Information and Communication Technology

HZ University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Information and Communication Technology

Binge watching a series on Netflix, use WhatsApp or listening to Spotify? This is all possible thanks to IT!

Making developments possible

We live in a connected world in which physical objects are massively linked to the internet. Think of a security camera that sends a message to your smartphone when a person walks through your garden. Or AI (artificial intelligence), where a self-learning algorithm learns whether it is safe to cross a street. IT is the field that makes these developments possible and creates them.

Discover which direction suits you best: technical or business

IT often involves programming and system management. But it is so much more than that. Brainstorming about a good software solution for a customer, coming up with a cloud solution, building a new application, collecting and interpreting data to advise a company or tackling cyber security. The possibilities are endless. Whether you want to develop in the direction of the business side or the technical side. In the course of your studies we will help you to discover which direction suits you best and we teach you everything about the latest technologies and trends.

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Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Information and Communication Technology programme you need:

  • A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education diploma, which gives you access to higher education.
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0. Read all about the language requirements here.

Language Requirements

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. For the scores of other accepted language tests than IELTS, the table below applies.

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

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Program content

Year 1

You are introduced to the world of IT. You will learn an important skill for solving problems in IT: programming. Just like the corporate world, we use the agile methodology. This means that you evaluate both yourself and your project during biweekly sprints. At the end of year 1, you will be able to develop software in different programming languages. In the first year you focus on the following themes:

  • Computer Science
  • Game development
  • Modern Software Development

Year 2

Will you come up with an IT solution that suits the needs of your client? This year is dedicated to your own work environment and your client. You frequently work on assignments for real companies in project groups. You use the agile methodology: during biweekly sprints, you evaluate your project, yourself, and your role within your team. You do not only work on your knowledge, but also on your development as a professional. You focus on the following themes:

  • Business value creation
  • Data Science

Year 3

You choose one of the three study tracks: Software Engineer, Business IT Consultant or Data Scientist. Your minor and internship (in the Netherlands or abroad) are centered on your chosen study track.

Year 4

The first semester is dedicated to your study track. You conclude the programme with a graduation research project at a company in The Netherlands or abroad.

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’. Did you participate in the Honours Program? You will get an extra certificate with your bachelor's degree.

Career paths

Your possibilities are endless. You can work for commercial companies such as banks and insurance companies, industrial companies, IT companies and start-ups. There is also high demand for IT professionals in the non-profit sector, including in healthcare, defence, and local governments. It is expected that there will be 1 million vacancies in Europe around 2020

  • IT-consultant : The term consultant or advisor includes quite a few positions, such as Information Analyst, Functional Designer and ERP/CRM consultant. As a consultant, you are the bridge between the IT requirements of an organisation and fulfilling these requirements with innovative IT solutions. You chart all the requirements and work together with the development teams that build these solutions, towards the final design. After several years of work experience, you can progress to senior consultant.
  • Data engineer : As a data engineer, you process large amounts of data from different types of sources (big data) and convert this data into usable insights for a company. This is done using special software and by writing algorithms to retrieve, structure and analyse data. You do not only have a good understanding of IT but are also able to convert data into solid advice.
  • Software engineer : As a software engineer, you develop software, applying techniques from computer science in the design, development and testing. You carry out programme tests and maintain and optimise the performance of the software. You sometimes also draft the programme specifications and application structure.
  • Cloud engineer : As a Cloud engineer you help build (and manage) secure cloud environments. This helps organisations to transform their own (in-house) servers into closed and/or open cloud solutions, for example.
  • Web developer/Front-end or back-end developer : A web developer is someone who takes care of the technical side of complex websites. The web developer develops the backend and takes care of the link between the back-end and the front-end. As such, a web programmer mostly works on the technical side of the website.


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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HZ University of Applied Sciences

Edisonweg 4
4382 NW Vlissingen
the Netherlands


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