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.

 Read more about Problem-Based Learning
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UM’s Mission and Vision on Education

Why UM

The main mission of education at Maastricht University (UM) was, is and will be the integrated academic and professional development of the student.

We do that by:

  • training students to become life-long learners who can define, analyse and solve complex problems, think critically and adapt when faced with complex changes in a regional, national and international context
  • creating an international classroom with topics, teachers, and student from all around the world, thereby equipping our students with solid intercultural skills
  • striving to be an open and welcoming, truly inclusive university
  • focusing on employability for our graduates

 Please read our full Mission and Vision on Education. 

10 reasons to choose UM:

Maastricht Science Programme - Problem Based Learning
  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. Amongst the best young universities worldwide
  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

 Read more on Why UM

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

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Work towards employability

Maastricht University is dedicated to preparing its students for the world of work with the knowledge, skills and qualities that employers are looking for. So, make the most of your time at Maastricht University and start thinking about your future career as soon as possible. Grasp the opportunities on offer and look for an internship or placement that suits you. It will enable you to gain hands-on experience and build up a network, giving you a flying start to your professional career. Read more.

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.

 Read more about EDLAB   

Education at UM

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Education @ Maastricht University

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)
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