News - June 18, 2020

University registrations are down

Albert Sikkema

WUR is expecting a small drop in the number of firstyear Bachelor’s students. The registration figures for Master’s students are even more unreliable than usual because of the coronavirus crisis.

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The university’s education department is expecting 50 to 75 fewer Bachelor’s students in the coming academic year compared with this year, a fall of three to five per cent. The forecast is for between 1475 and 1500 new Bachelor’s students as at 1 October. A big fall is expected in the number of BSc students from abroad due to the pandemic, especially from non-EU countries.

The university is also reckoning on fewer registrations for Master’s students, in particular from countries outside Europe. Each year about 8000 to 10,000 students from outside the EU register to study in Wageningen but most do not get a grant so are unable to come to Wageningen in practice. The big question this year is how much effect the coronavirus crisis will have on the intake of this group of students.