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International Business in Food and Flowers

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day

Program description

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! 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.

Food and Flower chains

Food and Flower chains are at the heart of this Bachelor, International Business in Food and Flowers (BBA) programme. You get an insight into the entire production and supply chain, from producer to consumer, and all the stages in between. You learn about trade, management and consultancy activities of businesses that are involved in horticulture and food chains. Also, you gain knowledge about the branding of products. The added value of machinery and (project) consultancy on the periphery of the sector is challenging to learn about.  As a business manager in the field of Food and Flowers, you will know that special attention has to be paid to the marketing, the continuity of innovativeness and quality management of products, systems and, perhaps most importantly, the sustainability of food and flower chains. As the scale of the global economy increases, organizing and regulating international trade becomes increasingly complex - especially in the Food and Flower sector, where major changes are now taking place. This is a fascinating sector, where you consistently have to ensure the best possible match between products and target groups.

With a diploma in International Business in Food and Flowers in your pocket, you will be able to choose from numerous career opportunities at home and abroad.

Admission requirements

General admission 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.

Specific admission requirements

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

Language proficiency English

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 or 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).
  • 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.

Application deadlines

15th June Non-EU/EEA applicants*

1st August EU/EEA applicants*

*We strongly advise Bachelor students to apply before the 1st of May with regard to the study choice check. More information on our website.

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Program content

Enter the international world of trading food and flowers

The world is your workplace! In this dynamic, fast-paced world, entrepreneurial spirit, professionalism and communication skills are a must. The Netherlands has an excellent reputation regarding the agricultural trade of food and flowers. Therefore, you specialize in a dynamic and innovative professional field during your BBA course at VHL: International Business in Food and Flowers.

In order to be successful in the international trade of food and flowers, you need a comprehensive overview of the entire chain, from producer to consumer. You also need to know the network of suppliers, consultant and project organisations. These international cross-border businesses, chains, networks and organisations are asking for knowledge of business, logistics, trade, entrepreneurship, international marketing, financial management, innovation and socially responsible business. Are you interested in working in the exciting world of Food and Flowers? Then this professional field is the right choice for you!

In year two, you will do a work placement. In year three, you will spend several months on a practical placement in a food, feed and/or flower trade company of your choice. It is recommended that you do your placement outside the Netherlands. You might, for example, work as an assistant for an importer or exporter, a logistics or purchasing manager. For your thesis assignment, you will research market opportunities, market entry strategies, logistic optimisations and financial planning. One of the options could be that you focus on the development of your own business. Entrepreneurship is one of the key concepts of our BBA.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarship & 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 our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for an OKP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.

Tuition fees

Tution fee

Bachelor EEA                      € 2.168 / per year*
Bachelor non-EEA              €  9.100 / per year

* The government recently agreed to cut tuition fees in half for first-year EEA students. This will apply to students starting a bachelor at Universities of Applied Sciences. For more information, please visit our website.


Upon completion of the program, students will receive Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree.

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Innovative, sustainable and meaningful! 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 Holland! We offer a range of unique...

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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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