Global Studies has a selective admissions process that is designed to assess whether there is a match between your academic interest and what Global Studies has to offer.
The admission requirements for academic year 2021/22 for the bachelor’s programme Global Studies depend on your prior qualifications. Check below which requirements apply to you.
For more information about the programme, contact us by email: globalstudies[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
Enrolment before completing prior education ('zachte knip' regulation)
To help students who have experienced delays in their studies due to COVID-19, we have put the ‘zachte knip’ regulation in place. This regulation means that you can enrol in your next education programme before you have completed your prior education.
Were you, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unable to earn enough credits in the academic year 2020-21 to complete your prior education on time? Then in the 2021-22 academic year (for both the September and February intake), you will have the opportunity to conditionally start your next education programme at UM under certain terms.
When are you eligible for the ‘zachte knip’?
Would you like to go from:
- a bachelor's programme to a UM pre-master’s or master's programme,
- a pre-master’s or ‘schakel’ programme to a UM master's programme, or
- an HBO propedeuse (first-year diploma at a university of applied sciences) to a UM bachelor’s programme?
Read here about the conditions for qualifying for the ‘zachte knip’.
How do you file an application for the ‘zachte knip’?
When applying for a study programme that starts in September 2021, you can file an application for the ‘zachte knip’ regulation from mid-July until 15 August 2021.
By the end of June, we will let you know here how to apply for the ‘zachte knip’ regulation.
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.
You have to submit the following documents (in English) with your application:
1. Letter of motivation
All applicants should write a letter in English of up to 600 words, answering questions such as:
- Why would you like to join Global Studies?
- How suitable is the semester-theme approach for the way you like to study?
- What are your plans after graduation?
This letter is used to get a better insight into your motivations and to help the Board of Admissions determine whether Global Studies is the right kind of career step for you.
All applicants should write a short essay in English of up to 400 words, describing a complex global problem and how it matters for them, their home community or home country locally.
This essay will give the Board of Admissions a first impression of your ability to provide a well-reasoned, written argument. Please ensure that your essay addresses both parts of the question — describing the global problem and showing its local relevance! Using proper spelling and grammar (UK or US English), as well as referencing any quotes will be helpful to your application. You are free to choose what you consider your home community or your home country for the purpose of this essay.
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.
International prospective students who do not meet the admission requirements: Foundation Programme
If you are an international prospective student, and you do not meet the admission requirements, then you may be eligible for the Foundation Programme. The Foundation Programme will provide you with intensive training in academic skills, courses relevant to your chosen bachelor's programme, and English language skills (depending on your level).
After successfully completing the Foundation Programme, you will be eligible for admission to this bachelor’s programme. Additionally, the Foundation Programme offers support outside of the classroom and organises events that will help you make new friends and adjust to life in the Netherlands and at Maastricht University.
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 30 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
Prospective students who received their prior education in a non-EU/EEA country (handling fee)
Prospective students applying for this study programme who received their prior education in a non-EU/EEA country will have to pay a handling fee. More information on this handling fee and how to arrange this payment can be found on the Handling fee page.
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.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.