Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Although the city embraces innovative science, technology and art, it has been able to hang on to its fascinating past. Its rich history still shines through on every street corner. The city’s love for culture culminates in countless fairs, festivals, parties and performances throughout the year. Furthermore, the city’s green and hilly surroundings offer great opportunities for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts to enjoy walks and bike rides along the area’s many nature trails.
In Maastricht, almost everything is within reach on foot or by bicycle, which makes it appealing to students. From almost anywhere you can visit your friends or walk to the centre within minutes. There is a rich cultural life in Maastricht with museums, theatres and cinemas that offer diverse programmes. In addition, more than 135 international institutes have made Maastricht their home. This has contributed to the development of a prolific intellectual community with a distinctly international flare. The university also makes a contribution in the form of a wide range of student associations and organisations which, in their own ways, all enrich the cultural climate of both the university and the city.
Maastricht is located at an international crossroads. Cities such as Brussels, Liege, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf are just an hour away. And you can be in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and London in no time. In fact, ‘abroad’ is right next door. This close proximity is also felt in the city. Walk through one of the many shopping streets and you will hear Dutch, French, German and English all around you. And the multicultural population of Maastricht University adds an additional number of exotic languages. You feel as though you are abroad without even leaving the city!