Why applying ? Sustainability is an important aspect for the food sector. There is a high demand for qualified professionals who are able to understand the topics of sustainability “from farm to fork” and how to integrate and implement sustainability in the food chain.

You are interested ? We  strongly advise you to read all the instructions carefully before you apply. This will help ensure that you have the qualifications to apply, that you fill in the application form correctly, and that you have attached the required documentation.

Who can apply ? 

  • Applicants from all over the world
  • Minimum level of qualificationEQF Level 6 (Bachelor of Sciences or equivalent degree)
  • Minimum English level: B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages, certified by an official test of English as a foreign language (e.g. TOEFL paper-based with a minimum total score of 550, TOEFL internet-based with a minimum of 80, IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.5)
  • Domains: food science, agricultural science, nutritional sciences
  • For economic and social science students, they must prove a min. of 60 credits in agricultural science, food science or nutrition.

Application Deadlines for Admission in 2021

EU and Non-EU citizens: 4th April 2021 (taking into consideration visa formalities and financing) 

Tuition fees : Students will be charged a fee of 5,000 Euro per year – scholarships available

 “What is involved in this all process and this master are perfect to know more about the food chain, to be more efficient and sustainable to ensure for the future that we have food enough for the all world.”, Maike, Germany. 

Procedure and Application Form

You can apply to the program via an online form.

Once filled-in and with all the required documents uploaded, you will receive an automatic confirmation by e-mail, which is a summary of your application.

For those who are unable to apply via the online form, please contact us at:

Your complete application will be examined, and if more information are needed you will be contacted by e-mail or phone. The final selection will be done by the committee and the results will be communicated at the end of May at the latest.

Required documents for application

  • A letter from the candidate describing his/her interest in sustainable food systems (cover Letter – reasons for applying and career plans)
  • One mandatory reference letter (can send 2 if you will) written by a professor under whom the applicant has studied or carried out research or someone who has supervised a work/internship related to the applicant’s field of study. You can download an example here.
  • A copy with translation in English of your degree(s) :
    • For EU-applicants currently in the last year of BSc, a copy of the BSc will be required at least a month before the start of the programme (July).
    • For non-EU applicants and because of VISA procedures, a copy of the BSc will be required at least 6 months before the start of the programme (March).
  • A copy with translation in English of official transcripts from all colleges and universities or any other institution or higher education attended.
  • Evidence of proficiency in English
  • If you took a French Baccalauréat, a copy of your “relevé de notes official” is required (INE apparant)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A copy of your passport
  • A recent headshot picture (passport format)

Scholarships information

Campus France/ Embassy scholarships

Please check also the Campus France /  French Embassy website of your country and scholarship programs.

Erasmus+ Master Loans

Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for support for their Master’s studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favourable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment.

More information on the Erasmus

Scholarships available in the countries of study

In France: Campus Bourses Grant search engine

Terra Isara Foundation scholarship, /!\ only after submitting the application to the program.

The application form will be sent by the program coordinator at Isara. If they are eligible, the scholarship offered may take several forms.

  • Scholarship covering 50% of your tuition fees per year (students will have the opportunity to reapply for the second year).
  • Scholarship covering 100% of your tuition fees per year (students will have the opportunity to reapply for the second year).
  • Scholarship covering 100 % of your tuition fees and part of your living expenses (third semester) for the whole program

Please, note that only a limited amount of scholarships is available and we cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive financial support.

The deadline for the Terra ISARA scholarship is the April 4th 2021.

Tuition fees and living expenses in the different partner countries

The tuition fees to participate to the two-years Msc course are 5,000 Euro per year. 

You will find below the additional expenses and the average cost of living in the different countries of studies.

France :

The average budget for a student in France is around 650€ per month. This does not include living expenses, travel expenses (between partner countries), VISA expenses and health insurance.

You can compare living costs in different cities on the website (only available in French)

It excludes also: (amount for 2020-21)

€ 120 MSA accident insurance: only when you are physically at ISARA

€ 92 Student Life Contribution tax (CVEC): mandatory for all student registered in a French institution (even if you are not physically at ISARA). More info on: CVEC

Italy :

The average budget for a student in Italy is around 500/700€/month depending on your option (accommodation, food and beverages). More about cost living in Cremona on :

Regarding health insurance (if you subscribe to the Italian National Health System from January to December you would pay 150 euros.

Alternatively, you could subscribe to an international health insurance (e.g. Waitaly: 71 euros for 6 months or 120 euros for a year). See also: (Health Service and Emergency numbers section).

Belgium :

The cost of living in Gent is slightly lower than in in Lyon (Around 600€ per month). No additional expenses will be added when applying to Ghent university as an exchange student except for a health (and travel) insurance.

You can find the current living cost in Belgium as well as the cost for housing, student restaurants, etc. on the webpage below.

Refund Policy

  1. In the event of a student being refused a visa Embassy or Consulate from the home university country, all tuition fees paid will be refunded to the student minus the deposit of €300 euros upon receipt of the visa refusal letter from the authorities.
  2. In the event of a student not obtaining a grant, scholarship or Student Loan, all tuition fees paid will be refunded to the student minus the deposit of €300 euros upon receipt of the refusal letter from the grant delivering authority.
  3. In the event of a student no longer wanting to come onto the program, and on the condition that the consortium is informed at least 1 month before the official start of the program, the following penalties will apply:  half of the tuition fees will be kept and the deposit of 300 Euros
  4. In the event of no show or if the student does not respect the minimum notice period of 1 month, no tuition fees will be refunded.
  5. If a student wishes to leave the program on or after the first day of the first semester no tuition fees will be refunded.