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 Climate and Ecological Justice. There are excursions and you will get to do field work. You'll work alone and in small groups of fellow highly-motivated students.
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 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.
An excursion to Sarajevo and Srebrenica in Bosnia is included in the programme. You'll also work on a field project for an NGO of your choosing.
We welcome both full-time and part-time students. If you are a part-time student, please contact the coordinator to enquire about the possibilities to join this programme.
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:
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|Theories of Change||15|
|Practices of Change||15|
In our Course Guides you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.
English CEFR level B2. Good oral and written English language skills.
An excursion to Sarajevo and Srebrenica in Bosnia is included in the programme. The additional costs for transport to and accommodation in Bosnia are approximately € 500.
When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.
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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.