Exchange students can only register for a maximum of 2 courses per period (13 ECTS) with a minimum of 1 course per period (5/6,5 ECTS), and only 1 skills training per period (4 ECTS). Skills trainings are not compulsory for exchange students. At SBE we consider a fulltime study load per semester to be 4 courses and 1 skills training.
- Period 1: maximum two courses (max. 13 ECTS credits), minimum one course (5/6.5 ECTS credits)
- Period 2: maximum two courses (max. 13 ECTS credits), minimum one course (5/6.5 ECTS credits)
- Period 3: maximum one skills training (max. 4 ECTS credits)
- Period 4: maximum two courses (max. 13 ECTS credits), minimum one course (5/6.5 ECTS credits)
- Period 5: maximum two courses (max. 13 ECTS credits), minimum one course (5/6.5 ECTS credits)
- Period 6: maximum one skills training (max. 4 ECTS credits)
Most SBE courses (except for the skills trainings) are worth 6,5 ECTS. In some study programmes, however, the number of ECTS per course is different. One ECTS equals 28 hours of study. So one regular course at SBE equals 182 hours of study, of which 42 hours need to be considered as contact hours.
Information on courses
All courses are taught in English.
In the online exchange course database 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
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.
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.
As an exchange student you are expected to take second and third year courses. However, a selection of first year courses at SBE is also open to exchange students. If you want to select a second or third year course and combine it with a first year course in the same course period, you do have to keep in mind that some of your tutorials might take place at the same day and the same time. This could also happen with the exam schedule. 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.
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 you do have to keep in mind that some of your tutorials might take place at the same day and the same time. This could also happen with the exam schedule. 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.
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 an communication skills. SBE offers you the opportunity to obtain these skills. SBE also pays attention to quantitive 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.
For master’s level students, there are no skills trainings available in period 6. Master’s level students may register for bachelor’s level skills trainings when they have the approval of their home university.
Course (de)registration period and deadlines
You can only (de)register via Student Portal for courses during the (de)registration periods. As long as you register for courses before the course registration deadline, participation is guaranteed. For course (de)registration periods and deadlines please consult the Student Portal.
Please be aware that all deadlines at SBE are extremely strict. Once the course (de)registration deadline has passed, the system closes automatically and you can no longer register or deregister for courses. Up until the deadlines, you can register/deregister and switch at will.
Maastricht University uses the Problem Based Learning Method, where the average group size is 15 students. We, therefore, need to do a lot of planning to find enough rooms and teachers/tutors, and to make sure there are about the same number of students in each tutorial group. Therefore, students are not allowed to switch courses after the course (de)registration deadline.
If you have to get advice on, or pre-approval for, your SBE courses, make sure to take care of this before the course registration deadline.
About two weeks before the beginning of each course period, your timetable will be published via Student Portal.
About two weeks before the beginning of each course period course manuals will become available via Student Portal, but there have been occasions where they were posted only a day before the class started or handed out when class started.
The course manual includes a description of the course, an overview of the objectives, the literature used, clarification of assessment criteria used and an explanation of the way the final grade will be calculated.
Course attendance and participation
You have to attend your tutorial groups and are expected to participate actively. In fact, this will have an impact on your grade for that course. The majority of SBE courses have a 100% attendance requirement which means that you cannot miss one single lecture or tutorial. If you do not fulfil these requirements, you face the consequences. One of the consequences could be that you will no longer be able to pass the course successfully and thus will not receive any credits for the course even if you ace the exam.