International Development Work

Our minor programme International Development Work (IDW) will give you a solid foundation in international development work theory, and provide you with the opportunity for (extended) field practice. You'll attend lectures from Dutch and international experts.

You will have courses on Theories and History of Development, Community Development, Cultural Diversity, Social Business, and Emergencies & Humanitarian Aid. There are excursions and you will get to do field work. You'll work alone and in small groups of fellow highly-motivated students.

Useful to know

Start date September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code ASW-MINSOC-17
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Social workers and related professionals increasingly have to address social problems that are being precipitated by international forces and events.

Our minor programme International Development Work will give you the opportunity to expand your repertoires and competencies by learning about theories, approaches, methods and actors in international development work, as well as give you the chance to practice in the field. You will work on an individual basis and in subgroups on practice-related assignments.

For Dutch students only, there are two programme options. During the second part of the semester, you either continue with the theoretical programme or you opt for our practical programme and work on an extensive field project (abroad).

An excursion to the department for Development and Humanitarian Aid of the European Union in Brussels is included in the programme. You'll also work on a field project for an NGO of your choosing.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Gerian Alofs.

The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Theoretical option


Title

ECTS

Development Studies 1

5

Development Studies 2

5

Social Business

5

Community Development

5

Fieldwork

5

Emergencies and Humanitarian Aid

5

Theoretical/Extended fieldwork option*


Title

ECTS

Development Studies 1

5

Social Business

5

Community Development

5

Fieldwork Abroad

5

*This option is only open for Dutch students, not for incoming international students.

The Development Studies 1 course is mandatory for both part-time and full-time students.

In our Course Guides you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download them here for your convenience.

Brochure minor IDW

Community Development

Development Studies

Emergencies and Humanitarian Aid

Fieldwork

Social Business

This minor programme is open to all students, but we explicitly recommend it to Social Work, Health Care, Pedagogy, Education & Teaching, Law, Security Studies, Human Resource Management and Economics students.

We gladly welcome incoming international exchange students!

English CEFR level B2.

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

  • The minor can be done full-time (30 ECTS) or part-time (15, 20 or 25 ECTS).
  • Extra cost for excursions:
    • Transportation Utrecht-The Hague v.v.
    • Transportation Utrecht-Brussels v.v.
    • € 75 for two nights in Brussels hostel.
  • Download our brochure for more information.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live? Visit the practical information page.

Find out how to apply

Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose hu?

  • Get ahead of the pack in international development work

    In the competitive field of international development work, having this minor on your diploma will certainly give you the edge.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

Study in Utrecht

Interested in our International Development Work programme?

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You will have courses on Theories and History of Development, Community Development, Cultural Diversity, Social Business, and Emergencies & Humanitarian Aid. There are excursions and you will get to do field work. You'll work alone and in small groups of fellow highly-motivated students.