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 79% 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.
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 Spring semester year 2019-2020 semester are 15 October 2019 for non-EU students and 10 November 2019 for EU students.
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 these programmes, please check the following documents:
However, if none of these programmes are of interest, you can choose courses from one of the bachelor programmes:
English is the language of instruction in all of our programmes. As the Problem Based Learning method requires active participation in group meetings, it is important that you have a good working knowledge of English. You have to be able to read the required literature, to participate in tutorial group discussions, and to take written and oral examinations. If English is not your native language, you are therefore required to submit a proof of English language proficiency. We recommend the following minimum level: TOEFL iBT 90, IELTS 6.5, or CEF level B2.
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
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.
The internship in Israel is giving me the opportunity to apply the PBL system used in Maastricht into the field of work.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.