Application deadline: 15 July
Tuition fee:
  • € 466 / Year (EEA)
  • € 466 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Duration full-time: 42 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Agribusiness at Rhine-Waal University

In the economic course of Agribusiness, the competence for economic evaluation and control of value chains in agricultural and horticultural products will be taught. Both economical know-how and management competence will be taught and sociological aspects of the Agribusiness will be assessed. Beyond that, further subjects and modules impart a fundamental understanding of the processes in agricultural and horticultural as part of the supply chain of agrarian goods.

Changing dietary habits and demands on products and process quality, also due to the globally rising demand for agrarian goods, with simultaneous shortage of resources, is central in the subject of Agribusiness. Traceability of the goods and risk management along the value chain are also important topics for the future.

Vocational fields and qualifications

The Agribusiness is one of the most important economical sectors in Germany. In particular in North Rhine-Westphalia, and with an emphasis on the Lower Rhine region, Agribusiness being a green industry, exhibits very good prospects for the future. The close contact of the university to enterprises and institutions in the field of Agribusiness not only makes the course very practical relevant, but also opens contact for the students to potential future employers. Broad technical training with flexible individual profile formation and the international orientation of the course open various career opportunities to the graduates. Learning technical English and improving the communication skills in the foreign language are core competencies for a future career in Agribusiness.

Possible employers are:

  • Consulting companies and service providers to Agribusiness
  • Nutrition and food industry
  • Agribusiness processing companies
  • Trading, marketing and sales
  • Manufacturers of animal feeds, fertilizers, plant protection substances and seeds
  • Machine and plant engineers within the Agribusiness sector
  • Banks and other financial service providers
  • Federations, authorities and international organizations in the agrarian and environmental sectors

Studying Agribusiness offers the graduate career possibilities in a promising industry with various fields of work. The Bachelor enables a candidate to study at national and international universities for a Masters degree.

Contents

Structure of the course

The Agribusiness course is strongly characterised by the combination of economics and sociological subjects, combined with technical-scientific content from the agriculture and horticulture. With numerous contacts to enterprises and institutions in the agricultural sector, both nationally and abroad, an application oriented course with a high measure of practical input is realised. Apart from the teaching of technical content and the creation and development of methodical abilities, social competences of each individual are strengthened.

Self-organized learning is a key competence for the 21st Century, and an integral component of a higher education, and is encouraged from the beginning of the course. The imparting of professionally qualified skills and abilities and the promotion of personal competences occurs here to a largely in an integrated and specialized way.

Thereby different forms of learning are implemented, such as lectures, seminars, practical courses, exercises and project work, in order to obtain both classical instructional content (e.g. management economics, marketing, logistics, agricultural and horticultural production) and modern topics of the Agribusiness (e.g. power production, quality management, analysis of value chains) and to integrate the various subjects taught. Due to the global aspect and relevance of Agribusiness, the course is held completely in English.

Co-operative courses

Study while you work? That is possible with us. In the part-time course you study at the University 2 days a week for the first 4 semesters. On the other 3 days you will work. The regular lecture program of the first two semesters is completed in 4 semesters. Starting from the 5th semester the number of activities at the University are reduced and self-studying becomes more important.

Requirements

Have we aroused your interest? The following conditions for entrance entitle you to begin a course with us:

  • Higher educational entrance qualification or advanced technical college certification
  • An equivalently recognised educational background
  • University entrance without university graduation: these applicants will have vocational qualifications
  • Required especially for the course "Agribusiness":
  • Sufficient knowledge of English
  • 12 weeks basic practical course (at least 8 weeks before beginning the course)

For the bachelor degree programs in English we require language skills in conformity with the B.2. level of the Common European Framework.

  • IELTS: 6,0-6,5
  • TOEFL (internet based test): 80-109
  • TOEFL (paper based test): minimum 550
  • TOEFL (computer based test): minimum 213

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Funding

Financing your studies with a scholarship

Depending on the country you come from and which subject you would like to study in Germany, there are different options for funding. Scholarships are offered by different institutions.

The DAAD scholarship database for foreign students, graduate students and scientists contains extensive information and a variety of possibilities for those who are seeking financial support for their studies, research work or teaching assignments in Germany. The database not only lists all the scholarships offered by the DAAD, but also diverse programmes offered by a wide variety of institutions.

Types of support

There are two forms of scholarships financial and non-monetary scholarships both of which are often coupled together:

In the case of financial scholarships, the recipient is awarded a fixed amount, paid out on a monthly basis over a defined funding period. These types of scholarships are often full scholarships, i.e., they generally cover the applicants entire living expenses. Recipients of partial scholarships, however, are required to secure additional financial support to cover their living expenses. When awarded a full scholarship, recipients are generally not permitted to receive funding from other scholarships simultaneously.

Tuition fees in Germany

Every semester you must pay up to 500 Euros of tution fees at universities in Bavaria and Lower Saxony. All other federal states only request a certain amount of money as a semester contribution but no tuition fees.

In addition to financial support, many institutions also offer non-monetary scholarships. Recipients are invited to workshops, lectures and scientific conferences where they also have the opportunity to network with other scholarship holders. In most cases, these non-monetary scholarship programmes aim to create a long-standing relationship between the scholarship holder and the institution well beyond the scholarship period.

Remember: All the programmes have one thing in common, however no one is entitled to a scholarship.

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