B.Sc. International Food & Agribusiness

HAS University of Applied Sciences | 's-Hertogenbosch , Netherlands
During your studies you learn everything about how food is produced and processed in different countries and cultures, and how you can make these supply chains more sustainable. You work on smart solutions that make it possible to produce sufficient and healthy food, now and in the future, while going easy on our natural resources. You explore the entire supply chain from producer to consumer, as well as all the industries and aspects connected to it: plants, animals and non-food applications of agricultural resources.
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Sustainable international business, thats what the study programme International Food & Agribusiness is all about. That means doing international business with respect for people and planet. Are you open-minded and interested in other cultures and the world around you? Are you motivated, innovative, and have a knack for business? Then International Food & Agribusiness at HAS University of Applied Sciences is the right study programme for you!

But aside from the technical and business knowledge, you also learn everything about international cooperation and corporate social responsibility, because all that is part of sustainability too. You glimpse into the worlds of (international) corporations and non-profit organisations. You experience how to build bridges between different interests and cultures and how together, you can do truly sustainable business in the world of food and agribusiness.

Job Prospects

International Food & Agribusiness has been developed in consultation with companies from the agri-food industry. This ensures what you learn is directly applicable and relevant to real business. As a generalist with a wide view of the entire agricultural production chain, you are the link that brings the specialists of different sectors together. Whether you end up working for a big multi-national company or a smaller enterprise, you are the one who builds bridges between the many domains of the agricultural industry and finds the key to making it more sustainable.

You can work for consultancy firms or business-development agencies, development organisations dedicated to promoting fair trade and social corporate responsibility, or any internationally oriented company in the agri-food sector. Your strength will be your ability to function well in an international environment and easily find the connection between various agricultural domains.

Successful completion of this course leads to a Bachelor degree in International Food & Agribusiness.Upon graduation you are a well-trained professional who is able to work in an international team and address projects in a systematic and practice-oriented manner.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 May
Tuition fee
  • EUR 6600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year 1

Term 1

  • Global Food Systems
  • Agri-Food Business
  • Personal Skills Development
Term 2
  • Introduction Food
  • Biobased Economy
  • Personal Skills Development
Term 3
  • Crop Production Systems
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Personal Skills Development
Term 4
  • Traineeship
  • Personal Skills Development

Year 2

Term 1

  • Sustainable Market Development
  • Business Analysis
  • Domain track
  • English
  • Coaching & Self Managament

Term 2

  • Food Governance
  • Business Plan 1
  • Domain track
  • English
  • Coaching & Self Managament

Term 3

  • Sustainable Sourcing
  • Business Plan 2
  • Domain track
  • English
  • Coaching & Self Managament

Term 4

  • Quality & Consumer
  • Sustainability Plus
  • Coaching & Self Managament

Year 3

Term 1

  • Traineeships and volentary exchange program

Term 2

  • Traineeships and volentary exchange program

Term 3

  • Traineeships and volentary exchange program
Term 4
  • Int'l Business Development
  • Coaching & Self Managament

Year 4

Term 1

  • Management & Leadership
  • Management in your domain
  • Coaching & Self Managament
Term 2
  • Management & Leadership
  • Management in your domain
  • Coaching & Self Managament
Term 3
  • International Thesis Project
Term 4
  • International Thesis Project

General facilities

Its modern facilities make HAS an attractive place to study. You will find a whole lot of labs, a library with a mediathek, laptop docking stations, computer rooms and of course a book store, print shop and catering.


You will get extensive support regarding all practical aspects of your studies. The International Office, for example, will help you prepare you stay, arrange accommodation for your first year in Den Bosch, and advise you on all other aspects of your study in the Netherlands. You can also contact them for questions regarding your traineeship abroad in your third year, studying abroad, travel insurance and immigration procedures.

Study & handicap

For students with a handicap HAS offers special support in the form on Study+. For more informationa about Study+ contact the study adviser of your study programme.

Study trips

As a student of International Food & Agribusiness you will enjoy some special excursions, such as the excursion to Brussels in your first year and the mandatory international study trip in the second year. In 2015 this international study trip will take our IFA students to Sicily, Italy.


As an International Food& Agribusiness student you will have intensive English courses, to professionalise your English writing, reading and speaking skills. As part of the personal development skills we stimulate you to learn a second language.

University garden and greenhouse

HAS just built a brand-new 2 hectare university garden where you can find a large collection of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs and other sorts of vegetation. HAS also has its own greenhouses (1500 m2) and eight high-tech climate chambers, called the Centre of Growing Concepts.
Centre of growing concepts

The Centre for Growing Concepts is a top-of-the-arts research facility where HAS students can study the latest technology in the field of plant production and (multilayer) cultivation. In the climate cells you can research the various factors that influence plant growth, such as light intensity, light colour, temperature, C02 content and humidity. The climate cells are equipped with the latest LED modules from Philips Lighting.


The admission requirement for this 4-year Bachelor programme is a secondary school diploma, equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma, with the final-year subject mathematics. Practical (work-) experience is beneficial but not obligatory. The level of your diploma will be assessed after HAS has received your complete application form. If you want to know how your secondary school diploma is evaluated in the Netherlands before you apply, check the information in the Nuffic Country Modules.

Requirements British students (students from England and Wales)

GCSE in at least 4 subjects (grade A-C) and GCE with at least 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level (in 6 different subjects).
Specific requirements: Mathematics should be at least GCSE level.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (sector Land-based and Environment)

Please note that we always need to assess the value of your diploma. Nuffic will check your diploma for authenticity and academic level.

No mathematics in your final year?

If you are deficient in Mathematics you have the opportunity to participate in the Mathematics deficiency test at HAS University of Applied Sciences in 's-Hertogenbosch at the Onderwijsboulevard 221.

Dates Mathematics test
  • Thursday 23 April 13:00h - 15:00h
  • Thursday 11 June 13:00h - 15:00h

Please note that after you have passed the deficiency test you will not receive a diploma or certificate. Passing the test means that, if you have been admitted under the condition that you have passed the Mathematics deficiency test, you will be admitted. To pass the test you need to have obtained at least 5.5 points on a scale of 1-10.

If you want more information about the deficiency tests please contact International Office.

Language requirement

If your previous education was not completely taught in English, you also need to be able to prove that you are proficient in the English language. HAS University of Applied Sciences accepts the following language tests:

  • Academic programme : 6.0 (overall band score)
  • Internet-based test : 80
  • Computer-based test : 213
  • Paper-based test : 550
Cambridge ESOL Certificate : C 1

Exemption English language test

International students are exempted from having to take a mandatory language test in case the student obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associations of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the Code of Conduct.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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