Flag of Netherlands

Exchange Program: Maastricht Universeit

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.

The School

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.

The City

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.

Student Testimonial

Term Dates

Terms are split into 2 “blocks” each. Students could attend just for one block (take 1-2 courses per block) and if so they must attend for the first block so they can go through the introduction day.

September to October (Period 1)
October to December (Period 2)
Exam re-sits (for failed exams): Period 1 – January; Period 2 – April

February to April (Period 4)
April to June (Period 5)
Exam re-sits (for failed exams): Period 4 – June; Period 5 – July

Note: A Dutch Residence Permit (visa) is needed to go for longer than one block and is expensive, costing about $620 USD.

Courses Available

Exchange students attending Maastricht are not permitted to enroll in Master’s courses unless they majored in a business subject for the Bachelor’s degree.

Various graduate business courses in Finance, Economics, Marketing and Human Resource Management. All courses are taught in English. Courses are taught in “blocks” with only 12 students per course. Students lead the course discussions. It is recommended that MIBs take B or I level courses. Exam re-takes are held in June. A Dutch Residence Permit (visa) is needed to go for longer than one block and is expensive, costing about $620 USD.


English and Dutch. It is very common for people in The Netherlands to speak great English and want to use their foreign language skills. Foreign language courses (or Dutch courses) can be taken at the university.

Grade Conversion

Maastricht GradeDutch GradeMaastricht DescriptionUF AssignmentGrad Business
< 5,41,0 - 5,4FailD or EU
65,5 - 6,4SufficientC, C+S
76,5 - 6,9SatisfactoryBS
87,0 - 7,4GoodB+S
97,5 - 8,4Very GoodAS
108,5 - 10,0ExcellentAS

Credit Conversion

Refer to ECTS credit conversions.

Minimum Credit Requirements

Minimum 1 course, maximum 2 courses, per block (2 blocks= 1 semester). Each course will earn you 4 UF credits.

Estimated Costs

Approximately $6,000* per semester for housing, food, transportation, books, visa, etc.
*Based on 2012 estimates.




Most exchange students stay in the student guest house, which is within biking distance from campus or a 25 minute walk. Single rooms are available with private bath and shared kitchen and common areas. Ethernet hookup is available – bring a laptop. There is a shared phone for each floor; it is recommended that students get a cell phone to use while there (total ~$150).

Travel Opportunities

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.