The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest economy and a major global trading power. With the introduction of the Euro and EU enlargement, key steps in European integration were undertaken, aiming to increase European prosperity and competitiveness and further strengthen the economic governance of the area. However, with the current European sovereign debt crisis and contested Greek bailout, what challenges does the future hold for the great European economic experiment?
The Business & Economics in Europe programme is designed to give students a greater understanding of the international business practices in Europe and the economic policies of the European Union. What better place to study business and economics than in Maastricht, the Netherlands? Maastricht gained international fame as the birthplace of the European Union and the Euro, and is located between major centres of European economics, business and banking in Brussels, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. International trade has long been a central aspect of the Dutch economy and its strong reputation continues today. Highly successful companies such as Philips, DSM, Unilever, Heineken, Shell and ING are key players in the global marketplace and the Netherlands has the highest level of foreign direct investment per capita in the world. It is the ideal place for educating and training the global business leaders and economists of tomorrow.
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World-class business & economics school
Students in the Business & Economics in Europe programme are directly enrolled at Maastricht University and take classes at the School of Business and Economics, which is accredited by the European EQUIS, the American AASCB and the prestigious AMBA, a standard that fewer than 1% of business schools across the globe have achieved. The Business & Economics in Europe programme also includes courses from the excellent Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and the Center for European Studies (CES) among others.
International summer internships
The Center for European Studies is partnering with The Intern Group to provide students with the opportunity to arrange a professional internship in their desired career field. Students can take their global experience to the next level by completing an international internship after studying abroad in spring at Maastricht University. For more information please check out their website.
Integrated study trips
The two-week introduction offers a variety of academic and social activities and the European study trip. The introduction includes CES services (such as airport pick up and phone rental), a tour of Maastricht and the surrounding area, Maastricht University orientation, a Problem-Based Learning workshop, Intercultural Communication seminar and integration into Dutch student life.
The programme has integrated cultural and study trips. The programme begins with the five-day European Study Trip to Berlin which provides a vivid European context for the central programme theme.
We also include two cultural weekend trips:
‘If it Ain’t Dutch it Ain’t Much’; where students explore their choice of political or cultural highlights in The Hague, take a stroll through Dutch culture at the open air museum Zaanse Schans and bond with the group over the creation of their very own Delft blue tile.
‘A Taste of Paris’; where students will explore the city of light, indulge in the cuisine, experience the rich architectural and artistic beauty, and taste of one of the plethora of cultures which exist across Europe.
Maastricht University uses the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) to measure academic progress. Maastricht University courses typically have between 5-12 ECTS. How ECTS transfer depends on a student’s home university or college. Generally a 5-6.5 ECTS course is the equivalent of a full semester course (3 American credit hours).
You can earn a minimum of 24 and maximum of 32 ECTS per semester at CES. This is considered a full semester workload and usually transfers back as 15 American credit hours. CES advisors help students select classes to meet the requirements of their home university.
High academic standard
CES programmes are designed for enthusiastic and intellectually curious students dedicated to expanding their academic horizons while abroad. To ensure that students do well, CES offers extensive academic advising, workshops and regular monitoring. Maastricht University uses Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a student-centered teaching approach. Small groups of students (12-15) work on academic or practical cases prepared by their professors. Faculty act as guides to students who are in charge of their own learning and are expected to be committed, active and self-motivated.
During a regular course (5-6.5 ECTS), students spend an average of 4-6 hours in class per week. For every hour in class students are expected to spend an additional 2-3 hours on study. The total workload for two regular courses or one intensive course is around 40 hours per week.
Acceptance to the open enrolment programmes is competitive and early application is recommended. While most students participating in our open enrolment programmes are undergraduates at the junior or senior level, applications by motivated students at the sophomore and/or freshman level with a good GPA will be considered too.
You should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to apply for a CES open enrolment programme. If you have a lower GPA you can request to be considered if you can show a recommendation from a professor or academic advisor at your home university or college with specific details about your academic development so far.
Applicants must be proficient in English. Non-native speakers are required to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency.
Students with an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma are exempted, as are EU-nationals. International students who are enrolled as fulltime students at university or college in a native-speaking country where English is the language of instruction are also exempted.
All other prospective students must present a current TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Testing System), score before they can be admitted.
Your TOEFL test score has to be at least:
Your IELTS test score must be at least 6.5.
Complete and submit the online application form and send all additional information mentioned below via email / regular mail to your coordinator. Your CES coordinators will contact you within a week after receiving your application and additional information to assist you in the registration process and the preparations for your stay in Maastricht.
Additional required information:
Regarding the criteria for the motivation letter, CES staff are interested in what inspires a student to apply. Why are they drawn to this programme, to Maastricht University or to Europe? Students may want to highlight academics and certain courses, the culture, history or personal goals. The motivation letter should be 1-2 pages in length.
An academic letter of recommendation is a 1 page letter (approximately) that highlights a student's academic background, character, academic or career goals and other related interests or achievements. The letter expands upon a student's record or transcript, providing insight into what kind of student they are and their suitability for the programme. It should be written by a professor, academic or study abroad advisor.
Please note that once your course list is finalised you will receive a course approval form which you will need to fill in with the help of your home institution.
The Center for European Studies incurs costs for each student we register. CES applies the following cancellation regulations:
Exceptions to the above-mentioned cancellation regulations will be reviewed by CES on a case-by-case basis.
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