Ten reasons to choose Maastricht University

Why UM?

1. Personal approach with Problem-Based Learning

Students at UM learn in small tutorial groups, which means you participate actively and acquire essential skills for your future. Tutors typically know you by first name and are always accessible and approachable.  More about Problem-Based learning

2. Unique programmes

UM offers a number of study programmes that can be found nowhere else in the Netherlands. Examples include the Bachelor in European Public Health, the Master in Forensics, Criminology and Law and the Master in Global Health. Go to the bachelor's or master's programme overview.

3. Most international university in the Netherlands

Most of our programmes are also on offer in English, and 49% of our students and nearly 40% of our staff come from abroad. This makes UM the most international university in the Netherlands.

4. Research

Our multidisciplinary research, from growing human tissue to exploring sustainability issues, provides a fertile breeding ground that feeds into our education. Academics are heavily involved in teaching, and interested students have a range of options for getting involved in research themselves.  To Research

5. Amongst the best young universities worldwide

UM is the sixth best young university worldwide, according to the 2017 edition of the Times Higher education ranking for young universities. In other rankings, too, UM consistently achieves good scores: in 2017, UM placed 13th in the QS ranking for universities younger than 50 years.  To Rankings & accreditations

6. Educational innovation

We are continually working to improve our educational methodology in the UM Edlab, which also supports tutors and provides excellence programmes for students. To EDLAB  

7. The heart of Europe

Maastricht lies at the southernmost tip of the Netherlands, in the very heart of Europe. In just a few hours’ time you can be in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris or London, and several airports are within an hour’s drive.  To Life@UM

8. The city of Maastricht

From cinemas, theatres and hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants to a brand new sports centre and state-of-the-art study facilities under construction at the Tapijn site – Maastricht is a living city with a historic centre. And every academic year kicks off with an unforgettable Inkom week.  To Life@UM

9. Honours programmes

For students who like an extra challenge, we offer a suite of honours programmes: Premium, MaRBle and Honours+. To EDLAB  

10. Finding a job

Research by the UM Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) shows that some 96% of graduates are working in a paid job within a few years of graduating (Maastricht University graduate surveys 2017). Read the report