• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Equine, Sports and Business study programme is a track of the Bachelor Animal Husbandry and offers you a unique focus combination of horses and business. You will learn about nutrition, breeding, behaviour and well-being. Next to that you will also delve into subjects such as finance, management and marketing. In addition to this knowledge, you will also learn important skills such as networking, advising, planning and organising. You will become part of the programme's extensive international network. You're in a class with students from all over the world. This means that the lessons will be given in English and you will be optimally prepared for work in the international sector.

The equine industry is growing rapidly worldwide, which offers plenty of opportunities. Developments in breeding, sport, recreation and business are following in short succession. The sector would like to show what is most important, namely respectful treatment of the horse. Everyone who works with horses feels responsible for the welfare of the animal, whether it involves top-flight sport or a hobby. Will you take the lead on this later?


The horse industry is booming. This means that you, as a young professional in Equine, Sports and Business, are in luck. During your studies, you will start building a network of valuable contacts, and acquire essential work experience.  A lot of our graduates found work at the organisation where they did their internship.

Your career opportunities are versatile and varied. Graduates of Equine Sports & Business can be found all over the world. You can work as a consultant, project manager, account manager, event organiser, marketer, equine welfare specialist or breeding expert. Graduates land at both national and international employers. For example at feed producers, sector organisations, stables and breeding farms or horse traders. Then there are also insurers, transport and event agencies.

As a specialist in Equine Sports & Business, you will know that the relationship between the horse and the human is crucial. Apart from being an experts on horses, you will also have the necessary communication skills. The international outlook of this specialisation ensures that you will have many opportunities to work in a variety of positions, and to participate in the global debates on the sector.


Van Hall Larenstein has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes. AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
    • The number of ECTS credits granted to course units is based on the workload required to complete those units. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study. One semester of studies normally comprises 30 ECTS credits and a term/trimester 20.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

During your studies, you spend half of your time on everything to do with the horse itself. You learn about the nutrition, genetics, health and well-being of horses. The other half of your study time is devoted to the business side of the equestrian world. Courses such as marketing, finance, event management and business are part of this. Over the course of your studies, you can specialise fully in the track of your choice: you choose your own internships and a graduation placement that suit your interest.

Courses include:

  • Animal nutrition and breeding 
  • Marketing 
  • Animal health 
  • Research and Health 
  • Animals in society 
  • Animals in business 
  • Entrepreneurship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

  • One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels.

Applicants with a non-Dutch diploma:

  • It is highly recommended that Chemistry is covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. This means that if your diploma does not have a final examination in Chemistry, you can catch up on the missing knowledge with specific modules that are included in the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9100 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Velp

  • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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