BSc in International Built Environment

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

Program Description

BSc in International Built Environment

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

International Spatial Development

The technical professional bachelor's programme International Built Environment of NHTV has the differentiation area International Spatial Development. This programme lasts 4 years and is taught in English.

This programme prepares you for a career in the creation and optimisation of international living environments and in the design, functions and accessibility of areas or locations. You will be trained to become a professional capable of operating in the international market.

Figure it out

  • Researching how you can keep your country and cities accessible in the future?
  • Mapping out problems in disadvantaged districts?
  • Designing the ideal residential area of the future?

After your graduation at NHTV Breda, you are the international spatial development expert who creates and implements sustainable solutions for the future, using the latest technology, design experience and planning principles.

Study Programme

This programme will start with a broad basis of knowledge of the built environment. Throughout your course of study, you will have various specialisation opportunities. At the end of year two you can opt for becoming a specialist:

Strategic Designer
In this role you will focus on integrating strategic design with the process of shaping society. Your objective in this process will be designing future cities. Projects and courses: urbanism, design, sociology, and drawing and visualisation skills (by using Illustrator and Photoshop).

Urban Planner
This role is all about developing a long-term vision of planning while at the same time allowing scope for all stakeholders to collaborate and accomplish their own ideas. You will optimise and align living, working, mobility and recreational conditions. Projects and courses: research methods, quality of life, financial control, sustainability and environment, governance and project management.

Sustainable Urban Mobility Manager
The main focus comprises behavioural changes in mobility. Just think of promoting active modes of transport such as walking and cycling. You will optimize the use of public transport and incorporate smart work and mobility solutions into people’s daily lives. Projects and courses: travel behaviour and safety, mobility management and their relation to urban planning and design (including road design).


The courses and projects are centered around the following themes:

  • Dutch Design
  • Sustainable (Urban) Mobility Planning
  • Smart Cities and Societies
  • Water Management
  • Planning for an Uncertain Future: Flexible Use of Space
  • Energy

Your career?

Graduates are likely to find jobs as Strategic Designer, Urban Planner and Manager of Sustainable (Urban) Mobility at (inter)national companies:

  • advisory agencies
  • multinationals
  • small and medium-sized enterprises
  • government services
  • housing associations
  • private developers
  • design firms

Why study built environment at NHTV

  • High ranking in Keuzegids HBO
  • Small-scale programme in an informal setting
  • Lecturers often hold part-time positions in the industry
  • 81% of our graduates are (very) satisfied with this programme.
  • International classroom, approx. 30% foreign students from various countries
  • Practice-oriented learning through close collaboration with the international industry
  • Personalised coaching
  • Possibility to transfer to 1-year master's programme


Keuzegids HBO 2018 ranked the International Built Environment programme number 1 (with a score of 7.2 out of 10) in its own category.

The programme was voted No.1 within its category in the Nationale Studentenenquête 2017(Student Survey).

Admission requirements for international students

An equivalent of the Dutch diplomas of higher general secondary education (havo) or pre-university level (vwo) is generally required to enrol on a study programme at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.

After having received your application, NHTV will inform you if you meet the educational requirements. If there is any doubt, NHTV will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic (the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education) for advice.

Test of English as a foreign language

As an international applicant, you will also be required to demonstrate sufficient results of one of these tests:

  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced Certificate) or CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • IELTS test (minimum overall band score of 6.0, and minimum subscore of 6.0 for speaking)
  • TOEFL test (minimum score of 80 internet-based, and minimum subscore of 20 for speaking)

Exemptions from taking the English test

You do not need to submit English language test results to be allowed to attend an English-language programme if:

  • you are a Dutch havo or vwo graduate
  • the language of instruction of the secondary school or university you attended or are attending is English in a native English-speaking country (i.e. one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (Quebec excluded), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America)
  • you have obtained a diploma that is included in the list of diplomas compiled by Nuffic and one of your exam subjects was English.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
3 - 4 
Full time
2,060 EUR
EU students. 9,693 EUR for non-EU students.
Netherlands - Breda, North Brabant
Start date : Sept. 2019
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Netherlands - Breda, North Brabant
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