where you can get different size rooms. The rooms are furnished with all basic necessities, and students can socialize in the many common rooms such as tv room, study lounge or dining room. To learn more about The Wing, contact for more information.

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Admission Requirements for Fulltime Degrees

Here is a description of the most important information for your study abroad. Rememeber, single semester study abroad (exchange) have often lower entry requirements and different course catalogues. Contact your advisor to hear about stipends, entry requirements, tuitions fees, course descriptions and more.
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What is the tuition and requirements for study abroad (exchange) students?

The study abroad (exchange student) programme will often have a different tuition fee and lower entry requirements. In addition, there might be a specific course catalog for study abroad exchange students. Book a call with a Uniclub advisor who will present you the requirements for single semester study abroad students, and how to navigate within the course catalog.

Additionally, you might be able to get exempt from taking a TOEFL or IELTS test as a study abroad (exchange) student. A Uniclub advisor will advise you on which universities have more flexbile English proficiency requirements.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

Howest University of Applied Sciences uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in February or September.

See more about Howest University of Applied Sciences important dates in the academic calendar.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at Howest University of Applied Sciences, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to Howest University of Applied Sciences are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Passport
  • A CV and a motivational letter
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at Howest University of Applied Sciences.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to Howest University of Applied Sciences in Bruges can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at Howest University of Applied Sciences.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at Howest University of Applied Sciences vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at Howest University of Applied Sciences ranges from 1.000 EUR to 7.100 EUR per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at Howest University of Applied Sciences for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 700 EUR.

See more about Howest University of Applied Sciences's tuition fees for international students.

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