Hydraulic Engineering

Exchange programme

Are you studying civil engineering, mechanical engineering or water management? Do you want to study in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest harbour city? Are you interested to know how we deal with water, especially in view of the fact that large parts of our country lie below sea level? Do you want to study in an international environment? Then this could be the programme for you!

Dutch hydraulic engineers are famous all over the world. Our battle against water has firmly placed our country on the international map in the fields of land reclamation, dikes and constructional breakwaters, management of water quality and spatial planning and scheduling, allowing for optimal transit of goods. The result of this development is that many larger civil engineering and water management contractors carry out projects both in and for other countries.

Dutch engineers have been working in every corner of the globe, realising hydraulic engineering projects. Irrigation works in Indonesia, wave breakers in Portugal, offshore drilling platforms for Australia’s oil industry, and the luxurious islands of Dubai are just a few examples. 

Closer to home, Rotterdam has just finished realising the Tweede Maasvlakte harbour expansion, but there is always more work for Hydraulic Engineers. Good examples are, for example, projects related to climate change, which will potentially cause huge problems for the safety and living environment of our small country. The solutions you will have to think of will have to be sustainable, in terms of lower CO2 emissions, for example. Working with water requires sound technical knowledge and an innovative attitude, but you will also need to be flexible and willing to stretch your abilities. In addition, good communication skills will be invaluable, as projects often demand quick improvisation. In short, we are looking for, metaphorically speaking, people “building bridges”.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme strucure

A view of the study programme


The Hydraulic Engineering programme is offered during the Fall semester, starting in September and ending in January. It contains both theoretical and practical courses and is accessible to third and fourth-year bachelor degree students of Civil Engineering, Water Management and Mechanical Engineering. The programme is also accessible to fourth-year Dutch students of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences who wish to study together with students from abroad and improve their English language skills.


An indication of the subjects you can expect


Where you can find us


G.J. de Jonghweg 4 - 6 3015 GG Rotterdam

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