European Studies

Rankings & recognition

  • European Studies is the #1 European Studies bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands: Keuzegids 2019

    The bachelor's programme European Studies is ranked on the 1st place in the European Studies category of the Dutch University Guide: Keuzegids 2019.
    Our students have rated the programme with an overall score of 58.

    Here's how we scored in the areas that were evaluated:

    Above national average

    National average

    Below national average

    Programme (+)


    Survival 1st year (-)
    Academic training (+)


    Study programme feasibility (-)
      Skills development Study advice and guidance (-)



    Expert evaluation


    The Keuzegids 2019 offers rankings of all bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands. These rankings are based on the results of the Dutch National Student Survey, combined with expert evaluations. The Keuzegids is published annually by the Dutch Higher Education Information Centre. It is an independent publication that allows you to compare all accredited bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands.

       Learn more on the Keuzegids website (in Dutch)  

  • Best European Studies programme in the Netherlands: Elsevier 2018

    This programme is the #1 European Studies programme in the Netherlands in overall student satisfaction, according to the Elsevier ‘Best Studies’ guide.

    Here are some of the highlights:

    • 84% of the students recommend this programme
    • 79% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the set-up of the programme
    • 69% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the instructors

    The Elsevier Best Studies Guide is published once a year by the Dutch magazine Elsevier. It contains student evaluations of each programme's education, contact hours, facilities, structure, instructors and assessment methods, as well as its organisation and communication. The guide is largely based on the results of the Dutch National Student Survey.

     For more information, visit the Elsevier website (in Dutch)  

  • UM is the fifth best young university in the world

    Maastricht University is placed fifth place in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) '200 Under 50' ranking for best young universities in the world. UM is proud to have its continued efforts, for example toward internationalisation, affirmed in this THE ranking. UM also scores a top 10 position (with 7th place) in the 2016 QS ‘Top 50 under 50’; ranking highest of all European universities. These special rankings for young universities are published to give an indication as to which universities are expected in the future to become the top universities worldwide. 

     Go to the THE '250 under 50'  
     Go to the QS 'Top 50 under 50'