What will I study?
From the biochemistry of the vine and grapes, to smart viticulture and innovations in enology and wine sensory, the dual German-French Master’s degree program covers many fascinating topics in the field of viticulture and enology. During your four semesters, you will also have modules in molecular biology, the science of terroir, plant pathology, consumer research, sustainable business management, and the history and culture of the vine and wine. The intensive French-language course is also an important part of the curriculum, and this takes place during the first semester. The module handbook can be downloaded here.
How is the program structured?
This degree program is structured with on-campus lecture periods that are tailored to the seasonal particularities of viticulture, and three practical project phases. The first semester takes place in parallel, with parallel block courses at both the Weincampus Neustadt in Germany and the Université de Haute-Alsace in Colmar, France so that students can prepare themselves well for the partner language they will be studying. 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 do your Master’s thesis – whether at the Weincampus Neustadt, in Colmar, or at a partner company in Germany, France, or Switzerland. 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.
How does the application process work?
For all questions about the application process, please get in touch with Ms. Cécile Esch by email (Cecile.Esch@8< SPAM-protection, please remove >8hwg-lu.de) or telephone (+49 6321-671-575). The application deadline each year is July 15th.
What are the admissions requirements?
- A Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) with 180 ECTS credits
You can apply with a Bachelor’s degree in viticulture & enology, wine management, food technology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, agronomy, and other related fields.
- French-language skills
Your French-language skills need to be at least at the B1 level according to the European Framework of Reference for Language Courses (CEFR). You can demonstrate your language skills in an oral exam in Neustadt or by providing evidence of 5 years of French courses during school.
- Internship Contract and Letter of Intent
At the beginning of your studies, you will need to submit an internship contract with one of our 500 cooperating companies for the first practical project phase, as well as a letter of intent for the second and third practical project phases. We are happy to help you find internship opportunities. Here you can download a sample internship contract.
Do I have to have a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture & Enology?
Not necessarily. The degree program is not only aimed at those with Bachelor’s degrees in viticulture and enology, but also at graduates in agricultural sciences as well as natural sciences and engineering. Those with Bachelor’s degrees in the wine business, food technology, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, agronomy and other related fields are eligible to apply. In general, the degree program is open to different groups of people with different professional backgrounds – diversity is explicitly encouraged.
Are there tuition fees?
No, the dual studies German-French Master’s degree program in Viticulture & Enology is free.
How can I finance my stays abroad?
Your time abroad at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Colmar can be funded with an Erasmus scholarship (approx. 390€/month). In addition, you will receive payment for your work from your partner company during the practical phase. For additional financial support, you can also apply for travel grants (300-500€). Other funding opportunities for your studies include German scholarships – annual scholarships of 300€/month for one year that are regularly awarded to Weincampus students. For women, the Soroptimists award another scholarship of 1,000€/year.
What are my career prospects?
The goal of the new German-French Master’s degree program in Viticulture & Enology is to educate the next generation of leading wine experts for wineries, research, industry, and administration. 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. Thanks to the bilingual study program and the double, binational Master’s degree, graduates are able to tap into the labor markets both in Germany and France and are uniquely positioned to work in a wide variety of sectors and well-paid positions. You will be a highly sought-after employee for both German-speaking companies that do business with French-speaking companies, and for French-speaking companies that do business with German-speaking companies. Doctoral studies at the Weincampus or another institution of higher learning would also be open to you.
I’m unsure about my French skills, what should I do?
No problem, we will support your application. During the four semesters of the program, acquisition of language skills is actively facilitated through various courses, events, and field trips. An intensive French language course is held during the first semester in Germany. During the second semester in Neustadt, you will form a tandem relationship with a French student, giving you the opportunity to improve your active language skills. You will then expand your language skills in the subsequent practical phase in a French-speaking company before studying in France during the third semester. This gives you over a year to prepare for your stay in France. Another potential source of support is your French tandem partner, who will also be present during your time in Colmar. The small groups in this program provide a friendly, intimate atmosphere for teaching and learning. The evaluation of your language skills is not the focus of the program: instead, what matters much more is acquiring general and industry-specific language skills for real-world use. You can test your language skills for free on the website of the Institut français.
Why do a double degree?
Graduates of the German-French Master's degree program in Viticulture & Enology receive both the German and the French Master's degree (Double Degree, Master of Science), which gives you far better career opportunities in the international job market. From both studying and working in two or three countries, you will also be able to demonstrate excellent language and intercultural skills as well as essential competencies in communication and teamwork, flexibility, and mobility. In this era of increasing internationalization, experience abroad and intercultural skills are becoming ever more important, and are key differentiators in the job market.
What are the benefits of binational studies?
Graduates with a binational double-degree have proven that they have strong communication and teamwork abilities, as well as a great degree of flexibility and mobility – and these are all soft skills that are highly valued by companies. During your studies and internships abroad, you will have learned different approaches in terms of content and methodology, and gained deep insight into various European workplaces and cultures. All of this together will definitely set you apart when it comes to applying for a job.
What are the benefits of dual studies?
With a dual studies program, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience and test out potential employers while you are still studying. Through “research-based learning,” you can apply scientific knowledge to real-world situations, such as using smartphone microscopy. This, in turn, leads to reciprocal transfer initiatives from research to the real world, and from the real world to the scientific environment of the university. As a dual studies student, you will also learn exactly what you can later expect as a working professional.
Can the Weincampus help me find a partner company?
Yes, companies in Germany, France, and Switzerland have already been selected in advance and have contractually agreed to supervise students during the practical project phases. Students can choose from this pool of cooperating companies, which makes the search for a partner company much easier. For more information, just get in touch with us.
How are companies selected?
For the dual Master’s degree program, cooperating companies in Germany, France, and Switzerland were selected to provide students with comprehensive insight into the diversity and typicality of the wines of the Upper Rhine region. Companies were also selected to familiarize students with the working methods utilized in neighboring countries. In addition, the two practical project phases abroad are designed to deepen language skills. Students also of course have the opportunity to suggest other suitable companies for their practical project phases.
How is COVID-19 impacting the Weincampus?
At the Weincampus Neustadt, it is extremely important to us that our students have the opportunity to complete their degree programs within the standard period of study despite the limitations of COVID-19. Accordingly, online teaching are organized via OLAT to facilitate the timely progression of studies. Lab-based courses can take place as planned in presence, provided that established hygiene standards are observed. Our hygiene concept is based on the Coronavirus Ordinance of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and is regularly adjusted based on the latest developments in the COVID-19 situation.