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International Business in Food and Flowers

In the world of International Food and Flowers, the Dutch Agro -Food system is famous. The Netherlands is entrepreneurial, innovative and leading in sustainability.  It is the second-largest exporter of food and flower products in the world. International knowledge and experience are key concepts of the Bachelor Business Administration (BBA): International Business in Food and Flowers. This study programme meets the needs of high school students with international ambition, with, for example, international marketing skills. If you can picture yourself working in the bustling economic area of Food and Flowers, full of intense exchanges, loud negotiations and on-the-spot decision-making, then this study programme is the right fit for you! 

International Food and Flowers professionals are known as traders with knowledge of the world of doing business in the food and flowers economic area and are, therefore, in high demand on the job market. Our graduates feel confident working in international environments as traders, commercial and marketing managers, import and export managers, or account and sales managers. A good starting position is to become a junior import-export manager for a company importing and exporting flowers to the Far East. You might also become an account manager at a food-processing company in Spain, or conduct market research for a soft drinks company in Eastern Europe. Investment analysis in New York or developing an import unit in Tokyo is within reach. Later in your career, you are likely to become a senior manager or use your knowledge and experience to set up your own company. You might become the owner-manager of a company exporting exotic fruits to Europe, or work as a senior advisor in the cut-flower sector. The world will be your workplace!

The Agribusiness sector supplies raw materials and other compounds for the Food, Flower and pharmaceutical industries. As a specialist in International Business in Food and Flowers, you are ready for staff, management and advisory positions in the networks and business of the different value chains and enterprises. Your unique selling point is the ability to have a role in both supply and demand chains all over the world. You have insights into the business process knowledge of food and flower products and into international markets. You can have a leading position in innovation. 

Graduates are prepared for work in a competitive environment within various cultural settings. After finishing their studies, most students work for an international company abroad or in the Netherlands. You may work in Asia, Brazil, Africa or North America, or you could be active in the Netherlands. You might become an international marketing manager, a project or financial consultant or sustainability manager for a seed business in Tanzania. An international manager or consultant in New York or Tokyo for a tropical fruit trade company could also be an option.

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

International Business in Food and Flowers

The programme blends courses in business, management, finance and marketing with specific knowledge of the Food and Flower sector. You learn how to manage a business, projects and acquire the essential knowledge of food and flower products, inside as well as outside of the international classroom, both nationally and internationally. You will be leading innovations, such as sustainability in this field of the international economy.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

General admission requirements

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. For more information about the Dutch evaluation of your secondary school diploma, please see the Nuffic diploma recognition.

Technological Requirements

Specific admission requirements

Applicants with a non-Dutch diploma:It is highly recommended that Mathematics is covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. 

Language proficiency

All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 80 or above (internet based);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted.

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada (English-speaking areas). As a native English speaker from the above mentioned areas, you may be exempt from providing additional proof of English proficiency.
  • Applicants with a sufficient Dutch diploma
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate with a final examination in English A Language and Literature.
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained one of a list of selected diplomas, including a final examination in English.
  • Applicants who have completed at least three years of English-taught education, including a final examination in the subject of English in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zimbabwe.

If you do not meet the admission requirements or you are not sure whether you do, please contact info@vhluniversity.com for more information.

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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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