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How can I apply for the Master programme? (EU)

Wageningen University offers 29 Master of Science programmes which focus specifically on the theme 'healthy food and living environment'. We work closely together with governments and the business community.

Steps to enrolment for EU students.

Step 1: Application and Admission (Admissions requirements)

If you have previously applied for two programmes for the 2014-2016 session, do not fill in the application form again. If you have applied for only one programme and want to add a second choice click here, if you can't retrieve your username and password for STARS click here.

Please be aware that the number of Master programmes you can apply for is limited to two per academic year. Therefore, before you apply online make an informed decision about what you want to study.

The following is required when applying for a MSc programme:

1. A completed application form.

- The online application form (Start date February 2016)

- The online application form (Start date September 2016)

The following Master programmes are also scheduled to start in February 2016: Bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Molecular Life Sciences, Organic Agriculture, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Sciences


  • If you have been admitted to one of the Master Programmes starting in September 2015 (and this is one of the 8 programmes starting in February 2016) there is no need to apply for the programme starting in February. You can request an admission letter for the programme starting in February 2016 through "Questions and Answers". Please mention your name, date of birth, file number and the programme you have been admitted to.
  • If you want to defer the start of your study to September 2016 you need to fill out the application form for the next year.

2. Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Dutch or English (or a certified English translation). Students in the final year of their bachelor may also apply for admission prior to graduation. The Academic Committee on Admissions can tentatively admit students based on a transcript of their academic record and the expected date of graduation. To enrol as a student, a certified copy of the bachelor degree must be submitted before September 1.

3. Transcript of academic records (list of subjects and marks obtained during the bachelor) in Dutch or English (or a certified English translation).

4. English language proficiency test results
>> More information: English Language Profiency for EU students.

5. A statement of motivation explaining why you wish to enrol in the chosen programme and, if applicable, an indication of the programme’s practical value to your profession (one page maximum).

6. A typed Curriculum Vitae or brief personal history

All documents must be submitted as PDF files.

How to upload documents in Stars?

Only complete applications will be submitted to the Academic Committee on Admissions. Your application will be processed in the Student Tracking Admission Registration System (STARS). You will receive a registration letter (by email) containing a user-name and a password. With this user-name and password you can check your application status. The Academic Committee on Admissions will also inform candidates in writing if the application is not accepted.

An applicant who does not meet the admission requirements and is rejected by the Academic Committee on Admissions of Wageningen University will receive notification to this effect as soon as possible. The applicant may lodge an appeal against the decision.

Please note that the application becomes the property of the Student Service Centre after you send it. Therefore no original official documents should be sent. You will be required to submit a certified copy of your (Bachelor) diploma and a certified copy list of subjects/marks before you can be enrolled as a student.

Step 2: Confirmation

You are kindly requested to confirm your participation in the MSc programme by returning the confirmation form, duly completed, as soon as possible but before the deadline. The confirmation form is available on STARS.

You should indicate on the confirmation form how your MSc study at Wageningen University will be financed:

  • from private resources (yourself or family)

  • a fellowship programme

  • a sponsoring organisation (for example: your employer; NGO; your Government; et cetera.)

If you have applied, or intend to apply for a fellowship, please indicate the fellowship programme on the confirmation form.
If the expenses related to your study will be financed by a sponsoring organisation, part 3 of the confirmation form should be completed by an official of that organisation. The International Office will contact the sponsor and arrange the financial matters regarding your study in Wageningen.

If any changes occur in your situation, for example a change of address or a change in sponsor, please inform the International Office by using the alteration form.

Step 3: Payment

Upon receipt of your confirmation form, an invoice will be sent to you or to your sponsor. The invoice includes important information about the payment. The required amount should be paid into our bank account (see the invoice for details) before the deadline. Do not make any payments before receiving the invoice. >> For more information about Study expenses and payment click here.

Step 4: Visa
Nationals of EU-/EFTA-countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands, neither for a short, nor for a long stay. A valid passport or European ID card is required. The passport or ID card should be valid until at least three months after the end of the programme. >> Further information: or

Step 5: Housing and Insurance
Wageningen University will arrange housing for all international students.

>> More about Housing for EU students.

In the Netherlands, everyone is required to have health and liability insurance. If required, Wageningen University can assist international students in arranging a comprehensive insurance upon arrival in Wageningen. >> More about insurance for EU students.

Step 6: Preparation and travel

Please see "Travel Instructions" (pdf). This leaflet contains important information about your travel to Wageningen. >> Contact SSC

Step 7: Arrival and Final Registration
Students starting their study in September are expected to arrive mid-August to enable them to settle in and follow the introduction programme prior to the start of the academic year. From experience we know how important it is to get settled in a new environment, that all matters concerning registration are arranged, so that students can start their programme at Wageningen University without any disruptions. Only when all registration requirements have been met can you be registered as a student at Wageningen University. ALL students who wish to register need to submit CERTIFIED TRANSLATED COPIES of their bachelor degree and academic records.

When registered as a student you will receive a username and password for the University network enabling you to register for subjects and examinations. Students will be formally enrolled at Wageningen University after their arrival.Upon arrival at Wageningen University you will receive "Your Guide to Wageningen".

PLEASE NOTE: Enrolment as a student at Wageningen University is only possible as of September 1 or as of February 1 (when the study programme has an official 2nd starting date or when the Programme Director of a programme without a second starting moment gives his or her consent in writing).

Enrolment as a student at any other time is only possible in exceptional cases and with permission of the Programme Director and the Head of the Student Service Centre.