Study for a Semester in Belgium!
In 1995 Howest,University College West Flanders merged with six prominent institutions of higher education in Flanders to become a single Higher Education Institution. Today about 6000 full-time students are enrolled at Howest pursuing 23 Bachelors covering a wide range of disciplines. Howest consists of five campuses situated in Bruges, Kortrijk and Ostend.
Flanders is the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium that borders on the North Sea. Exchange students will study on two HOWEST campuses. Brugge, known in English and French as Bruges, is the chief town of West Flanders. It is also known as the “Venice of the North”, thanks to the numerous canals that criss-cross the historic centre. Kortrijk, known in French (and sometimes in English) as Courtrai, is a very dynamic town with about 75 thousand inhabitants, attracting shoppers from the wide surrounding areas to its cosy centre.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Mid January
- Spring Semester: Early February to Late May
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the HOWEST main page
and click on the Calendars link.
After acceptance students will be contacted by HOWEST Student Services to start the housing application process. Students are normally placed in student rooms or shared flats.
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to HOWEST or their housing provider.
For more information please visit HOWEST’s accommodation web page.
Paid to Appalachian State
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Housing costs will vary by housing type.
||$1200 - $1800
||$1200 - $1800
||$2000 - $3300
||$4000 - $6600
||$200 - $600
||$200 - $600
||$1500 - $2000
||$3000 - $4000
||$1000 - $1500
||$2000 - $3000
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $350
||$400 - $700
||$150 - $300
||$300 - $600
|3Visa (for US Citizens)
|Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt
||$100 - $300
||$100 - $300
|FBI Report (for students 21 y/o)
||$40 - $150
||$40 - $150
|US Based Health Insurance
|5Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
||$2000 - $4000
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Estimated visa costs does not include the cost of an FBI report (for applicants 21 or older - approximately $40) or potential travel costs to the Consulate.
4Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
While HOWEST’s main language of instruction isn’t English they do offering several International Semesters taught 100% in English. When applying to HOWEST students will select one International Semester Program. While it may be possible to take a course or two outside of the program this will not be known until the start of the semester.
|Global Business Management I
||Global Business Management II
|Applied Computer Science I: "Business & Web Technologies"
||Applied Computer Science II: "Web Technologies & Security"
||Creative Communication Project
|Integrated Building Design and Construction
||New Media & Communication Technology: Infrastructure Engineering Foundations
|Collaborative Design Studio
||Design for Identity
|Applied Health and Lifestyle Sciences
|Tourism, Project Management & Storytelling
|Migration and Refugees
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the HOWEST program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page