Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2024
  • Academic Year 2024-25
  • Spring 2025
    January 6, 2025 to May 9, 2025


Brianna Brown

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences, Global Learning


This program is only available to CALS students.

Early spring application deadline.

No back-up is required.

Opportunity Description

This exchange program is suitable to nearly all CALS majors, especially for undergraduate students majoring in Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, Environment and Sustainability, Food Science, Landscape Architecture, or Plant Science. 

Since 1954, CALS has offered their students unique opportunities to study abroad via the CALS Exchange program. CALS students are able to internationalize their academic experience by integrating themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students. The CALS Exchange programs are rooted in, and in many cases designed by, CALS faculty affiliated to an international academic institution or university department that complements your academic program. Students who have previously gone on exchange have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their degree, challenged them academically and facilitated the development of new skills, and enhanced their personal growth and self-confidence.

Wageningen offers a variety of courses. Students in majors outside of those recommended may also be able to participate, depending on your interests and academic needs.

What is unique about this program?

The distinct mission of Wageningen University & Research is "to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life." Both Wageningen University's research and education are highly acclaimed. The prominence and caliber in the field of life science and natural resources is affirmed by their high rankings as an institution. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ranked Wageningen University 59th overall in the world. In 2016-17 QS University Rankings, ranked Wageningen #1 in Agriculture and Forestry, and #4 in Environmental Sciences.

Wageningen is the only university in the Netherlands focused on the theme "healthy food and living environment." Its majors align closely to CALS and the university has a longstanding collaborative and research-based partnership.  

What is unique about Wageningen?

Wageningen is a historic town in central Netherlands where commuting by bike is the norm. Wageningen is surrounded by farmland, forests, nature reserves and the meadows of the Rhine river. It has a population of approximately 39,000 of which about 12,000 are students from over 100 countries. 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.

The rest of Europe is on your doorstep. Amsterdam is about an hour away.

Past Participants

Past participants have submitted feedback about their experiences. These surveys are available for your review. You can also view photos. Would you like to ask a past participant questions about their experience? Email the Office of Global Learning to be connected with a Cornell student who has studied at Wageningen. 

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be completed first, before your Education Abroad 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. If you are applying to an exchange program, it must be your first choice.  Exchange programs cannot be a "back-up" to another program.

  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 the program fills.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, Wageningen University will email you and invitation to apply with application instructions.  At that point, you must complete the external application required for exchange students by Wageningen University's deadlineNominated exchange students are typically admitted by partners, but you must complete the application process for them to review your application and offer you a place.