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What will I learn?

Horticulture & Business Management is the English area of study within the program Horticulture & Arable Farming.

Did you know that the Netherlands is the second largest exporter of vegetables, flowers and other agricultural products? It makes sense, therefore, that other countries would like to learn from our expertise in the field of horticulture. In the English-taught Bachelor’s programme Horticulture & Business Management you will discover the key to the Dutch success and learn all about our technical innovations and production methods. All this is set in an international environment, with students from all over the world.


Meet our international students Soleil from Venezuela and Codrin from Rumania. They both study Horticulture & Business Management at HAS University of Applied Sciences. In this video they motivate their choice for this study programme. Soleil likes plant research and she can use different high-tech facilities at HAS to do this. Codrin prefers the business side of the study programme and did his internship at Esveld Plantentuin in Boskoop.

The English-language Bachelor’s programme Horticulture & Business Management will introduce you to the world of plants and the entire chain from producer to consumer. You will follow technical courses on innovative cultivation techniques, but also learn about management and organisation, national and international trade, marketing and sales.

You can choose between three specialisations:

  • Applied Plant Research
  • Global Trade & Business Management
  • Cultivation & Technology


This study programme will educate you to the level of Bachelor of Science (BSc). Horticulture & Business Management is top of the list when it comes to great career perspectives. The horticultural industry eagerly awaits graduates from HAS University of Applied Sciences, and many students receive job offers even before they officially graduate. They meet their future employer during their studies, often during traineeships or during the company assignment in the final year.

Successful completion of the course leads to a Bachelor degree in Horticulture & Arable Farming. Upon graduation you are a well-trained professional who is able to work in an international team and address projects in a systematic and practice-oriented manner.


The specialist to the rescue! A production consultant is a technical expert who helps his customers optimise their products and production processes.


Avocados with tiny stones. Tasty snack tomatoes. Purple paprika. Drought resistant crops. A breeder is a visionary who constantly seeks and detects new possibilities to improve and diversify our food and non-food crops.


As export manager you are the link between supply at home and demand abroad. You have technical knowledge of the industry and a knack for business. By watching market trends, you know which products will be in high demand in future. You also recognise a top-quality product.


Be your own boss! Perhaps your parents own a horticultural company and you want to take over and innovate the family business. Or maybe you are keen to develop a ground-breaking idea during your studies and turn it into a lucrative business after you graduate.

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
€8,800.00 (7,18,954) per year
The tuition fees for non-EU students (excluding students Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, and Switzerland) for the academic year 2022-2023 are €8,800
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

More details

Start date

29 August 2022


HAS University of Applied Sciences

Onderwijsboulevard 221,



5223 DE, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The admission requirement for this 4-year Bachelor programme is a secondary school diploma, equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma, with the final-year subject mathematics. Practical (work-) experience is beneficial but not obligatory. HAS University of Applied Sciences accepts the following language tests: IELTS (Preferred): Academic programme: 6.0 (overall band score); TOEFL - Internet-based test: 70; Computer-based test: 213; Paper-based test: 550; Cambridge ESOL Certificate: B2.

For international students

The admission requirement for this 4-year Bachelor programme is a secondary school diploma, equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma, with the final-year subjects mathematics and chemistry. Practical (work-) experience is beneficial but not obligatory. The level of your diploma will be assessed after HAS has received your complete application form.

If your previous education was not completely taught in English, you also need to be able to prove that you are proficient in the English language. HAS University of Applied Sciences accepts the following language tests:

IELTS (Preferred)

  • Academic programme: 6.0 (overall band score)


  • Internet-based test: 80
  • Computer-based test: 213
  • Paper-based test: 550

Cambridge ESOL Certificate: B2

Exemption English language test

International students are exempted from having to take a mandatory language test in case the student obtained a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associations of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the Code of Conduct.


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