Wageningen University & Research is centrally located in the Netherlands. Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are only an hour’s travel by train. All university facilities and the city center are within cycling distance. There are historic and modern buildings, high-rise student flats, works of art and botanical gardens. Students, accounting for 20% of the population, turn Wageningen into a university town. Wageningen has a thriving cultural and social life. Theatres, cinemas, student clubs, bars, night life and restaurants offer the excitement of a city with the safe environment of a rural village. The many international students, professors and researchers contribute to the international atmosphere. Wageningen is delightfully ‘green’, being surrounded by farmland, forests, nature reserves and the summer meadows of the Rhine river.

The University

Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading international universities in the field of healthy food and the living environment. Studying at Wageningen University & Research guarantees you premium quality education and an international quality benchmark on your curriculum vitae. Here, you will focus on current and future global issues that are of increasing importance to both industry and government. Wageningen University & Research is listed in the top 70 of all universities in the world as published by the Times Higher Education Ranking. Furthermore, it holds a top five position in the worldwide publication index in the field of food, agriculture, plants, animals and environment. Personal guidance is ensured by exchange coordinators who will guide you through the process of application and course selection.

Campus and Facilities

To facilitate the integration of knowledge from both the university and research institutes, Wageningen University & Research has an innovative campus that is designed to stimulate interaction between students, professors and researchers. The Forum Building houses many student facilities and is equipped with a modern library and the latest ICT tools to exchange and acquire knowledge. A second teaching building, called Orion, has opened in 2013. There are several places on the campus where you can relax and have a drink with your fellow students. For example the Spot at Orion, or you can have lunch at the ‘Restaurant of the Future’. The University Sports centre ‘De Bongerd’ offers over 70 different sports ranging from rowing, football and lacrosse to dancing and roller blading for a student-friendly price. Wageningen University & Research works closely together with the International Exchange Erasmus Student Network by organising introduction activities. Justarrived exchange students are guided by buddies and feel at home quickly. Twice a year a general introduction week is being organised.

Student activities

There is plenty to do besides your studies at Wageningen University. You can join Study and student associations or Cultural organisations.

There are also excellent sporting venues including the University Sport Centre Wageningen and other sport clubs that you can join.

International students

Please check the website for International students for information about activities, studying and living in Wageningen.

ESN Wageningen

Check the website of Erasmus Student Network (ESN) for more information about events, excursions, news and Wageningen.

Work permit

Students from outside EU/EFTA countries, need a work permit if they want to work in the Netherlands. Please click on Work Permit for more information.

Reach Wageningen from Schiphol Airport

Most international visitors arrive at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam). First, you pass through Immigration. Before collecting your luggage, it is advisable to change your foreign currency into Euros at one of the banks (grenswisselkantoren). These can be used to exchange your currency. The banks at Schiphol Airport are open every day, even on Sundays.

Schiphol Airport

After collecting your luggage and (if applicable) exchanging money , pass through Customs, enter Arrivals and follow the signs from Schiphol Arrival Hall to the Railway Station: “to the trains”. At the train station you can purchase a ticket to Ede-Wageningen from one of the yellow vending machines, or at the Service Desk.

Schiphol Airport to Ede-Wageningen

Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Ede-Wageningen every 30 minutes. Take the intercity train in the direction of Nijmegen. Your final stop is Ede-Wageningen. Travel time from Schiphol to Ede-Wageningen is approximately 65 minutes.

You sometimes have to change trains at Utrecht station and take another train in the direction of Arnhem/Nijmegen. Your final stop is Ede-Wageningen. Travel time from Schiphol to Ede-Wageningen is approximately 60-75 minutes.

Railway station Ede-Wageningen

From railway station Ede-Wageningen you can take the bus or a taxi to Wageningen. Please note that taxis are expensive. A taxi from Ede-Wageningen railway station to Wageningen costs approx. € 30,00. A bus ticket costs approx. € 2,50.

You may buy a single ticket in the bus or use your OV-Chipcard. More information about the OV-Chipcard is available online. To get to the Forum building or Idealis, you can take either bus 84 or 88. Please use the journey planner:

Location: Ede-Wageningen station
To: Bornsesteeg Wageningen Street

If you travel by bus 84, you get off the bus stop Campus/Forum.
If you travel by bus 88, you get off the bus at bus stop Bornsesteeg.

You can ask the bus driver to inform you when you arrive there.

Cover photos: Pinay On Clogs, ESN Wageningen