Aeres University of Applied Sciences

University typeApplied Science

Aeres University of Applied Sciences is a professional education institute situated in the centre of the Netherlands. Formerly a part of the North Sea, the present Polder province of Flevoland. In the programmes offered, professionals prepare for their careers in the knowledge domains of agriculture, food, horticulture, agribusiness and animal science. The University has 80 academic staff members.

At the University about 1,600 students prepare for their careers, with an increasing number of international students. Each year about 200 international students train in the English-language degree courses, offered in close co-operation with business, universities and research institutes worldwide. The international courses are just as varied, with students arriving from countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. The courses train for a Bachelor degree and combine both theoretical and practical training. To prepare students for their future career, a full-time traineeship in a middle management job is part of every course. During this traineeship you will proof your scientific and academic expertise in researching, writing and defending an IngenieurThesis relevant to the sector.


Practice is one of the main concepts in all Aeres University of Applied Sciences courses. Aeres University of Applied Sciences uses the educational model of competency based education. We teach students to develop professional products like for example an export plan for an exporter in tulip bulbs, perform a food safety audit in meat processing unit or write a policy plan for the rural area in a mountain region in Italy. A close cooperation with both private enterprises as well as the public sector is the basis for our cooperation, inviting professionals of external organisations to guest lectures, be involved in the assessment of students or provide input for the (re-)design of our modules.



The library (in Dutch mediatheek) is small scale but can offer you a wide variety of information both digital as on paper, thanks to the shared information system with other professional agricultural universities amongst which Wageningen University.

In this library you can find:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Thesis assignments / reports
  • CD’s with digital information
  • Video tapes
  • Digital files

Study books for international courses

The books that are required for the one year international courses are offered as a package to the students at the start of the year at the rate of €30 a year. By the end of the year students can opt for buying or returning (some of) the books.

International Campus

The International Campus in Dronten is a phenomenon for our international students. This is the place where you will truly experience the impact of an international study on your personal life. Students, from 20 different countries all over the world, study in Dronten each year. The international campus is therefore a true melting pot where you will meet new friends for life. The studies in Dronten are hard work, but campus life offers all kinds of possibilities to sometimes escape from the day-to-day routine.

Student enterprises

Aeres University of Applied Sciences also provides opportunities for students to run an enterprise in their field of education. At the University farm students can run their own student enterprises where they can practice their farm management skills in rearing pigs, sheep or poultry. The University Farm is a state-of-the-art agricultural production unit that also contains dairy and arable sections which are managed on a commercial basis. A greenhouse is located on campus where students in horticulture run their own enterprise. The students are responsible for the complete process from selection of the products they want to grow to marketing of the products.

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants for the course must have:
- Completed relevant pre-education
- A minimum 550 score in the TOEFL test of English or a formally recognized equivalent
- Team spirit, a flexible attitude in an international working environment
- Funding in the form of a grant or a stipend, or private means

Other courses at Aeres University of Applied Sciences

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