Small-scale and international

Maastricht University (UM) is known for its Problem-Based Learning system and international orientation. Our small-scale ‘international classroom’ brings together people from all over the world who have different backgrounds and perspectives. And it’s these very differences that make the UM learning experience unique.

Our study programmes, too, are internationally oriented. They are focused on helping you get the best out of yourself and preparing you as well as possible for your future career, be it here or anywhere else in the world. Indeed, Maastricht is often said to feel like a little piece of ‘abroad’ right here in the Netherlands. Together with the many study-abroad opportunities enjoyed by our students, this makes studying at UM a truly international experience.

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Top 10 reasons to choose UM:

Why UM
  1. Personal approach with Problem-Based Learning
  2. Unique programmes
  3. Most international university in the Netherlands
  4. Our research provides a fertile breeding ground for our education
  5. Best young university in Europe
  6. Educational innovation
  7. The heart of Europe
  8. The city of Maastricht
  9. Honours programmes for students who like an extra challenge
  10. Good chances on finding a job

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UM STEM programmes

UM offers science, technology and engineering and mathematics (STEM)* education in various fields, and we do it just a little differently from others. We have the only natural science programme in the liberal arts and sciences tradition in the Netherlands, where undergraduate students can create their own curriculum by combining courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics; Maastricht Science Programme.

In the bachelor programme Data Science and Knowledge Engineering you can gain valuable work experience through the honours programme KE@Work . Here you spend 50% of your time on education and 50% working in businesses (like Vodafone and Medtronic) on academically challenging business cases.

In addition, some of our teaching is done on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, among the offices of many of Limburg’s industrial leaders. How will our students make a difference in the future? That's what drives our curriculum.
*In Dutch this is known as ‘bèta’


Prospective student events

prospective students events

At Maastricht University we organize various events to inform secondary school students about our programmes, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and the university. For prospective Master's students, we organize the Master's Open Days.

 Read more about the several activities and visit the study information calendar

Education at UM

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Education @ Maastricht University

Education innovation: EDLAB

At Maastricht University, we are continually working to improve our PBL educational methodology and to come up with new and innovative educational concepts. We even have an office that is exclusively dedicated to educational innovation: EDLAB. EDLAB is responsible for supporting UM instructors in teaching, coming up with new teaching methods, helping UM instructors and examination committees improve assessment procedures, and managing Maastricht University’s excellence programmes.

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UM is the 6th best young university in the world

Times Higher Education '200 Under 50' 2017

Distinctive quality feature for internationalisation

Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
  • IMPACT Course

    IMPACT COURSE: learning to utilise knowledge

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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  • leerlingen in klas

    Societal appreciation for teachers low on the job ladder

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Societal appreciation for primary and secondary school teachers has deteriorated, particularly in the last ten years.

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  • THE Young Universities Ranking

    UM ranked as world’s sixth best young university

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Maastricht University is the sixth best young university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 200 under 50 ranking, which was published during the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane, Australia on April 5th.

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  • Thesis prize winner Sophie Joosten

    Doctor with research skills

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    In March 2016, now 25-year-old Sophie Joosten completed her master’s programme in Medicine with an exceptional thesis on renal cell carcinoma. During her research, she discovered biomarkers that can help predict the survival of patients with kidney cancer. She received this year's Thesis Prize for her master's thesis.

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  • Matthijs Korrevaar

    Research on rent prices

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    During the Dies, the winners of the thesis prizes were announced. The thesis prizes are awarded to master’s students who have written an outstanding master’s thesis. Alumnus Matthijs Korrevaar was among the winners. He investigated how rents in several European cities have developed over the last 500 years.

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  • Werken in Maastricht - Brightlands

    Maastricht University develops innovative learning environment on Brightlands campus

    Monday, November 14, 2016

    UM is developing an innovative learning environment in the field of biobased materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.

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  • Jo Ritzen Jo Ritzen receives Constance Meldrum Award for Vision and Leadership

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Jo Ritzen receives award for reforms throughout the Dutch education system.

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  • News - training Rwanda police

    Maastricht University to train police in Rwanda in forensic investigation

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Maastricht University has been awarded a project to train 20 staff of the National Police of Rwanda in conducting forensic investigation.

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  • Dutch universities support Turkish academics and students

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 Read more