Courses at School of Business and Economics
General important information
Please realise that you cannot change your course choice after the registration deadline like at most other universities. Why? Well, as you know Maastricht University uses the Problem Based Learning Method, whereby the average class size is 15 students. We therefore need to do a lot of planning (finding enough rooms and teachers/tutors and making sure there are about the same number of students in each tutorial group). Allowing students to change after the deadline would create a lot of organisational and logistical problems. We therefore provide you with the Course Database, which should give you enough information about the courses to make an academically sound decision.
Please consult with your own academic advisor BEFORE you register for courses, and get approval well before the deadline. If you cannot find enough information we advise you to contact the course coordinator. You will find the relevant e-mail address below each course description.
If you want to register for first year level courses in combination with second and third year courses you must be aware of the fact that this can involve having tutorials on the same day and time. Also there might be overlap in the exam schedule. This can never be a reason for SBE to alter the course and exam schedule. Neither the tutor, nor the course coordinator, nor the School will be resposible for any study delay if there is any kind of overlap.
You can only register online for the courses selected from the course database via the My UM portal. Please notice that you can only register for a maximum of two (2) courses per period with a minimum of one (1) course per period, and only one (1) Skills training per Skills training period. Skills training courses are NOT compulsory.
- Please bear in mind that once you have registered for a course it will show up on your transcript at the end of your exchange unless you cancel it before the course registration deadline or in the first week of education. Also, if you did not cancel the course and decide not to take the exam, the course will still show up on your transcript with NG, which means “no grade”.
- You should make sure to arrange your accommodation according to the duration of your stay at Maastricht University. As mentioned, the skills trainings take place during period 3 and period 6, so the study time increases by a couple of weeks (see academic calendar). If you decide to follow a skills training, it is possible to extend the Guesthouse-contract. However, you cannot get out of the contract early.
Focusing on the acquisition of knowledge is not sufficient for students of Business and Economics. They have to be able to work in all kinds of organisations. This implies that you need to possess several social and communication skills. Throughout the programme, Maastricht University offers you the opportunity to obtain skills such as interviewing techniques or communication and leadership skills.
In addition, attention is paid to quantitative skills like accounting, financial arithmetic, operations research, statistics and mathematics. Computer proficiency and basic knowledge of information science are also regarded as essential elements of the curriculum. There are two skills periods: one period after period 2 and one period after period 5. One skills period consists of two weeks. Every skills training counts for 4 ECTS credits. You may only follow one skills training per period. Those of you who come for the second/Spring semester are not allowed to take part in skills 3, as this is part of the first semester.
For master's students only
If you want to register for master's level and bachelor's level courses in the same period; you must be aware of the fact that this can involve having tutorials on the same day and time. Moreover there might be overlap in the exam schedule. This can never be a reason for SBE to alter the course and exam schedule. Neither the tutor, nor the course coordinator, nor the School will be resposible for any study delay if there is any kind of overlap.
Level of courses
All courses are either at introductory, intermediate or advanced level.
This course gives an introduction to the subject.
You can only choose this course if you have prior knowledge about the subject via a course offered at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, or a comparable course at your home university.
Very high level; you can only choose this course if you have prior knowledge about the subject via a course offered at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, or a comparable course at your home university.
Exchange students can still choose out of (a selection of) our first-year courses. Our first year courses are of the same high standard as our second and third year courses, and students who have first year courses on their transcript should not fear for a devaluation of their grade transcript from our School of Business and Economics.
You are strongly advised to thoroughly investigate the contents of each course, as it is not possible to change courses after the deadline.