In the online course database for exchange students you can find all the information you need about SBE’s bachelor’s and master’s courses, such as the course coordinator(s), learning outcomes and competences, number of ECTS, literature and prerequisites.
Courses code explanation
EBC1...: 1st year’s bachelor’s course
EBC2...: 2nd and 3rd year bachelor’s course
EBC4...: master’s course
EBS2...: Skills training bachelor’s level
EBS4...: Skills training master’s level
When you select your courses, you should note that some will assume knowledge of topics covered in other courses (“pre-requisites”). If you do not meet these requirements you will not be allowed to register for the course. You are responsible for making sure you have the requisite knowledge to follow courses that state certain pre-requisites.
All 2nd and 3rd year bachelor’s courses are either at introductory, intermediate or advanced level:
This course gives an introduction to the subject.
You can only choose this course if you have prior knowledge about the subject via a course offered at SBE, or a comparable course at your home university.
Very high level; you can only choose this course if you have extensive prior knowledge about the subject via a course offered at SBE, or a comparable course at your home university.
Each course description in the database follows the same format. You can find detailed information about the content, prerequisites, literature and assessment methods. For questions you can contact the course coordinator via email.
Course selection and changes
At most universities you can change your courses in the first week of class. Not so at SBE: once the deadline has passed you can NOT change your courses. Explanation: Maastricht University uses the Problem Based Learning Method, whereby the average class size is 15 students. This means there is a LOT of planning to do (finding enough rooms and teachers/tutors and making sure there are about the same number of students in each tutorial group). If we allowed students to change courses after the deadline this would create a lot of organisational and logistical problems. To help you choose courses that match your interest and home curriculum is exactly why we developed the online course database.
If you may only sign up for courses that are pre-approved by your home university , get approval well before the deadline. Should the information in the course database not be enough feel free to contact the relevant course coordinator at SBE.
Important note: in general all SBE courses (except for the skills trainings) are worth 6,5 ECTS but for some study programmes the number of ECTS per course might differ. Students are advised to carefully check the number of ECTS when signing up for a course.
First year courses
As an exchange student you are expected to take 2nd and 3rd year courses. However, a selection of 1st year courses at SBE is also open to exchange students.
If you want to register for 1st year courses and combine them with 2nd and 3rd year courses, you do have to keep in mind though that some of your tutorials might take place on the same day and the same time. This could also happen with the exam schedule. Unfortunately we won’t be able to change the schedule for you, and if you get a study delay as a result we cannot be held responsible.
You can only register online for the courses selected from the course database for exchange students and only via the Student Portal. Per eight-week study period you can register for up to two (2) courses but not fewer than one (1).
Focusing on the acquisition of knowledge is not sufficient if you are a student of Business and Economics. You have to be able to work in all kinds of organisations, which implies that you need to possess several social and communication skills. SBE offers you the opportunity to obtain these skills, such as interviewing techniques or communication and leadership skills.
SBE also pays attention to quantitative skills like accounting, financial arithmetic, operations research, statistics and mathematics. Computer proficiency and basic knowledge of information science are also regarded as essential elements of the curriculum.
There are two skills periods (two weeks each): at the end of the Fall semester (period 3) and at the end of the Spring semester (period 6). A skills training counts for 4 ECTS; you can only sign up for one skills training per period.
For master's students only
If you want to register for a mix of master's level and bachelor's level courses in the same study period (provided you have the correct level of course) you should keep in mind that you may end up having tutorials on the same day and time. Moreover, the exam date and time may also very well overlap. Unfortunately SBE will not be able to alter the course and exam schedule for you. Nor will the tutor, the course coordinator, or the School be held responsible if you end up with a study delay as a result.