Double Degree Master of Science in Rural Development & Agricultural Economics
 Application for European Students

Who is considered a European student


ATLANTIS considers as European students citizens of the European Union or third-country nationals who had been legal residents in the European Union for at least three years (and for the purpose other than study) before the start of the outgoing mobility. Eligible U.S. students and faculty must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident.

Admission requirements


The Atlantis program offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are the most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice.

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years with good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher) from a university or recognized equivalent. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields: (1) mathematics and/or statistics, (2) agronomy and/or biology and/or environmental sciences and (3) social sciences and/or rural development. Candidates who cannot present a combined training of these fields will be evaluated on their aptitude, based on experience and knowledge of these fields, as demonstrated by CV or other evidence.  
  • Sufficient language knowledge proven by language certificates. (see note in the language section) The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. Command of the English language is a very important criterion for admission. With the exception of those who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree) issued by an institution officially recognized by the Flemish Government, applicants must be able to prove their proficiency in English.

Applicants generally have a Bachelor's degree or a recognized equivalent academic degree of minimum 3 years study in bioscience engineering or agricultural sciences (preferably agricultural economics), in combination with knowledge in environmental sciences, economics, sociology and rural development studies.

Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills and relevant work experience, if any. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals to the programme. In addition, consideration may be given to how your background and life experience would contribute significantly to an educationally beneficial mix of students.

How to apply and deadlines

Applicants apply through an onlinestandard application form, containing all elements to evaluate the candidate (full academic background, diploma’s, diploma supplements, obtained grades, language skills, motivation, rural development background, letters of recommendation, copies of all documents to support the information delivered).

The International Management Board makes a selection of students who can be academically admitted and out of this list selects the best students to be proposed for an Atlantis mobility scholarship.

Scholarship students will be divided over the participating core institutes, based on student’s preference, knowledge of languages and research interest.


STEP1 : register through the above link in the Atlantis Database

STEP 2 : fill out the online application form

STEP 3 : complete the application form with all required documents (secondary school leaving certificate, higher education diploma(s), including all transcripts of records, language certificate(s), curriculum vita, passport pictures, copy of passport, reference letters, ...) as will be explained in the application form and the messages you will receive throughout the application process.

Download the standard reference letter here in word or pdf format.

The onlineapplication can not be considered unless it is completed by an application file sent by regular mail to the Atlantis secretariat, containing all documents as requested. 

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