Sustainable international business, that’s 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.
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.
Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
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.
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).
OrBTEC 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?
No mathematics of chemistry in your final year?If you are deficient in Mathematics as an international student you have the opportunity to participate in an online Mathematics deficiency test of HAS University of Applied Sciences. You will receive more information about the test from the International Office if you are deficient.
The tests will be available during a 24 hour period on the following dates (CEST):
Once you start the test you will have one hour to complete it. You need a reliable internet connection to take the test. Costs of the test are € 35. You will need to pay this fee at least 1 week before the start of the test. Please note that you can only take the test once, there is no re-take possibility.
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.
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:IELTS
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.
No work experience is required.
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