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Together, the Weincampus Neustadt and the Université de Haute-Alsace offer a bilingual German-French dual studies Master’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology. Our aim is to educate the next generation of leaders in the wine industry, training experts in viticulture, research, business, and teaching and administration. This program of studies is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) as part of the Interreg Upper Rhine program.
Become a Leader in the Wine Sector
The world of wine, ranging from business and industry to teaching and research, has a growing need for professionals with a scientific background and expertise in the wine and beverage sector. These experts should be able to comprehend the contemporary scientific and society issues and to develop solution-oriented strategies for the viticulture of tomorrow.
The German-French Master’s degree program in Viticulture & Enology put focus on the wine industry current challenges such as sustainability, climate change, digitalisation, consumer behaviour and globalization.
Graduates of the Master’s degree program receive both a German and French Master’s degree. In addition to this, students also gain exceptional intercultural and linguistic competence during their studies. They are thus able to tap into the labor markets both in Germany and France and are uniquely positioned work in a wide variety of sectors and positions.
In this era of globalization, experience working abroad and intercultural skills have become absolutely essential. The German-French Master’s program in Viticulture & Enology uniquely prepares you for this by enabling you to study in Germany at the Weincampus Neustadt and in France at Université de Haute-Alsace in Colmar. Students are registered with both universities.
The degree program is structured around practical project phases that are based on the seasonal particularities of viticulture, with a total of three internship periods of at least 5 weeks. Of these practical phases, two take place during the busy reading period during September–October, which allows you to dig deep into course material while also gaining practical, hands-on experience.
The first semester takes place in parallel at both universities with some common block courses. In the second semester, all students attend courses in Neustadt, and in the third semester, courses are held in Colmar. In the fourth semester, you can choose where you want to write your Master’s thesis.
The first practical project phase is completed at a winery in Germany, France, or Switzerland, while the second and third practical projects must be completed at a winery or in a region of the language you are learning (French speaking region for German students, German speaking region for French students). For this, we have cooperative agreements with some 30 companies located both domestically and abroad from which you can choose to do your practical phases.
Are your French skills a little dusty? No Problem!
In the first semester, you will attend an intensive language course to help prepare you for your studies in France. This intensive language training also enables applicants with limited French skills to apply.
Bachelor of Science’s degree
Students can be admitted to the program if they have a Bachelor's degree (B. Sc.) with at least 180 ECTS credits, or an equivalent university degree from Germany or abroad. Graduates in the fields of viticulture & enology, wine management, food technology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, agronomy, and other related fields are eligible to apply.
All applicants need proof of French language skills at the B1 level according to the European Framework of Reference for Language Courses (CEFR), or an equivalent recognized certification. Proof of language skills can also be demonstrated in an oral test at the Weincampus. In our FAQs section, you will find additional information on language learning during the degree program. You can test your language level for free here.
Internship agreement for 1st practical phase
For the first 5-week practical project phase, which should be completed by October 31st of the first year, applicants sign an internship agreement with a wine company in Germany, France, or Switzerland.
Letter of intent for the 2nd and the 3rd practical phases
Applicants also submit a letter of intent for the 2nd and the 3rd practical project phases during the program.