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Wind energy is a good form of renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. It never runs out and is always clean. Wind power is also great for the environment and for a sustainable Netherlands.

Wind energy is interationally also a booming business. In the next 10 years there is a gap of around 20.000 jobs in this sector in Europe alone. At present time is a great need for project staff in technical, economic- and management areas in the wind industry: specialists who are generalists. And that means that they have insight in the entire process; from R&D to assembly and operations.


This course deals with every aspect of harvesting wind energy using offshore wind farms. It is a unique study designed for students with an interest in engineering, civil and project planning aspects of wind energy

Wind Energy is one of the highest-ranking sources of renewable energy for the future. Sign up for the Wind Energy exchange course at HAN University of Applied Sciences.

HAN and its close ties with the professional wind industry will enable you to find success in the wind market. The Wind Energy exchange course is comprehensive and practical. It prepares you for a role as a consultant in the professional field of wind energy.

You will learn about the construction, utilisation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

An overview of the technical, planning, financial and legal aspects in the various phases of developing an offshore wind farm:


  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Forecasting the effects on the environment
  • (International) legislation


  • (International) legislation
  • Choice of location
  • Development
  • Safety
  • Construction (electrical infrastructure, wind turbines, generators, transport and installation)
  • Certification


  • Licenses
  • Technical issues
  • Contracts


  • Building and maintenance safety
  • Project management
  • Transport and installation
  • Sustainable investment decision


  • Availability on the market
  • Management of overabundance

The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

  • Understanding of the complexity of the full cycle of designing, constructing and maintaining offshore wind farms
  • Total overview of the cycle
  • Specialisation in the aspects that you find most relevant and interesting
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and international team


General competencies

  • Acting from a multidisciplinary point of view
  • Managing and facilitating the process
  • Working in a systematic way according to project standards
  • Cooperation
  • Communicating in English
  • Analysing (production process, customer needs, chances and opportunities, etc.)
  • Advising (production optimisation, efficiency improvements, logistical systems, organisational development, etc.)

Technical competencies

  • Requirements engineering
  • Designing
  • Optimisation
  • Maintaining

Project planning competencies

  • Designing, improving and maintaining production and organisational processes (logistical systems, specific customer needs, organisation design)
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of change processes
  • Sustainable investment decision
  • Implementing and maintaining (managing production processes, product portfolio, customer relations)
  • Thinking and acting commercially (buying and selling, market research, negotiating). Selling the concept based on analysis of rentability and return on investment.
  • International cooperation (outsourcing, cultural differences)
  • Understanding grant applications, fund raising, etc.

Entry level requirements

An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

For whom?
All Dutch and international students with an interest in the subject.

Admission requirements

  • A minimum of 120 ECTS credits is required for Dutch students
  • International students must first complete an intake assessment

During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Group presentation
  • Convention (you will organise a convention on the subject together with fellow students)
  • Individual portfolio

This exchange course has the following schedule and working methods:


  • 3 days a week of various classes
  • 1 day a week spent visiting companies/sites, etc. 
  • 1 day a week of project work

Working methods

  • Lectures (maximum lenght: 2 hours)
  • Seminars with the student group(s)
  • Workshop: working/meeting with a group of students (max. 8 persons). For a maximum of a full day
  • Visiting companies and sites
  • Composition of student groups: mixed groups of 6-8 students (multidisciplinary – teaching staff will classify on the basis of intake assessment and/or background)
  • There will be opportunities for students to add special topics to the course
  • A work placement at a company in the wind industry is an additional opportunity to become a true wind specialist (note: this is not a standard part of the course)


  • Offered only in the 1st semester of the year (Sep-Jan)
  • Major role for industry in the course

Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.

Type of exchange course
This is a differentiation exchange course. This means it enables you to develop your professional competences in a different/broader context.

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