Agro and Biotechnology

Foreign students who are interested in Agro- and Biotechnology are more than welcome to join our trainee programme. Opt for your particular interests in one of our study programmes  of  Agrotechnology,  Animal Care, Agriculture or Green Management.  

 

Students can choose between two types of traineeships: a traineeship of 30 days or one of 55 days. Both traineeships are done at one of the college's partners in the workfield: a company, institution or organisation in the field of agro- and biotechnology. The selection of the receiving organisation is made in consultation with the incoming student, the school and the partner. 

 

Evaluation of both traineeships is done by a comprehensive system of reports and oral evaluations.  

Students can also opt to write a bachelor's thesis at  Odisee. 

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An education in Agro- and Biotechnology. What exactly does that entail?

  • Lessons in small groups
  • Multi-purpose bachelor
  • Focus on your area of interest
  • Theory, practice and research
  • Practice and internship

From macro to micro

The programme consists of a part specialisation and a part general knowledge. You choose your specialisation in the first year. This package also grows throughout the programme. In your final year, you will be working almost full-time on your specialisation during your internship and final project. In addition you will have general subjects such as Communication, Ethics and Economics, but Botany, Zoology and Microbiology are also part of the basic package. You will work on your scientific skills and pay extra attention to the environment in the subject Ecology. You will sharpen your technical knowledge and interests through an extensive range of electives.

Practice and internship

During your work placement, you will make your first acquaintance with the professional field. In the second year you will have a half-semester internship and in the third year you will be given the opportunity to complete your internship and thesis from November onwards. Would you like to broaden your horizons? Then you can even do an internship abroad. On Wednesdays you usually have a field trip or experiential work on the move.

Project work

During the course of your study programme, you will increasingly take charge of your own education. You will often have the opportunity to add your own content to the course and through the learning line 'scientific skills' you will be prepared for project work. In the second year you will work on a project in groups. In the third year these preparations will develop into a real bachelor thesis which you will present to a jury.

Features

Did you know this was possible within an undergraduate program?

  • Op afstand

    Je kunt Agro- en biotechnologie ook studeren in afstandsonderwijs. De inhoud van de opleiding verschilt niet van de dagopleiding. Je ontvangt na afloop ook hetzelfde diploma. Het grote verschil is dat je geen theorielessen bijwoont. Voor de stage moet je wel voldoende tijd voorzien.

  • Onderzoek

    Veel docenten zijn ook actieve onderzoekers. De nieuwste bevindingen stoppen ze in je cursussen. De opleiding heeft zelfs een eigen onderzoekscentrum voor aquacultuur (Aqua-ERF). In Agro- en biotechnologie kun je zelf proeven van de echte wetenschap.

  • Ondernemende student

    Stroomt er ondernemersbloed in jou? Plannen om een eigen praktijk of organisatie te starten? Bij Odisee bieden we je het keuzevak ‘Entrepreneurial Skills’ aan, waarin je je businessplan kunt uitwerken. We organiseren ook EntrepreneursCaffees voor al je vragen over ondernemen. En we hebben een heel netwerk van docenten en experten voor advies op maat. Wil je al echt aan de slag tijdens je opleiding? Kies dan het statuut van student-ondernemer.

  • Stage vanaf jaar twee

    Vanaf week één ben je al bezig met je afstudeerrichting. Via vakopdrachten, praktijkdagen en -weken geef je al snel een eigen accent aan je opleiding. In het tweede jaar loop je zes weken stage, in het derde elf weken. In het derde jaar ben je vanaf december lesvrij zodat je je kunt concentreren op je stage en je bachelorproef.

The programme gives you many opportunities to discover things. I made maximum use of that.
Johan Van Goethem
Farmer
Johan van goethem
What to expect?

Hands up and feet down in practice

Refresh your knowledge?

Did you have little science or maths in your previous education? Before the start of the programme you can enrol for an introductory course in Chemistry and/or Mathematics. This will enable you to follow the lessons better. The entry courses take place in mid-September.

You at the helm

The Agro and Biotechnology programme focuses on your own contribution, professional experience and the options available to you. In all specialisations we first give you a broad vision of the work field. This teaches you all the basic principles that you will need later in your job. Once you have mastered these basic principles, you can apply them yourself to the themes that really interest you. So we always start from your talents and passions.

Practically speaking

From the first year onwards, you will immerse yourself in practice and the professional field. In the second and third years you will do a large work placement, the content of which you choose yourself. In the final year, you will have hardly any theory lessons and the programme will consist mainly of work-based learning. So you have far fewer lessons than in a traditional course. Learning new things is very important to us, but a large number of contact hours is not.

Better sustainability

The theme that runs through the Agro-biotechnology programme is sustainability. We teach you to deal with our earth, our food, our animals and plants in a sustainable and ethical way. Sustainability is addressed in all its aspects, economic, ecological and social. This approach guarantees you a solid education that prepares you for a career in a rapidly changing world. You must also be able to deal ethically with people, animals and the environment. Involvement and ethical thinking are therefore of great importance, both in the curriculum and in the relations between students, teachers and the work field.

Handen uit de mouwen
After graduation

And what about after you get your degree?

You can work as

  • Veterinary assistant
  • Nature manager
  • Food industry
  • Research and development employee
  • Landscaper
  • Zoo employee
Wat na je diploma 2

Or do you want to continue studying?

Do you have a Bachelor degree in Agro and Biotechnology and would you like to continue studying? Via a bridging programme you can obtain a master's degree in industrial sciences or a master's degree in life sciences.

Go international

Within the programme there are many opportunities to gain international experience. In the second and third years you can do an internship in or outside Europe. We have contacts in the North (including the United States, England, France and Canada) and the South of the world (in Benin, Bolivia, the Philippines and South Africa). Of course you can also study in foreign institutions.

Universal Learning Design

In the programme we use the UDL-principle (Universal Design Learning). Do you need study or examination facilities? Most activities are organised in such a way that they can be followed in the same way by students with and without study limitations. Are the existing facilities not sufficient for you? Be sure to discuss this with your study (trajectory) supervisor.

Campus Sint-Niklaas

Campus Sint-Niklaas is easily accessible by public transport: the building is a ten-minute walk from the Grote Markt and fifteen minutes from the station. You will love the modern infrastructure and warm, family atmosphere. The campus also has its own research centre for aquaculture (Aqua-ERF), where you can get a taste of real science during internships and short projects.

Distance Learning

You can also study Agro and Biotechnology in distance learning. The content of the course does not differ from the daytime course and you will receive the same diploma afterwards. The main difference is that you do not attend any theory lessons. For the internship you should be able to foresee enough time in combination with your home situation and your work.

Quality training

All study programmes undergo a comprehensivequality cycle every six years, in which all aspects of a fully-fledged quality culture are addressed: co-creation with internal and external stakeholders, critical reflection based on facts and figures, clear improvement objectives and thorough follow-up, internal and external transparency regarding the assurance and improvement of educational quality.

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