English language proficiency

English language proficiency MSc

The medium of instruction of all master programmes at Wageningen University & Research is the English language.

Applications that do not meet the English proficiency requirements will be put on a hold and will not be viewed by the admission board(s). Unless you can be exempted, we need one of the following results as evidence of your English proficiency:

Level 1 Level 2
Havo 7 8
VWO 6 7
RATEr Listening pass, Reading pass, Writing borderline, Speaking borderline. Listening pass, Reading pass, Writing pass, Speaking pass.
IELTS Academic Test Overall grade 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking) Overall grade 6.5 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)
TOEFL IBT internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking) internet-based 92 (with a minimum sub-score of 23 for speaking)
Cambridge FCE/B2 First score between 169-190 or Grade B score between 176-190 or Grade A
Cambridge CAE/C1 Advanced score between 169-210 or Grade C score between 176-210 or Grade C
Cambridge CPE/C2 Proficiency score between 180-230 or Grade C score between 180-230 or Grade C
IB DP Language of instruction English or English A Language and Literature 3 Language of instruction English or English A Language and Literature 4
Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife 06 Punkte for English (English should be taken for the complete duration of your Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife) 09 Punkte for English (English should be taken for the complete duration of your Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)
Belgium ASO ( a Belgium pre-education) 60 for English 70 for English

Master programmes - English Level 1 Master programmes - English Level 2
Animal Sciences Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management
Biobased Sciences Biology
Bioinformatics Communication, Health and Life Sciences
Biosystems Engineering Consumer Studies
Biotechnology Development and Rural Innovation
Climate Studies Economics of Sustainability
Data Science for Food and Health Food Quality Management
Earth and Environment Food Safety
Environmental Sciences Governance of Sustainability Transformations
Food Technology International Development Studies
Food Technology (online master's programme) International Land and Water Management
Forest and Nature Conservation Landscape Architecture and Planning
Geo-information Science Metropolitan Analysis Design and Engineering
Tourism, Society and Environment Organic Agriculture
Molecular Life Sciences Plant Biotechnology
Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health (online master’s programme) Plant Breeding (online master’s programme)
Nutrition and Health Plant Sciences
Urban Environmental Management Supply Chain Analytics
Water Technology Sustainable Business and Innovation

Additional information:

Please note that the IELTS and TOEFL tests should be taken no longer than 24 months prior to the day of your application.

TOEFL test

Please note that only the TOEFL IBT variant of this test is accepted.

This test is administered several times a month. In the Netherlands the test centers are in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Lelystad and Velp. Applicants who upload their TOEFL score in our application portal should be aware that they need to share their results with institutional code 0542 (Wageningen University & Research) via the TOEFL website. Applications with TOEFL results that are not shared with us, will be delayed as a consequence. More information and registration.

IELTS test

This test is administered several times per month. The test center for the Netherlands is in Amsterdam. Please note that only the IELTS academic variant of this test is accepted. More information and registration.

Cambridge exams (CAE, FCE and CPE)

There are 14 test centres troughout the Netherlands. Please note that we only accept the CAE, CPE and FCE variants of the Cambridge tests. More information and registration.

RATEr

The RATEr is a diagnostic test of academic English, the test can be taken at Wageningen in’to Languages.