The admission requirements for the bachelor’s programme in European Studies depend on your prior qualifications. Please check below which requirements apply to you. Matching is a mandatory part of the admission procedure.
Prospective students with a Dutch diploma
If you have one of the diplomas stated below then, in principle, you are directly admissible:
- Dutch VWO-diploma
- HBO or OU propaedeutic diploma
Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma
If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma you are, in principle, admissible to this programme. Check if this applies for your diploma.
If your diploma is not included in this list, it must be evaluated by UM first.
Please note: this step will take extra time so it is important that you apply early, preferably before 1 April 2019.
If you register after 1 April 2019, it is possible that you cannot start the programme in academic year 2019/20. Reason might be that assessing the admissibility and / or working to eliminate one (or more) deficiencies, may not be completed in time.
Prospective students who do not meet the requirements
Entrance exam, Colloquium Doctum
If you do not have the required diploma, or do not meet the additional requirements, you can still qualify by passing an entrance exam (the so called Colloquium Doctum).
If you pass the Colloquium Doctum and submit the requested proof of language proficiency, you will qualify for enrolment in the bachelor’s programme.
If you have followed university or higher vocational education before, you may qualify for exemptions. This means you can use the results you obtained elsewhere for your programme at Maastricht University.
In practice, requests for exemptions from regular courses and skills training courses are rarely approved. Only exemption from the 24 ECTS credits in the free fifth semester is possible.
A request for exemptions will only be taken into consideration after you have enrolled in the programme as a student.
For more information on credit transfer please contact the Board of Examiners of this programme: BoE-fasos[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
Language requirements for English-language bachelor programmes
In this study programme English is the language of instruction, therefore you have to be proficient in the English language. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.0 is required for this study programme.
In case one or more of the conditions below apply to you, you automatically fulfill to the language requirement for this study programme:
- English is your native language*
- You have completed a VWO high school programme in the Netherlands
- You have completed your admission training in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the last year.
- You have completed your preparatory training in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education (such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States)
- You have completed a WO study programme in the Netherlands
- You have completed an English-language HBO or WO study programme
- You have completed an International or European Baccalaureate (IB)
- You can adhere to the language requirement in a different way, for example by obtaining an IELTS, a TOEFL-, TOEIC or a Cambridge certificate (or similar certification).
- Are you a student with a non-EER degree and you want to study in an English-language bachelor programme? Then the guidelines of the Code of Conduct International Student apply. The Code of Conduct requires a language test.
* Definition of a native speaker:
a) someone who has followed education in English during 6 (or more) of his formative years (between 6 and 18 years old)
b) Someone who has completed a study in English language/literature (bachelor).
If UM, however, has reasonable doubts about your language skills, UM can set additional requirements to demonstrate the required language level.
Binding Study Advice
This programme has a Binding Study Advice. This means that in your first year of the programme, you must obtain a minimum of 42 out of 60 ECTS credits. Students who fail to earn enough credits will receive a negative Binding Study Advice that leads to exclusion from the programme for a period of six years. All students who are at risk of receiving a negative Binding Study Advice will receive a warning after the first semester.