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 Spring semester Academic Year 2023-2024 non-EU students: 16 October 2023
- Application deadline Spring semester Academic Year 2023-2024 EU students: 01 November 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 Spring semester 2023-2024 are 16 October 2023 for non-EU students and 1 November 2023 for EU students.
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 2023-2024
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.
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