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Howest University of Applied Sciences

Howest University of Applied Sciences is a modern, innovative, and entrepreneurial school with campuses in Bruges and Kortrijk, Belgium. There are over 8900 fulltime students following a total of 25 bachelor’s degree programmes. Howest is renowned for developing unique and successful study programmes in close cooperation with industry partners. Industrial Product Design, Digital Design and Development (Devine), Computer & Cyber Crime Professional, ICT & Blockchain Consultant, and Digital Arts & Entertainment are but a few examples.

Howest and its Bachelor of Digital Arts and Entertainment (DAE) programme  took the first place in The Rookies Award as Best Game Design and Development School in the world not less than three times: in 2017, 2018, 2021. DAE also won the international Grads in Games award for the second time in 2021. This award honours universities and colleges that offer the best quality of education to optimally prepare their students for a career in the games industry. Also according to The Princeton Review®, Howest University of Applied Sciences is one of the top undergraduate schools for studying game design. With Bachelor of Digital Arts and Entertainment, Howest ranked# 21 on the undergraduate programs list for 2020.

Field-driven assignments, on-the-job training and internships are key components of each program. That is how we meet the changing needs of today’s society and arm our students with future-proof skills.  Over the years, Howest has built a solid reputation as a leader in application-oriented scientific research, services and education. We pride ourselves on our partnerships with universities and sector leaders in Belgium, across Europe, and all over the world. Our students and staff are given plenty of opportunities to go global and gain international experience, thanks to our extensive international networks, scholarships and exchange programs. In short, Howest is a school where where students receive future-proof training will guaranteed job security all while enjoying the process of education and life in the heart of Europe.

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Why study at Howest University of Applied Sciences

  • Renowned Tech programmes
  • Connection with the industry.
  • Future-proof skills and job guarantee

Awards & Accreditations

member of Ghent University Association and is fully accredited 

NVAO - Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation 

Best Game Design School

Rookies Award (2017, 2018 and 2021)

#21 on the undergraduate programmes list 

Princeton Review (2020)

BSc in APplied Computer Science - Supported Programme

Cyber Security Coalition

BSc in APplied Computer SCience - Listed in Cybersecurity Higher Education Database


Best Game Design & Development Schools in the World

The Rookies World School Rankings (2021)

Student services & facilities

Howest students may contact STUVO, Student Support Services, on the following topics: study financing, student accommodation, self-care: psychosocial counselling, student jobs, organisation 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.


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.


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.


Average rating 4.8

Based on 5 reviews.

Diana Martinez
I really got to learn about different process of manufacturing and prototyping from my teachers and classmates! I learned to use machines that I have never use before and practice techniques that I though I was no capable of doing it by myself!! I highly recommend Howest for future Industrial Product Designers!
Studying in Howest was interesting, varied and offered new experiences. The university team/staff and lecturers were supportive and friendly and they could teach their subject. Other international students were friendly and fluent in English, so communication was smooth and easy. Why 4 stars? Because there is always room for improvement and an ...
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Howest is not only a university where you can develop your skills in your degree, but it also encourage its students to grow on a personal level. They are constantly trying to improve the internationalisation of the university, but they already take in their international students with care and want them to have the best experience. Overall amaz...
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Howest University of Applied Sciences

Marksesteenweg 58
85000 Kortrijk

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