Your future

Successfully passing the one-year Foundation Programme will make you eligible for a bachelor's study at UM. A bachelor's programme at Maastricht University is a perfect setup for a master's programme or a career.


Are you looking forward to an exciting career in the Netherlands? After you have obtained a bachelor's or master's diploma from Maastricht University you will be eligible for an orientation year whereby your residence permit for the Netherlands is extended for a maximum of one year. You can use this orientation year to find a job in the Netherlands. Graduates who then find employment within this orientation year will be eligible for a residence permit.

Knowledge and skills are highly valued in the Netherlands and opportunities in fast-growing industries and academic institutions are waiting for you. Maastricht University alumni have among the highest employability ratings of all Dutch universities.

Career guidance at UM

Career guidance

Maastricht University prepares students for a successful career in the international job market. A good future begins with a good education, but the university also provides excellent career guidance. Maastricht University's Career Services helps you explore your options and gives you the tools to get the job you want by providing:

  • Personal guidance from trained career counsellors
  • Application and career management training and workshops
  • Information on the labour market, vacancies, internships and traineeships.

Find out more about UM Career Service Centre

  • It gave me the confidence to believe I could definitely fit in at Maastricht University.
    Daniela (Colombia), Foundation Programme
  • I cannot imagine my university life if I did not study in the Foundation Programme
    Lihong (China), Foundation Programme