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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Apartments, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Dutch, English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

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.

Academic Calendar

  • 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.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
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
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1200 - $1800 $1200 - $1800
1Housing $2000 - $3300 $4000 - $6600
Housing Deposit $200 - $600 $200 - $600
Meals $1500 - $2000 $3000 - $4000
2Personal Expenses $1000 - $1500 $2000 - $3000
Books and Materials $200 - $350 $400 - $700
Local Transportation $150 - $300 $300 - $600
3Visa (for US Citizens) $234 $234
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $100 - $300 $100 - $300
FBI Report (for students 21 y/o) $40 - $150 $40 - $150
Passport $150 $150
US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
5Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
1Housing costs will vary by housing type.
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: FallSpring.

Financial Aid

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.


OIED Scholarships
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.

International Semesters

Fall Spring
Global Business Management I Global Business Management II
Applied Computer Science I: "Business & Web Technologies" Applied Computer Science II: "Web Technologies & Security"
Bioinformatics I Creative Communication Project
Integrated Building Design and Construction Bioinformatics II
Creative Technology New Media & Communication Technology: Infrastructure Engineering Foundations
Collaborative Design Studio Design for Identity
Applied Health and Lifestyle Sciences Nursing Programme
UX Research  
Tourism, Project Management & Storytelling  
Migration and Refugees  
Digital Design  
AI Engineer  

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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.