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Budgeting for Study Expenses

Tuition Fees and Expenses

Wageningen University fees and procedures are applicable for all European Master students. Find more information here: Study expenses

Because our industry partners sponsor the additional costs associated with the extra training required for the Team Building and Team Projects of this unique programme, we are able to keep the costs of the European Master in Food Studies equal to other Wageningen MSc programmes.

The estimated total costs of two years of academic study in Wageningen:

  • For nationals within the EU or EFTA: approximately 25,244 Euros (including living expenses)
  • For non-EU/EFTA: approximately 59,246 Euros (including living expenses)

This does not include travel between “home” and the study location.



While students travel around Europe, they are required to have health insurance that has at least European coverage. Wageningen University assists students in obtaining appropriate insurance for the whole period. Costs are approximately 45 Euros per month; 1,110 Euros in total. Learn more about insurance information at the Wageningen University website.



Travel expenses during the programme are covered by the student. Fortunately, several budget airlines operate within Europe offering affordable travel. Of course, students wishing to take the opportunity to see more of Europe or return home during the (short) Christmas / New Year break will have higher costs.
Approximately 800 Euros should be reserved for the five trips necessary during the study period.



Housing expenses are also covered by the student. In Wageningen, Cork and Lund, students are housed close to the university campuses, from where they can either cycle or walk to their classes.

You will start arranging for housing in Wageningen well before departure. Arrangements for housing in Ireland, France and Sweden can be made after arrival in Wageningen. Arrangements for France and Sweden will be made with the help of the partner university. All housing arrangements for Ireland, France and Sweden will be made after you have started your studies.

For housing in Wageningen Idealis (the main student housing cooperation in Wageningen), will be the allocating authority for all rooms of Idealis and Wageningen University together. Here you find information about how to apply for a room Housing



The costs of living depend on the lifestyle of each individual student.
As students will be living in cities with a university population, cheap places to eat will be nearby as well as supermarkets and other sellers of affordable food. Costs of living are more or less comparable in all cities, with Wageningen the cheapest and Lund the most expensive.

In their housing, students will have – or have access to – a kitchen where they can prepare dinner for themselves.

Due to the frequent travel associated with the programme, many students prefer to work on a laptop or notebook. This is, however, not mandatory. Each university provides working places with computers that have access to the internet.



Non-EU/EFTA nationals require a residence permit for their stay in The Netherlands and most other EU countries.
Students will receive information from Wageningen University regarding the procedure for obtaining the entry visa and residence permit. As the university is able to expedite this process, students are strongly advised not to begin visa procedures themselves, but to follow the guidelines of Wageningen University. Please see the page on Visa and immigration procedures of Wageningen University for more information.

Students will be given residence permits for the duration of their studies. The costs are approximately 450 Euros and are to be paid by the student.

The Dutch residence permit is valid in all European countries that signed the Schengen agreement (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden).
For the study period in Ireland, non-EU students may need to apply for a temporary visa, depending on their nationality. Arrangements can only be made after the student has received the Dutch residence permit.


Student Income

The intensive study, busy schedule and regular travel necessary for students in the European Master programme make it not possible to maintain a student job on the side.
However, when students begin the Thesis Project with the selected industry partner company in the second year, a monthly reimbursement will be provided. An estimated 600 Euros per month can be expected, depending on the company. Some companies pay in kind by arranging the housing and local travel for the student, while others pay directly to the student.

Be aware that some fellowships prohibit the recipient from receiving additional income, such as from side jobs. If you have such a fellowship, make sure that the payment from your industry placement will not be a “salary” but will be paid in kind.



Although neither Wageningen University nor the Foundation European Masters in Food grant scholarships independently, there are several fellowship options for students to cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Wageningen University. You can find more information about possible scholarships on Grantfinder.
It is highly recommended to investigate the various fellowship options available from the Dutch Government or other global and national organisations. Possible fellowship options include the NFP fellowship programme, the StuNed fellowship for Indonesian nationals, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation for Ukraine Nationals, or the Anne van den Ban Scholarship Fund for talented students from developing countries.


Other Scholarships

Many international organisations provide scholarships or fellowships for studying abroad through special programmes or as part of projects and loan programmes, such as various United Nations agencies, the European Union, the World Bank, regional development banks and various other private foundations. Please inquire at the offices of these organisations in your country/region or consult their websites.


Other funding schemes

Please be aware that the fellowship application is a lengthy process, often requiring an admission letter. For this reason, you must start your application for admission at the university well in advance.


More Information

Please see the university’s page with practical information for prospective Master students.