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Farming with Nature


If you want to help shape the innovative and sustainable combination of agriculture and nature, the 20-week minor Farming with Nature is perfect for you. After all, bringing the different parties together in this issue is certainly a complex puzzle. In other words, this minor is a fascinating challenge for puzzlers who can make the connection!
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks

About the programme

The narrative comes from many sides and is becoming more urgent: something has to change in how we deal with nature, our landscape and our resources. And it is becoming increasingly clear that agriculture has an important part to play in this regard.

In this minor, we present the various views and positions. We work with parties in the field to find sustainable solutions that combine nature conservation and protection with economically viable agriculture. The central challenge is to bring agricultural entrepreneurs and ‘the environment’ closer together. It is not an easy puzzle at all since both sides have tough goals to achieve. You will work hands on in an interdisciplinary project team, on practical issues.

You have a choice between focusing on a Dutch or an international situation. You might work on an issue in collaboration with a university and regional parties in Poland, for example.

In order to create meaningful impact as an entrepreneur, consultant or working for the government, it is crucial that you are enterprising and show confidence and leadership. The minor offers you the opportunity to continue your development in these areas as well.

Learning goals

After completing this programme:

  • You have deepened your professional knowledge on the relationship between agriculture and nature.
  • You can apply this knowledge to complex practical issues in a region.
  • You are able to shape sustainable solutions to practical problems – both at the area level and at the entrepreneurial level – with a focus on nature, society and the economy.

Practical information

Practical information on the Minor Farming with Nature at HAS green academy:

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Date: February - July
  • Eligibility: third year bachelor degree programme
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS credits
  • Language of instruction: English

Admission requirements

There are no specific admission requirements. We do expect you to:

  • be able to contribute relevant knowledge from your study programme;
  • be eager to learn and keep an open mind to different perspectives;
  • proactively contribute to collaboration with students, entrepreneurs and area partners from the professional field.

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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