• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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You will learn everything about animals and how to run a healthy, sustainable business. You will for instance follow courses on animal health, reproduction and nutrition, as well as marketing and entrepreneurship. You will already start developing innovative business models during your studies that serve the interests of animals, farmers and society. You will also consider ethics questions surrounding animal welfare. Think about the separation of calf and cow, the docking of pigs’ tails and using sensors and technology.

And the major societal challenges for the agrofood sector are also discussed. Will there be enough food on earth for 11 billion people come 2050? Is our soil fertile enough? What about biodiversity and this sector’s impact on the environment?

You will learn to look at these issues from a broad perspective and to work together with other parties to find sustainable solutions. You can contribute to a healthy and responsible sector in this manner. Ambitious, innovative professionals like yourself are in demand and highly valued around the world!


As a student, you are already building up a network within the livestock farming sector. During your studies, you will work in projects where you meet many professionals who, like you, have a passion for the field. Trade fairs are organised that you can visit, you do an internship and a graduation project in the business world. Because these contacts can help you find the job of your dreams, you will have plenty of opportunity to build your own network during your studies.

Graduates end up with both national and international employers. You could for instance become a specialist in pig feed and animal safety at an international organisation such as Agrifirm Feed or De Heus. As an animal specialist, you will be able to give advice in case of problems concerning animal husbandry, feeding and performance of 'your' species. As an advisor, you can assist veterinarians and animal breeders. Or work at an animal health service or research facility. 


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

Courses include:

  • Animal nutrition and breeding 
  • Marketing 
  • Animal health 
  • Research and Health 
  • Land & Forage Management
  • Farm risk analysis
  • product quality
  • 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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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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