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Civil Engineering | HZ UNIVERSITY

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Civil Engineering| HZ UNIVERSITY

With the Civil Engineering study programme at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you are trained to become a technical expert in road construction and hydraulics.

Civil Engineering at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences is all about the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure. During your study, you learn everything about the design and building of large constructions and managing projects. You are not just involved in the building of new constructions, but also in their maintenance. Furthermore, you can advise governments all over the world regarding flood prevention.


Starting date:  September 2018

You can apply until: August 15, 2018

Degree title: Bachelor of Science

Programme intensity: Full-time

Program duration: 4 years

Fast track: 3 years

Language: English

Program location: Vlissingen

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060

In year one, you acquaint yourself with the different aspects of the civil engineering field. You act both in the role of advisor and of designer and analyze 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 learn how civil engineering constructions are built and how they work. You learn about hydraulics and the impact water has on a construction, so you know how strong the construction needs to be.

In the second part of the first year, you acquaint yourself with the South-western Delta, our delta region in the Netherlands. 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, in spite of rising sea levels. By means of surveying, you learn to map an area. You incorporate this in 3D drawings, which will form the basis for your new design of dunes and dikes. You also study these areas abroad.

In the second year 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. Another subject is the development of such islands for the construction of wind farms.

In the third year of the programme, you complete a six-month minor. You can carry out your minor at one of the water-related research groups at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, at another of our study programmes, or at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad.
You also carry out an internship with a construction project, in the Netherlands or abroad.

At the start of the fourth study year, you choose your major:

- Hydraulic engineering or

- Construction.

Either in the role of a hydraulic engineer, or that of a constructor your work on a large-scale project with other students in the field of port design.
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 that shows you qualify as a civil engineer.

4 years

Three-year track

This study programme offers a three-year fast track for excellent students. Apart from the English language requirements, you need a Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio), with a general grade of at least 10 and a grade of at least 18 for the subjects Mathematics and Physics

The study coordinator will decide on your admission in this 3-year track after having reviewing your records.

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0, such as:

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade C (180 - 184)

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade B (173-175)

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade C (169-172)

Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio) with a general grade of at least 10 and a grade of at least 16 for Mathematics and Physics

Applying for the academic year of 2018-2019 will be possible from 1 October 2017 until the application deadline of 1 May 2018.

In case you have not obtained your secondary school diploma yet, you can already apply by submitting your current grade list.

Ultimate closing date for applications: August 15, 2018

We advise you to apply before May 1. Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has the right to refuse applications by students which meet the admission requirements, but which are sent after May 1.  


Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has partnered with housing cooperation APV to make it easier for students to find a place to live.

Once you have registered at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you can start booking a room with APV, which offers student accommodations in Vlissingen and Middelburg. Prices start from €250,- per month all in and increase depending on the size of the room and required comfort. Most student houses are near the city centre and within cycling distance of Zeeland University of Applied Sciences.

Make sure you book a room in time (preferably in the early spring), so you have the best chances to book the room that suits your wishes. You have several options regarding to renting a room. Accommodation varies from single units, to three to nine-bedroom apartments with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

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”.

You can have a career all over the world as a contractor, designer, or project manager in civil engineering, either with a construction firm, governments, or as a consultant. 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.

With a Bachelors diploma from Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you can continue doing a Master’s programme. If you want to do this abroad, you can usually start straightaway.  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. Our graduates have continued with different (pre) Master programmes for instance at the world ranked Technical University Delft, with structural, or Hydraulic Engineering. As of 2019 HZ intends to start with the new Master Delta River programme.