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International Development Management (BSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Working towards a fair world

Do you believe in sustainability, fair trade and equal opportunities and rights for all? The Bachelor International Development Management is built around the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, in order to make a real impact. Learn how to reconstruct society after disasters, empower people living in rural areas or contribute to fair economic chains from raw material to consumer.

Through sustainable trade, equal rights and equal opportunities, a healthy balance between people, earth and prosperity can be achieved. The Bachelor International Development Management gives you the knowledge and motivation to take steps towards promoting this balance. In your study programme, you can specialise in reconstructing society after natural disasters, empower people living in rural areas or contributing to fair economic chains from rawfair 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. 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.

Admission requirements


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 we have received your complete application.

English proficiency

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

  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT 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.

Depending on your diploma you might be exempted from providing proof of English proficiency. Please visit our website for more information.

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Program content

Courses include:

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

Two international internships are incorporated into each of our programmes to obtain well-valued international work experience even before you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to study a semester abroad as we are part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check our website for more information.


  • Tution fee for EU: € 2209 a year*
  • Tution fee for non-EU: € 9270 a year

    *The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year EU Bachelor students in higher education. Those who meet the conditions will pay only € 1,105 in the first year.


  • Degree: Bachelor
  • When you successfully graduate from International Development Management you will have obtained a Bachelor of Science  degree (BSc).

Career paths

After graduating, you can find work in the (international) development sector close to your home or anywhere else in the world. Places range from nature reserves in Uganda, coffee plantations in Peru, refugee camps in Greece to the climate lobby in Brussels. You will probably be traveling a lot and be working with people from many different cultural backgrounds. Circumstances could be challenging but often also rewarding, when a project succeeds or you see positive impacts on communities!

Many of our students find their first jobs through their internship organisations or with other organisations they meet while studying. We support you in building your own network of organisations that can get you a job in the future.

Perhaps you will become a bridge-builder between farmers and the government, a food safety project manager or advisor on reconstruction after a natural disaster. This can be for a governmental, non-governmental organisation, a company or you can set up your own organisation. You can find work as a consultant, policy advisor, trainer or programme manager. All jobs that make a real impact.

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Building your world

At VHL, we prepare you to build your own world. To make a real change. On topics that really matter. Like food safety, climate change, the circular economy and animal welfare. How do we do this? With Bachelors and Masters...

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Why study at VHL University of Applied Sciences

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable world and work on your personal development? Study at Van Hall Larenstein, the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands! We offer a range of unique English-taught Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs in fields in which the Netherlands is at the top. So whether you are interested in nutrition or international trade, working with animals, or want to work on the United Nations Sustainability Goals, we have the right program for you!

  • Small-scale university of applied sciences with personal attention
  • Sustainable thinking and doing: Make a difference!
  • Practical lessons in experimental farms, gardens, and tech-labs
  • International internships incorporated within the programs
  • Professional orientation with guest lectures, excursions and real life cases
  • Unique study programs in fields in which the Netherlands is a frontrunner

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VHL University of Applied Sciences

Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

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