Hands-on recommendations for your application

By Annika Kloos

MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies; profile Business Economics

Updated on: 29 March 2021

Since it is application period again, this article addresses prospective students that are maybe currently in the application process. We know that applications can be nerve-wracking and time-consuming. This article is supposed to give you hands-on recommendations from my own experience during this period to make the process less stressful and easier to understand.

General Information

On the website of the university, you can find all the general information about deadlines, costs, admission requirements, English test, fellowships, etc. For non-EU students, the deadline for application is the 15th of April so that is very soon. EU citizens have until the 15th of June to apply. But still, the earlier you apply, the greater the chance that you know early whether you are accepted for the programme.

What do you have to do?

The official WUR website above provides you with a good overview of what you have to deliver upon application. This includes transcripts and diploma as well as a CV and a motivation letter. I would advise you to gather all the required documents in a file on your computer before you start the application process. Take your time to complete your file. IMPORTANT! All documents need to be converted to pdf. Don’t forget to take an English-test in time and upload the results, too.

If you are afraid of losing track of what you need, what you already have and when your deadlines are, I would advise you to make an overview of the application procedure. Use the information on the website of the university and of your programme specifically, to make this overview. When you indicate which tasks you already accomplished, you have a better indication of your progress.

CV and letter of motivation

As little as possible, as much as necessary

For a CV and the motivation letter, I always try to apply the slogan “as little as possible, as much as necessary”. What do I mean by that? Try to target the motivation letter specifically to the Master programme that you are applying for. Get as much information as possible about the programme and try to distil what kind of students the programme coordinators are looking for. Tailor your motivation letter to this information, but do not exaggerate and – most importantly, but self-speaking – stay honest. Sell the best side of you, while being open about deficiencies and your will to overcome those deficiencies. At the same time, only include the most important and strongest points and especially the characteristics that you think make you different from other applicants. So, both in terms of content as well as in terms of length, think of the slogan. Something to take into account is that your motivation letter should be one-page maximum.

The same holds for your CV. Emphasise important points, especially if you feel like these points fit the requirements of the programme. For both, the CV and the motivation letter, take care of the layout and make it coherent. The layout, as well as spelling, are the first impression the reader gets and as you probably know, in this case as WUR does not perform interviews, the first impression is the one that counts. This is also true for your picture on the CV: it should be a more or less professional picture of you.


Last but not least, I wish you the best of luck with your application!

By Annika Kloos

MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies; profile Business Economics

There are 11 comments.

  1. By: Donatella · 17-05-2017 at 20:03

    Hi Annika, thank you for your precious advice. Is the Europass CV also accepted?

    1. By: Debby Los · 24-05-2017 at 10:24

      Hi Donatella, you are allowed to use the Europass CV! Kind regards, Debby Los

  2. By: Debby Los · 07-06-2017 at 16:24

    Dear Kennedy,

    You can find the Admission Requirements on the following website:

    Kind regards,

    Debby Los

  3. By: Agnese · 16-06-2017 at 21:39

    Hi Annika, I haven’t taken the English test for the certification in time for apply at WUR, may I apply as well and take the TOEFL exam the soonest (July at this point)?
    Thank you for the help,
    Kind regards Agnese

    1. By: Debby Los · 19-06-2017 at 08:53

      Hi Agnese,

      If all other required documents have been submitted, the admission committee will consider your application even without the English language test result. You will be informed by email whether you are academically admissible. Once you submit a sufficient English test result, you will receive the admission letter.

      For enrolment in the MSc programmes beginning in September 2017, the deadlines for submitting the application form is July 1, 2017 for nationals of the EU countries.

      Kind regards,


  4. By: Debby Los · 11-07-2017 at 11:36

    Dear Mariam,

    You can find information about PhD programmes on our site. Click here to go to the site directly.

    It contains all the necessary information regarding the application procedures and the Wageningen Graduate Schools. Wageningen University offers a special PhD programme leading to the degree of “Doctor” (Dr). A PhD students research is embedded as a project in a Wageningen Graduate School. If you have questions after reading the information about the application procedures, you have to contact the Graduate School. I am not able to answer your questions. So, please mail the contact persons of the Graduate School.

    Kind regards,


  5. By: Õnne Kask · 16-01-2019 at 16:10

    Hi Luis! There’s no format you have to use, whichever fits for you or for the person writing letter is fine for us!
    Best, Onne

  6. By: Warote · 21-03-2019 at 00:47

    “If I would like my professors to send you a recommendation letter, which email should they send it to?

    1. By: Õnne Kask · 21-03-2019 at 13:27

      Hi Warote!

      You have to upload the recommendation letter yourself in the application system.


  7. By: Vania Gonzalez · 08-11-2021 at 13:57

    Hi! Thanks for the advice! If I also submit a recommendation letter, to whom should it be aderessed to?

    1. By: Paula · 09-11-2021 at 14:16

      Hi Vania,

      You can upload a motivation letter in the application portal. You can read all about this at https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/master/practical-information-masters/Apply-for-a-Master-programme.htm for master’s or https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Bachelor/practical-information/Apply-for-a-bachelors-programme.htm for bachelor’s.


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