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.  

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

  • Netherlands Asia Summer School

    7 weeks in Asia for bachelor’s students

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    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 before.

    Read more
  • YUFE map

    YUFE - legwork and lofty ambitions

    Thursday, November 21, 2019

    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 frantic race to realise this aureate ambition. And UM students have a role to play…

    Read more
  • Looking for UM students for coaching and homework guidance of Maastricht high school pupils

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    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!

    Read more
  • this is not a design conference

    This is Not a Design Conference

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    Students going the extra mile

    Read more
  • econometrics

    A numbers game

    Monday, June 24, 2019

    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.

    Read more
  • Students 4 Climate

    Students for Climate – building a community

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    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.

    Read more
  • match

    Match Houses: meet thy neighbour

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    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.

    Read more
  • sustainability plastic waste

    Precious Plastic Maastricht – the potential of waste

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    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.

    Read more
  • SRM podcast idea's competition

    Student Radio Maastricht – ideas and sounds

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    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.

    Read more
  • Megan and Dennis

    Stronger together thanks to students

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

    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 they came across the charity committees of their study programmes.

    Read more
  • Philippe Debie

    Odd one out: student presents bachelor thesis at esteemed conference

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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

    Read more
  • Vrouwenrechtswinkel

    Women’s legal advice centre: for women, by women

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    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 into practice. And as a welcome side-effect, they make a lot of friends.

    Read more
  • Big Volunteer Day

    Volunteer for a day

    Monday, January 28, 2019 Read more
  • Liter of Light: spreading light worldwide

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    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 into practice. And as a welcome side-effect, they make a lot of friends.

    Read more
  • Kerstdiner Lux ad Mosem

    Getting together over a plate of ‘hotchpotch’

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    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.

    Read more
  • IFMSA: not just for medical students

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    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 into practice. And as a welcome side-effect, they make a lot of friends.

    Read more
  • @ease

    Feel free to share worries with peers

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Read more
  • Transparency leading to honest drug prices

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    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. 

    Read more
  • one young world summit scholarship salmuth

    Winner of the Maastricht University One Young World Scholarship 2018 announced

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    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.

    Read more
  • Lunatik

    Students and seniors get crafty together

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Read more
  • LOT logo

    Library of Things: Out of the attic, into the commonweal

    Friday, September 14, 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.

    Read more
  • Melanie Kersten

    How to fix ‘water rush hour’ in Limburg?

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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

    Read more
  • sustainability student initiative

    There is such a thing as a free lunch – a sustainable student initiative

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    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.

    Read more
  • victoria en de koks

    Why there’s a mini-Victoria living in Tanzania

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    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

    Read more
  • koken voor thuislozen

    Cooking for the homeless

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

    Read more
  • lifeboat off lesbos

    Kofi Annan, water polo, and the depths of human cruelty

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

    Read more
  • 20479505_1697768336900429_6296673415782932903_n.jpg

    UM students join Asia-Europe summer school

    Friday, December 15, 2017

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

    Read more
  • digital nomad Sabrina Bos

    Making money while travelling

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    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 her Renault Trafic van as a freelance project manager, blog writer and online business entrepreneur. Her income covers not only her travels, but also her startup accessART. She spoke about her experiences during the recent Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Read more
  • Nora Pankratz

    Hot topic: Nora Pankratz wins FIR-PRI grant to study financial impact of heat exposure

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    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.

    Read more
  • Kafethea

    Students run successful vegan coffee bar

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    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.

    Read more
  • Conn@ct.us

    Students demystify computers for seniors

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    In the Conn[at]ct[dot]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.

    Read more
  • buurtbemiddelaars

    Law students employed as neighbourhood mediators

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    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 motivations.

    Read more
  • Taskforce QRS

    A skill for life

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    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 in mind, Ton Gorgels, professor of Transmural Cardiology, together with Petra Schuffelen, founded the QRS Taskforce in Maastricht ten years ago. 

    Read more
  • MSP - Connor Deacon-Price

    UM student presents anti-cancer research at international conference

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    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

    Read more
  • Urban Gardening

    The Garden of Eden is in Maastricht

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    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. 

    Read more
  • Alessandra Silva

    Standing in defence of cultural heritage in armed conflicts

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    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 best bachelor's thesis in 2016.

    Read more
  • Team Maastricht wins national medical contest

    Team Maastricht wins national medical contest

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    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.

    Read more
  • Students Going The Extra Mile

    'Nice to meet you, I’m the person behind the patient’

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    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.

    Read more
  • Thesis prize winner Sophie Joosten

    Doctor with research skills

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    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 her master's thesis.

    Read more
  • Matthijs Korrevaar

    Research on rent prices

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    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 500 years.

    Read more

Upcoming study information events