• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Are you ready to make a real impact? Do you choose actual climate improvement, equality and fair trade? In this study programme, you will turn your commitment into action and develop into a specialist in international development. As a specialist, you understand the interests of the various parties, achieving cooperation and sustainability together. You will be able to work worldwide with your knowledge: places range from nature reserves in Uganda and coffee plantations in Peru to the climate lobby in Brussels.

Finding a balance between people, the earth and prosperity is paramount during your studies. Not from behind a desk, but in practice and in direct contact. You can choose from three specialisations: building societies after disasters, a better future for rural populations or fair chains from raw material to consumer. In any event, you will learn to unite people from different cultural and social environments, defend various interests and facilitate innovation. This study programme is an exciting breeding ground in which students with countless ideas and backgrounds work together towards one common goal: a fair society and a healthy earth.

Key facts:

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.


Van Hall Larenstein has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes. AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS

    The number of ECTS credits granted to course units is based on the workload required to complete those units. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study. One semester of studies normally comprises 30 ECTS credits and a term/trimester 20.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding the international development sector and sustainability 
  • Development of rural communities, research methods 
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and applied research 
  • Project management 
  • Organisation and company orientation 
  • Social and inclusive entrepreneurship 
  • Innovation in sustainable rural development 
  • Building resilient communities 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General 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.

Applicants with a non-Dutch diploma:

  • It is highly recommended that both Mathematics and Economics are covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9100 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 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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