Q: How many paths can I select in one application?
You can select up to three different paths from the total of 18 for your application. These will be treated as your preferred choices (or priorities) for enrolment in the Master's programme (note that paths are also called “programmes” or "courses" in the application platform). If your application is successful, you will be enrolled in one of those paths. Before you make your choice, consider the following:
Every institution offers a limited number of places, equally distributed among 3 paths. If, in theory, you applied for only one path, to be successful, you need to (a) be among the top candidates for the starting university of that path, and (b) there must be a place left in the path you selected.
You have two options to distribute your priorities:
“University-specific”: if you have made up your mind about your preferred starting university, you can raise your chances of being accepted at that university by selecting more than one path starting at that university.
“Profile-specific”: if you have made up your mind about a path with a certain profile, regardless of the starting university, you can select paths with that profile at different starting universities. This means that your application will be processed separately by each university, and each institution will check whether, depending on your position on their ranking list, you can be enrolled for the path you have selected.
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Q: Are all 18 study paths opening for application at the same time?
A: For the first intake of the programme in 2019, the participating universities have different opening schedules, due to ongoing programme approval processes. This means that at the beginning of the application phase (mid-April), you will not be able yet to select path priorities from the full range of paths available. However, all universities should open their applications by May, so make sure you check back to the application portal and update your application as more paths become available.
Q: How will my application be evaluated?
A: The consortium of universities has agreed on the following criteria for evaluating applications:
- Final grade of Bachelor’s degree
- Experiences in the area of entrepreneurship
- Outcome of the interview
In the selection process, all applications will be screened on the first two criteria. Every university will draw up a ranking list of applications, and invite the most promising candidates for interviews. Following the interviews, the overall top students will receive an offer for enrolment.
Q: What is the interview about?
A: In the application interviews, every invited candidate will be evaluated on their knowledge in relation to the food system, their entrepreneurial potential, and their English communicative competence.