Useful information


For more information please contact
Mathias Smidt
Tel. +32 3 205 64 60
E-mail: hydrography@hzs.be

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The programme starts annually, at the end of September. The end of the programme is marked by an evaluation of the student’s fieldwork, around the end of August. If the student successfully passed their theory and fieldwork, they obtain a certificate in September of the following year.

1 Feb Start application period
30 Jun End application period non-EU candidates
Deadline full payment non-EU candidates
31 July End application period EU candidates
15 Aug Deadline payment registration fee EU candidates
September Interview with candidates
  Deadline payment tuition fee EU candidates
Start academic year


All courses are lectured in English.

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible, candidates require the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Good knowledge of mathematics : differential and integral calculus, matrix algebra, co-ordinate geometry (2 and 3 dimensional) , spherical trigonometry, theory of errors, functions, series, complex variables
  • Good knowledge of physics : units of measure, mechanics, signal modulation, measurement of time, electricity and magnetism, optics, transducers, pressure, electronics
  • Good knowledge of English as all courses are in English

 See the detailed entry requirements for more information.


Through a selection committee exemptions can be given to those that have already studied similar courses or have relevant experience in the sector. This system allows for a lighter programme.

To apply for exemptions, candidates complete the additional documents after sending their application. They are then invited to participate in an interview. Based on documentation and the interview, the Selection Committee may decide to grant one or more exemptions.


All candidates are required to pay a registration fee of EUR 250 and EUR 20 per registered ECTS. The full programme consists of 60 ECTS . The candidate decides how many ECTS they choose to take up. For the complete tuition fee please contact us via hydrography@hzs.be

The registration fee is non-refundable. The tuition fee is non-refundable after the start of the academic year.

Students are required to use the Handbooks of Offshore Surveying by STC Skilltrade. These handbooks cost approx. EUR 280, and are not included in the tuition fee.

In the programme there is a Safety course. This course alone does not allow students to obtain a Basic Safety certificate. If you are interested in obtaining the certificate, the HZS offers the opportunity for extra courses, but these are not included in the tuition fee.

The programme is currently not eligible for grants and funding.

Belgian students may be eligible for ‘betaald educatief verlof’; see the website of the Federale Overheidsdienst WASO for more information. Application forms can be obtained at the student administration. Please notify the student administration if you want to apply, as lecturers need to take absence.

General information

General information concerning accommodation, health insurance etc. can be found in the information brochure.