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Study Food Technology
Developing the world of food, marketing and technology
Could chewing gum with chocolate flavour, healthy crisps or sugar-free biscuits be one of your ideas? Do you believe it is important that food is safe and of a high quality? Then this is the ideal educational programme for you! Use your ideas and enrol in the Food Technology programme. We educate you to become a quality manager, consultant or the creator of the latest, most successful food product of the future! You will combine technology, product development and marketing. In addition, you will be communicating with clients, suppliers and supermarkets. You will think from the perspective of the consumer in terms of health, safety, marketing, product and quality. A fantastic challenge for ‘foodies’ with a technological and creative mind-set, with a focus on the requirements of consumers and producers.
By studying Food Technology, you will learn how to analyse food with subjects such as chemistry and microbiology, how to apply this knowledge in innovative solutions and how to sell them to consumers. Drop by for a visit some time to see what else we do in the Food Technology programme!
You can specialise in:
- Food Innovation Management
- Food Safety and Health
Food Innovation Management
Try pouring some orange juice into a bowl of milk and let it sit for an hour or so. It will clot. It will not look very appetising and no one will want to buy it. But these days you can buy a drink in the shops that consists of precisely these ingredients. It does not clot, and it is a great commercial success. There is an enormous demand for new, sometimes unlikely products. Putting them all together takes a combination of skills - in food technology, management and marketing, which explains why “nutrition plus” is at the heart of Van Hall Larenstein’s programme focusing on food innovation. Consumers want ever-increasing variety. Luckily for them, the technical potential for satisfying their desires is growing fast. So while our programme starts by looking at the consumer, it then goes on to look at everything else: not just the market and the product, but quality, management and operational issues as well. But at no point does it ever forget the reason for being in this business: your customers’ satisfied expressions when they have enjoyed your product.
Food Safety and Health
The food industry is in constant development: new products and production processes go hand in hand with the ever increasing risks and dangers of the modern world. In order to improve public health, food production companies must adhere to the laws and regulations imposed by food safety authorities. For the final consumer, food safety concerns both short-term illnesses, such as food poisoning, and longterm ones, which can be life-threatening conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The intersection of all these factors creates the need for specialised professionals in the field of food safety, quality and health. They will develop their understanding and knowledge of key quality and safety issues, as well as gain an insight into the increasingly complex relationship between food and health. If you choose to specialise in Food Safety and Health, you will be challenged to develop your social, political and ethical skills to the fullest, while you will also acquire the basic knowledge of microbiology and technology which will help you to succeed in this field.
You will be following objective specific courses, doing practical periods and preparing an exciting graduation assignment. 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.
- Product developer
- Quality manager
- Marketing/sales manager
- Advisor on food health and safety
- Sensory (taste) researcher
The world lies at your feet when you are a graduate student in Food Technology. You can work in the national and international market after your studies.
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.
It is highly recommended that both Chemistry and Mathematics are covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. This means that if your diploma does not have a final examination in Chemistry and Mathematics, you can catch up on the missing knowledge with specific modules that are included in the programme. You need to successfully complete these modules in the first year.
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 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (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).
- Applicants with a sufficient Dutch diploma
- Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained a specific diploma (see our website for details), including a final examination in English.
For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.
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Bachelor EEA € 2.143 / per year*
Bachelor non-EEA € 9.000 / per year
* The government recently agreed to cut tuition fees in half for first-year students as of the 2020-2021 term. This will apply to students starting a bachelor at Universities of Applied Sciences. For more information, please visit our website.
Scholarships & funding
There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.
For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programs a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).
Master and Certificate Programmes
Most of Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for an OKP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.
All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
You will receive a Bachelor of Food Technology (BSc).
Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, 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 (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.
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