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International Food & Agribusiness | HAS University

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International Food & Agribusiness | HAS University

Did you know that a small country like Holland is the second largest exporter of vegetables, flowers and other agricultural products in the world?  It makes sense, therefore, that other countries would like to learn from our expertise.

The English-taught study programme “International Food & Agribusiness”, will teach you how food is produced and processed in different countries and cultures, and how this can be achieved in a sustainable way, with respect for people and the environment. The economical use of resources is a part of that. Producing enough food for the planet’s increasing population, is one of the biggest challenges of the next decade.

You will be working on smart solutions, which will allow us to produce sufficient and healthy food now and in the future. Besides technical knowledge about plants, animals, food and health, you will learn everything about international cooperation and enterprise. We will be looking at business and not-profit organizations, as by building bridges between various interests you can do business sustainably in the world of food & agribusiness.


Starting date: September 2018

You can apply until: August 15, 2018

Degree title: Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA

Programme intensity: Full-time

Program duration: 4 years

Language: English

Program location: 's-Hertogenbosch

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060

You start your study program with a 3 day excursion to the island Texel to get to know your fellow students and companies in the agri-food sector. This first year shows the broadness of the study programme. You’ll get courses on global food supply, agri-food business and an introduction into different domains within the agri-food sector: animal-, crop- and food processing & nutrition. At the end of your first year you will go on an internship.

During the 2nd year you’ll go deeper into the topics and you will apply it in different projects, often in co-operation with companies. The courses are focused on business (company economics and marketing), supply chain management, circular economy and skills such as English. Besides that you will follow your chosen domain track. In this study year you’ll make an international study trip.

The third year of your study programme is all about strengthening your profile. You choose yourself to go for a broadening or deepening minor ánd you will go on an internship. The minor can be done at the HAS or at another university (of applied sciences): in the Netherlands or abroad. In total you will go for 30 weeks on Internship of which minimal 12 weeks abroad. You will get to know the (international) professional field and apply acquired knowledge in practice.

In the first half year of the 4th year, you will follow the specialization called “Future Food Systems”. In the 2nd half, you will work on a graduation assignment. This professional assignment will be arranged by HAS University. The issue you will work on with your project group, is a real case issue from a company. Next to this you will do a professional assessment. This portfolio and interview is a wrap-up of 4 years personal leadership and skills development.

During the programme you will not only acquire professional knowledge, but also learn to speak fluent English. You will be working on fascinating assignments with students from all over the world, follow seminars and do your traineeship in the Netherlands and abroad. This will get you prepared for an international career.

4 years

All entry students follow the 4-year program. There are no standardized shortened program, or general exemption option.

However, individual prospective students may be granted exemptions. This applies to students from other universities (research, or of applied sciences), students who did not complete a previous university course, or individuals with a combination of work experience and courses at applied university level, who already have obtained the relevant qualifications. If desired, modification of the study track will be discussed with the student concerned. Prospective students wishing to make use of this option may submit an authorized certificate/diploma from a previous study program, or undergo an intake assessment. The intake assessment will take place based on a portfolio provided by the prospective student. The portfolio must provide adequate proof from previous jobs, or courses studied.

 All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0, such as:

IELTS Academic programme: 6.0 (overall band score)

TOEFL Internet-based test: 70/ Computer-based test: 213/ Paper-based test: 550

Cambridge ESOL Certificate: B2

Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio), with a general grade of at least 10 and a grade of at least 14 for mathematics.

Applying for the academic year of 2018-2019 will be possible from 1 October 2017 until the application deadline of 1 May 2018. We advise you to apply before May 1. HAS University of Applied Sciences has the right to refuse applications by students which meet the admission requirements, but which are sent after May 1.  

In case you have not obtained your secondary school diploma yet, you can already apply by submitting your current grade list.

Ultimate closing date for applications: August 15, 2018

We encourage European students to find their own accommodation.

However, in case you would like to have everything arranged in time, we offer the possibility to reserve a room. In all two cities we have contracts with the local student housing associations and housing cooperations. They provide HAS with accommodation with rooms, which may vary in size.

You can apply for a room as soon as you have been admitted or conditionally admitted. The deadline for applying for HAS accommodation is 1 May 2018. After this date, it is no longer possible to reserve a room and you will be put on a waiting list, in which case it is advisable to look also yourself for accommodation.

This programme 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 organizations dedicated to promoting fair trade and social corporate responsibility, or any internationally oriented organization or company in the agri-food sector.

Successful completion of this course leads to a Bachelor degree in International Food & Agribusiness (Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA). 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.

With a Bachelors diploma from HAS University of Applied Sciences, you can continue doing a Master’s programme. If you want to do this abroad (outside Holland), you can usually start straightaway. If you want to do your Master at a University of Applied Sciences in the Holland in a related field, you can also usually get direct access. For doing a Master at a Research University in Holland, you may be asked to do a pre Master.