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  • Locations: Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Semester
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: Dutch, English
Housing: Campus Housing, Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 15
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Nursing, Art and Visual Technology, Tourism, Web Design, Business, Bioinformatics, Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Game Design, Computer Science, Cyber Security Engineering, Data Analysis, Health and Social Policy, Applied Computer Science, Immigration Studies, Applied Information Technology, Journalism Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

Howest University

Kortrijk, Belgium

Howest is a dynamic university known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education and research as well as its close collaboration with industry, business, and the social profit sector. It has four campuses located in historical cities of Bruges and Kortrijk. The campuses are well-situated for those who want to take the train to Amsterdam, Paris or London.

Howest was ranked #22 in the 2019 Princeton Review's Top 50 Game Design undergraduate programs. In 2017 and 2019, Howest was ranked #1 for Game Art and Development by The Rookies and Grads in Games. 


Students must have completed 45 credits overall. Students must also meet the following requirements:
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure
  • Discuss with the GEO program administrator and major adviser if they want to do the program the last semester of their senior year
  • If a transfer student, it must not be your first semester at Mason. This does not include if you started classes in the summer (the first semester must be a Fall or Spring semester).

Credit Conversion

Howest University Grade Mason Grade
16/20 - 20/20 A
14/20 - 15.99/20 B
12/20 - 13.99/20 C
10/20 - 11.99/20 *
0/20 - 9.99/20 F
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Howest University. When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer, but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Howest University.


Course Options

Howest University courses are taught in modules where students pick a topic and the courses assigned for the semester are associated with the topic. Below are a list of the modules offered at Howest University.

To review the specific courses offered in each program: After clicking on one of the links below, select "Course Overview" in the "Course Concept" section of the Program page.

13 Fall Semester Programs (In English):

AI Engineer
Applied Computer Sciences: Business and Web Technologies
Applied Health & Lifestyle Sciences
Bioinformatics I
Energy Management
Global Business Management
Integrated Building Design and Construction
Journalism: Project Management and Storytelling
Migration and Refugees
Nursing Programme
Realisation in Product Design
Tourism: Project Management and Storytelling
We teach the world: Teacher Training

8 Spring Semester Programs (In English):

Applied Computer Sciences: Web Technologies & Security
Bioinformatics II
Creative Communication Project
Energy Management
Global Business Management II
IT Infrastructure Engineer
Methodology in Product Design
Nursing Programme

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Academic Calendar

At Howest University, the academic year is divided into 2 semesters. The 1st semester begins in mid-September and concludes in the third week in January. The second semester begins in the second week of February and concludes in the third week of June. If you attend in the 1st semester, be cognizant about when your exams will occur. Howest can make arrangements to avoid your final exams overlapping with the start of the semester. 

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


On campus housing is available through Howest University but it is also possible to find housing in a studio flat. More information on Howest housing can be found here

Program Cost

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the busget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee:  A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid:  Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.

Travel Grant: Students with financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid) will automatically be considered for a travel grant up to $750. Students will be contacted by their program officer after the application deadline to let them know if they have been selected.

Scholarships: GEO offers a number of need and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits:  Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.


Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early/Mid March
Spring/Calendar Year: Early/Mid October


Visa Information

Once accepted into a program,  it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Students will be informed about the procedure after submitting their application.

GEO Program Administrator

Name Martha Sadler
Phone (703) 993-5761
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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