Come and study at UM

Maastricht University (UM) is a young and dynamic academic community, focussing on innovation and impact. Our interactive approach to learning puts you and your fellow students in the driver's seat. You team up in small, international groups up to solve complex problems using real-life cases, with an academic instructor as a guide. 

We’re located in the south of the Netherlands and in the heart of Europe. Our ‘international classroom’ brings together people from all over the world who have different backgrounds and perspectives. And it’s these very differences that enrich your learning experience at UM and make it unique.

  Our study programmes
​  Student life
​  Boost your employability
  Get to know us better
  Practical matters
  How to apply

Three good reasons to choose Maastricht University

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

With PBL, most of your learning takes place in small groups of 10 to 15 students. You work together to solve real-world problems and do hands-on skills training. Your instructor facilitates, but you take the lead. This makes you the type of independent problem-solver that employers are looking for.

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International classroom

With more than half of our 19,000 students coming from abroad, we’re the most international university in the Netherlands. Each year, we welcome more than 1,000 foreign exchange students, while about 40% of our own students study abroad.

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Inclusive community

Our strength lies in collaboration and in fostering an environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued. We’re an academic community where diverse cultures, perspectives and ideas come together.

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Upcoming live events

Our students on Problem-Based Learning

  You have to bring your own perspective to real-life cases.   

- Daniel Bogdanski, Global Business student

Our study programmes

We offer a wide range of study programmes, most of which are taught in English. All of our programmes provide you with the tools to forge a meaningful career.

Maastricht University empowers you to cultivate your talents and passion, and to make a difference where you think it matters most. You'll be encouraged to look at things from different angles and to gain experience by conducting an internship or studying abroad.

Did you know? We have satellite campuses in Venlo and Brussels, too.

  • The way we’re taught here is so active that you’re always learning.
    Julia Stenz (South Africa), Maastricht Science Programme
  • “At Maastricht University, you become immersed in the problem, understand the complexity and dedicate yourself to finding the solutions.”
    Rodolpho Feijó (Brazil), Master's in Public Policy and Human Development
  • Maastricht is not only a beautiful city where internationals and locals study and hang out but also provides a high level of education and many opportunities to its students.
    Inès Aoufi (Belgium), European Public Health

Student life at Maastricht University

Maastricht is the ideal place for an active student life. There are countless student organisations and associations offering social events, sports and outdoor activities, concerts and performances, and international get-togethers. There's always something to do at the university, around town and in the beautiful countryside around the city. 

Student cities Maastricht and Venlo

Maastricht is a wonderful city to live in. It’s one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.   Insta heaven. It’s small enough to get everywhere by bike but large enough to be a cultural hub. It even hosts the world’s premier fine arts fair and is home to one of Europe’s most boisterous carnival celebrations every year. 

More than 10% of Maastricht’s 120,000 residents are students, adding vibrance to its warm and cosy atmosphere. There’s lots to do here, and it's easy to join in since virtually everyone in Maastricht speaks English. Also, since it's within easy reach of metropolitan cities like Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris, you have plenty of options for a weekend getaway.

As the birthplace of the European Union, Maastricht embodies the spirit of Europe. People from all over the world come to live and work here, making it an exciting place to be. It’s also surrounded by hilly countryside, which is ideal for cycling, hiking and just kicking back.    

  More about living in Maastricht and ways to unwind

Never been to Venlo? Well, you've certainly missed something: "the most charismatic, compact and bustlin' student city in the Netherlands." Read more at CheckVenlo!

Student organisations

You'll find many active student groups in Maastricht. They're focused on anything from studies to socialising, sports, volunteering, the environment—you name it. It’s easy to get involved and find a place where you belong.

  Find the student organisation that's right for you  

Maastricht also has many opportunities to develop yourself outside your field of study. Think of: 

  Unicef Student Team
  AIMS (Amnesty International's student department)
  International student association AIESEC
  Studium Generale
  The Match project  

Take a tour through the University Sports Centre


UM SPORTS helps you stay fit. We offer a variety of fitness activities at an affordable price. Take part in one of the many group classes, training sessions or walk-in activities–indoors, outdoors or online.

  UM SPORTS facilities & classes 

You can also join one of the many sports-related student associations or stay active while exploring the idyllic Limburg countryside. 

  More about sports in Maastricht 

Glimpse into the Innercity Library - We're Open!

