Wageningen University: To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.
Wageningen University has a very international character with 24% of its international student body coming from 107 different countries. It is the first Dutch university to hold an international accreditation, given by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO). Wageningen University is one of the best universities worldwide in the field of Life Sciences. Through partnerships with numerous national and international companies and governments, Wageningen University students experience no problems in finding internships, challenging work and career opportunities around the world.
Wageningen University is one of the leading international universities in the field of healthy food and living environment. Studying at Wageningen University guarantees you premium quality education and an international quality benchmark on your curriculum vitae. Here, you will focus on current and future global issues that are of increasing importance to both industry and government. You are ensured personal guidance throughout your student career with a teacher-student ratio of 1:7, which allows you to make the most of all the study options provided. The Code of Conduct with respect to international students in Dutch higher education has been revised as per 1 March 2013. This code sets a minimum standard for Dutch higher education institutions in their dealings with international students: www.wageningenuniversity.eu/whywageningen.
Campus & Facilities
With 70.000 m2, Wageningen Campus equals the size of 11 soccer fields. It offers excellent student facilities and it is a place where students, teachers, researchers and staff from all over the world come together and exchange ideas. Forum is Wageningen University’s largest education building. The main library is located in Forum and is open 14 hours per day. Due to a steady increase of the student body, a new education building, Orion, has been constructed and officially opened in September 2013. There are several places on campus where you can relax and enjoy a drink with your fellow students like the ‘Grand Cafe’ at Forum, ‘the Spot’ in Orion, or you can have lunch at the ‘Restaurant of the Future’. Nearby, sports centre ‘De Bongerd’ offers over 60 different sports ranging from tennis, squash and indoor biking to football, rugby and athletics. There are multiple student associations and each study programme has its own study association that organises a wide range of activities and services for students.
Most Dutch and international students of Wageningen University also live in Wageningen. For Dutch students, Idealis is the biggest student accommodation provider in Wageningen and you can apply for one of the several thousands of housing units they own. You can also try to find a suitable room via HousingDesk Wageningen or one of the national organisations mediating housing in the Netherlands. If you are a prospective international Master student intending to follow the complete study programme at Wageningen University, then you have a bed guarantee. This means that Wageningen University guarantees you a place to stay upon arrival. This will be a single student room containing basic furniture and fast Internet connection. For more information about housing please visit www.wageningenuniversity.eu/housing.*Please note that at certain times of the year the demand for rooms is very high. It is therefore possible that you may be given temporary housing until a permanent room becomes vacant.
Annual Introduction Days
The Annual Introduction Days (AID) are held prior to the start of the Master programme and are highly recommended for all new students. During the introduction programme, you can become acquainted with Wageningen, your fellow students and the university: www.aidwageningen.nl.
Wageningen University is centrally located in the Netherlands. The cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are only one-hour travel by train from Ede-Wageningen’s station and Utrecht only 25 minutes. From train station Ede-Wageningen to Wageningen Campus is a 12-minute bus ride. Wageningen is built on 'bicycle scale' meaning that all university facilities and the city centre are within cycling distance. There are historic and modern buildings, high-rise student flats, works of art and botanical gardens that all add to the diversity of Wageningen. More than 8.000 students study at Wageningen University and they, accounting for 20% of the population, turn Wageningen into a university town. The many international students, professors and researchers contribute to the international atmosphere. Wageningen has a thriving cultural and social life. Theatres, cinemas, student clubs, bars, nightlife and restaurants create the elegance of a city in a beautiful rural setting. The nearby flood plains of the Rhine River and National Park the Veluwe are ideal for those who enjoy nature, hiking, running or cycling.
Structure of the Programme
Wageningen University offers 29 Master of Science (MSc) programmes and the language of instruction is English. All Master study programmes are full time, have a duration of two years and are comprised of 120 ECTS credits. In addition to this, it is possible to follow one of the two part-time online master specialisations from all over the world through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment. This pioneering way of studying is an ideal opportunity for you if you want to obtain a full Master degree, but are not able to spend two full years away from home. In Wageningen, the academic year is split up into six periods. During each period, you follow one or two courses that are completed with an exam. The first, second and third period, and the fourth, fifth and sixth period run parallel to the European semesters, which means you can combine your courses in Wageningen with courses at other universities without running into scheduling problems. The first year of the Master study programme is comprised of mandatory courses, but you also have several elective courses which allow you to specialise within your programme. The second year includes an internship and a master thesis. The subject of the thesis is developed in consultation with a senior staff member of Wageningen University. Students usually propose their own thesis research topics while taking ongoing research in the relevant Wageningen University departments into account.
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