International Programmes 2021/2022

Agribusiness, BA Agribusiness, BA

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences • Kleve

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Courses are held entirely in English.

Programme duration
7 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
Application deadline

All applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

Agriculture is a booming business. But global competition, resource scarcity and increasing demand are challenging the sector in new ways. For companies to remain competitive, they will need talented specialists who are well-versed not only in the state of agricultural and food industries but also in understanding the issues driving regional development, sustainability management and environmental policy. The Agribusiness BA programme trains these types of specialists: graduates able to combine business expertise and advanced management skills tailored to the agricultural and nutritional sciences.

This degree programme will open the door to a variety of interesting career paths in the private and public sectors, each with very bright prospects for future growth. For example, you will be qualified to coordinate sales and distribution, develop marketing strategies, optimise business and organisational processes, and provide consulting services to companies for the areas of cultivation, quality assurance and logistics.

Course organisation

During your studies, you will explore in great detail how companies can not only navigate rising consumer expectations in the food industry and increasingly complex production logistics, but do so and thrive. As part of your studies, you will even practice building your own company. Close ties with regional agribusiness and agricultural institutions both in Germany and abroad ensure that the knowledge and skills you acquire in this degree programme are practical and oriented towards real industry application. This practical element is combined with a solid theoretical foundation, ensuring you have the necessary academic skills to pursue a Master’s degree if you decide to do so.

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

An eight-week internship has to be completed before the start of the fourth semester. You can also do this internship in your home country before applying to Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.
In the sixth semester, students must complete either a semester abroad or an internship of at least 20 weeks (in Germany or abroad). We provide support in selecting the partner universities and institutions as well as in raising funds.

Integrated internships

1. An eight-week internship has to be completed before the start of the fourth semester. You can also do this internship in your home country before applying to Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.
2. In the sixth semester, students must complete either a semester abroad or an internship of at least 20 weeks (in Germany or abroad). We provide support in selecting the partner universities and institutions as well as in raising funds.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Yes
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Yes
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Blended learning
Description of e-learning elements

Online educational materials

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Yes
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
No
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution

Enrolment fees amount to approximately 310 EUR per semester. This covers nominal administrative fees and a public transport ticket valid for the entire federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Costs of living

The average cost of living for students in Germany is around 850 EUR per month. This includes rent, utilities, personal expenses, and general expenses (https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-stay/money-and-costs/cost-of-living_28220.php).

Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

The university offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships ("Deutschlandstipendium") to both current students and students who are soon to be enrolled with excellent marks. This scholarship consists of a monthly stipend of 300 EUR and applies to international students as well. Further information is available on our website: https://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/students/costs-scholarships-and-grants/scholarships-and-financial-aid

Academic admission requirements

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences welcomes applications from nationals of all countries.

Please see our website for general admission requirements: https://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/prospective-students/current-application-period/bachelors-programmes

Language requirements

Please note that English language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference are required for our Bachelor's degree programmes. Please be aware that all applicants' test report form numbers will be checked. The following certificates are accepted:

  • IELTS: level CEFR B2 or better
  • TOEFL: level CEFR B2 or better

The TOEFL code of our university: 6962

Application deadline

All applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester

Submit application to

Applications must be submitted online through uni-assist. Please do not submit any applications in hard copy. See our website for details: http://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/prospective-students

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Non-EU students can work up to 120 full days or 240 half days per year without requiring an additional visa. Student jobs within the university can be solely in English, but the vast majority of off-campus jobs will require at least basic proficiency in German. German courses are available for students through our International Center.

First-year students are strongly advised to focus primarily on their studies and to begin learning German. This will open up many more part-time job opportunities in later semesters.

Accommodation

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences strongly urges you to arrange your accommodation before arrival. One option is accommodation at the residence halls run by student services ("Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf") with one-, two- or three-room flats and rent starting around 260 EUR per month (with a security deposit equivalent to three months' rent). Availability is limited, so register online as soon as possible. See our website for details.

Most students live in private flats shared with other students. There are a number of popular online portals for finding a flat in Germany. Contact the Welcome Centre for more information or look into social media platforms because some students might be graduating when you plan to start. Additionally, the Welcome Centre is always ready to offer advice or help with conversations or correspondence in German.

Career advisory service

Internship, student job, or first steps in a new career – the Career Service of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is here to help with a broad range of useful services.

Correspondingly, we act as bridge builders between students and fresh graduates, the university, and companies or organisations from industry, science, social sectors, etc. Our overall goal is to "help others help themselves" by supporting capacity development in students and fresh graduates with respect to their individual career paths.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Specialist counselling

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

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Kleve campus © Hochschule Rhein-Waal

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, with two campus locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort and over 7,300 students, is an innovative, interdisciplinary, and international university of applied sciences. The university currently offers 36 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in engineering, the natural and social sciences, technology, design, and more. Our programmes are geared towards your employability, addressing current and future needs of industry by giving you valuable expertise and experience in your field of study. We are unique in that some 75% of our programmes are taught exclusively in English, resulting in a vibrant campus culture and a rich, intercultural exchange of ideas, experience, and knowledge.

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences prides itself on top-notch teaching, excellent research, and a strong network of international partnerships with research institutions and industry. Our team of professors bring a fresh, dynamic approach to teaching and continuously support, encourage, guide, and inspire students. Professors are often on a first-name basis with their students. Teaching takes place in a range of cutting edge facilities, laboratories, work spaces, smart classrooms, and auditoriums.

The result is a memorable and valuable university experience, which will help you grow as a person and set you on the path to your chosen career. We look forward to welcoming you!

50 Percentage of international students
75 Percentage of study programmes in English

University location

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is centrally and conveniently located on the Lower Rhine between the Netherlands and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolis.

Kleve, where our main Campus is located, is a city rich in tradition and history, and it currently has 51,000 residents. It offers the best of both worlds: the bustle and excitement of nearby cities like Nijmegen, Düsseldorf, and Cologne with the safety, comfort, and ambience of a smaller town. The flat landscapes, mild climate, and good infrastructure of the Lower Rhine make it ideal for getting around by bicycle. Noteworthy sights include the Swan Castle, Baroque-style botanical gardens, museums, and art galleries. The town is home to large department stores and smaller boutiques, pubs, cafés, and more. Students can also participate in a range of sports offered both by the university and local clubs.

Kamp-Lintfort, our campus for the Faculty of Communication and Environment, has a current population of around 38,000 and is located 60 km (37 miles) south of Kleve. Kamp-Lintfort takes its name from a nearly 900-year-old monastery, maintained in its original style to this day. The city's proximity to the Rhine-Ruhr metropolis made it an integral part of post-WWII coal production in Germany. In recent years, Kamp-Lintfort has redefined itself as a hub of technology, innovation, and higher education. The Kamp-Lintfort campus is centrally and conveniently located in the centre of town. In addition to its historical sights, Kamp-Lintfort offers a welcoming and safe atmosphere for students with numerous shops, pubs, cafés, and sports.