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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Human Ecology


Opportunity Description

Wageningen University’s history dates back to 1876, when it opened as a national agricultural college. Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) is one of the leading international universities in the field of healthy food and the living environment. It has been rated as the best university in the Netherlands for the 11th year in a row, and consistently ranks as one of the world’s top universities.

Besides the many groups within Wageningen University working on Food Science and Nutrition, there are also numerous companies and research institutes. The innovative campus is designed to stimulate interaction between students, professors and researchers. Nearly 10, 000 students study at Wageningen University.

At the Faculty of Life Sciences about 180 persons are appointed, including 25 scientific staff members, 20 postdocs, 80 international PhD candidates and 40 technical and administrative staff members. Currently about 750 international students are enrolled in the 5 year BSc-MSc program in Human Nutrition and Health. 


Undergraduate students enrolled in DNS may spend one semester studying at the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Wageningen, whose mission is to improve human health through better nutrition. Wageningen University & Research participates in the European Erasmus network. They also have several bilateral contracts that enable students from all over the world to join them.

Wageningen University is centrally located in the Netherlands, just a one hour train ride from Amsterdam. Wageningen is a University town with the University at the city center within cycling distance to all facilities. There are historical and modern buildings, high-rise student flats, art museums and botanical gardens.

Wageningen has a thriving cultural and social life. Theaters, cinemas, student clubs, bars, night life and restaurants offer the excitement of the city with the safe environment of a rural village. The many international students, professors and researchers contribute to the diverse atmosphere. Wageningen, a town of 40,000 is surrounded by farmland, forests, nature reserves and the meadows of the Rhine river.


Exchange Students are guaranteed housing at Wageningen University. Furnished rooms in apartment complexes with shared facilities offer some of the most affordable housing options of any campus in the Netherlands. Apartments are also available at very affordable prices. There are a variety of high density and low density housing options. For instance the new complex of Bellostraat provides 80 rooms with shared facilities, 16 homes with 5 rooms with a shared kitchen, toilet, bathroom and garden.

Rentals range from 300-500 Euros a month. see Idealis.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
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  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.