University Library

The Maastricht University Library is a popular venue. It acts as a 'home away from home' for many of our students. There are five locations and 3000+ study spaces where you can study alone or work with a group. Almost half of them have computer workstations and in the ones that don't, you can work on your own laptop with free Wi-Fi. At most locations, you can choose between individual spaces or group spaces (for two to ten persons). You can also work in a large quiet room in one of our libraries, where you study individually in the presence of other students.

You can also utilise a host of services online and choose from its many workshops and courses.  
  Visit the University Library website 


student hangout

Favourite hang-outs

Study cells: quiet spots to concentrate on your study
The city library, Centre Céramique, offers free access to Wi-Fi. Membership is required for borrowing books and media, and for access to the digital library.

On the second floor of Centre Céramique you can even study in a true work of art: the study cells designed by Atelier van Lieshout. They have been equipped with light, ventilation and small windows.

  Studying at Centre Céramique

Study in a different settng? No problem! 'Koffie bij Joost en Maartje' is also a place where lots of students work with a wonderful latte, muffins or a healthy homemade soup. Or study over a coffee at Brandweer Kantine. From 8.30 you can work here quietly on your laptop, while you enjoy a sandwich and some nice music. And of course Maastricht provides plenty of pubs with excellent Wi-Fi. Café De Tribunal has always been the favourite lunch and drinks place for many UM students and staff members. 


INKOM 2019 - The moment is yours

Introduction week (INKOM)

INKOM is the general introduction week for all new students. It’s run by students, for students. They go all out, so it’s not something you want to miss.You’ll be introduced to your fellow students, the student associations and student life in Maastricht. And you’ll have loads of fun doing it. Get an idea from the INKOM 2019 video above. 

INKOM 2021 will be on site!
We have good news! During this year's INKOM, our first-year students can get to know each other, the city and UM in person, on site. This is possible because, from the end of June, the government will again allow large-scale events without a 1.5-metre distance. This means that, from 16 to 20 August 2021, the INKOM may include in-person events and parties in its programme. Of course, we will do this safely and responsibly and within the rules that apply at that time. As of now, we are assuming that proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result will be required for participation in large-scale events. If this changes, we will let you know immediately. We will also offer our second-year students, who unfortunately had to experience INKOM primarily online last year, and our senior students the opportunity to participate in the MECC parties and the opening, among other activities.

  More about INKOM

Faculty introduction days
At UM, we also have faculty introduction days where the focus is on your study programme. You’ll get to know the other students in your programme, your faculty and your digital learning environment. Each faculty has its own programme for the introduction days.Faculty introductions do not fall under the events for which proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result is required. Because these are considered educational activities, we will work with self-testing and rely on everyone’s sense of responsibility


CES A day in the life at Maastricht University

A day in the life

Check out the video above to see what a typical day is like for European Studies student Brian Megens. 

"I really like the city, the atmosphere, it’s also small, historical. And so it was an easy decision for me to choose Maastricht."
- Brian Megens

  Timeline of a typical day

  • Student cities Maastricht and Venlo

  • Student organisations

  • Sports

  • University Library

  • Favourite hang-outs

  • Introduction week (INKOM)

  • A day in the life

Boost your employability


A practice-based learning environment. Skills trainings linked to your courses. Ample internship and study abroad opportunities. Individual career counselling and coaching. At Maastricht University, we set you up for a successful and meaningful career.

What’s more, we offer you personalised support for setting and achieving your career goals. Expand your network with master classes at prominent companies. Join workshops to discover what kind of career you find most fulfilling and how to build the right profile. Attend an Alumni Coach Café and get tips from professionals who care. Get down to the nitty-gritty of developing your CV and LinkedIn profile. And visit with a career counsellor for in-depth guidance. 

  More on boosting your employability

Get to know us better

We offer several ways for you to get to know our study programmes, explore our campuses, and talk to current students and staff.

Recruitment activities

Reach out and talk to us!

We organise multiple events and activities to let you know who we are and what we stand for.

If you’re a high school counsellor, please reach out to: to request a presentation and Q&A session for your students.

Of course, you may also want to follow us on social media or sign up for our monthly newsletter to prospective students.

student ambassador

Talk to our student ambassadors

Would you like to know more about our (master) programmes? Then our student ambassadors are the right people to contact. After all, who knows more about our programmes than our own students?Our student ambassadors are happy to talk to you. These 'experts' can give you information from their own experience: they know their programme inside out and will give you a good idea of what student life is like in Maastricht. Check out their Instagram accounts to see what their lives and studies look like. Any questions? Just send them a DM, they are happy to help you!

  Meet our bachelor student ambassadors and our master student ambassadors

Virtual Open Day Live!

