• What does the course involve?
  • Double degree
  • Professional career
  • Enrolment
  • Specifications

Semester 1 and 2 in Dronten

In the first few months, you will visit horticultural companies and attend lectures about horticulture in the Netherlands.

International Strategic Innovation in Horticulture module (13 ECTS credits)

This module is designed to train students in entrepreneurship and innovative competencies. Students will be taught the necessary professional skills to apply knowledge of high-tech plant production systems, financial management, and strategic product and business management. Students will also do an internship, in which they will learn about high-tech plant production systems. For the assessment, students are expected to write a strategic business plan for a horticultural company.

International Corporate Social Responsibly and Quality Management Systems in Horticulture module (13 ECTS credits)

This module is about quality-oriented production in horticulture. Students will learn about QMS and CSR in horticulture, process management, and export management. This takes place in theory classes, but also during excursions focusing on quality-oriented production in horticulture, and a practical training on product quality and postharvest. For the assessment, students are asked to design a CSR / QMS analysis for a horticultural company. 

Semester 3 in Angers: Courses

Team project, practical placement and specialisation courses


The last half year of the programme:

Professional Training

This last half year of the programme consists of two larger units involving a full-time traineeship in a middle management position, and proof of scientific and academic expertise through conducting research, writing and defending an Ingenieur thesis relevant to the sector.

  • Company placement
  • Thesis


High quality education

All study programmes at Aeres University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation NVAO. In this way, you are ensured of high quality education as measured by international education standards. More informatie you can find on the website of NVAO.


ECT system

All records of modules are administered according to the EC system. After one semester in a course, students’ progress and results are assessed in a meeting of the lecturers teaching and assessing the course. This meeting is meant to identify students with possible progress problems. At the end of the course , students’ progress and results are assessed again. The award of a degree or diploma and pertinent qualification follows the award of all course credits leading to that award. 

Find out more about the ECTS - guide.

Double degree

Aeres University of Applied Sciences and Groupe ESA offer an English-language double European Engineer Degree programme (EED) for students in the plant production sector for a successful career in one of the following professional profiles:

  • Research, development and innovation in the plant / horticulture production sector
  • Consultant and advisor
  • Sales and account manager
  • Entrepreneurship and business management

Successful graduates will be competent in the following areas of expertise:

  • Research, innovation and development in the agricultural sector
  • Plant production/horitcultural advisory services
  • Commercial activities, national and international
  • Entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector
  • Market development and marketing strategies for agricultural products 
  • National or EU policy institutes


Successful applicants for the 1.5 year Bachelor degree courses must have:

  • Completed BTS, DUT, HND or Licence 2 or at least three years of university study in agriculture or a related subject         
  • A minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL English test or a formally recognised equivalent such as the IELTS (level 6.0) or IBT (79)
  • The ability to formulate coherently in written English, and to have a vision of the chosen area of interest. Essay writing is part of the selection procedure
  • Strong motivation to be successful in the sector
  • Team spirit, a flexible attitude in an international working environment
  • Funding in the form of a grant or a stipend, or private means

More information about admission.


How to apply

The application procedure consists of two steps. The first step is to complete the application form on our website and send in your CV and motivation letter, indicating which course you would like to apply for. Our application committee will inform you about the result. If you are eligible, the second step is an invitation for an intake interview and a paper-based English test or you can submit proof of English proficiency: TOEFL / IELTS. Processing of the applications will commence in October. Read all about the application voor EU-students and Non EU-students here.

French students must start their application with ESA Angers.

Bachelor programme Double degree: Plant Production European Engineer Degree (EED)
Title/ Degree  Bachelor of Agribusiness and Business Administration (Aeres UAS) and Licence Professionelle in Horticulture and Arable Farming (ESA Angers)
Faculty  Dronten 
Start of programme  September 
Duration of programme  1.5 years 
Number of credits  90 ECTS 
Type of programme  Full-time 
Language of instruction  English, French 
Country of study programme  NL,FR 
Internship(s)  yes 
Accrediation  NVAO 
Application deadlines  1 April - NON-EU students 
  1 June - EU students 
Tuition fee  Find more information here 

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