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International Development Work (voltijdvariant, 30ec)

For whom

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!

You can also follow this minor as a part-time student. Ask the minor contact person for the possibilities.


The minor International Development Work (IDW) focuses on international development issues in a globalising world. It 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 work alone and in small groups of fellow highly-motivated (international) students.

For students who want to spend more time in the field, we offer the exciting opportunity to spend the second part of the minor abroad, working on an extensive field project. The option to go abroad is only open to our Dutch students due to contract obligations with our international partner universities.


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

Theoretical option


Development Studies 1: 5EC

Development Studies 2: 5EC

Social Business: 5EC

Community Development: 5EC

Fieldwork NL: 5EC

Climate and Ecological Justice: 5EC  

Theoretical/Extended fieldwork option*


Development Studies 1: 5EC

Climate and Ecological Justice: 5EC

Community Development: 5EC

Fieldwork Abroad: 15EC

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

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

Additional costs

Transportation Utrecht-The Hague v.v.
Transportation Utrecht-Brussels v.v.
€ 85 for two nights in Brussels hostel

Sustainable minor

HU has a wide range of minors. If you’re interested in sustainability in relation to your field of study, HU is the place for you. Green Office compiled a list of the most sustainable minors and marked them with the Green Office logo. This is one of those minors. For more information on why Green Office deemed this minor sustainable, have a look at the Green Office website.


Objectives for each course are formulated in an extensive brochure on the minor’s programme. Please send an email to if you would like to receive the brochure.

Aanvullende informatie

Signed learning agreements can be sent to us until 25 June 2020. Learning agreements that are received after 25 June will not be processed. 

Learning agreements are handled in order of entry. After HU has also signed the learning agreement, you are entitled to a place on the minor.


To enter this programme, you need to have completed at least two years’ education at your own university (i.e. be a third-year student). Further you are expected to have good oral and written English language skills.


Assessment takes place through various assignments (written exams, individual reports, group presentations) in which your knowledge, understanding and critical reflection of social development theories and practical experience are tested.


You will receive a definite reading list before the start of the minor.


The timetable and the teaching days are not yet known.