Bachelor in Software Engineering - Information and Communication Technology

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorIT
Course duration4 Years
Starting dateSeptember 2019
DegreeBachelor of Science
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,083
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Saxion students Software Engineering in the labIT is everywhere! Ordering tickets for a concert, applying for a student loan, calling your friend who is away on a study trip – this and more can all be done online nowadays. You can even participate in meetings online, and you can buy groceries without leaving your house. IT specialists play a key role in keeping such day-to-day activities running smoothly. Today’s big discovery is often old news by tomorrow, with one development following another. Opportunities in IT are becoming more diverse all the time, and users are making ever-greater demands. The Saxion IT program Software Engineering is an excellent preparation for a dynamic career in which you will be required to actively keep pace with these developments. Are you keen to design and develop creative applications?

Within Software Engineering you will learn to design and develop software: from idea to realization. Learn all about subjects such as: programming, databases, the Internet, designing and developing methods for software, web applications, mobile applications, server-side software, search engines, system architecture, networks, security etc. You can specialize in different subjects such as Big Data Technologies, Advanced Mobile and Hybrid Development or the Internet of Things.

For more information about the software engineering program: see course content.


First and second years

The first term of your degree revolves around gaining a general overview of the work field of a software Engineer, Dutch culture and society and working together with your classmates in a multicultural team.  You will spend the rest of the first two years studying subjects which are directly related to Software Engineering. In each period you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and works in projects.

Third and fourth years

The third year starts with an internship. This is the opportunity for you to gain practical experience. After your internship you take a deepening or broadening minor. This could be an interdisciplinary project in Smart Solutions, a semester abroad at another university or another program at our university.  In the first semester of your fourth year you specialize yourself by choosing elective courses on User Experience, Big Data, Social Roboting or another trending development.  You will complete your studies with a graduation project, which involves a research project at an IT department or a (IT) company.

Check the following resources to find out more about the curriculum of Software Engineering:

Course description

School of Creative Technology

Software Engineering is run by the School of Creative Technology (ACT) and is taught in English. If you decide to choose Software Engineering, you will be studying together with many international students.  Nowadays there are 24 nationalities studying at our IT program. You will have a great time combining learning, student life and studying with people from different cultures.

Student statisfactory (NSE: National Student Satisfactory Inquiry 2017)

(scale 1-10, 10 is excellent, 8= good, 6 = sufficient)

Group size: 8.3
Workfield knowledge of the teachers: 8.0
Job preparation: 7.9
Analytic Thinking 7.9
Student Facilities 7.9
Overall satisfaction   7.8
Would you recommend Saxion to your friends? 8.2

More information

Would you like more information about Software Engineering?  Go to or contact Mr. Frank van Doorn or Mrs. Margriet de Vos at:

By the time you graduate, you are fully prepared for a career in the world of IT. You will understand the latest innovative technologies and you will know how you can apply these technologies in practice for end users. Thanks to the huge demand for IT specialists, a wide range of jobs are available for software architects, software developers, front-end developers, big data engineers, data scientists, testers, or software analysts in The Netherlands or abroad. You could set to work within the IT department of a large organization, within a specialized IT company or you could start your own business.

In The Netherlands 25% of Dutch IT companies have staff shortage. Therefore many Dutch IT companies are used to work in multicultural teams or they collaborate with companies abroad. In those companies the main language is English. For Software Engineers with good social skills there is plenty of work in The Netherlands!  

You could decide to look for a job in The Netherlands, but you could also launch your career in your home country or elsewhere. As an IT specialist, you will be welcomed with open arms anywhere in the world. It’s up to you to decide where you want to build your career. And if you prefer to continue with your studies, that’s no problem. The Netherlands has plenty of opportunities to further expand your knowledge.

You have to meet our general entry requirements to enrol in this programme. There are no specific requirements for Mathematics, but analytic skills are highly recommended.

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