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Study Horticulture abroad

An in-depth guide to studying horticulture as an international student.

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Horticulture degrees abroad

Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic subject that covers the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. As a horticulture student, you can also study the design and maintenance of parks and gardens, open spaces and other managed landscapes.

The subject has close links to other disciplines including agriculture and plant science, and you will usually cover elements of these when studying horticulture. If you are someone with a keen interest in growing and cultivating plants and want to work with nature then a degree in horticulture could be the ideal program for you.

Horticulture is not widely offered by universities and colleges, so choosing to study abroad could be the best way to find the right program for you. You’ll also get to experience how a different country approaches commercial plant production, while improving your language skills and living in a new environment.

Horticulture program structure

It is possible to study horticulture as a bachelor’s degree over three or four years, but it is commonly offered as a foundation level program or as a certificate. Some universities also offer a top-up course that can convert a foundation degree into a BSc.

There are a few master’s programs available, but many postgraduate programs are in related subject areas like plant science.

When studying horticulture you can expect to get your hands dirty, and you’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, field trips, laboratory work and group tutorials. You’ll be assessed via written coursework and essays, exams, and practical assessments.

Exactly what is covered in the program content and curriculum will vary based on the location and university you’re studying at, but here are some of the main topics you can expect to cover:

  • Agronomy
  • Plant production
  • Soil science
  • Botany
  • Classifications and taxonomies
  • Plant ecology
  • Plant pathology
  • Garden management
  • Landscape horticulture

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Horticulture study abroad programs

Horticulture undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in horticulture

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Applied Biological Sciences (Sustainable Horticulture) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,834 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Vermont Logo

    Sustainable Landscape Horticulture University of Vermont, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 41,280 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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  • University of Greenwich Logo

    Horticulture - Commercial University of Greenwich, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • Stephen F. Austin State University Logo

    Horticulture Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 18,564 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Southeast Missouri State University Logo

    Agribusiness: Horticulture Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 13,155 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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Diploma in horticulture

  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Horticulture Technician Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 17,284 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year 2 months
    • Start date September
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  • Durham College Logo

    Horticulture – Food and Farming Durham College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,042 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years 4 months
    • Start date September
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Future horticulture careers

As a horticulture graduate you will be well placed to work in plant production, and there are a wide range of careers you can pursue, including:

  • Plant pathologist
  • Landscape gardener/designer
  • Horticultural technician
  • Plant producer
  • Head gardener
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant geneticist

Many universities will be able to support your career aspirations and connect you with placement opportunities and industry contacts. Another way to improve your career prospects is to broaden your skills at university by joining clubs and societies.