University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein

Equine Department
Van Hall Larenstein offers 2 unique equine specialisations at Bachelor level. Students are prepared for different types of jobs in the secondary and tertiary sector of the international equine industries. Right from the start, students work in close contact with experts in the equine work field in order to become successful self-starting and independent professionals. The international environment, comprising students, staff and the course programme itself, helps students develop a global network of friends and colleagues.


Largest green university of applied sciences
Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences, was formed in 2003 as a result of a merger between Van Hall Institute and the International Agricultural College Larenstein. These two institutions have a rich history, providing higher education for more than a century. Currently more than 4500 students and approximately 450 employees are distributed over two locations, Leeuwarden and Velp, making us the largest green university of applied sciences in the Netherlands.


Educating Equine ProfessionalsStudents

Van Hall Larenstein offers many accredited, practice-oriented Bachelor programmes, i.e. four-year studies that focus mainly on  subject specialisations . In Wageningen the Animal Husbandry programme has an equine specialisation offered in English: Equine Sports & Business. In Leeuwarden the bachelor programme Animal Management offers the specialisation Equine Management in Dutch. Many foreign students from different countries participate in the international oriented programme.


The programme is competence based in that each theoretical topic is underscored by work group situations in which students tackle practical problems and explore workable solutions. Additionally, students work in close cooperation with businesses and organisations in the equine work field right from the start of the study, as well as during practical placements and thesis projects.


Students are offered the greatest possible freedom  and are provided with opportunities for international educational exchange and professional development. The foundations are laid in the first years, when a broad, multidisciplinary approach allows  students to acquire knowledge appropriate to the equine sector. The final years are devoted to one of the specialisations, when students choose a minor, work placement, and thesis, all of which are tailored to the students’ preferred profession and career in the international horse world.


Institutional qualifications
Both the Animal Husbandry programme and Animal Management programme were granted accreditation by the NVAO, the official Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.


Contact InformationAdvise

Van Hall Larenstein
P.O. Box 9001
6880 GB Velp
The Netherlands 

Director Food & Dairy: Wendy Zuidema-Haans



Director Animal & Business: Tjalling Huisman


Coordinator Equine Department: Hans van Tartwijk






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