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Challenge Sustainability


Sustainability is a worldwide and multidisciplinary challenge that cannot be met within the walls of a university or the borders of a single country. That is why HAS green academy wants to connect students from different countries and study programmes in a programme: “Challenge Sustainability”.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks

About the programme

This fourth-year programme is developed by the department of Environmental Studies and is open to students from all kinds of disciplines from all over the world. It is based on a unique concept within the HAS educational programme. It is a project based programme in which the challenge is to find solutions to sustainability challenges that real life clients are facing. Those challenges lie in the field of  spatial planning, development, production and consumption. We want to equip students in this programme with knowledge and skills, which help them to take the driver’s seat in their own professional development. Within their project students are invited to focus on their personal interests, talents and individual learning goals. Students are also responsible for formulating their own educational curriculum by contacting experts or asking for training on demand.

The programme will take place during the first semester of the academic year. During 20 weeks, the group of students will operate as one consultancy team, working on one or more sustainability projects.

The projects will benefit from the variety of expertise and talent contributed by students with different backgrounds. A basic understanding of sustainability and a good understanding of your own expertise will suffice to take part in this programme. An introduction to sustainability is offered in the beginning of this course.

Learning goals

In this programme, students will learn how to:

  • Contribute to sustainable development.
  • Develop their own path of growth, based on their personal interests, talents, knowledge and skills.
  • Deepen knowledge and skills of their own choice and apply these in challenging projects.
  • Work in multidisciplinary and international teams.
  • Develop their creativity to solve future challenges.

Practical information

Practical information about the full programme of the 4th year specialisation Challenge Sustainability from HAS green academy:

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Date: September –  February
  • Eligibility:
    3rd year university students
    4th year students from universities of applied sciences
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Costs:
    Exchange students: free of charge
    Other students are charged the tuition fee for 1 semester

How to apply for an exchange programme, minor or specialisation

If your university is an exchange partner of HAS green academy you can apply for an exchange period at the International Office of your own university.

If you are from an institution without an agreement with HAS green academy, please get in touch with Loes Rosenberg at studentexchange@has.nl.

5 steps to apply

1. Apply for an exchange period

Please apply for an exchange period at the International Office at your home institution
(note: only when your home institution is an exchange partner of HAS green academy)

Partner institutions
2. Be nominated

The International Office of your home institution will nominate you as an exchange student at HAS green academy.


How to be nominated

Students can be nominated by sending an email to studentexchange@has.nl.

Please include:

  • the name,
  • date of birth,
  • gender,
  • e-mail,
  • period and
  • the programme the student wishes to apply for.
3. Info about application

After we have received your nomination, we will send you the information regarding your application at HAS (important deadlines, application form, required documents etc.).

4. Complete the application

Once we have received your (complete) application before the application deadline we will start to process it.

5. Status application and admission

After the application deadline you will be informed about the status of your application and admission at HAS green academy.

Nomination & application deadlines

Semester 1

  • Starting date studies
    28 August 2022
  • Nomination deadline
    April 2022
  • Application deadline
    May 2022

Semester 2

  • Starting date studies
    February 2023
  • Nomination deadline
    October 2022
  • Application deadline
    November 2022

Please note that it’s not needed to wait for these deadlines to apply. If you already know you would like to apply at HAS green academy, it’s possible to do this at an earlier stage.

Want to know more about exchange?

More info about exchange to the Netherlands, studying at HAS green academy and living in the Netherlands, can be found on our special Study at HAS page.

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