Information and Communication Technology

Watching a series on Netflix, ordering something on Amazon, sending a payment request through PayPal, chatting on WhatsApp or checking in with your public transport card: all this is possible thanks to IT!

IT is usually associated with programming or system management. But it is so much more than that. Brainstorm about a good software solution for a customer, come up with a cloud solution, build a new application, collect and interpret data to advise a company or work on cyber security. The possibilities are endless, whether you are interested in the business side or the technical side. During the programme, we help you discover which direction is best for you and teach you everything on the basis of the latest technologies.

Out-of-the-box with your team
In addition to developing your own skills, you frequently work in multidisciplinary teams. We do this using the agile methodology. This is not: working according to that one described perfect approach. This is: meeting the needs of your client and creating an out-of-the-box solution quickly, flexibly and together with your team. Basically, the same thing you will later be doing for a company. In doing so, you do not only look at your projects, but also your own development as a professional.

Would you like to work in one of today’s most creative and trendsetting sectors? Do you get a kick out of technology, innovation, creativity, and would you like to invent, develop or program things? Then choose Information and Communication Technology at HZ!

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The first two years of the programme are broad in scope, so that you, in addition to acquiring solid basic knowledge, also discover which direction is most suitable for you. This gives you a good idea of the possibilities that the IT study programme offers you. We help you discover what you really enjoy and what you are good at.

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
    Computer Science is the science that describes how a computer works. You will learn about the history and fundamentals of computer science and how to apply this in practice in your own software. We teach you the basics of programming, taking your level into account.
  • Game Development
    In this block you will learn everything about object-oriented programming while developing a game yourself. You work on your programming knowledge, and in the final weeks you will together with your team develop an educational game for primary school children.
  • Modern Software Development
    In order to quickly and securely develop applications such as mobile apps, games or web applications, frameworks like Unity, Java Play and Laravel are used frequently. You are introduced to development within the Laravel framework. You are introduced to the basic functions of the framework, such as MVC, routes and migrations. You directly apply your knowledge in practice by carrying out a project for an external client.
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
During this semester your central focus is on the user. You can do this through Design Thinking, a process in which you focus on the user, work in teams, and which allows you to find creative and innovative solutions for your ICT issue. We also work on Continuous Integration. Looking at how to create value for your company and your client is an important theme during this semester.

• Data Science
You work on machine learning, cloud computing and data visualisation. You learn how to determine which requirements an application has to fulfil. During this semester, you will also investigate whether you are interested in entrepreneurship and think about ethics in your field.

Year 3

You choose one of the two specialisations: Software Engineer or Data Science. Your minor and internship (in the Netherlands or abroad) are centred on your chosen specialisation

Year 4

The first semester is dedicated to your specialisation. You conclude the programme with a graduation research project at a company.

Information and Communication Technology explained


In the third year, you can choose from two specialisations:

• Data scientist (DS)
As a data scientist, you process large amounts of data from various 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 (SE)
You design and develop suitable software. This is of course done according to the requirements of the client. You learn to programme at the highest level, in various programming languages, and on the basis of the newest technologies.

After graduation

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.

Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’. Did you participate in the Honours Programme? You will get an extra certificate with your bachelor's degree.

Admission requirements

Before you apply to the Information and Communication Technology programme, you have to meet a few admission requirements.

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 more about the admission requirements.

    Alternative entrance exam

    If you don’t have the appropriate secondary school diploma, and if you are at least 21 years old, you may be exempted from this requirement. The HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam.

    Language requirements

    Read all about the language requirements here.

    Course description

    Read more detailed course information in the Academic and Examination Regulation.

    Practical information

    Read everything about the fees and finances, what it's like to study in the Netherlands, what you need to arrange when studying abroad and how to apply for a study programme.

    Next to the tuition fees and cost of living there are extra costs for your study programme (study materials, excursions and books). In the first two years these costs are approximately €400,- per year. A good laptop is indispensable.

    Read more about the fees and finances here.

    Have you made your choice? Read all about our application procedure.

    Visa, health insurance, accomodation and a Dutch bank account..You need to arrange quite some things when you decide to study abroad. Read all about it here.

    What it's like to study in the Netherlands? And what is Vlissingen like? Read all about Zeeland, the Netherlands and HZ.

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