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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning the European Master in Food Studies programme. Do you have a question that isn’t answered below or need further clarification? Please feel free to contact the European Masters programme coordinator at the contact information under Question 1.

Questions

  1. If I cannot find an answer to my question on the website or in the FAQ section, whom can I contact?
  2. Where can I find more information on the application and admission procedure?
  3. If I study in my home country university, I will get study financing. Is it possible to keep this financing?
  4. Do I also have to confirm participation to the MSc Food Technology?
  5. Is housing organised by the University or do I have to organise this myself?
  6. What are the most important deadlines for the MSc European Master in Food Studies?
  7. Do I have to arrange the thesis project placement at the food industry company myself?
  8. What does the training period in industry include – lab work, production work?
  9. Do I get paid for my work at the industry placement?
  10. What kind of job does an EMFS graduate usually get and how much does it pay?
  11. Is it possible to follow a foreign language course during the study?
  12. I will not be able to start the first day of the Team Building week because of other obligations. What should I do?
  13. I need financial support. What fellowships are available?
  14. I have graduated and now I am searching for a job. Can I stay in the Netherlands?
  15. I would like to contact one of the recent students – is that possible?

Answers

  1. If I cannot find an answer to my question on the website or in the FAQ section, whom can I contact?
    Please contact one of the following addresses (depending on your question):

  1. Where can I find more information on the application and admission procedure?
    For detailed information about the MSc European Master in Food Studies, please see our Admission Criteria and How to Apply pages. For an overview of frequently asked questions concerning application and admission to a Wageningen MSc programme in general, please see Wageningen University’s Questions and Answers.
    Please keep in mind that the application procedure can take up to 8 weeks when applying for a MSc programme at Wageningen University. Note that students with a NFP fellowship cannot be accepted in the European Masters programme.

 

  1. If I study in my home country university, I will get study financing. Is it possible to keep this financing?
    EU students can keep the study financing from their home country. Other nationals should inquire about these possibilities with the study financing providing agency.

 

  1. Do I also have to confirm participation to the MSc Food Technology?
    Yes, the procedure consists of two steps: first admission to the MSc Food Technology and then admission to the European Master in Food Studies specialisation.

 

  1. Is housing organised by the University or do I have to organise this myself?
    New MSc students have a guaranteed room at Wageningen University. But you have to reserve  accommodation Idealis yourself.
    Accommodation in the other countries and during your thesis project will be arranged for by students themselves in cooperation with the hosting university and company.For more information, please see our Budgeting for study expenses page.

 

  1. What are the most important deadlines for the MSc European Master in Food Studies?
    • For students who require a residence permit for the Netherlands, the closing date for applications is May 1, 2016
    • For students from all other countries the closing date for applications is July 15, 2016
    • The Team Building week starts August 29, 2016; Wageningen University courses start September 5, 2016

    For more information, please see our Academic Calendar.

 

  1. Do I have to arrange the thesis project placement at the food industry company myself?
    No, the programme management coordinates the thesis matching according to the European Master in Food Studies’ Thesis Procedure. The objective of this procedure is to create a transparent and objective process for thesis allocation within the programme. Students are placed at one of the programme’s industry partners.

 

  1. What does the training period in industry include – lab work, production work?
    The thesis project is coordinated by the R&D department of the company, under academic supervision. Whether you’ll mainly work in lab, pilot plant, production and/or office depends on the project.

 

  1. Do I get paid for my work at the industry placement?
    Thesis remuneration depends on the costs of living in the country. In general, it is approximately 600 Euros per month.

 

  1. What kind of job does an EMFS graduate usually get and how much does it pay?
    In general, graduates find employment in food industry R&D after graduation. Most common employers are larger companies, such as the programme’s partners (Partner Companies). Salaries begin at 2000 Euros per month on average.
  2. Is it possible to follow a foreign language course during the study?
    Wageningen UR Language Services offers regular language courses. You can take one course during the September-December period at Wageningen. Due to the frequent travel following the initial academic module, further foreign language study is likely unfeasible until the thesis project begins.
  3. I will not be able to start the first day of the Team Building week because of other obligations. What should I do?
    The Team Building week is an obligatory part of the European Master in Food Studies. If you are not able to join from the start, please contact the programme coordinator by e-mail.

 

  1. I need financial support. What fellowships are available?
    Please see our Budgeting for Living Expenses page for general financial information.
    For more fellowship options, please see Wageningen University’s Study Grants.

 

  1. I have graduated and now I am searching for a job. Can I stay in the Netherlands?
    Yes, foreign students do have the possibility to extend their stay for a period of one year to search for a job. For more information, please see Study in Holland.

 

  1. I would like to contact one of the recent students – is that possible?
    Yes, it is possible to contact students from previous editions of our programme. Take a look at the overview with alumni and recent students. If you know someone, you can contact him/her. If you don’t know someone, please contact the programme coordinator.

If you cannot find the answer to your question here or elsewhere on this website, please ask us by using the “request info” button on top of this website.