The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) offers a place where scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds - historians, political scientists, literary and arts scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and others - are brought together in joint research. This interdisciplinary approach is predominant in our teaching as well; all of our programmes acquaint students with different disciplines and perspectives. All of the faculty’s programmes are taught entirely in English and with 77% of our students and 42% of our staff coming from abroad, FASoS is Maastricht University’s most international faculty. Such diversity creates an atmosphere that strengthens the international orientation of our research and education.
- All the programmes at FASoS are taught in English
- Application deadline Fall semester and Full Academic Year 2023-2024 non-EU students: 19 April 2023
- Application deadline Fall semester and Full Academic Year 2023-2024 EU students: 17 May 2023
You will need a nomination from your home university to become an exchange student at Maastricht University. Download the application instructions to learn more about how you can apply at FASoS. Deadlines for the Fall semester 2023-2024 are 19 April 2023 for non-EU students and 17 May 2023 for EU students.
Exchange application instruction
Programmes and Courses Fall semester 2023-2024
In the fall semester FASoS offers five minor programmes. They are not only attended by 3rd year FASoS students, but also by students from other faculties with different educational backgrounds, thus offering a very diverse learning environment. These programmes all have a study load of 30 ects, which is a full-time course load for one semester. We strongly advise you to choose one of the programmes below.
- Minor Great Thinkers: Leading Paradigms of Western Culture (course descriptions)
- Minor European Studies
- Minor Globalisation and Development
- Minor Arts and Heritage
- Minor Differences/Inequalities: Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies
- Minor Registration form
However, if none of these programmes are of interest, you can choose courses from one of the FASoS bachelor's programmes:
Programmes and Courses Spring Semester 2022-23 (Spring semester 2023-2024 will be announced in July 2023)
To get an idea of the content, you can check the courses from this academic year below:
Some foreign students will need a visa and/or residence permit to be allowed to study in the Netherlands. This depends on your nationality. Below you can find more information about the rules and regulations that apply to you.
We are aware that some students are being contacted by individuals fraudulently claiming to be from Dutch Immigration (IND) or acting on behalf of Dutch Immigration (IND). Please know that Dutch Immigration will never contact anyone by phone nor will it ask you to transfer money. If in doubt always contact IND yourself (www.IND.nl/en).
Medical costs can be very high in the Netherlands, especially if specialised help from a hospital is required. Therefore it is important to be properly insured. International students in the Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health and third party liability insurance. We strongly recommend you to take out travel insurance as well, especially if you plan to travel during your stay. You are responsible for taking out insurance; Maastricht University will NOT do this for you.
Please check if your insurance policy in your home country covers your stay in The Netherlands, otherwise you will have to take out private insurance. You are free to find your own, but it is always your responsibility to check whether coverage is sufficient. Health and liability insurances that do not meet the requirements are the student’s own responsibility. Maastricht University cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur during your stay in Maastricht.
For more information about insurance, please check the Netherlands Organisation for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) website.
If you decide to take out private insurance, Maastricht University advises AON, which is also advised by the Nuffic.
Looking for a place to stay in Maastricht? You can find accommodation via Maastricht Housing, the official housing agency for Maastricht University.
Unfortunately, FASoS cannot guarantee that all students who apply for a room via Maastricht Housing, actually get a room via this agency. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and FASoS has no influence on that process.
It is up to you if you would like to find a room on the private market. If you do, please keep the following in mind:
- Always check whether the address of the room/apartment actually exists (via Google maps, for example). Only too often, people try to make a fast buck by renting out rooms that , in fact, do not exist.
- Never transfer money in advance! There are a lot of crooks in the world, trying to swindle you out of your money. No matter how desperate you are, always check the credentials of the person subletting the room.
Travel to Maastricht
For travel instructions and other general information for international students, please click here.
Like to know more about the faculty, the university and the city? Check out these pages:
About the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Life @ UM
International Relations Office
Ms. Ine Mourmans, incoming exchange officer
+31 43 3882770
Ms. Resi Schenk, Coordinator International Relations
+31 43 3883487
Ms. Sabine Vanhouwe, outgoing exchange officer
+31 43 3882032
Introduction Day Incoming Exchange students February 2023
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Cecilia Ganapini, Reims, France
My exchange has taught me so far that leaving your comfort zone is always enriching, and my advice is to take the chance to do something that scares you, and I doubt you will regret it.
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Simone Gavazzi, Tel Aviv, Israel
The internship in Israel is giving me the opportunity to apply the PBL system used in Maastricht into the field of work.
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Friederike Fassbender, Sydney, Australia
What I can say about my experience abroad in Australia is that it was absolutely worth it, even though I was hesitant at first, it turned out to be one of the best experiences. Australia is a beautiful country, with so many different areas to explore. Studying at the University of Sydney was fun yet challenging, as it is an entirely new experience studying at such a large university.
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Florian Ockenfuss, Paris, France
I really enjoyed my Erasmus semester in Paris. At Sciences Po, I was able to delve deeper into my personal interests and I have learned about EU and International Law from renowned lawyers. I have had the pleasure of meeting and befriending students from all across the world. Thank you FASoS for this unique opportunity.
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Luna Riche & Lise Desmée, San Diego, USA
Luna: My semester abroad in San Diego has been amazing. I've had the chance to visit many places I would never have visited otherwise and all that combined with an improvement of my English and learning about the American Culture through a real American college experience.
Lise: "The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands."
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Isabelle von Bernstoff, Sydney, Australia
My exchange provided me with the opportunity to create new friendships, travel the world and develop a new and different perspective on certain things and issues, also in an academic sense. It definitely broadened my mind and awakened my interest in more fields and subjects.
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Thierry Bleijswijk, China
Going on exchange beyond Europe meant opening ourselves up to opportunities that the world (wonders) have to offer. Going to a place we haven't been before allowed us to experience its beauty and culture in an unbiased way.
FASoS students on Exchange around the World: Chaimae Saadan & Antonia Gough, Hong Kong
Chaimae Saadan: Living and studying in a place such as Hong Kong has made me more aware of current affairs in Southeast Asia, understand global issues from a different perspective and it made me embrace different cultures even more than I already did.