Agriculture and the food industry are highly dynamic and innovative sectors that have to adapt to increasing global competition and natural resource scarcity. Our BA Agribusiness programme equips you with the economic understanding and business and management skills needed to successfully manage agricultural and food supply chains in the face of these global challenges. In international student project teams, you will study the intricacies of starting and running your own business. Beyond this, you will also address current issues in agricultural and environmental policy in order to become an expert consultant to public institutions and other organisations. Complementary knowledge and soft skills are gained through a diversity of teaching and learning methods. Nine months of practical work experience foster these skills and additionally help to build networks for your future career. From the fourth semester onwards, you are able to choose from a number of elective modules to shape your individual focus and specialism. In addition to your internships, you may focus on research or business while completing your thesis in the seventh semester. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences' network of partners comprises universities, research institutions, and companies in Germany and throughout the world.

Educational organisation

First semester
  • Sustainable Learning - Learning Sustainability
  • Sales and Marketing in Agribusiness
  • Basics of Agricultural Production Systems
  • Economics and Logistics
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Data
Second semester
  • Strategy and Management
  • Basics of Horticulture
  • Business Economics
  • Rural Development
  • Accounting, Book Keeping and Taxation
  • Project
Third semester
  • International Markets, Trade and Agricultural Policy
  • Quality Management of Food and Flowers
  • Environment, Agricultural and Food Law
  • Ethics and Philosophy in Life Sciences
  • Current Issues in Agribusiness
  • Management Accounting
  • Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Fourth semester
  • Agricultural Extension and Consulting
  • Social and Labour Policy
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Market Research and Marketing
  • At least four classes from the Elective Modules catalogue
Fifth semester
  • Human Resource Management
  • Food Processing and Human Nutrition
  • Resource Economics and Risk Assessment
  • Analysis of International and Regional Supply Chains
  • Integrated and Sustainable Management Systems
  • At least four classes from the Elective Modules catalogue
Sixth semester
  • Internship or study abroad
Seventh semester
  • Bachelor's thesis

Part-time study is also possible.

Study abroad unit(s)

In the sixth semester, students must complete either a semester abroad or an internship (either in Germany or abroad). We provide support in selecting the partner universities and companies as well as in raising funds.


Each student enrolled at the Faculty of Life Sciences must complete an eight-week preparatory internship outside the university at a company, organisation, or public authority. This internship should be completed before enrolling as a student at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The internship must be closely related to the subject areas of the degree programme's curriculum: agricultural sciences and/or economic topics, also in the areas of agricultural production, service, or commerce.
In the sixth semester, students must complete either a semester abroad or an internship (in Germany or abroad). We provide support in selecting the partner universities and companies as well as in raising funds.

Forms of assessment

ECTS credits are earned through exams, term papers, presentations, practical assignments, and/or group projects.
Students are assessed by means of final examinations, term papers, and group projects and are expected to demonstrate active participation and contribution to lectures, seminars, and projects.
A Bachelor's thesis and an oral examination complete the programme.

Course objectives

The course objective is three-fold:
1. Acquisition of the skills to manage an agribusiness company in global markets, e.g., skills to establish and lead enterprises in the agro-food sector, skills to develop and launch innovative products and services in agribusiness, skills to manage complex global value chains in the agro-food sector
2. Acquisition of the skills to advise public institutions on the choice between alternative policies and projects in the face of resource scarcity
3. Acquisition of the methodological basics for further studies at Master's level

Language requirements

Please note that for the Bachelor's degree programmes, English language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference are required. Please be aware that all applicants' test report form numbers will be checked. The following certificates are accepted:
IELTS: 6.0 - 6.5
TOEFL (internet-based test): minimum 80
TOEFL (paper-based test): minimum 550
TOEFL (computer based-test): minimum 213
The TOEFL code of our university is: 6962.
The only exceptions of these language requirements are a secondary school certificate or a Bachelor's degree achieved in the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

Academic requirements

German entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or equivalent

Enrolment fees

Approx. 270 EUR per semester. This covers nominal administration fees and includes a semester ticket that allows free travel on most bus and train routes throughout the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as to and from Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Costs of living

The "Deutsches Studentenwerk" puts the average cost of living for students in Germany at around 700 to 800 EUR per month. This includes rent, utilities, personal expenses, and other nominal costs. For a sample breakdown of living expenses and information about financing your studies in Germany, please see our website:

Job opportunities

International students from non-EU countries are legally permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year on a student visa. No additional authorisation from German authorities is required.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences often posts job advertisements for students both inside and outside the university on campus noticeboards. Some jobs at the university only require English, but most jobs in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, and surrounding areas will require at least conversational fluency in German. Fortunately, our Language Centre offers German courses that students can attend at no charge.
However, due to the intense workload at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, first-year students are strongly advised to dedicate their full attention to their studies. In later semesters, you will have a more open schedule and a better idea of how to balance work and studies. This is also a realistic time frame for acquiring speaking proficiency in German while studying full-time.

Funding opportunities within the university

A limited number of scholarships are available for currently enrolled students at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The most prominent scholarship is the Germany Scholarship ("Deutschlandstipendium"). German and international students are both eligible to apply. The Germany Scholarship is a stipend of 300 EUR per month awarded each year to a limited number of students who have demonstrated excellent academic performance or exemplary social commitment to the community. Other scholarships, grants, and fellowships are available through regional and national organisations in Germany. Please see our website for details.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences informs all students of important scholarship deadlines in advance so that they don't miss any potential application opportunities.

Arrival support

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is accessible from the international airports Amsterdam (AMS), Düsseldorf (DUS), Cologne/Bonn (CGN), and Weeze (NRN). The university does not offer any pick-up services, but both Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort can be reached by public transportation from any of these airports.
If you anticipate any travel problems, delays, or unexpected changes to your plans, please contact our Welcome Centre so that we can support you with helpful advice.

Services and support for international students

Our Welcome Centre supports international students during their first few weeks in Germany. The Welcome Centre provides helpful advice and guidance on contracts, opening a bank account, registering your place of residence, applying for a student visa, setting up health insurance, and more.
The student mentors at the Welcome Centre know first-hand what it's like adjusting to life as a student in Germany. They are also an important first contact point for students with personal and social issues, as they can direct students to the right place for their specific needs. The Welcome Centre also promotes student culture at the university by organising trips and excursions to destinations all around the region as well as a range of social events for students such as the annual "Freshtival", the university's week-long orientation festival for new students in the winter semester.


Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences strongly urges you to make accommodation arrangements before your arrival. The university does not have its own residence halls, but the "Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf" runs dormitories near campus in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort with options for single rooms or two- and three-room flats. Prices start at around 220 EUR per month. Room availability in these dormitories is limited and subject to a waiting list, so it's important to register online for a room as soon as possible. Please note that a security deposit of three months' rent is also required.
Most students choose to share a private flat off campus with fellow students. There are a number of popular online portals for finding a flat in Germany, for example: Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences also maintains its own list of available flats and rooms for students on its website. Thanks to the flexibility of the Semester Ticket, students can live in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, or one of the many cities and towns nearby and reach campus by public transport. For more information and helpful tips on finding a flat, please see our website:
Similar programs: