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Academic Writing 1: The Basics of Academic Writing (online course)

Do you find it difficult to write clear academic texts in English? Would you like to learn to write a logically structured text in the correct style with the appropriate choice of words and persuasive arguments? This online course will help you on your way.

The course will be provided entirely online using the Virtual Classroom in Brightspace.

Target group

Academic Writing 1 is aimed at Bachelor’s and Master’s students who want to improve their academic writing skills.

Course content

During the course you will:

Our lecturer will help you to:

Course level

B1-B2 (CEFR)

Admission requirements

Before you can enroll in the 'Academic Writing' courses, we first ask you to take a Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) and a writing assessment.

For the Academic Writing 1 course you need a minimum score of 40. You can request the OOPT by emailing us at

What is an Oxford Online Placement Test?

Writing assignment
Please write a short essay of 150-250 words on a topic related to your field of study. Please send us the writing assessment within a week after registration via the form on the right side of this page. Our teachers will grade your assignment and advise you either Academic Writing 1, 2 or 3.

Tips for the writing assignment

Before sending in your text, read your draft and ask yourself the following questions:

Dates and times

Day Start date End date Time
Tuesday 28 September 30 November 19:30-21:15 hrs

View the full schedule here.

If you would like to take this course but it is either full or does not list a starting date that suits you, please click here and you will be notified once you can sign up for new dates.

Number of meetings

8 online classes each 1 hour and 45 minutes.


2 to 3 hours each week.

Course materials

Participants will get access to Brightspace. All relevant information will be made available on a course page.


To receive a Wageningen in'to Languages certificate, a minimum attendance of 80% is required. After completing Academic Writing 1, you can continue on to Academic Writing 2.


BSc/MSc WUR Students € 60
WUR Employees € 250
Regular fee € 275