Together with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 they came across the charity committees of their study programmes.
Philippe Debie is literally going the extra mile to present his bachelor thesis at a renowned international conference in Santiago, Chile.