5 februari 2018 t/m 8 juli 2018 -- open
Anne-Mieke Zaat

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Anne–Mieke Zaat
E-mail: Minor.ISDC@han.nl

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Are you interested in international sustainable development? Sign up for the International Sustainable Development Cooperation exchange course at HAN University of Applied Sciences.

During the course you will draw on your own professional expertise in the field of social work, technology, business, education or health. You will work in a multidisciplinary project team on a relevant local issue. Working with local stakeholders, your team will co-create a project based on local needs. It will then implement the project with the support of an international development organization. Finally, you and your team will plan an evaluation of the results.


  • Human rights
  • Health- and education related topics
  • Economic development and business
  • Welfare / community building
  • Intercultural communication
  • Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Sustainability and ownership
  • Sustainable design and technology
  • Participatory action research
  • Opinion about development cooperation

Work placement

A 16-week (full-time) / 9-week (part-time) work placement in a foreign country is an integral part of this exchange course. You will be responsible for all travel and living costs.

Type of International course

  • A block course is offered twice a year in a block during a semester.
  • A specialization course enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within the professional profile of your current study program.

The learning outcomes and competences below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

Learning outcomes

You will gain insight into the most current and relevant development cooperation themes, drawing on selected literature as well as the knowledge and experience of guest lecturers and professionals in the field. At the same time, you will be trained to use participative research methods, to develop your intercultural skills and to work in a demand-led manner in dialogue with users and other stakeholders.


  • Give a broad outline of participatory action research and international sustainable development cooperation
  • Live, work and communicate in a multicultural context: a multidisciplinary team with international colleagues and various experts
  • Conduct participatory action research that aims to determine the current situation and desired situation from the perspective of local stakeholders, thereby identifying local needs
  • Co-create a product in cooperation with stakeholders, while keeping them actively involved in the entire process
  • Implement a project plan in a systematic manner
  • Learn interactively among peers in an online learning community
  • Use audiovisual communication and presentation techniques

An international course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

For whom?

You are a student (e.g. Social Work, Health, Education, Technology & ICT, or Business) and want to deepen your knowledge about development challenges and sustainable development. You are interested in transforming your existing skills to a global level in a multi-professional setting. For students specializing in youth care (uitstroomprofiel Jeugdzorg), appropriate placements in this field are available, but you are responsible yourself, to get experience in all aspects of your specialization.

Admission requirements

  • At least 30 credit points at level 3, i.e. you have at least half a year placement experience at level 3
  • Effective communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Basic understanding of African, Papiamento when visiting African/Papiamento speaking countries. And basic understanding of Indonesian Language if you go to an Indonesian speaking Country. Courses in Papiamento and African are offered by HAN language center. Intermediate understanding of Spanish or French is required when visiting French or Spanish speaking countries.
  • Affinity with international issues and multi-professional and intercultural work

Nice to know

Your placement in a foreign country needs to be properly organized in advance of the course. For this reason, there will be 4 extra preparation evenings 3 months prior to the start of the course to organize your placement. For students who take this course in the second semester the preparation evenings start in October. After there is a camp at the end of January additional costs € 50,-. And in the beginning of February with two intensive weeks, so the student can go abroad immediately with the start of the semester. Students specializing in youth care (uitstroomprofiel jeugdzorg) are allowed to take this course.


There is a new route you can choose within the minor International Sustainable Development Cooperation (ISDC) The route Global Awareness.

This is broad for all students and studies and available

for the Theewaterskloof project, South Africa and for Christ University Bangalore, India a selection procedure is necessary because we have limited placements.

All the students who want to join the route Global Awareness to South Africa to the Theewaterskloof project or to Christ University Bangalore, India need to subscribe by handing in a resume and a motivational letter, both written in English. Deadline for semester 2 is June 15th 2017 and for semester 1 the deadline is February 15th 2018

You hand in your English written motivational letter and resume by sending it to:


Be aware that this is a selection procedure and that there is a possibility that you may not be able go to India or South Africa for this minor. So make sure you have a plan B!

If you don't Choose the route Global Awareness an do choose this minor please submit your English written motivational letter and resume to:


before November 30th 2017


During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Presentation about the professional product, attended by an employee from a development organization
  • Integrated research and sustainable design report
  • Evaluation from your work placement supervisor
  • Team assignments (including digital presentation)
  • Peer feedback given in the virtual learning community
  • Reflection report about intercultural communication
  • Public support activity

This exchange course has the following schedule and learning activities:


  • Four introduction evenings to organize the placement abroad and find a buddy
  • Intensive 2-week introductory program, including an introduction camp and an introduction to online learning
  • 16  weeks (full-time) / 9 weeks (part-time) placement abroad
  • All Students will do their work placement abroad, in an NGO, educational institute or a company depending on the professional direction of your study, with the focus on development cooperation.
  • 2 post-placement weeks including reflection on the work placement, finalization of the assignments, presentations and a promotional activity

Learning activities

  • Online Learning community
  • (Scientific) literature
  • Guest lectures and web lectures
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Co-creation of a sustainable design
  • Peer feedback
  • Language self-study
  • Work placement
  • Presentations
  • Digital storytelling
  • English
  • Visit Africa Museum

All literature, assignments and lectures will be available in the online learning environment and in the course guide.

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