Maastricht University (UM) is located in the city of Maastricht, to the deep south of the Netherlands, close to the Belgian border. Officially opened in January, 1976, Maastricht University has had a history that has greatly decided its current fate. Being founded mostly out of need, both educational and economic, UM has grown at a rapid pace since it’s founding. It prides itself on being an internationally-oriented university.
There are around 14,500 students at UM currently, choosing from a variety of different programmes offered in six different faculties.
Using a problem-based learning approach, the UM is “leading in learning”. Students and staff exchange knowledge in a “challenging and effective way”. Focusing on multidisciplinary research approaches, UM is in close contact with international institutes, businesses and industry.
UM prides itself on being international as approximately 45% of its students and 30% of the teaching staff come from abroad. It is also very tied to the region and country with many initiatives being local.
Requirements for exchange programmes vary based on the faculty you’re interested in. Admission procedures and requirements vary depending on your faculty, so make sure to check out your faculty’s page as well!
There is a wide variety of Bachelor’s programmes offered by UM. Information, including the language they’re taught in, is available online, as are admission details. You must register through Studielink, and ensure that you have the necessary documents. Also make sure to check your specific programme’s page in order to see if any extra documents may be required.
A list of Master's programmes and some admission details are also found online. You must register through Studielink, and ensure that you have the necessary documents. Also make sure to check your specific programme’s page in order to see if any extra documents may be required.
General documents needed are as follows:
You are only officially enrolled once you have submitted all the required documents and we have received your payment or signed direct debit authorisation. You will then receive your certificate of enrolment and UM student ID card.
PhD students are generally considered as staff in the Netherlands, and therefore have no formal admission process.
Spring 2011-2012 15 October 2011
Fall 2012-2013 15 May 2012
Period Start registration End registration
Period 1 01 June 2011 15 July 2011
Period 2 01 June 2011 18 September 2011
Period 3 01 June 2011 13 November 2011
Period 4 31 October 2011 27 November 2011
Period 5 31 October 2011 19 February 2012
Period 6 31 October 2011 22 April 2012
Resit Start registration End registration
resits exams period 1 21 November 2011 27 November 2011
resits exams period 2 & 3 05 March 2012 11 March 2011
resits exams period 4 07 May 2012 13 May 2012
resits exams period 5 02 July 2012 05 July 2012
Different deadlines apply for numerus fixus programmes. The following Maastricht University programmes have a numerus fixus:
Deadlines for Master’s students vary on the programme. Please check the Master's Programmes list and select your programme in order to find out your application deadlines.
A list of all contact offices at Maastricht University is available online.
The Student Services Centre provides (prospective) students with the information and aid they might need in resolving all the different processes and procedures necessary in order to become a student in the Netherlands. This is a useful source if you need help sorting out visa and residence permit issues, scholarships, application procedures, registration at the city hall, and any other problems or questions you may encounter. Feel free to contact this office with any issues you may face or questions that you have.
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