EKAFREE: EU-Korea Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Experts Building Project
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Double Degree programme in
EU and South-Korean Rural Development and Agricultural Economics

The master course for future experts on rural development & food economics     

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The EKAFREE double degree master course programme, part of the European Commission's Bilateraral Cooperation Programme with Insutrialised Counties, offers  the opportunity to become an international expert on rural development and agricultural (food) economics in its diversity of approaches and applications,

The EKAFREE master course programme, is a high level academic programme aimed at training top students from Europe and South Korea .It is master course programme is a 2 year master programme (120 ECTS) jointly organised by 5 European and 3 South Korean leading universities in rural development and agricultural economics. The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialised training in technical, economic and social sciences, a case study of one month, an individual master thesis and a high extent of student and scholar mobility.

Upon succesfull completion of the programme, students receuve two diplomas (doble degree): 1) the European joint Degree "International Master of Science in Rural Development", and 2) the South Korean "Master of Arts in Economics".

Through EKAFREE you can study at least one semester at the following universities: 

in Europe

in South Korea

  •  Ghent University (Belgium)
  •  Korea University
  •  Agrocampus Ouest (France)
  •  Seoul National University
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
  •  Chungbuk National Unversity
  •  University of Pisa (Italy)
  •  Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)


EKAFREE is part of the IMRD consortium which organised all 3 of the below stated intrenational master programmes. Depending on their geographic interest and foreseen specialisation, students may opt for a world oriented or a regional and specific comparative course programme which leads to the awarding of a joint or a  double degree in rural development and agricultural economics.

The IMRD Master Course Programme consists of 3 different learning tracks:

focus: worldwide EU & USA EU & Korea
dipoma type: joint degree double degree double degree
diploma name: IMRD IMRD + MSc. Agricultural Economics IMRD + MA. Economics
more info here: IMRD MSc ATLANTIS webiste EKAFREE website
apply here: IMRD application ATLANTIS website EKAFREE website
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