Virtual Bachelor's Open Day

Learn more about student life in Maastricht and find out which programme suits you best. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, no worries. This online journey will show you our university, our students, teachers, programmes, buildings, and what it’s like to study in one of the most charming cities in Europe.

  Visit the Virtual Open Day

Virtual Experience Days

Experience what it's like to follow a specific study programme at Maastricht University. Find out if this programme is a good match for you and get your questions answered by the programme's students and staff.  

  View the upcoming Experience Days

Maastricht University live

Connect with our students during our livestreams on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. They’ll share with you about why they chose UM and how they’ve settled in. They’ll also tell you about our approach to teaching and our international atmosphere. An admission officer will join us to talk about how to apply.

Keep an eye out here for future sessions. You can also watch our previous livestreams:

  UM Live: Bachelor's edition
  UM Live: Master's edition


Virtual Campus Tour

On this interactive map, you can view the classrooms and research facilities, see where students study and relax, and get a feel for the city of Maastricht. Just click on a location to get an introductory video and information.

  Take the Virtual Campus Tour

  • Reach out and talk to us!

  • Talk to our student ambassadors

  • Virtual Bachelor's Open Day

  • Virtual Experience Days

  • Maastricht University live

  • Virtual Campus Tour

Practical matters

There are a lot of practical issues to handle when you go to university, especially if you go abroad. At Maastricht University, we're here to help you with these.  

Tuition fees

In the Netherlands and at UM, tuition fees depends on a number of factors, such as your study programme, your nationality and if you study full-time or part-time.

In general, the tuition fees are about €2,100 per year for full-time students from EU/EEA countries. For non-European students, they're usually around €8,000 for bachelor’s students and €13,800 for master’s students. However, please check carefully what the fees are for your situation as the rates vary.

  Find out which tuition fees apply to you 


In Maastricht, too, it is becoming increasingly difficult for students to find a room. Our advice: start your housing search as early as possible and do it well before you start your studies. Most students share a house or apartment in the city centre or within cycling distance of the university. 

  The best place to start:   


We offer a limited number of scholarships to students from within and outside the EU. They're highly competitive, so be sure to put your best foot forward.

  View the list of scholarships

Guidance & support

In Maastricht, you'll never have to face anything alone. In addition to study advisors and student deans who support you in your studies, you can call on our psychological counsellors for support in other areas. You can also attend our workshops on improving your wellbeing. Or visit the student chaplaincy, which welcomes students of all faiths. And if you ever feel any stress related to the coronavirus, we have a dedicated health counsellor you can talk to.

For more practical support for the ins and outs of living in a foreign country, you can count on the international student helpdesk.

  More about student guidance at UM

Coming to Maastricht from abroad

More than half of our students come from abroad, so we have lots of experience in helping with this process. We support you with:

  • visa and residence permit help
  • a pick-up service
  • temporary housing
  • a buddy programme
  • opening a Dutch bank account

Studying abroad is a big step, and we’re happy to help you take it.

  More about our services for international students

Safety & COVID-19

At UM, we're as committed to your health as we are to your intellectual and personal development. Currently, our educational motto is ‘on campus if possible, online if necessary’. For your safety, we’ve implemented strict hygiene protocols. We’ve also set up our buildings so that a 1.5-metre distance can be maintained at all times. Fortunately, our compact city allows you to get around on foot or by bike, so you won't need to rely on public transport.

If health problems arise, our student doctor is available to facilitate easy access to healthcare. We also have a health counsellor and other psychological support services for students who may experience added stress.

On campus after the summer

After the summer we can come back to campus. Finally, we get to see each other in real life. Things won’t be completely back to the way they were when we first get started. Corona will not have completely disappeared by then. But the doors can be opened, allowing us to welcome you on campus.

The government has recommended organising education without metre-and-a-half social distancing as of August. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that at the start of the new academic year we expect all students on location for their education-related activities, such as tutorial groups, labs, exams and advisory sessions. We will let you know as soon as possible what that will look like for your programme.

  Here we explain how we are going to do that, and in the cases where we don’t have answers yet, we let you know what the current situation is and how we’ll progress.

  • Tuition fees

  • Accommodation

  • Scholarships

  • Guidance & support

  • Coming to Maastricht from abroad

  • Safety & COVID-19

  • On campus after the summer

How to apply

Each of our study programmes has its own admission requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Once you decide which programme is right for you, check out the programme’s ‘Admission & registration' page. On it, you will find a step-by-step guide for how to apply to that programme. Applications open on 1 October each year, so start early!

For more general information, check out: