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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 March
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 427pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

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    As the market for organic products is growing, there is an increasing need for experts in organic agriculture and related food systems. This programme will give a broad insight into primary food production, food technology, quality control, and marketing issues. EUR-Organic follows a general approach, including information about economics and environmental policy as well as social conditions of organic and sustainable agriculture. Modern teaching methods such as discussion sessions, research seminars, case studies, and trips to organic farms and processing firms are an integral part of the curriculum.

    Educational organisation

    The Master in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems can be studied as a single or as a double degree. Students pursuing a double degree will spend their first year of studies at the home university and complete the second year at one of four European partner universities. A broad variety of modules offered by Hohenheim and its partners gives each student the opportunity to tailor a specific profile according to his or her own career aspirations in the organic sector.

    At the University of Hohenheim, students will have to complete eight compulsory modules and one elective module during their first year of studies. The compulsory and problem-based interdisciplinary module "Project in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems" constitutes a major focus of the programme, comprising 12 credits.

    Students who decide on the double degree will have to spend the third and fourth semesters at one of four partner universities. They will choose courses based on their special field of interest and start working on the Master's thesis. Single degree students will stay in Hohenheim, completing modules of their choice selected out of the entire catalogue of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. They will also complete the Master's thesis supervised by one of Hohenheim's professors.

    Study abroad unit(s)

    Students who decide on the double degree programme will study at the University of Hohenheim for one year and at one of four European partner universities for one year. Therefore, studies abroad are an integral part of this Master's programme.

    Furthermore, single degree students have the opportunity to complete the third semester modules at one of the many partner universities abroad.

    Internships

    Internships are not compulsory, but recommended. The internship must be organised by the student and has to fit the schedule of the programme. Upon request, the Career Center may assist in finding an internship.

    Forms of assessment

    Written assessment (exams, presentations, essays, thesis)
    Oral assessment (exams, presentations, defence)

    Course objectives

    The EUR-Organic programme offers a comprehensive and integrative education in all areas of organic farming as well as the processing and commercialisation of organic food. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills related to all aspects of the organic sector (production, processing, marketing, and certification):

    • organic crop production
    • organic animal husbandry
    • organic farming in the tropics
    • organic food chains and networks
    • influence of European policy on the development of the organic sector
    • consumer demands
    • organic market development in different European countries

    Furthermore, students improve the following skills:
    • team work in a structured and goal-oriented way
    • leading teams
    • systematically developing solutions

    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    TOEFL: minimum 90 internet-based
    or
    IELTS: minimum 6.5

    Academic requirements

    Above-average Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent degree in agricultural science, food sciences, economics, or a related field.

    Enrolment fees

    About 160 EUR per semester

    Costs of living

    Living expenses in Germany are relatively high. Each student should calculate at least 700 EUR per month for accommodation, food, health insurance, and public transport.
    For the first month, students should expect higher costs, as they have to pay registration fees.
    Rent for a single room varies from 220 EUR to 400 EUR per month.

    Job opportunities

    Hohenheim offers enrolled students assistant jobs on campus. Students are responsible for managing working hours and these hours should not conflict with their studies. Working off campus is also possible according to the Aliens Act. However, please be aware that without good knowledge of German, jobs are quite difficult to find.

    Arrival support

    Assistance with accommodation, enrolment, and health insurance is provided by the international office. The programme coordination office can help with the organisation of the studies and other formalities.

    Services and support for international students

    German language courses for beginners and advanced learners are offered during the semester.
    Students can participate in ten introductory days with trips and presentations to get to know the university facilities and local surroundings.
    "Warm-up seminars" (intercultural seminar, facts and skills seminar) are offered before the start of the programme.
    Upon request, a personal mentor from the teaching staff can advise students on appropriate study profiles as well as support students in planning their studies in a smooth and goal-oriented way.

    Accommodation

    There are five residence halls on campus. All rooms are furnished and have telephone and internet access. Kitchens, bathroom facilities, and washing machines are available, and these are mostly shared with flatmates. Personal belongings like towels and bed sheets are not provided. Depending on size and quality, prices for rent vary from 220 EUR to 400 EUR per month. Rooms in dormitories are usually available for the first year. In the second year, students have to look for accommodation on the private market.
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