Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

International Development Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English
The BSc in International Development Management at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences tries to answer the question whether it is really possible for everyone to profit equally from development while respecting the environment. Through sustainable trade, equal rights and equal opportunities we believe that a healthy balance between people, earth and prosperity can be achieved. 


The Bachelor of International Development Management at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciencesgives you the knowledge and motivation to take steps towards promoting this balance. In your study programme, you can opt to focus on reconstructing society after natural disasters, empower people living in rural areas or contributing to fair economic chains from raw material to consumer. In all cases, you will learn to bring people together, defend interests of different stakeholders, and to facilitate and support developments and innovation.

You will also learn more about geography, biology and economics. You will deal with intercultural communication, international cooperation, the green economy, reconstruction after disasters, strengthening the position of farmers, fair trade, business administration, and project management.Within this Bachelor study programme you can choose to specialise in the following professional fields:

  • Sustainable Value Chains
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Rural Development and Innovation

The Bachelor of International Development Management lasts 4 years and is taught entirely in English at our campus in Velp. 

Career Opportunities
Working as an international development manager

After graduating from International Development Management, you can find work as a consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can set up your own company or find employment at a local, national or international government body or organisation. You will have gained wide expertise in the areas of communication, participatory planning and learning, rural economics, development approaches, agriculture, cultures, nature conservation, tourism, water management, sociology and environmental studies. Important attitudes are related to entrepreneurship, flexibility, empathy, sensitivity, reliability, thoroughness, and client cooperative orientation.

All our specialisations centre on working with people. Perhaps you will become a bridge-builder between farmers and the government, food safety project manager or advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters.

Sustainable Value Chains

Fair Trade is something that many companies are trying to achieve. As more and more producers and consumers worldwide become conscious of the social impact of trade, more career opportunities arise. You can become a campaign officer, where you draw up plans for how a company can improve their trade methods and strategies, you can be a Fair Trade educator, a buyer for a company or a certification analyst who determines whether a product has been bought and produced fairly.

Rural Development and Innovation

As a rural developer and facilitator, you will pick up new ideas and trends, and use them in policy making and concrete activities. This way you can help people in the field to make a difference. Whether you work in your own or in another country, you will be a mediator between groups within organisations for a better collaboration. Your flexibility will be as broad as your knowledge of the field. 

You may find yourself working in a government institution, consultancy firm, in a service centre or innovation group with rural entrepreneurs. You will be perfectly equipped for positions with development organisations such as CMC, VSO, or PSO, or in companies and private organisations that carry out projects around the world.

Disaster Risk Management

If your chosen specialisation is Disaster Risk Management, you will be able to expertly assist communities in becoming stronger and more resilient in the face of both manmade and natural disasters. You will know how to rebuild regions after disasters and be ready to assist communities in getting back on their feet. You act as an advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters. Furthermore, you develop sustainability projects to increase resilience to natural disasters, for example by building extra strong hospitals and schools in earthquake-prone regions. 

You co-shape disaster prevention and recovery plans, strategies and policies, which will help save lives and preserve the environment. After graduation you can find work as a junior consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can find an employer such as a local, national or international government body, a Non Governmental Organisation, business, or set up your own enterprise.


All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditaion Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Year 1

Period 1

  • Sector Knowledge
  • International Development and Sustainability

Period 2

  • Development Rural Communities
  • Research Methods

Period 3

  • Project Management
  • Business Orientation

Period 4

  • Innovation in sustainable rural development
Year 2

Period 1

  • Internship (abroad)
  • Period 2

    • Food security, sustainable agriculture and applied research

    Period 3

    • Business Planning young entrepreneurs
      • Sustainable chains

    Period 4

    • Sustainable entrepreneurship
    • Chain Development
    Year 3

    Period 1 & 2

    • Communication
    • Quality management
    • Professional Consultancy

    Period 3 & 4

    • Internship (abroad)
    Year 4

    Period 1 & 2

    • Minor

    Period 3 & 4

    • Graduate Internship

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    • Minimum required score (Grade C):


      The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

      Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic Requirements

    HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

    One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL has received your complete application.

    Specific admission requirements


    Mathematics must be taken until the end of secondary school.

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    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      8650 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8650 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      2060 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Velp

    780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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