Study Abroad Program Overview
Wageningen University has agricultural and food science programs which rank among the best in the world. It is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme “healthy food and living environment.” Many courses are offered in English and the program takes advantage of the University’s unique academic offerings in food technology and consumer science. Wageningen is a historic town situated on the Rhine river in the central Netherlands, about an hour from Amsterdam.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late December
You will live with local and international students in university residence halls. Rooms are singles with either shared or private kitchen/bathroom facilities. More Information on Housing
Wageningen hosts a variety of student organizations that offer a wide range of activities and services for Dutch and international students, including cultural, sporting, and study associations.
Visit the Erasmus Student Network
to find out about activities such as excursions, city trips, theme and international parties and sporting events that help international students integrate into the Wageningen student life.
The Sports Centre De Bongerd is situated centrally on the main university campus with a range of facilities including a swimming pool.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Your exchange program coordinator at the Wageningen University International Office will help you integrate into the culture and the university, and will provide assistance with course selection, housing, safety, and other matters.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Courses taught in English offering unique and innovative perspectives can be found in the following fields of study:
- Agricultural science and management
- Plant biology
- Earth, atmosphere, and water processes
- Economics of agriculture
- Environmental planning, management, and sustainability
- Forest and nature conservation
- Food technology, safety, and quality management
Most courses are worth 5.0 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each. Some courses are worth 2.5 quarter/1.5 semester UC units.
The fall semester is separated into Period 1 and Period 2; you will take 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units (usually 2 coures) in each period.
Courses at the first year Masters level are open to UCEAP undergraduates with the appropriate academic background and are considered to be equivalent to 4th year undergraduate level work at the UC.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 20 UC quarter units are required; usually four courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are generally not possible on this program.
The mission of Wageningen University is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. The university focuses on three related core areas: Food and Food Production; Living Environment; and Health, Lifestyle, and Livelihood. Research and education at Wageningen is based on a fundamental scientific approach and strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through the close collaboration between different fields of expertise including both natural and social sciences. Wageningen is home to approximately 8,000 students, including 2,000 international and exchange students. In 2015, Dutch students ranked Wageningen as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education in the Netherlands for the tenth year in a row.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Pre-Departure expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: