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Academic calendar

Academic calendar 2019-2020 [Pdf]
Academic calendar 2018-2019 [Pdf]
Academic calendar 2017-2018 [Pdf]
Academic calendar 2016-2017 [Pdf]

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Arrival and introduction days

Introduction days

Fall semester
- Thursday, 29 August 2019.

Spring semester
- For students who will start in period 3 (from 6 January onwards):
Monday, 6 January 2020 + Thursday 30 January 2020
- For students who will start in period 4 (from 3 February onwards):
Thursday 30 January 2020.

Each semester starts with a compulsory introduction day which is in the week preceding the start of the semester except for students who will start in period 3. On this day you will recieve your UM student card and certificate of enrollment. You will be informed on the Problem Based Learning system, using the Electronic Learning Environment (ELEUM), the University library and other practical matters. The introduction day is free of charge.

You will receive an official invitation by e-mail in time.
The general programme takes place at the Faculty of Law, Bouillonstraat 1-3 in Maastricht.
 

Arrival

Expected date of Arrival
Please make sure that you arrive in Maastricht during weekdays between 10.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs, so that you can use the free ESN mentor service and so that you can check into the Guesthouse (checking in is not possible during the weekend or on holidays, nor after 17.00 hrs). In any case you should plan to arrive before the compulsory introduction day (see first paragraph).

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Application procedure

All exchange students must be officially nominated by their home university. Please visit the International Relations Office of your home university to get nominated for the Maastricht University Faculty of Law exchange programme.

A nomination letter or an e-mail from the home university with the name, study period and e-mail address of the student that has been selected to apply for the exchange programme at the Maastricht Faculty of Law has to be sent to: iro-incoming-law@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Information/instructions on the on-line application will be sent be e-mail to each selected student directly.

Student has to apply on-line. All required application documents have to be uploaded or have to be sent electronically.

Nomination deadline for coordinators
- 10 April 2019 for the Fall semester 2019/20 (start September 2019)
- 15 September 2019 for the Spring semester 2019/20 (start January/February 2020)

Application deadline for online registration students
15 May 2019 for the Fall semester 2019/20  (start September 2019)
- 15 October 2019 for the Spring semester 2019/20 (start January/February 2020)

Required documents
- copy of your valid passport
- passport photo
- transcript of records
ECTS statement home university
- language certificate for students who want to participate in master's courses. Please find information on English language requirements.

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CIEL programme

Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL)
Maastricht Law School participates in the CIEL network which comprises the universities mentioned below. The CIEL network cooperates in the field of European, International and Comparative Law. One of its aims is to encourage the mobility of master students studying comparative, international and European law.

Participating universities are

  • Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium)
  • University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
  • Universität Mannheim (Germany)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (Spain)
  • Université de Toulouse 1 Capitole (France)
  • Zagreb University (Croatia)

These universities yearly select a small group of graduate students for the CIEL programme. Students who succesfully complete this programme are awarded the CIEL certificate of ‘European Master in Comparative, International and European Law’.

As a CIEL student, you will be at Maastricht University for one semester. During this semester you need to take 30 ects worth of courses offered at Master's level. You can find the courses that will be offered at the course offer section.

In addition you need to find a second supervisor for your master's thesis. Mind that you have to write the thesis under the rules of your home university. Your home supervisor is the first to address with questions; the supervisor from Maastricht will have limited time for supervision. Make sure that you start searching for a supervisor at an early stage. Not all Maastricht staff will be aware of the CIEL programme, but if extra information is needed you can refer to the international office.

Only students from the universities mentioned above qualify for the CIEL programme, provided they have been nominated as such. If you want know if you can participate, please contact your home faculty.
Once nominated, students will be contacted by Maastricht Law Faculty with application instructions.

Language requirements
Please read the English language requirements very carefully and note that students who want to participate in master's courses will need to provide proof of a sufficient English language level with a certificate that meets our requirements. Letters written by Law professors will not be accepted.

Our general information for incoming exchange students applies to CIEL students as well. So information on issues such as housing, academic calendar, teaching method etc. can be found through other entries on the section for incoming exchange students.

