go the extra mile

Go the Extra Mile

Together with a small group of international students, you examine and solve a practical problem. You actively acquire knowledge discussing possible solutions. A tutor monitors the process and only intervenes when necessary. Problem-Based Learning empowers you to learn in a collaborative, dynamic way – and develops you into an assertive professional.

Does this sound more appealing than taking notes in a packed lecture hall? Do you want your university experience to benefit you for the rest of your life? Come and study in Maastricht. Go the extra mile.

Albert's Extra Miles

Watch the video of Albert and discover how he gets everything out of his studies and student life.

This is the fourth Go the Extra Mile video from a series. Click here to see Louisa's, Rugile's and Pablo's video.

Your personal learning experience

Problem-Based Learning puts you at the centre. You work on problems and gather knowledge in a group of no more than 14 students. These international groups rely on your contribution every time you meet – no hiding behind your laptop or in the anonymity of a large lecture hall. This proactive approach makes for an immersive learning experience and teaches you practical skills such as research, critical thinking, communication and other skills vital to success in the 21st century labour market.  

Want to know more?
Request a brochure!

Grow your world

At Maastricht University, you study in an 'international classroom'. With more than 100 nationalities UM boasts the most international student population in the Netherlands. The groups’ cultural diversity will broaden your horizon and allow you to build a global network.

Contribute to society

Get involved in the community! Around a fifth of Maastricht’s population are students, many of them living in the city centre. You are spoilt for choice in your free time – whether it’s the vibrant nightlife, sports or music and theatre. You can also volunteer, start your own business or join a student association. The university can help you identify the opportunities that best suit you. 

Are you looking for a challenge? There is plenty of opportunities to contribute your talents.

19 bachelor’s and more than 80 master’s

Maastricht University offers a total of 19 bachelor’s programmes and more than 80 master’s programmes.

Want to know more about a specific programme? Request a study brochure.

UM students Going the Extra Mile

LOT logo

There are many examples of students who go the extra mile and make an impact beyond their studies. There’s Melanie Kersten (Master's student Sustainability Science & Policy) who won the Limburg Water Innovation Challenge, or the psychology students getting creative with the residents nursing home. Or take Victoria von Salmuth, who set up the Shirati Food Program in Kenya.

UM students Elisa Etrari, Anna Reyneri and Becca Bowers run the Library of Things to put into practice what they have learnt about the circular economy. Their members can borrow items from their catalogue, e.g. a drill, and return them after they’re done using it.

How will you go the extra mile?

More Going the Extra Mile stories

  • UMagazine

    Studying on the plane

    Maastricht University alum and orthopaedic surgeon Yuhan Tan studied medicine while competing in badminton at the highest level. Juggling student life and competitive sport was challenging, but doable. He received support from the university in the form of acquired skills, accessible lecturers and...

  • They go places, our UM top athletes. When I approached Hidde Mollee (19) at the beginning of this year for an interview, he very kindly asked if that was possible after February. He was in Namibia that whole month for an altitude internship. How do you do that alongside your bachelor's degree in...

  • Shortly before our interview, Jordan Habets returned from Llorett de Mar in Spain. Not to party wildly there, as you would normally expect from a 21-year-old man, but to train heavily. Jordan has been a promising cyclist for years, working very hard alongside his education to pursue a career in...

More news items
  • In our series on students who are top sport athletes, Judith Houtvast is next to speak. Judith (19) already swam several National Championships and is also studying in the second year of the bachelor's programme in Biomedical Sciences. Also? How does she do it and where does she put her priorities?

  • They study at UM, do their utmost to get their degree, but also have another big ambition: they want to reach the top in their sport. Young people who set everything aside to train hard alongside their studies and participate in high-level competitions. Real go-getters, in other words. What does it...

  • Rachel Barros Custódio’s affinity with fairness and justice started early when she looked around her Portuguese hometown of Lisbon and saw the mistreatment of animals. “A lot of people in Portugal treat their animals like things, sometimes even worse. They don’t view them as living creatures with...

  • As of 1 December, second- and third-year bachelor’s students can apply for the Netherlands Asia Honours Summer School. It's an experience you won't forget for the rest of your life. UM students Narcis and Oscar can attest to that, because they were among the 100 selected students who went to Asia...

  • Studying in ten different countries in a university that transcends geographical, political, linguistic, and disciplinary borders? The alliance Young Universities for the Future of Europe, under the leadership of Maastricht University, has won funds to create a European university. Now begins the...

  • Match for Brighter Futures focuses on creating equal opportunities for young people in Maastricht and is looking for Dutch-speaking students. Are you available for 3 hours a week and do you want to have a real positive impact on the future of Maastricht’s youth? Then we are looking for you!

  • Students going the extra mile

  • econometrics

    A numbers game

    Maastricht University’s delegation secured a silver medal in this year’s Econometric Game in Amsterdam. To appease fans frustrated by the lack of mainstream media coverage, we asked one of their number, Lea Bottmer, to tell us more.

  • Students marching against climate change? Not really news, is it now? That’s the sort of thing students do anyways. Aware of the stereotype, Students for Climate chose to prick the student bubble for their latest march.

  • Match Houses is a chance for students to make a positive impact and integrate into Maastricht’s community. They work on improving their neighbourhood and in return, they get to live rent-free in housing corporation properties.

  • Precious Plastic Maastricht is currently setting up a local recycling workspace that turns plastic waste into entirely new goods, such as bins, beams, 3D printer filaments, and much more.

