B.A. Agribusiness

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences | Kleve , Germany
The Agribusiness bachelors programme is an innovative course designed to mould students into savvy entrepreneurs capable of running an international business in the agricultural and food sectors. In particular, the course imparts the strong theoretical foundation youll need to both expertly evaluate real-world business problems typically found in these two sectors, as well as control the value chains of agricultural and horticultural products.

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Throughout the course, a continuous focus is placed on the issue of sustainability a central concern in Agribusiness as changing dietary habits and demand for quality products and production processes increasingly clash with resource scarcity caused, in part, by a rising global demand for agrarian goods. As a result, this course not only prepares you for current Agribusiness market issues, but for future ones as well.

Agribusiness is a global discipline, which is why this study course is taught entirely in English. This not only improves the general proficiency of students dramatically (particularly non-native speakers), but also familiarises them with professional Agribusiness terminology used extensively throughout the field. Combined with the interpersonal team management skills this study course also imparts to students, youll leave our university with a profound expertise of Agribusiness and a professional profile which qualifies you for a career both in Germany as well as globally.

Career PathsAs a green industry, Agribusiness is one of the most important economical sectors in many countries, including Germany. In North Rhine-Westphalia and the Lower Rhine region in particular, Agribusiness exhibits very promising prospects for the future. Our close contacts to national and international enterprises and institutions in the field of Agribusiness not only increases the practical relevance of the course, but also creates a network for students to connect to to potential future employers.

The Agribusiness programme qualifies graduates to pursue a number of career paths across a wide spectrum of fields and industries, thanks largely to the programmes broad technical training, which includes classical and modern elements of Agribusiness and adjacent discplines. You also have the ability to select elective modules around a specific theme or discipline, thus adding additional expertise to your professional profile and improving your employment prospects in specific fields or sectors.

As this study course is taught in English, many of the career paths below can also be pursued at the international level:

  • Consulting companies, service providers and NGOs in the agribusiness sector
  • Nutrition and food industries
  • Processing companies in agribusiness
  • Trading, marketing and sales
  • Manufacturers of animal feed, fertilizers, pesticides and seeds
  • Machine and plant engineering in agribusiness
  • Banks and other financial service providers
  • Associations, public authorities or international organisations in the agricultural or environmental fields

Graduating from this course also qualifies you for a graduate-level programme at a German university as well as abroad.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15 July
Tuition fee
  • EUR 271 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 271 Semester (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 210 ECTS
Duration full-time 42 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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.

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

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

The study course is accredited by ASIIN e.V. http://www.asiin-ev.de/pages/en/asiin-e.-v.php

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