A study abroad can be a lifelong advantage. Our exchange programmes give students a taste of what studying in the Netherlands is like.

Our exchange programmes vary from one semester to a full year. HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen has exchange agreements with partner universities all around the world. Exchange periods are in the fall semester or in the spring semester.

To study in Vlissingen as an exchange student, your university needs an exchange agreement with us. If you would like to experience the international atmosphere at HZ, contact one of your exchange coordinators at your home institute. They will inform you on the registration procedure to study abroad and inform you about the available courses and selection procedures.

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Overview programmes

International Business Studies (IBS) focuses on a hands‑on approach to entrepreneurship, management, sales, marketing and financial management. You will learn how to streamline company processes, think commercially and work within a financial framework.

We welcome exchange students in our fall and spring semester.

Click here for the course offer fall semester 2023-2024.
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HZ University of Applied Sciences offers the semester programme "Innovative Entrepreneurship". This is an English-language programme accessible to international (exchange) students. HZ has a long history in offering courses in Entrepreneurship and this year the focus will be on stimulating innovative entrepreneurship. The objective is to encourage new entrepreneurs to develop breakthrough-innovations, not only from a technological viewpoint but also from an economical viewpoint.

This programme is offered in both semesters.

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Tourism Management programme has a strong international orientation, with courses in Management, Tourism, Vitality and Wellness, Sports, Health, Human Resources Management and Hospitality.

We welcome exchange students in our fall and spring semester. For more info on the courses please click here.

The HZ Innovation Studio offers you a unique learning opportunity. For ten (15EC) or twenty (30EC) weeks, you will engage in our studio and design relevant solutions for a variety of challenges. Meet and collaborate with industry stakeholders, fellow students, researchers and lecturers. Together we immerse in projects and succeed in delivering meaningful output. The projects combine a multitude of concepts that are top of mind in our region. In this, entrepreneurship, governance, regional planning, change or development are linked to health, wellbeing, sports, recreation, leisure, hospitality or tourism.

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In our Chemistry programme we can welcome exchange students in the Fall and Spring semester.

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Our Mechatronics programme is a specialisation from our Engineering programme on 4th year Bachelor level.

This specialisation is offered in our fall semester. For more info on this programme please click here.

In this programme you learn how to manage and optimise various streams in, for example, physical distribution and human logistics. Physical distribution is all about transport, storage, planning and communication between different parties. Human logistics focuses on human streams, for example in the health service or at big events. We welcome exchange students in our fall and spring semester. You can choose from various courses which will be offered.

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The Netherlands has been a frontrunner in coastal defence for centuries. Nowadays, Dutch Engineers export their services and expertise all over de world. At HZ, you will learn how to plan, design and build in a safe, sustainable and cost-effective way. You will specialise in Coastal Engineering, an area of civil engineering related to hydraulic engineering, road construction, pipeline design, bridges, dams, storm sewers, dykes and canals. We welcome exchange students in our fall and spring semester.

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The earth’s climate is changing rapidly. The main water problems we have to deal with in society are pollution, flooding and shortages. This has major impact for both humans and animals. As a water manager you make sure all life on earth can deal with the effects of climate change on nature, the weather and agriculture.

We offer courses on subjects as ecology, water quality, water technology, resilience, spatial planning and the management of delta areas. Exchange students can choose to do a number of courses from the programme with a total number of 30 ECTS per semester or choose a minor programme.

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The course Industrial Engineering & Management teaches you how to use technology, management theory and business economics in such a way that you will be able to improve production processes and to make organizations profitable or more sustainable.

You have an interest in technology, you enjoy coming up with smart solutions for the technical and management field. You are versatile and you can work in different branches of an organization, regardless whether it is the planning, purchasing, production or distribution department. With your problem-solving abilities, you are able to (re)design, improve and optimise production resources and processes by applying your knowledge on technology, business processes and change management.

We welcome exchange students in the 2nd year of the IE&M programme either in the Fall and/or Spring semester. Based on your educational background the programme coordinator will determine whether you will be admitted. Furthermore, we welcome exchange students in the 4th year of the programme, during the Project: Focus on Future. This project only runs in the Fall semester.

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) focuses on a hands‑on approach with real-life casus to Software engineering, Digital innovation, Business IT Consulting and Data Science. You will learn how to come up with new digital solutions for real company problems. You will develop solutions and explain the technology. We welcome exchange students in our fall or/and spring semester.

Click here for the course offer for the fall semester 2023-2024
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Our study programme Information & Communication Technology offers the one-semester Minor “Applied Data Science” (30 ECTS). This programme is offered in the spring semester, taught in English and accessible to international (exchange) students.

Are you interested by what data can do for the world we live in and are you willing to learn? Then “Applied Data Science” may be what you are looking for.
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The contribution of Offshore Renewable Energy to the energy market is essential for a better environment and for our future. The human use of energy is still increasing and we are running out of fossil fuels. In the future, we can solve this by generating renewable offshore energy from wind, currents, waves and other sources. Currently, many new offshore wind farms are planned and build in the Netherlands. Zeeland is a major contributor to the construction of offshore wind farms, both nationally and internationally.

Currently, there are only a handful of study programmes that focus on renewable offshore energy. It will therefore be the sole focus of this new semester programme.

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Following Global Project and Change Management (GPCM) as an exchange student will allow you to follow a diverse range of integrated (theoretical) topics whilst also working on real-life projects. Your semester following the GPCM programme will teach you how to look at complex sustainability issues from many different disciplines by working on local and global issues from your future field of work. You will learn to approach issues from amongst others; an economic, technological, social, and environmental perspective. Throughout the semester you will be provided with knowledge, skills, and practical experience to grow as a change agent.

We welcome exchange students in our spring semester.

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For those whose Dutch is sufficient (min. B2 level) to take classes from one of our Dutch-taught bachelor programmes; click here for the overview of these programmes.


You will work on and gain experience in a real project (30 ECTS). Stakeholders and experts from the work field are looking forward to collaborate with you and to find solutions to the challenges they currently encounter. Your contribution will be of direct use to them, and future minor participants will build on your results.

Topics available for exchange students are;

  • Bio-based Building
  • Circular Economy
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Energy Transition
  • Supply Chain Innovation
  • Going green
  • Solar boat
  • Sensor boat HZenzor
  • Marine Bio-based Specialties (spring semester only)
  • Water Technology (spring semester only)

More detailed info on these projects can be found here.


If you have been selected by your home university to study one or two semesters at the HZ, you may start your application by registering through our online application procedure. Please follow the procedure carefully to make sure your application is registered.

The following documents are required with your application:

All above mentioned documents must be in one of the following languages: Dutch, English, Spanish, French or German. If this is not the case, you have to upload an official sworn translation in one of these languages.

Immigration information
Depending your nationality you may require a visa and/or a residence permit. The HZ student office will apply for these documents on your behalf after the application process is complete.Read more about study visa and residence permit.

Practical information

You are about to leave for the Netherlands to study at HZ and this will surely be one of the most exciting and life changing experiences of your life! To assist in your preparations we give you some important practical information.


If you are an exchange student interested in studying at HZ, we advise you to first contact the Exchange Coordinator of your home university. For any inquiries on our exchange programmes, feel free to contact our International Office:

Evelien Clemminck, Incoming Exchange Students officer: evelien.clemminck@hz.nl