Maastricht, The Netherlands
Founded in 1975, Universiteit Maastricht is the youngest university in The Netherlands. With 12,000 students currently enrolled, it is also one of the fastest growing. UM is unique in that they incorporate a Problem Based Learning (PBL) system into their curriculum, which is an innovative approach to teaching. With this system, students work together in groups to analyze, discuss, and create solutions for real-life problems. Twenty percent of the student population at UM is foreign, which allows for an open-minded, international learning environment. Maastricht is the oldest city in The Netherlands and hosts a wide variety of culture and languages. Although the official language of The Netherlands is Dutch, there are several languages spoken in the city, and many of the classes at UM are taught in English. While Maastricht has embraced modern development, the city still holds on to its historic and fascinating past.
- Maastricht Brochure
- Maastricht Fact Sheet
- Study in Maastricht
- Exchange Student Guide
- Application Checklist
Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!
Maastricht is a beautiful city located on a finger of land that reaches down between Belgium and Germany. The city has much to offer, as it is the oldest city in The Netherlands. The historic roots are evident in the architecture of the buildings as well as the culture of the people. Due to its central location, Maastricht has been an established center for trade, industry, communication, and education in Europe. While the city embraces international influence, it has maintained an authentic atmosphere where students can experience the true Dutch culture.
The student population in Maastricht represents approximately 10 percent of the city's population. Because of this, there are many recreational and social activities for students to get involved in. Students can pass their free time touring the many museums and historic monuments, or may relax in one of the many restaurants, outdoor cafes, or bars. There is no central campus for UM, so classes are held in the historic buildings in the heart of the city. There are a variety of sports and culture clubs for students to join, and there is an extensive library offering the resources needed for academic success.
- Fall Semester: Late August to late December
- Spring Semester: Late January to early June
Language of Instruction
The official language of the university is English. All courses are taught in English.
|UM credit||UF credit|
|2 ECTS credits||1 UF credits
(2 X .6 = 1.2)
|5 ECTS credits||3 UF credits
(5 X .6 = 3)
|7 ECTS credits||4 UF credits
(7 X .6 = 4.2)
ECTS X .6 = UF credit (rounded)
Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis - NOT the sum of credits earned.
|Rough Expense Comparison||Semester at UF||Semester at MU|
|UFIC Admin. Fee||---||$300|
|International Health Insurance||---||$160|
- UF Cost of Attendance determined by Office for Student Financial Affairs
- MU Cost of Attendance determined by UF International Center
Complete this budget worksheet to compare multiple program costs.
International exchange students are strongly encouraged to live in the UM Guesthouse, which is designed for international students. Space is not guaranteed and placements are determined on a first-come, first-served basis. The Guesthouse has Internet connections and TV in the rooms. Students can select a smoking or non-smoking room and can request what type of roommate they want.
There are many travel opportunities available for students living in Maastricht. The city is located on a small finger of land nestled between Belgium and Germany, making these countries highly accessible for students wishing to explore other areas. Cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Bonn are all within easy reach. The southern region of The Netherlands allows for interesting excursions as well, such as scenic hillsides, vineyards, and caves.
Useful Location Websites
- US Department of State –Netherlands
- Official City Website for Maastricht
- Learn more about Business Culture in the Netherlands
To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 352.273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.
Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.
Phone: 31 43 3883706
Fax: 31 43 3884903
Email (L.Ploumen at EFB.unimaas.nl)
Phone: 31 43 388 37 06
Fax: 31 43 388 49 03
Email (R.Rijnders at maastrichtuniversity.nl)