International Aid & Development

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International Aid and Development (IAD) is a multi-disciplinary minor and exchange programme offered by Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands. The minor is offered in English and it focuses on preparing students for working in international development projects/programs (in developing countries).

It is offered once a year during the second semester which runs from February to July. During the first half of the semester, students are offered the necessary knowledge and skills during in-class sessions in preparation for a practical period in a developing country (six – eight weeks).

Projects and teamwork

At the start of the minor, students are offered a list of projects to choose from, depending on their interest or area of specialization. These projects are acquired from various NGOs around the world. After the students have made their choice, they form project groups and start working on their respective projects in preparation for the second half of the minor when they implement the projects abroad. Previous projects have taken place in Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Uganda, the Philippines and South Africa.

"We chose this minor because we thought it sounded really interesting, and it was a good match with our study and future ambitions. The minor is slightly more expensive than other minors, but we thought it was definitely worth the investment. This minor could change your career path."
- Bibi Bronfers & Dianne van der Craats

Here you can download the full course outlines .

Project in Cambodia


Subjects

The cultural and socio-economic differences experienced while living and working in developing countries requires thorough professional and personal preparation. During the first eight weeks of the minor students are fully equipped with the skills they need to serve abroad (often for the first time). Subjects offered during the first eight weeks of the minor are: International Project Management, Capita Selecta, Introduction to Development Theory, Intercultural Competence, and Facilitation Skills.

Costs

Project work abroad is compulsory. Travel and subsistence costs are not included and are therefore the full responsibility of each student. This is approxi¬mately €2000 per student. The minor is worth the investment for an experience you'll never forget.

When?

Offered in semester 2

contact person

Nico Barning (n.m.barning@pl.hanze.nl)

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Nico Barning

(050) 595 20 46
 n.m.barning@pl.hanze.nl            

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