Business Innovation with Blockchain

Can your personal data be considered safe with companies, banks, notaries or even government? Numerous examples of scams, fraud, money laundering and data theft make it clear that this is not always the case. Blockchain offers a revolutionary solution to this problem. During the exchange programme Business Innovation with Blockchain, you’ll learn more about this new technology and work with real clients.

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The exchange programme Business Innovation with Blockchain is intended for students of ICT, law, creative business, engineering management, finance or any other background, who are interested in new technologies. You need a flexible and inquisitive attitude. Previous knowledge is not required. However, we do strive to use the knowledge you have gained during your major as much as possible during the project. Because we work with real clients, we expect a lot from you.

Useful to know

Start moment February, September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code ME-BLOCKCHEN-22
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

During this programme, we will guide you from zero prior knowledge to becoming a real expert in the field of blockchain. Blockchain is software intended to record transactions, which means that you no longer place your data in the hands of third parties. The fact that individuals are not dependent on a trusted third party, such as a bank, notary or even the government, makes this one of the most visionary technologies of the future. Blockchain will revolutionise work in sectors such as energy supply, financial services, logistics, agri-food and healthcare.

We will teach you to look at people and objects differently. For example, we don't see a Tesla, but rather driving battery packs that relieve the overloaded power grid by only receiving or delivering power when needed.

At HU, we have more than five years of successful experience with blockchain technology and we are part of a vibrant and energetic ecosystem. This enables us to guide you properly to a successful end result. Included in the programme are guest lectures from experts such as Rabobank, ING and Ledger Leopard Blockchain Solutions.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Wil van Erp. You can also request student reports of this programme to get a feel of what to expect.

The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Course unit title ECTS
Project 15
Introduction to Blockchain  2.5
Blockchain governance
Web 3.0

Please note that the programme reflects a (logical) bundle of courses/subjects and should normally be followed as such. By choosing this package you will have to participate in ALL the courses included. It is not possible to combine (two or more) programmes in one single period.

In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Once it's available, you can download it here for your convenience.

After completing this programme, you will know the answers to questions such as:

  • When does a blockchain add value?
  • How can you safely, reliably and efficiently share data with third parties?
  • What impact will blockchain have on the financial system?

You'll also have gained the following competences:

  • Insight into the societal and social impact of blockchain;
  • Insight into the various practical application possibilities of blockchain;
  • A future-oriented outlook on blockchain.

There are no admission requirements for this programme. However, if the maximum number of registrations is exceeded, we will ask you to write a motivation letter.

English CEFR level B2. You have to be fluent in English writing and speaking.

Please note: If your English language ability proves to be insufficient to participate actively in (parts of) the courses you have chosen, we cannot be bound to the Learning Agreement, neither can we guarantee to offer you the required amount of study load (EC’s). Teachers might request you to take a diagnostic test at the start of the course to check if your English language ability is sufficient to successfully participate in that specific course. In all cases it is up to the programme manager to decide if your English language ability is sufficient to be eligible for the programme/course.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Why choose hu?

  • Follow a challenging, future-oriented programme

    Blockchain is one of the most visionary technologies to shape our future. It has the potential to offer unprecedented solutions to a wide range of challenges now and in the future.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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