The admission requirements for academic year 2019/20 for the bachelor’s programme in European Studies depend on your prior qualifications. Please check below which requirements apply to you.
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.
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.
Are you an international student and need help meeting the admission requirements?
To help international students meet the admission requirements for this programme, Maastricht University offers a year-long Foundation Programme. The Foundation Programme will provide you with intensive training on academic skills, English language skills and on subjects relevant to the bachelor's programme. This training will help make you eligible for admission to the bachelor’s programme. You will also participate in social and cultural events that will help you make new friends and adjust to the Dutch culture.
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
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.0 is required for this study programme.
You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- you have completed a VWO (Dutch pre-university education) programme
you have completed your VWO equivalent secondary education in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the final year
- you have completed your secondary education in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education
- you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is English
- you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels
- you have completed secondary education, a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is NOT English, however, you are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.
If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets). If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.
- IELTS (6.0)
- TOEFL Paper-based test (550)
- TOEFL Internet test (80)
- TOEIC listening and reading (670) and speaking and writing (290)
- Cambridge [First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 173-175), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade C (scale 169-172)]
- or similar accredited certification
Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.
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.