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English for exchange students

Howest offers - as well for outgoing as incoming students - an intensive English course within the institution. The course is offered on a weekly base at Howest Kortrijk and Howest Bruges.

Incoming students

Incoming students can obtain 3 ECTS by adding the English course to their Learning Agreement. Students following the English course within their Learning Agreement have priority over students following the course on a free base. The course is intended for students on different levels, from beginners, to intermediate and advanced. Students who are positively assessed obtain 3 ECTS credits.

Outgoing students

Learn how to communicate in an internatonal context by practicing the four communicative skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.Outgoing students with little knowledge of English can be admitted to the English course. Students with some knowledge or students who wish to review the basics are also very welcome to attend. However, the outgoing students have to follow the English course on a free base without obtaining credits.


This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects which are relevant to the attending students wherever possible.

The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all inbound and outbound exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.

The course will also function as an excellent networking opportunity for both the local and the international students.

“English for exchange students” will start in the week of 26 September and will take place in as well in Bruges as in Kortrijk. The examination period is organised at the end of the semester, with exams on the courses completed in that semester.

Howest charges no tuition fee for the course, but the study book has to be paid for by the participating student.

Locations for Spring semester 2018


  • Duration: 24 h.
  • Start:Thursday 15th of February
  • Every Thursday, from 6.15 (18.15) till 8.15 pm (20.15)
  • Campus Rijselstraat (RSS) in room C.0.05
    Rijselstraat 5, 8200 Brugge



Complete IELTS, Bands 5-6.5 Student’s Book with answers, Guy Brook-Hart and Vanessa Jakeman.


Outgoing Howest-students

This subscription is only for Howest students planning (or who are selected) to go abroad for study/internship and who are following a training programme that does not recognise English for Exchange Students.


Incoming students

Incoming exchange students can only register AFTER receiving the official admission notification by the Howest International Office.