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Exchange Students

Exchange students find the Application Form here. It is valid in case of Erasmus, Erasmus Belgica and for students from our overseas partner institutions. Also students coming in for an internship through one of the Howest study departments need to send us their Howest Application Form.

Erasmus+ students should use the Learning Agreement form from their home university. Other exchange students can use their own institution’s form or this Learning Agreement.

Non-EEA students (students from outside the European Economic Area) must request a valid student visa for Belgium, even when your home institution is already situated in the EEA. Students who come to Belgium without a valid Belgian visa, cannot be enrolled officially at Howest and are here at their own risk. Count on at least 8 weeks to get a student visa! More visa info.

Application Deadlines

The Howest application form has to arrive at Howest International Office by e-mail (scan version) or post mail by:

  • June 20th, 2017 for study in Autumn Semester.
    • May 20th for nationals from outside the European Economic Area AND for traineeship in Nursing or Psychology. May 20th is the only yearly deadline for traineeships in Nursing, also for Spring of the academic year to follow.
  • November 30th, 2017 for study in Spring Semester.
    • October 30th for nationals from outside the European Economic Area

Howest Language Expectations

The minimum proficiency level expected from incoming students is the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages (CEFR), in writing, speaking and understanding skills. Read more

For non-Exchange Students

You find the Howest admission requirements in the Education and Examination Regulations. Articles 5, 12, 13 and 14 mainly concern foreign students. For enrolment you need to present yourself in person at the student administration office of the Howest campus where you want to enrol.

Non-exchange students who want to apply for our English taught international semester programmes can do so via the Application Form above. They can attend those programmes as Postgraduate courses. In that case the minimum diploma requirement is a Bachelor Degree. The fee for each of the Postgraduate semester programmes is €1000, non-refundable. Please note that our International Semester/Postgraduate programmes are not in themselves degree programmes. An admission letter for those programmes is not sufficient for the Belgian Consular Offices in quite some countries to grant the applicant the necessary entrance visa to Belgium.