Are you a Young Professional? Want to learn about H2O? Come to the Netherlands!

Water experts are needed. Economic development in large parts of the world leads to an increase in the demand for clean water. Furthermore, a large part of the worlds’ population lives in coastal cities that are prone to flooding. And climate change creates new challenges we have not dealt with before. In the near future, demand for water expertise will exceed the current supply of water experts. In the Netherlands we have several educational programmes and institutions focused on water. Have a look at the opportunities! 


Young Expert Programmes (YEP)
The Young Expert Programmes consist of YEP Water and YEP Agrofood. The main goal of both programmes is to offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and to offer young local professionals the opportunity to gain experience with working in an international environment through Dutch organisations. In March 2017, 243 young professionals started their international career through YEP.

Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organisations that are involved in the policy for, and implementation of, development cooperation activities outside the Netherlands can submit a project proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert. The period of deployment is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. During their programme the Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching. Local Young Experts are recruited by the organisation submitting the application. Potential Local Young Experts should therefore approach Dutch organisations to employ you. A list of Dutch organisations is available at the Dutch embassy in your country.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


Wetskills is a series of events where Dutch water-related students meet foreign students and work on innovative solutions for existing water cases.


Young Water Professionals program
The upcoming edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) includes an extensive program for students and young professionals, organized by and for young water professionals! The event takes place from 29 October to 3 November in Amsterdam and is THE place to be if you are interested in water. You, as Young Water Professionals (YWPs) can participate in various conferences, workshops, events and challenges. 


Holland Water Challenge
The Holland Water Challenge is a competition that invites the next generation water leaders to take an active role in developing innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life delta and water problems.


The Netherlands has some of the world's top educational institutions in the water sector.

Regular educational institutes

The NHL University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden 
Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede & Deventer 
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, Wageningen & Velp 
Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR), Wageningen 
HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen
Delft University of Technology, Delft 
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam 
Utrecht University, Utrecht 

Specialized educational institutes
IHE Delft Insitute for Water Education 
World Water Academy 
Wetsus Academy 

For more general information about studying in the Netherlands check: Study in Holland