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Program Description:
ACES in the Netherlands at WUR
Semester or Academic Year
Wageningen, Netherlands

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Program Overview
The City of Wageningen
Academic Environment
Program Cost
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Pre-Departure Resources
Contact Information

Program Overview

Wageningen University and Research Centre is one of the leading and most internationalized universities in Europe, located about an hour south of Utrecht. The language of instruction in many courses is English. It is an ideal site for students interested in these fields:
Social Sciences
· International Development Studies
· Management of Agroecological Knowledge and Social Change
· Management, Economics and Consumer Studies
· Communication Sciences
 Life Sciences
· Organic Agriculture
wag· Plant Biotechnology
· Plant Sciences
· Animal Science and Aquaculture

Food and Technology
· Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering
· Bioinformatics
· Biotechnology
· Food Quality Management
· Food Safety
· Food Technology
· Molecular Sciences

Environmental Sciences
· Earth System Sciences
· Environmental Sciences
· Forest and Nature Conservation 
· Geo Information Systems
· Hydrology & Water Quality
· International Land & Water Management
· Leisure & Environment
· Meteorology & Air Quality
· Soil Sciences
· Urban Environmental Management

Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants should be at least in the second semester of their junior year by the time the program begins.  This program is not open to UIUC students who are not in the College of ACES. 
See the Director of ACES Education Abroad about opportunities for Master's and Ph.D. students to participate in this exchange, including classes and/or research.  Scholarships are available. Exchange student bulletin wur brochure.pdf
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The City of Wageningen

Wageningen is a town along the Rhine river within the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. Because of its famous agricultural university, it is more lively than one would expect from a Dutch town with 36,000 inhabitants. In 2007 it had residents from 152 different countries, mainly being students at the university. Cycling is by far the most common form of transportation. Wageningen was the site of the formal surrender of the Germans to the Allies in the Netherlands on May 5th, 1945, a day that is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Wageningen hosts a military veteran’s parade annually and this is followed by a large party.
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Academic Environment

Courses at WUR are particularly attractive for ACES students majoring in ACE, ANSCI, CPSC, FSHN, AECE, HORT, or NRES. WUR's study point system is based on the European Credit Point System (ECTS), meaning that a course with 6 ECTS is equivalent to 3 UIUC credits. See WUR's section on course information to learn more. 
Be sure to select the right PERIOD. Select courses per period and click on interesting titles to get more infor­mation on the courses offered. On the top left cor­ner of each course description, you can click on the word 'schedule' to find out when the course is being given, and thus avoid selecting courses that are offered at the same time. Per period you should select two cour­ses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
At WUR, the academic year is divided into five educational periods. The first four periods comprise eight weeks each: six weeks of instruction, an independent study week and an examination week. The fifth period lasts ten weeks. During the examination weeks, the examinations are taken for the subjects that were given in the same period.
You will need to take two courses of 6 ECTS credits each period. You cannot take more, you should not take less. That way you will come back with 12 UIUC credits (6 ECTS = 3 UIUC). In each period, you need to pick one morning and one afternoon class. For each class I would have one backup, i.e., identify a total of 8 courses.
Academic Year Structure
Period 1 = September - October (8 weeks)
Period 2 = November - December (8 weeks)
Period 3 = January - February (8 weeks)
Period 4 = March - April (8 weeks)
Period 5 = May - July (10 weeks)
The exact annual schedule (the dates of the various periods) is published every year in the Study Guide. No classes are scheduled or given during indepen­dent study weeks, examination weeks and the holiday periods. Thesis research, internships and open subjects are scheduled following discussions between students and program coordinators. 


For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to

wagYou will stay in a single room at a university residence hall. There are cafeterias, but many students prepare most meals on their own.

This program does not require prior knowledge of Dutch. You will be able to communicate in English in and outside the classroom. 
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Program Cost and Advance Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!
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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:

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Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

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You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 

Participants do need to obtain a Dutch study permit prior to traveling to the Netherlands. The procedure will be explained upon acceptance into the program. More information about passports and visas can be found at

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Application Process

Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants should be at least in the second semester of their junior year by the time the program begins.  This program is not open to UIUC students who are not in the College of ACES. 
See the Director of ACES Education Abroad about opportunities for Master's and Ph.D. students to participate in this exchange, including classes and/or research.  Scholarships are available. Exchange student bulletin wur brochure.pdf

First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires

 After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application.  

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

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Pre-Departure Resources

The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also
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Contact Information

ACES Education Abroad
123 Mumford Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380

Walk-in hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2-4pm; Wednesday 9:30-11:30am 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 01/28/2018 05/04/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 09/09/2018 12/18/2018
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

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