IARD-Program with Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia

The Faculty of Agriculture in Göttingen and the IPB have been cooperating in teaching and research since the 1990s. Since 2011, they have been exchanging students and developing a common curriculum for the postgraduate course in International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD). The programme speakers are Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (on behalf of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Göttingen) and Prof. Dr. Suharno (on behalf of the IPB).

The International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD) program in cooperation with the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) lasts 19 months, starting in Bogor in September and ending two years later in August in Göttingen.

The first and second semesters (coursework) are taken at the IPB from September to July of the following year. Students can take up to seven modules per semester. The third semester (coursework) and the fourth semester (thesis) are taken at the University of Göttingen. Students must arrive in Göttingen in August to become acclimatized and take language courses before the semester begins in October.

Students in this program are registered in the study-program Sustainable International Agriculture (SIA) program in Göttingen. To participate in this program between Bogor and Göttingen, you must first satisfy the requirements for admission to the SIA program (see

Entry requirements:

  • B.Sc. Degree (or equivalent) in agricultural sciences, business administration, forestry, veterinary sciences, economic or social sciences.
  • Very good command of English: TOEFL Test (550 PBT, 80 iBT, 213 CBT), IETLS Test (6,0), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (B level), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (C Level).

  • Documents required:
    The applicant must submit an application letter prior to the established deadline (31.03.2019), together with the following documentation:
  • Officially certified hardcopies of B.Sc. Degree and transcripts grades with GPA (including the scoring range).
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should come from a Professor at the university at which the candidate received his or her undergraduate degree.
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages) in English. The candidate shall highlight his or her motives and interests to enroll in the M.Sc. program and explain how he/she intends to use the M.Sc. degree in his/her future professional career.
  • Short research proposal describing the intended topic to develop in the master thesis (In English). The topic of the proposal can be changed during the study courses.
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a recent photograph, please use the Europass CV Template).
  • Proof of English Skills: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate (not older than two years).
  • IARD Application form (Application Form IARD-Talca) together with a declaration by the applicant on how he or she intends to finance living costs, travel and other expenses.
  • Professional experience should be documented by letters of current or previous employers or letters of recommendation.

  • These documents will be evaluated by an Academic Selection Committee, consisting of Professors from the Universities of Talca and Göttingen. The Academic Selection Committee will only accept complete applications in English. Submitting an application does not create any entitlement for participating in the study program.

    Quick Facts

    • Degree: Master of Science (MSc.)
    • Specialization: International Agribusiness and Rural development
    • Language: English/partly Bahasa in Bogor
    • Duration: 4 Semesters
    • Mode of delivery: On campus
    • Credits: 120 ECTS
    • Application deadline: April 15th
    • Program starts: every year in September

    Curriculum: University of Bogor + University of Göttingen

    • 1st Semester in Bogor: September to January of the following year
    • 2nd Semester in Bogor: February to June
    • 3rd Semester in Göttingen: October to February of the following year
    • 4th Semester in Göttingen: March to August

    For further information contact

    Contact and submission of applications in Germany:
    M.Sc. Program "International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)"
    Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
    Georg-August-University of Göttingen
    Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
    37073 Göttingen – Germany.
    c/o Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel and Sindy Flores

    Contact and submission of applications in Indonesia:
    International Agribusiness and Rural Development (IARD)
    of Magister sain Agribisnis (MSA)
    Departemen Agribisnis FEM IPB
    Jl. Kamper Wing 4 Level 5
    Campus IPB Dramaga
    Bogor 16680 - Indonesia
    Current email address:


    Last Changes: 07.11.2018 (JSE)