Study abroad at DKE

Join the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering


Looking to study Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and/or Data Science in the heart of Europe? 

The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) is home to the Netherlands' most international academic community in these fields. We will gladly welcome you as an exchange student in the city of Maastricht.

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Fast facts

30 ECTS course load
Fully taught in English
Pick courses at BSc and/or MSc level
Fall semester (Sept - Jan) and/or spring semester (Feb - July)

For incoming exchange students

Course content

Our department offers courses in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. As exchange student, you will be able to select courses from our top-ranked bachelor's and master's programmes. You can find more information about courses, scheduling, rules concerning grades and credits in the DKE student handbook. The handbook includes information about all of our programmes combined.

DKE student handbook

If you would like to check out the course catalogue of our individual programmes, follow the links below:
Course catalogue BSc  Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Course catalogue MSc Artificial Intelligence
Course catalogue MSc Data Science for Decision Making

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About us

The Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE)
DKE is a research and teaching community of around 70 staff members and 600 students. Approximately 75% of our staff and students is from abroad; together, we come from over 40 different countries. Within the Netherlands, this makes us the most international university community in our field. 

DKE offers education through one bachelor's programme (Data Science and Artificial Intelligence) and two master's programmes (Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for Decision Making). We've been teaching since 1992 and our programmes are among the top-ranked according to the Dutch Keuzegids rankings. 

DKE has its own study association, MSV Incognito: we sponsor a membership for all of our students, including those joining us for an exchange semester.

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Living and studying in Maastricht
Maastricht developed from a Roman settlement into a flourishing European city. The city is best-known for the 1992 Treaty of Maastricht, which laid the foundation for establishing the European Union. Given the city's location, this is hardly a surprise: Maastricht lies in the heart of Europe, within 30 kilometers from the Belgian and German borders. The city and its inhabitants have a strong international character which is reflected in our department.

However, there is more to the city than just its cross-border character. For example, Maastricht has the second highest number of monuments in all of the Netherlands: roughly 1 monument for every 73 inhabitants, second only to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.

This historical decor forms the backdrop for year-round cultural events, such as festivals, international art fairs, concerts and more. Just outside of the city, you can stroll through rolling hills and explore cave complexes.

Student associations
There's no shortage of student associations to join either: did you know that Maastricht has 29 student sports associations and 80+ other student associations, ranging from social clubs to themed organizations and associations targeted at international students? 

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How to apply

Eligible students are welcome to study for one or two semesters at our department.

To find out whether you qualify and for more information on the application procedure, go through the checklist below. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Wendy Brandt, our International Relations Officer, using the contact details below. 

Application deadlines
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1 of the preceding year

Application procedure checklist

  1. 1. Does your home institution have an agreement with DKE?

    To study abroad at DKE, your home institution needs to have a formal agreement with us. Contact your university's International Relations Officer to find out whether this is the case.

    If there is no agreement between your university and our department, don't fret: we may be able to set one up! For inquiries, please reach out to dke-international[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

  2. 2. Do you meet the entry requirements?

    Exchange students should have completed at least one year at their home university at the time of participation. Exchange students may have special eligibility requirements regarding their grade point average (GPA) or progress. You can contact the International Relations Office of your home university for more information.

    Language requirements
    Because all of our education is in English, non-native speakers will have to demonstrate a proof of English language proficiency. Students with an International Baccalaureate or European baccalaureate diploma are exempt from this requirement.

    Exchange students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency as follows:

    • TOEFL 575 (Test of English as a Foreign Language, paper-based version)
    • TOEFL 232 (computer-based version)
    • TOEFL 90 points (internet based version)
    • IELTS (International English Testing System) test with a score of at least 6.5
    • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) test score must be at least a B, whereas a C is sufficient for your CPE (Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in English).
  3. 3. Secure a nomination from your home institution

    So far so good? Then the third step is to obtain a nomination to study at DKE from your home institution's International Relations Officer (IRO).

    If you have been nominated as an outgoing exchange student for DKE, your nomination must be officially announced through e-mail by your university's IRO. Please ask them to send your nomination to dke-international[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

  4. 4. Apply!

    After you've been nominated, you can apply by sending the following information to DKE's International Relations Officer:

    Send the required documents to Ms. Wendy Brandt via dke-international[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

    Note the application deadlines:
    Apply for the fall semester (runs from Sept - Jan) before June 1; 
    Apply for the spring semester (runs from Feb - July) before November 1 of the preceding year.

  5. 5. Waiting therapy

    Can't wait to come to Maastricht? Here's a few suggestions to kill the time:

    • Delve into the wonderful world of vlaai, the local delicacy. Nope, it's not a stereotype... We eat a lot of vlaai here. Introduction day? Vlaai. Birthday? Vlaai. Excellent ranking results? Vlaai. Pi day? Vlaai! What flavour will you try upon arrival?
    • Have a look at the past activities of MSV Incognito, DKE's study association. If you look closely you can spot some patterns: the annual OMGWTFBBQ, the Block Opening Drinks (BOBs), the MysteryLAN... Our department sponsors an Incognito membership for each of our students, so you'll be able to join all of it from the moment you arrive.
    • See what MyMaastricht has to offer. The website collects all sorts of useful information about what it's like to live in Maastricht, including tips for finding housing, an overview of bars, listings of cultural events and so forth.
    • Go find us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We won't lie, we love online attention but it's also a genuinely good way of finding out what goes on in our department. 

Get in touch

If you have any questions about studying abroad at the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, don't hesitate to get in touch. 

We hope to meet you in Maastricht!

Wendy Brandt
International Relations Officer DKE

+31 43 388 3454