  • Student Radio Maastricht (SRM) is a platform that facilitates students who want to produce audio podcasts. Soon, they will get their first hour of traditional airtime on RTV, Maastricht’s local radio station.

  • For Maastricht University’s students Dennis Katwal and Megan Entzinger, volunteering has always played a part in their life. Finding that they had spare time to fill when arriving in a new country, they naturally wanted to use this time to help others – and they found the perfect opportunity when...

  • Philippe Debie is literally going the extra mile to present his bachelor thesis at a renowned international conference in Santiago, Chile.

  • They support women with legal problems on a voluntary basis, collect money to recycle waste to make light sources, set up social enterprises, or work for global health. There are many ways in which students at Maastricht University go the extra mile. Not just for their CVs, but to put their ideals...

  • Big Volunteer Day

    Volunteer for a day

  • They support women with legal problems on a voluntary basis, collect money to recycle waste to make light sources, set up social enterprises, or work for global health. There are many ways in which students at Maastricht University go the extra mile. Not just for their CVs, but to put their ideals...

  • They support women with legal problems on a voluntary basis, collect money to recycle waste to make light sources, set up social enterprises, or work for global health. There are many ways in which students at Maastricht University go the extra mile. Not just for their CVs, but to put their ideals...

  • All residents of the Statenkwartier have been invited for the Christmas dinner at Lux ad Mosam’s student association building. More important than the free food is the connection between students and residents.

  • How transparent is your university? It's the theme of this year's Access to Medicines Week, organised by UM medical students Charlotte Menart, Victoria Defelippe en Anja Wiemers. 

  • Victoria von Salmuth has been awarded the Maastricht University One Young World Scholarship 2018. She will attend the One Young World Summit in The Hague on 17-20 October 2018.

  • UM students Elisa Etrari, Anna Reyneri and Becca Bowers are running Library of Things. It’s exactly what you think it is: you sign up, choose something from their online catalogue or just browse – then you borrow whatever you need and bring it back once you are done using it.

  • Melanie Kersten, studying the master’s programme Sustainable Science & Policy, won the Water Innovation Challenge hosted by Limburg’s water utility company, WML.

  • Foodsharing Maastricht is a student initiative that collects leftover food from local supermarkets and hotels. The food can then be picked up by any comers in Building X, Tapijnkazerne.

  • During her medical internship in Shirati, Tanzania, Victoria von Salmuth found out that a lot of patients, suffered from malnutrition. That's when she started the Shirati Food Programme

  • UM-studenten Carlotta, Emma, Julia en Alice cook for the addicted residents of the Domus houses managed by the Salvation Army.  

  • UM student Costas Georgiades on his efforts to help those who need it most - and on his experiences on Lesbos

  • An interview with UM students who joined the Asia-Europe summer school about their experiences.

  • Now 29, when Sabrina Bos finished high school all she wanted was to go far, far away. Before starting the Bachelor in International Business in Maastricht, she spent a year travelling around Australia, Spain and France – a year in which she discovered her wanderlust. Currently the alum works out of...

  • How serious are the negative effects of higher-than-average temperatures? Armed with some help from a prestigious FIR-PRI Awards PhD research grant, Nora Pankratz, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Finance, is determined to find out.

  • Do what you enjoy. This is the credo of law students Merel Godelieve Huysse and her partner Dario Mezini. They set up a vegan coffee bar, KAFETHÉA, in Maastricht.

  • In the Conn@ct.us initiative by Enactus Maastricht, students help seniors find their way around the multimedia world. In turn, the students get to practise their Dutch – a win-win situation.

  • Councillor Jack Gerats awarded the first certificates to 18 new youth neighbourhood mediators. Maastricht is the first city in the Netherlands where students go into neighbourhoods as youth neighbourhood mediators to bring students and local residents closer together. Two of them discuss their...

  • Taskforce QRS

    A skill for life

    Every year, between 7,000 and 8,000 people are resuscitated in the Netherlands after a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. The first six minutes are crucial. The sooner you start with heart massage the better, and the more people who learn this skill, the greater the chance of survival. With this...

  • Connor Deacon-Price is a recently graduated student at Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) and to be presenting his research in the battle against cancer at a mainstream high-level conference is extremely remarkable

  • The study association of the master's programme in Sustainability, Science and Policy, ASAP, has kept a community garden for about four years in Maastricht on the Mergelweg. Under the inspiring leadership of Colin Laviolette, around eight students maintain the garden. 

  • The destruction of cultural property by the Islamic State in Mosul and Palmyra: is International Law the answer?’, is the title of Alessandra Silva’s bachelor’s thesis. During the Dies celebration last February, the 23-year-old Italian received the thesis prize, as one of seventeen winners, for the...

  • On Saturday 13 May, the sixth edition of the largest interfaculty medical contest in the Netherlands was being held: the RFC. Team Maastricht placed first, winning the title of best medical faculty.

  • In 2016, Sjim Romme and Matthijs Bosveld received the UM Student Prize. They are taking a gap year from their studies in 2017/18 so they can get one step closer to their dream: people-focused healthcare in which the symptoms of patients play a central role through people-focused medical education.

  • In March 2016, now 25-year-old Sophie Joosten completed her master’s programme in Medicine with an exceptional thesis on renal cell carcinoma. During her research, she discovered biomarkers that can help predict the survival of patients with kidney cancer. She received this year's Thesis Prize for...

  • During the Dies, the winners of the thesis prizes were announced. The thesis prizes are awarded to master’s students who have written an outstanding master’s thesis. Alumnus Matthijs Korrevaar was among the winners. He investigated how rents in several European cities have developed over the last...

Upcoming study information events

More event items