Bachelor International Development Management

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  • 48 months
  • EUR8600 Year (Non-EEA)
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Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences | Velp, Netherlands
Is it really possible for everyone to profit equally from development while still respecting the environment? In our view it is. Through sustainable trade, equal rights and equal opportunities we believe that a healthy balance between people, earth and prosperity can be achieved.
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Description of International Development Management

Is it really possible for everyone to profit equally from development while still respecting the environment? In our view it is. Through sustainable trade, equal rights and equal opportunities we believe that a healthy balance between people, earth and prosperity can be achieved.

The Bachelor of International Development Management gives you the knowledge and motivation to take steps towards promoting this balance. In your study programme, you can opt to focus on reconstructing society after natural disasters, empower people living in rural areas or contributing to fair economic chains from raw material to consumer. In all cases, you will learn to bring people together, defend interests of different stakeholders, and to facilitate and support developments and innovation.

You will also learn more about geography, biology and economics. You will deal with intercultural communication, international cooperation, the green economy, reconstruction after disasters, strengthening the position of farmers, fair trade, business administration, and project management.

In the first part of your studies, you will get to know the exciting field of International Development Management. In blocks, you will cover topics such as market-sector, international development, company-organisation and innovation, from the perspective of the study programme. You will also do a short work placement; you will deepen your knowledge and learn to apply it, for example by setting up your own company.

In the course of the programme you will choose a specific focus, with a minor to deepen or broaden your knowledge and an internship to put that knowledge into practice. You will complete your study programme by carrying out a final thesis project in a company or organisation.

After graduating from International Development Management, you could find work in a commercial or non commercial environment. You will have developed strong skills in working with people. Perhaps you will become a bridge builder between farmers and a supermarket, or between farmers and the government. Possible jobs include sustainable certification advisor, manager of a cocoa cooperative, food safety project manager and advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters.

Professional fields:Sustainable Value ChainsDisaster Recovery Management Rural Development and Innovation

You will be following objective specific courses, doing practical periods and preparing an exciting graduation assignment. In the third or fourth year you will make a choice out of many available minors. A minor is actually a short course of your own choice. It can be specialistic or broad, in which case it can add to your interests and talents.

The programme is competency based: each theoretical subject supports workgroup situations in which students tackle practical problems and explore workable solutions. This means that you will be active from day one, learning to work independently as you collaborate with others. The programme culminates in practical placements and a thesis project conducted in an international setting.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non EU - July15th ; EU - August 1st
Tuition fee
  • EUR 8600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1984 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 48 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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English Language Requirements

Requirements for International Development Management

To enter the first year of the Bachelor programme of your choice, you must have obtained a secondary school degree which allows you to pursue a study programme at a university or university of applied sciences. You must also have a sufficient knowledge of the English language (e.g. TOEFL exam with a score of 550, IELTS 6.0). For some programmes, complementary requirements or recommendations apply, for example Maths, Chemistry or Biology. Applicants with additional and relevant professional or academic background may apply for course exemptions for courses taught in year 1 and year 2 of our Bachelor programmes. Exemptions are granted only after individual assessment of the student’s background. Applicants with a different background may also be eligible for enrolment. Please visit our website for these extra entry requirements. All qualifications will be assessed and approved for admission by the VHL admissions board.

Work Experience for International Development Management

No work experience is required.

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