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Field of Study: Science

The agricultural and food science programs at Wageningen University rank among the best in the world. All of the courses on this program are offered in English and they take advantage of the university’s unique academic offerings in food technology and consumer science.

Unique study opportunities

  • Work as a consultant with a local organization as part of your coursework and gain practical experience in your field of study.
  • Design a new food product and production process.
  • Conduct lab experiments on microorganisms that contaminate food.
  • Explore new irrigation technologies and their environmental impact.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

All instruction is in English. Dutch language study is not available on this program.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 20 quarter/13.3 semester UC units. Typical course enrollment is two courses per period and most courses are worth 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each.
  • You may take one course per semester for pass/no pass credit.
  • If you have the appropriate background and meet the prerequisites, you may be able to enroll in master level coursework. This coursework is challenging. UCEAP recommends a limit of one master level course per semester.

Current Program Courses

Take advantage of course options in the following fields of study:

  • Agricultural science and management
  • Biotechnology
  • 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

At Wageningen an academic year is divided into six periods. You will be attending classes in Period 1 (September to October) and Period 2 (October to December) only.

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • Wageningen Course Catalog: On this page, look at the right-hand menu and click on the link under Course Planning for 2019-2020. This will open an Excel document with all the courses listed. Use the filters at the top of the columns to narrow your search. Under Period, select 1AF, 1DL, 1MO, 1WD, 2AF, 2DL, 2MO, 2WD; under Language of Instruction select English. Links to the course descriptions are in the first column.
  • Course articulation for UC Davis Food Science majors: UC Davis students can fulfill major requirements by taking these pre-approved courses.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

You will take courses taught in English alongside local and international students. While the professor will conduct the course in English, some of your classmates may ask questions in Dutch. If you do not understand something, it is okay to politely ask your classmates to repeat the question in English.

Courses at Wageningen are quite rigorous because of the compact timeline. You will often find that your entire morning or afternoon is blocked off for lecture, lab, and study time for just a single course. You’ll need to dedicate a significant amount of time to your studies. Courses frequently include a mixture of instruction styles with lectures and practicals. Most courses require individual and group assignments both inside and outside of the classroom. Keep track of assignment deadlines as professors may not remind you once they have handed out the course materials.

The Dutch value punctuality. Classes start on time and students are usually in class and ready to begin by the designated start time. There tend to be fewer students per class than in an average UC classroom. This allows plenty of opportunities to interact with professors. Alumni report that professors are approachable and ready to assist with questions both during class and office hours.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. The Dutch grading system differs greatly from the UC system. Grades are numerical on a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best grade. However, according to a famous saying: a 10 is for God, a 9 is for the professor, and an 8 is for the student. Studious UC students generally receive grades of 8 and 9. Grades are usually available in late February.