Global Studies

Would you like to understand how different parts of the world are connected through global phenomena such as climate change and migration? Would you like to contribute to a more sustainable planet and debate solutions for a more just society? Do you want to understand global challenges from a variety of perspectives coming from psychology, law, economics, history, global health, politics and sociology, to name a few? Are you interested in learning a new language and strengthening your intercultural skills through practical, hands-on experiences? Then the new Bachelor’s programme Global Studies is for you.

Global Studies is a truly interdisciplinary programme. It is the only Bachelor in the Netherlands to have 6 faculties equally teaching in the programme. This means that experts will help you to integrate knowledge from different disciplines to better understand and intervene in complex global problems. You will study with an international group of students, receive two years of language training, and have the opportunity to conduct a field study in the Global South.

Julia Stölben, Student Ambassador Global Studies

Julia is from Germany, she spent one year at a high school in the US during her secondary school and came to Maastricht, initially for the bachelor’s programme in Arts and Culture, but then switched to Global Studies.

Why Julia chose the bachelor’s programme in Global Studies:
“Maastricht University came to my school to present itself. During the Bachelor’s Open Day, which I visited, I fell in love with the enthusiasm and atmosphere here. Since I wanted to study in English, Maastricht University became my first and only choice! Global Studies is a totally new programme which started last year. I was in my first year of Arts and Culture when the announcement was made, and I decided to switch. Global Studies is a bachelor’s in which all six faculties of Maastricht University are involved. Each semester another faculty is ‘in the lead’ with an overarching theme, with other faculties in supporting roles. The aim is to create professionals that can look at complex global issues in an interdisciplinary way. The students in this programme all come from different parts of the world and represent several continents. We also have many international guest lecturers that come from the Global South, for example. I am now acquiring the knowledge and skills to succeed in an international environment and that is why a second language is a compulsory part of the programme. For this, I chose Russian, since Russia is an important global player. I want to contribute to solving problems and enabling change. It’s important to have a voice to make a difference.”

Julia Stölben, Student Ambassador BSc Global Studies 2021-2022

I am very excited to be among the first to graduate from this new programme. My dream is to work for the United Nations or an international NGO, tackling issues in a globalised world.

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Are you in the final year of secondary school and are you in the process of admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students  the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

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Find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, experience our unique approach to teaching, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Bachelor's Open Day is on 8 October 2022.

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Succesful launch BSc Global Studies

In August, students from 28 countries and scholars from all UM faculties and kicked off the new Bachelor Global Studies. The Global Studies team is happy to share impressions of the festive and well-distanced launch in the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. The first cohort of 68 students includes representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, DRC, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.

Official Launch Global Studies


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    Monday, November 15, 2021

    BSC Global Studies has received the "top-rated programme" seal from the Keuzegids Universiteiten 2022.

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    Meet Philia - the first international sorority

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Maastricht’s student life is clicking into gear again – and getting a little richer and more inclusive. Global Studies first years Meghan Callender, Klara Riehle and Barbara Paro are setting up a new international sorority: Philia. They want to offer sports, international cuisine, cultural exchange, as well as a social and educational programme. 

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    More than a single story

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    Global Studies—the name of the new Maastricht University (UM) bachelor’s programme sounds perfectly Promethean. Yet the concept makes a lot of sense; indeed, it may well be the most pragmatic approach to preparing students for the 21st century.

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