Why this programme
There are many reasons to enrol in the Foundation Programme, such as familiarising yourself with the culture and a new style of learning, to becoming eligible for the bachelor's programme of your choice. In addition, the Foundation Programme offers additional support to help you with some of the challenges that come with living abroad, for instance: applying for a visa, looking for housing and taking out insurance.
The Foundation Programme will help you get started
The switch from high school to university education can be challenging, especially when you are planning to study abroad. To give yourself the best chance of succeeding at your study, you should prepare properly for this challenge.
In the Foundation Programme, you will be able to familiarise yourself with a new culture and adjust to a new style of learning. It will help you be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and get the most out of your university education.
Other practical matters, such as banking, transportation and insurance will be taken care of during the first week of the Foundation Programme with the support of the Foundation Programme staff.
We will train and test you in a variety of ways to prepare you for the future bachelor’s exams, we will introduce basic academic study skills and we will do all of this in the Problem-based Learning system that characterises Maastricht University.
The Foundation Programme staff and mentors offer additional support with practical issues to help you settle in Maastricht. Before you arrive, we will apply for your visa (if you need one) and will provide you with information about housing options. Once you have arrived in Maastricht you will join our introduction period and we will assist you in all the things you need to know as a new international student in Maastricht.
Become eligible for a bachelor's programme
Successfully passing all parts of the Foundation Programme makes you eligible for the Maastricht University bachelor's programme you applied for.
All the Foundation Programme graduates were offered a place in the programme of their choice, even though some bachelor's programmes have an additional selection procedure and do not automatically place eligible students.
- 75% of all Foundation Programme students finished the programme successfully
- 100% of our graduates were accepted into a bachelor's programme
If a student should fail the Foundation Programme, we help them look for a suitable study alternative. We have been able to assist several students in finding an alternative study location after the Foundation Programme.
1+3 years = a bachelor's degree
Successfully passing the one-year Foundation Programme will make you eligible for a bachelor's study at UM. The bachelor's programmes last three years. This means you can obtain a bachelor's degree within four years. Master's programmes take one or two years additionally.
"I'm a graduate of the American School of The Hague. I moved to the Netherlands three years ago because of my father’s job and I consider Netherlands as my second home. I was looking for the right preparatory study and a family friend recommended the Foundation Programme. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is effective in engaging students in learning.
The advice I would give to any prospective student is to make the most out of the Foundation Programme by engaging as much as possible in all the different events and activities in order to make new friends and ensure that the transition to student life in the Netherlands is less challenging."
- Noura, Saudi Arabia
"I would say the Foundation Programme prepares you well for what to expect living and studying in Maastricht. The social program introduced us to the mentors who guided us around town, we explored new friendships and I shared moments with people from different countries; the festive “Sinterklaas” party, with drinks, food, and of course, presents!
The Ferris wheels, and warm “poffertjes” with powdered sugar at the Christmas market helped dampen the home sickness, I admit I sometimes felt. The summer BBQ, towards the end of the Foundation program, was a bitter-sweet moment as you knew that you would soon leave this cosy family."
- Pim, Thailand-Belgium
“We all took the same classes in the beginning of the programme, including: European History, Skills, Mathematics, and Research Methodology and each class prepared us for our Bachelor study in a different way. The Skills class prepared me for University study techniques. We had to practice writing essays using the Maastricht University criteria which I found really helpful because I now know what teachers expect me to include.
It also taught me some study techniques, like speed-reading, that are essential for my time at University. I also had to take an Economics class and what I learned in this class was even comparable to what I studied as an International Business student later on."
- Fidelia, Indonesia