4 Things You Should Know Before You Apply to WUR

By: Õnne Kask · 23 January 2019
Category: Incoming students, Tips and advice

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!

Õnne Kask

Õnne Kask

I'm a Master student in Landscape Architecture & Planning, specialising in Land-Use Planning. I come from Estonia, but have lived in the Netherlands for more than five years as I also did my Bachelor in the south of the country. Since I've been an international student on the Dutch grounds for a while, I hope to give you good insights on what it's like to study at the WUR and in the Netherlands in general.

There are 9 comments.

  1. By: Jack Katler · 30-01-2019 at 13:57

    Nice Article
    Check our article on Five common challenges International students face while studying https://covenantsol.co.uk/2018/08/13/five-common-challenges-international-students-face-while-studying/

  2. By: George Effah Sarpong · 05-02-2019 at 14:52

    I already had my Bachlors and MSc with English language as the mode of instruction do I still have to write an English test before I can be admitted?

    1. Õnne Kask
      By: Õnne Kask · 06-02-2019 at 08:59

      Hi George!
      That depends on where you are from and where you did your education. Please read the exemptions section on this page.

      Good luck with your application! Best, Onne

  3. By: Donis Bernal · 05-02-2019 at 20:42

    Good day,
    I’m a graduate student from the University of Panama, but my undergraduate studies were in the United States and I can prove it, is there a chance that I contact the English language tutor to assess my level of English via a Skype interview since I have not taken the TOEFL exam ?

    1. Õnne Kask
      By: Õnne Kask · 06-02-2019 at 08:56

      Hi Donis!
      If you have completed a bachelor in the USA, you don’t have to have any additional assessment. Just make sure you submit both your BSc and MSc diploma for the application.

      Applicants who have completed their Bachelor or Master degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada (except those educated at universities in Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are exempted from submitting an English proficiency test.

      Good luck with your application! Best, Onne

  4. By: Sia Ukwai · 01-03-2019 at 12:27

    Are there any students from Africa?

    1. Õnne Kask
      By: Õnne Kask · 01-03-2019 at 12:32

      Yes, there are many students from Africa at WUR!

  5. By: Jimena Deschamps · 19-03-2019 at 04:57


    There is a dedline to apply to a Phd?

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Õnne Kask
      By: Õnne Kask · 19-03-2019 at 11:49

      Hi! You can find all information about PhDs here: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/PhD-Programme.htm

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