What will I learn?

Think and learn independently

The International Food Business program is unique opportunity for students who are interested in understanding the global food industry from the farm gate to the consumer's plate. Plus, after the standard four years of study, you'll graduate with not one but two degrees.

Our innovative team- and module-based program of study is built around the competencies you'll need to succeed as a business leader in the international food industry. During ten modules presented over the first three years of the four-year degree, you'll be introduced to a range of food business concepts, including global supply chain logistics and new product development. 

In these modules, you'll be assigned a series of real business tasks that become progressively more involved. To help you successfully complete these tasks, you'll be assigned internationally experienced professors who will provide key theories, concepts, skills, and practices.

While your professors facilitate and guide you through the process, your success will come from balancing your own self-directed learning plan and working with your study team. The modules allow for better integration of course work and training than is often possible with a regular five-course semester. In order to pass the module, you will be required to successfully complete a "proof of proficiency." 

Work terms

On-the-job learning - at home and in Europe 

Students in the International Food Business program are required to complete two three-month work terms. The first takes place after your second year of study and must be with an agri-food business, organization or government agency in Europe.

The second work term follows completion of your third academic year and must be with an agri-food business, organization, or government agency in North America. A student's industry placement reflects a combination of her/his personality and skill set, the area of study she/he is interested in, and individual career goals. Professional mentors will play a major role in guiding students in making a choice. The logistics of the work terms will be handled by the universities' program coordinators.

Learn more about the people who will be teaching you

Our faculty are a diverse group who love to share knowledge.

Aeres University of Applied Sciences

Studying in the Netherlands

Aeres University of Applied Sciences (formerly CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences) is a professional university situated in the centre of the Netherlands - in one of the most modern food production areas in the world. The university was established over 50 years ago to provide agricultural education at both diploma and degree levels.

Since then (much the same as the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College), the university has expanded its programming beyond primary production to include other aspects of the food chain and environment. Total enrollment in 2015 is approximately 1600 students, with 80 faculty.

The main campus - Aeres University of Applied Sciences - is just outside the city of Dronten; in 2010, a second campus was opened in the Dutch city of Almere. Studies at the Almere campus focus on urban and rural development, including urban food production.


Aeres offers a number of degree specializations taught in Dutch. In the last several years, it has expanded its programming taught in English – in most cases with partner universities in Europe.

Programs taught in Dutch include two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor degrees. Areas of specialization include the following:

  • agricultural entrepreneur
  • agricultural engineering and management
  • biology and health
  • animal care
  • financial agriculture
  • green business administration
  • equestrian business administration
  • anagement of outdoor industries
  • nature, economy and environment
  • applied biology
  • horticulture and agriculture
  • nutrition and health

Programs taught in English include 1-year honours degrees, 1.5 year articulated degree programs, and 1-year and 2-year master's degrees (in addition to the four year IFB program).

Areas of specialization include the following:

  • Master in agri-business development – 12-month program integrated with corporate placement.
  • Master of science in rural development and nature – 2-year program offered jointly with the University of Corvinus in Hungary.
  • Master of science in entrepreneurship – 2-year program offered jointly with Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland.
  • Master of science in livestock science – 2-year program offered jointly with Vila Real in Portugal.
  • Bachelor degree in management and agribusiness – four-year articulated degree with École Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers in France. Majors include international agri-business, animal production, equine business management, and plant production and horticulture.
  • Bachelor degree (1year honors degree after completion of equivalent of 3-year degree) – majors in food safety management, international horticultural management, food chain management, EU structural funds management, international livestock production, rural innovation and development, and animal health and welfare.

Visit Aeres University of Applied Sciences' website for more information and pictures.