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Course offer

For exchange students
- Courses offered to exchange students 2019-2020 [Pdf]
- Courses offered to exchange students 2018-2019 [Pdf]

For CIEL students
- Courses offered to CIEL students 2019-2020 [Pdf]
- Courses offered to CIEL students 2018-2019 [Pdf]

For THEMIS students
- Courses offered to THEMIS students 2019-2020 [Pdf]
- Courses offered to THEMIS students 2018-2019 [Pdf]

For Double Degree UAM students
- Courses offered to DDg UAM students 2019-2020 [Pdf]

For Double Degree Università Bocconi students
- Courses offered to DDg Bocconi students 2019-2020 [Pdf]
- Courses offered to DDg Bocconi students 2018-2019 [Pdf]

Course descriptions
For course descriptions click here.
Go to 'search term' and type the exact course code, mind capitals.
Course codes are to be found in the PDF files above (2019-2020 version)

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English language requirements

Students taking bachelor's courses
English is the language of instruction in all programmes. As the Problem Based Learning method requires active participation of students in group meetings, it is of the utmost importance that you have a good working knowledge of English. This means that you must be able to read the required literature, to participate in tutorial group discussions, and to take written and oral examinations.

The programme responsible (coordinator) at your home university has to state that your level of English is sufficient in order to actively participate in English taught courses by signing the ECTS statement home university.

However, we do not require formal proof of fluency if a student will take only bachelor's courses.

Students taking master's courses
- Students who want to participate in master's courses will need to provide proof of sufficient English language level. For exchange students we will accept a certificate of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference issued by an official language institue or a qualified English language teacher. Other certificates that suffice are TOEFL internet-based with a score 90 or more, IELTS 6.5 or more, CPE (all grades), CAE A, B or C+
- Native speakers and students taking their degree programme in English are exempted (be it that visa requirements with regard to language level may apply and cannot be exempted)

Language Centre Maastricht University
The Language Centre offers several language courses. If you are interested in courses we advise you to register as soon as possible as access is limited (application form available on website mentioned above). Questions regarding language courses have to be referred directly to the Language Centre.

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Housing

Maastrichthousing
You can arrange accommodation with Maastrichthousing. The faculty does not act as an intermediary, so you need to make your own reservation.

Maastrichthousing is a cooperation between two student housing organizations: Guesthouse UM and the Foundation for Student Housing in Maastricht. It’s their shared goal to service housing for students, employees and guests from Maastricht University, Hoge School Zuyd and Jan van Eijck Academie.

Reservations are made on a 'first come, first served' basis so you need to arrange your accommodation as soon as possible!! Please check the website for more information and reservations.

Please take into account the introduction day, the start and end of the semester and examination dates when you book a room.

Please keep in mind you have to pay 35 euro subscription fee and first come first serve.

Warning
It is up to you to try and find a room on the private market, but if you do then keep the following in mind:
- ALWAYS check whether the address of the room/apartment offered actually exists (via google maps, for example); only too often people try to make a fast buck by renting out rooms that do not, in fact, 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.

Housing Helpdesk
For assistance with housing problems, please click here.

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More information and useful links

The university has launched a landing page for prospective and current students on the Brexit-discussion

Click here for more information about the Dutch language app (+ download link)

Useful information for international students in Maastricht on 'get settled' and 'go explore'
www.mymaastricht.nl

Master's programmes at Maastricht University faculty of law
If your experience as an exchange student makes you interested in enrollment in one of our master's programmes you can find all information on our master webpages.

Living expenses
Information about Living expenses.

Studying with a disability
Tips for (incoming exchange) students who have a disability, chronic illness or dyslexia.

The city of Maastricht
You will find more information about the city of Maastricht here: www.vvvmaastricht.nl

ESN (Erasmus Student Network for international exchange)
To find out what ESN can do for you visit the ESN website.

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Partner universities

Please click here to open the list of our partner universities.

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Requirements bachelor's courses

Requirements for students taking bachelor's courses

- Bachelor students take courses from the bachelor’s programme only
- English is the language of instruction in all programmes
- We do not require formal proof of fluency if a student will take only bachelor's courses. However the responsible person (coordinator) at your home university has to state that your level of English is sufficient in order to actively participate in English taught courses by signing the ECTS statement home university
- We do not require formal proof of fluency if a student will take only bachelor's courses
- Bachelor students are to choose two courses of 6 ECTS each or one course of 12 ECTS per period. In the third period just one course is taken
- Students who need more credits in a semester, can ask permission for an extra 6 credit course.
- Mind, if you take an extra course, you will have to deal with a studyload that is above average
- Please note that it is not possible to write papers in addition to the courses
- Students have to follow classes right from the start of the block period. Only in exceptional cases students are admitted to course meetings until one week after courses have started. Students who arrive later will not be admitted to the course meetings of that particular block period - they will have to wait until the courses of the next period start

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Requirements master's courses

