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Program overview
3 or 4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
8,100 EUR
September 2023

8,100 EUR
September 2024

8,100 EUR
September 2025

About this program

Civil Engineering

Are you interested in contributing to the construction of the largest lock project in the world? In determining how high and how strong dikes should be to ensure flooding does not take place? Or would you like to make sure that people and animals can continue to live safely near coasts and rivers despite climate change? If your answer is ‘yes’ to the questions above, the Civil Engineering programme at HZ may be the right choice for you!

It is expected that by 2050 80% of the world's population will live in delta areas. In these areas, where rivers meet the sea, there are increasing challenges due to climate change. With your expertise as a civil engineer, you will tackle problems such as coastal safety and urban flooding and contribute to safety in deltas around the world. During your study, you learn everything about the design and building of large constructions and managing huge international projects. Examples include the Panama locks in the Panama Canal; the Channel tunnel that connects the United Kingdom with France; and the magnificent Palm Islands in Dubai, a design that could have been yours if you were already a civil engineer! Doing Civil Engineering at HZ means you are studying in the middle of a delta area: when walking out of the university of applied sciences, you will encounter your field of work all around you. Did you know that the Dutch Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier is one of the seven modern wonders of the world and that this construction can be found at 30 minutes from HZ?

Employers are lining up for you as a graduate, because at HZ you are not only trained theoretically, but also practically. Right from the start of your study, you will be applying the theory of your future work field in the actual practice. During the lectures you will work on (international) assignments from the professional field, you do two internships with organisations in the Netherlands or abroad and you choose a minor: a half-year programme whereby you further specialise yourself in a company of your choice. In this way, you already gain ample work experience during your studies, and you will be optimally prepared for your career.

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Admission requirements

To quality for admission for the Civil Engineering programme, you need:

  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch Secondary Education Diploma, which gives you access to higher education.
  • A good level of Mathematics and Physics
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to and IELTS score of 6.0.

Admission and language requirements

To qualify for admission to the Civil Engineering programme you need:

  • A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education diploma, which gives you access to higher education.
  • A good knowledge of one or more of the following subjects is preferable: biology, chemistry, mathematics or economics.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

You acquaint yourself with the different aspects of the civil engineering field. You act both in the role of advisor and of designer, and analyse an existing civil engineering infrastructure, such as a bridge or a quay. You learn to understand how these constructions can continue to function in the next thirty years. You advise government bodies and water on how bridges, locks and ports can be used with as little energy as possible, thus making them less straining on the environment. You learn how civil engineering constructions are built, and how they work. You learn about hydraulics and the impact water has on a construction. Think of water barriers such as the flood barriers in Venice, which are supposed to protect the city against high water levels.

In the second part of the first year, you acquaint yourself with the South-western Delta, the delta region in the Netherlands in which HZ is situated. By means of a project, you discover the influences fluid dynamics and soil subsidence have on an area. How you can continue to live, work and recreate in delta areas, inspite of rising sea levels? You also analyse water problems abroad. In other countries, you will encounter other cultures and climate conditions, which means that solutions that may be fitting for the Netherlands may not always fit equally well abroad.

Year 2

You will study infrastructures, both above the ground and below. Think of channels and roads, but also of cables and pipes. One of the projects during this study year is your design of a motorway that will reduce traffic jams.

In the second half of the second year, you get to work on constructions that protect the coast from flooding. You learn how to investigate whether a dike will be strong enough to protect the land behind it, and how to design new dikes that are both long-lasting and environmentally friendly. You also work with dredging techniques: constructing islands near a coastline. You discover how to mine and move sand while keeping nature in mind, and how to manage this process from a project manager's perspective.

Year 3

In the third year of the programme, you complete a six-month minor. By means of this minor you enhance the depth or breadth of your knowledge and skills. You can carry out your minor at one of the water-related research groups at HZ, at another HZ study programme, or at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad.

Year 4

At the start of the study year, you choose your major: hydraulic engineering or construction. In the first three years you had lectures in both specialisations. As a result you are now able to decide which specialisation will fit you best. As a hydraulic engineer you focus on the design of the port. You consider the consequences of water flows and wave action on shipping, as well as the necessary infrastructure, including quays and moles. You investigate the safety of the area behind the port in case of high water levels. As a constructor you analyse the construction site, the tunnels and landing constructions. You are responsible for the calculations to ensure the constructions will be strong enough, now and in the future. You skill yourself in the field of project management, so that you are able to properly lead a project as a manager. During the final part of your study, you carry out a graduation assignment with a Dutch or foreign company of your choice. At the end of that period you submit a graduation research.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • The tuition fees for EU-students: €1.084
  • Institutional tuition fees for non-EU students: €6.829

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’.

Continuing studies

With a bachelor's degree from the HZ you can continue studying towards your Master’s degree (Msc.) at HZ by choosing for our Master's programme River Delta Development. When you choose for this programme, you are able to get you Bachelor and Master's degree in 5,5 years.

If you decide to continue your education abroad, you can do so immediately after graduating from the HZ. If you choose to further your studies at a research university in the Netherlands, a pre-master is required for a Master in Civil Engineering.

Career paths

Once graduated, you can construct dikes, build bridges and canals, ports and large scale infrastructure. The different type of jobs of a civil engineer can globally be divided into the main phases of a civil project: the (initial) feasibility phase, the design phase, the construction phase and the operational and maintenance phase. Your work covers a very wide range of specialism, ranging from Coastal and Marine, Environmental, Water and Public health to Roads, Rails, Geotechnical and Structural fields.


About this institute

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Based in the South-West of Netherlands, on the Dutch coast, HZ University of Applied Sciences is home to 5000 students out of which 500 are international. HZ prides itself with being rated in the top 3 medium-sized universities of applied...

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Contact info

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Edisonweg 4
4382 NW Vlissingen
the Netherlands


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