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Is it really possible for everyone to profit equally from development while still respecting the environment? In our view it is. Through sustainable trade, equal rights and equal opportunities we believe that a healthy balance between people, earth and prosperity can be achieved.The International Development Management programme from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences.


Is it really possible for everyone to profit equally from development while still respecting the environment? In our view it is. 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 from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences gives 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.

In the first part of your studies, you will get to know the exciting field of International Development Management. In blocks, you will cover topics such as market-sector, international development, company-organisation and innovation, from the perspective of the study programme. You will also do a short work placement; you will deepen your knowledge and learn to apply it, for example by setting up your own company.

In the course of the programme you will choose a specific focus, with a minor to deepen or broaden your knowledge and an internship to put that knowledge into practice. You will complete your study programme by carrying out a final thesis project in a company or organisation.

After graduating from International Development Management, you could find work in a commercial or non commercial environment. You will have developed strong skills in working with people. Perhaps you will become a bridge builder between farmers and a supermarket, or between farmers and the government. Possible jobs include sustainable certification advisor, manager of a cocoa cooperative, food safety project manager and advisor on reconstruction following natural disasters.

You can choose form the following professional fields:

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

You will be following objective specific courses, doing practical periods and preparing an exciting graduation assignment. In the third or fourth year you will make a choice out of many available minors. A minor is actually a short course of your own choice. It can be specialistic or broad, in which case it can add to your interests and talents.

The programme is competency based: each theoretical subject supports workgroup situations in which students tackle practical problems and explore workable solutions. This means that you will be active from day one, learning to work independently as you collaborate with others. The programme culminates in practical placements and a thesis project conducted in an international setting.


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: 6

      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 B): 193

      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 (Grade B): 173

      The FCE, or First Certificate in English, a certificate given for students who take the Cambridge English: First exam. To receive the certificate, test-takers must score between 122 and 190 on the Cambridge English: First test. Read more about FCE.

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

    • Minimum required score: 550

      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: 80

      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

    One of the general admission requirements this 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.

    You need to have A-levels or equivalent to be eligible to enter the first year of the Bachelor programme of your choice. You must also have a sufficient knowledge of the English language and basic computer skills.

    For some programmes, complementary requirements or recommendations apply, for example Maths, Chemistry or Biology. Applicants with additional and relevant professional or academic background may apply for course exemptions for courses taught in year 1 and year 2 of our Bachelor programmes. Exemptions are granted only after individual assessment of the student’s background. Applicants with a different background may also be eligible for enrolment.

    Please visit our website for these extra entry requirements. All qualifications will be assessed and approved for admission by the VHL admissions board.

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    • You are considered ineligible for admission
    • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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    Tuition Fee Per Year

    • EUR 8650 International
    • EUR 2006 EU/EEA



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