4 Things You Should Know Before You Apply to WUR
Submitting applications to universities can be stressful. I know that firsthand since I’ve been there, done that. But sometimes knowledge about the procedure can make it easier. That’s why I have put together a short list of things that are “good-to-know” about how to apply to Wageningen University. Anything from application deadlines to English requirements. Scroll down to find out more.
1. Don’t wait until the last moment to submit your application
The application deadline for our MSc programmes are May 1 for non-EU students and July 1 for EU students. However, if you have your documents ready for application, you can apply right away. Whenever you upload your full application, you will receive an answer about your application within six weeks. Isn’t it great to know if you can be accepted as early as possible? That gives you also much more time to arrange everything you need before moving to Wageningen. Also, if for any reason you are not accepted, you still have plenty of time to apply for other universities.
2. There’s no fixed number of students who are accepted to our programmes
Have you wondered how many students get accepted to WUR programmes? And how will that number affect you? In Wageningen there’s no reason to worry about that. If you meet the admissions requirements, you’re in. Easy as that! In other words, if you have a relevant BSc degree, a GPA of 70%, and have a good command of English (proven by an English test), there’s no reason for the university to reject to you. Some of our programmes also have additional specific requirements, and of course you have to meet these as well. So, all in all, WUR doesn’t make a list of the candidates and compare them against each other. That is also why, as I mentioned in point 1, you can submit your application any time and also know the results quickly after that.
3. The best way to find out if you are eligible, is to apply
You can send the WUR staff as many emails as you wish, but they won’t be able to tell you if you can be accepted. Of course feel free to contact the study advisor and ask if your BSc is relevant. But, they still will not be able to ensure you that you can start your studies at WUR. That’s because there are many aspects to your application. Only the admissions committee, after receiving your whole package of documents, can make the decision.
4. You need to prove your English proficiency and submit the results on time
All the MSc programmes at WUR are in English. This means that you have to have a good command of the language – you have to present in English, write essays and reports and participate well in group discussions. That’s why there’s no looking past the English requirements. All you need to do is take one of the English exams and make sure you reach the required grades. Also, it is very important that you have the results in before the application deadline. WUR will not accept your results after that. It doesn’t have to be the official diploma as far as you can access the results online. So make sure you take the test well in advance and even, if possible, give yourself the time to re-take the test if you didn’t reach the required level the first time.
So, all I have left to say is that get busy with your application now! Take the English test, write your motivation letter, and get all other documents in order. Upload them, and soon enough you’ll know if you can start your studies at WUR. Interested in more tips like these? Let me know in the comments and I will write you another post soon!