Wageningen UR attracts large numbers of Erasmus students
In recent years Wageningen has admitted an increasing number of European
students with a Socrates or Erasmus programme scholarship from the European
Union. The students are attracted by of the number of courses taught in
English here. The rising number of students is causing problems however, as
many of them lack academic skills and others have insufficient English. One
programme coordinator gives his view.
This year more than 500 Erasmus students have come to study at Wageningen
University. That is one hundred more than last year. According to the
coordinator of the Erasmus programme of Environmental Sciences, Dr Dick
Legger, Wageningen attracts so many students because all its MSc courses
and over 40 percent of the BSc courses are taught in English, which is
unique in Europe.
Most of the students come from Poland, Czech Republic, France and Spain.
The minimum stay for students is three months, but according to Legger most
students extend their stay here, because of the quality of education and
the international atmosphere. The quality of the students depends heavily
on their origin. According to Legger the French are excellent, but there is
a large variation in the performance of students from the Iberian
peninsula. Students from Central Europe are sometimes very good, but
generally lack a strong scientific background.
“We ought to be glad that so many talented young people go on to do an MSc
here after their Erasmus period. They are an enrichment to the academic
community in Wageningen,