IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world.

Top reasons to study here

  • The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities.
  • Delft and Dutch water know-how combined with the latest insights from professional practices worldwide.
  • Standard setting for education and training – for water-related institutions, universities and other education and training agencies in the water sector.



IHE Delft Institute for Water Education continues the work that was started in 1957 when a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering was first offered to practicing professionals from developing countries. Today, IHE Delft has developed into one of the largest graduate water education facilities in the world.


IHE Delft offers a wide variety of educational courses in the field of water. In addition to four MSc Programmes and the PhD Programme, the Institute also offers a range of short and online courses tailored to specific needs.


The IHE Delft laboratory is an internal service unit that supports the Institute’s educational, research and capacity building activities, with a focus on education and research.


IHE Delft helps enhance the careers of those who are already working in the field of water, or interested to study the topic, by giving them the chance to broaden or deepen their expertise. As, increasingly, a wide range of skills and backgrounds is beneficial for the water sector, the Institute also welcomes students who wish to change their career path, provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

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Housing services

Our institute IHE Delft is situated in Delft, which is one of the student cities in the Netherlands. It is increasingly difficult to find accommodation in student cities in the Netherlands, so IHE Delft has obtained student accommodation for participants in our IHE Delft programmes, where possible.

Over 350 units of fully furnished accommodation, including linen sets, internet and television are available in different hostels in Delft . The availability, allocation and maintenance of the rooms are arranged by DUWO, the Delft student housing corporation. Most of the units are single rooms, with shared sanitary and cooking facilities. 

Library services

IHE Delft’s library provides access to over 25,000 titles and is equipped with on-line connections to a worldwide network of libraries. There is also a reading room offering many international journals.

ICT services

  • Extensive ICT facilities, including a studio with videoconferencing facilities;

Student Life

Campus life

IHE’s campus is located in the centre of Delft. The premises, comprising three interconnected buildings, cover an area of 14,000 square metres, extending from the main entrance of the new building on Westvest 7, to the historic buildings along one of Delft’s main canals.

Sports facilities

From October to April, IHE Delft arranges free facilities to actively practise a number of sports, such as indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton on a regular basis. Staff members and students volunteer as coaches for these sports. Every year, IHE Delft aims to organize some sporting competitions for students. One main annual event is the ‘International Education Sports Day’ when teams from different institutes for international education compete..

Student clubs

During the academic year 1988/89 the first steps were taken to establish a Student Association of which all IHE Delft course participants are members. The objectives of the IHE Delft Student Association Board are the following:

  • to represent the Institute's MSc students in all IHE Delft related matters;
  • and to discuss views and suggestions on course matters and the welfare of the students with the IHE Delft management.

All IHE Delft students who follow courses with a minimum duration of 6 months will become member of this Association. All members have the right to elect their representatives and to participate in all activities organized by the Association. 

Student Reviews

Multi-cultured and great academic experience!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very diverse environment with students coming from all over the world which gave me a lot of culture and science exposure. The university is good and helps you tackle very realistic problems of your home country. Apart from that, when you graduate you leave the university with plenty of knowledge and expertise. Last but not least, the Netherlands is an amazing country to...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Overall was great. the pandemic made things a bit harder but I had a good experience. It is a very pleasant multi-cultured environment. The course is intense and a bit difficult. It requires a lot of dedication and consistency.

Disappointing and not worth it
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

My experience at IHE was disappointing to say the least. Students are rushed through 3 week modules which does not give time for a student to absorb and fully process the learned information. The lectures by some professors are a complete waste of time. They may have a PhD but their skills as an educator are lacking and therefore they are unable to communicate their...

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