Requirements for students taking master's courses

Master students can choose freely from both bachelor's and master's courses, depending on home requirements
- If your home university does not distinguish between bachelor and master, the following applies: a minimum of 180 credits of a university law programme will give access to master's courses
- The credits must have been obtained before you come to Maastricht
- Students from (post-)graduate law programmes have access to master's courses
- Students who want to participate in master's courses will need to provide proof of sufficient English language level. For exchange students we will accept a certificate of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference issued by an official language institute or a qualified English language teacher.  Other certificates that suffice are TOEFL internet-based with a score 90 or more, IELTS 6.5 or more, CPE (all grades), CAE A, B or C+.
Native speakers and students taking their degree programme in English are exempted (be it that visa requirements with regard to language level may apply and cannot be exempted)
- Master students are to choose two courses of 6 ECTS each or one course of 12 ECTS per period. In the third period just one course can be taken (bachelor’s courses only)
- Students who need more credits in a semester, can ask permission for an extra 6 credit course
- Mind, if you take an extra course, you will have to deal with a studyload that is above average
- Please note that it is not possible to write papers in addition to the courses
- Students have to follow classes right from the start of the block period. Only in exceptional cases students are admitted to course meetings until one week after courses have started. Students who arrive later will not be admitted to the course meetings of that particular block period - they will have to wait until the courses of the next period start.

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Semester dates

The academic calendar provides an outline of the study periods and tells you whent the exam weeks are, and when there is a holiday.

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Teaching method

Maastricht University uses Problem Based Learning (PBL) as its key method of instruction. Students work together in small groups to tackle the subject matter which is offered in the form of real life problems from the field of study.

The problem is discussed in the tutorial group and students formulate their own learning objectives. After one or two days of individual studying you meet again with the group to discuss your findings. A tutor accompanies the group meetings to monitor the process and the level of the discussions.

PBL is a very effective method. Besides acquiring knowledge, it enables you to apply this knowledge and to analyse and solve problems. In this method of instruction active participation of students is absolutely essential. It is not only expected by the tutor or professor, but also by your fellow students. And active participation also implies that you are required to attend all group meetings.

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THEMIS programme

THEMIS Law Network
Maastricht Law School participates in the THEMIS law network which comprises the universities mentioned below. The network aims at creating a new standard in business law in response to an ever-increasing demand for law professionals with international know-how and expertise. Participating universities are:
 

  • Università Bocconi (Milan, Italy)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) 
  • ESADE Law School (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Université Paris Est-Créteil Val de Marne (France)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU Singapore)
  • Wirtschafts-Universität Wien (Austria)
  • Universität St. Gallen (Switzerland)
  • Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
  • Nova School of Law (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • National Taiwan University

These universities yearly select a small group of graduate students for the THEMIS programme which comprises a semester abroad, internship and participation in a THEMIS seminar.  Students who succesfully complete the programme are awarded the THEMIS certificate.

As a THEMIS student, you will be at Maastricht University for the fall semester. During this semester you need to take 30 ects worth of courses offered at Master's level. You can find the courses that will be offered here.

Only students from the universities mentioned above qualify for the THEMIS programme, provided they have been nominated as such. If you want know if you can participate, please contact your home faculty.
Once nominated, students will be contacted by Maastricht Law Faculty with application instructions.

Language requirements
Please read the English language requirements very carefully and note that students who want to participate in master's courses will need to provide proof of a sufficient English language level with a certificate that meets our requirements. Letters written by Law professors will not be accepted.

Our general information for incoming exchange students applies to THEMIS students as well. So information on issues such as housing, academic calendar, teaching method etc. can be found through other entries on the homepage for incoming exchange students.

Visa and Residence permit
Please refer to the Student Service Centre Visa and Residence permit pages for more information regarding immigration requirements and procedures.

Healthcare and Liability Insurance
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. Maastricht University recommends AON. Their insurance policies include health, liability and travel 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 Nuffic website and certainly check the information section of our Visa Office concerning Health Insurance.

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Visa/Residence permit and Health Insurance

Visa and Residence permit
Please refer to the Student Service Centre Visa and Residence permit pages for more information regarding immigration requirements and procedures.

Healthcare and Liability Insurance
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. Maastricht University recommends Aon. Their insurance policies include health, liability and travel insurance. You are free to find your own, but it is always your responsibility to check whether coverage is sufficient.

Aon Student Insurance has developed a tailor made ICS Complete+ insurance for international students of Maastricht University. This ICS Complete+ insurance policy does not only meet the requirements for your visa application but also for the strict insurance requirements set by your university. For more information, go to Compulsory health insurance for international students.

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 Nuffic website and certainly check the information section of our Visa Office concerning Health Insurance.

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