The most international university in the country
Maastricht University (UM) is proud of its international study body. A full 51% of our students come from abroad, making UM the most international university in the Netherlands.
The majority of our programmes embrace international themes and are taught either entirely or partly in English. Our academic staff are also highly diverse, with roughly 40% coming from abroad. Further, each year UM welcomes hundreds of foreign exchange students, while almost 40% of our own students participate in study-abroad programmes. Thanks to our many partner universities, Maastricht University puts the world at your feet.
- 51% of our students and 40% of academic staff come from abroad
- with over 100 nationalities, UM is home to the most international student body in the Netherlands
- 38% of our students go on an exchange: the highest percentage of all Dutch universities
- most study programmes are offered either fully or partly in English
To make best use of this diversity, UM has embraced the concept of the ‘international classroom’. This is a long-term project encompassing many activities and initiatives, but it is also a mindset among students and staff. The learning process benefits when students work in small tutorial groups with people from different cultural backgrounds: by approaching problems from a variety of perspectives, students are acquainted with different ways of seeing things that enhance the quality of the discussion. In this way, the ‘international classroom’ serves to prepare students for the rapidly changing and globalising labour market.
“What struck me most is that UM, and particularly the law faculty, is very flexible and continues to adapt to the effects of globalisation and internationalisation. It creates new courses regularly. Not many universities and law faculties have embraced so quickly and willingly the changes that needed to maintain an enduring reputation on this international playing field.”
Sarah Wagner (24, Germany),
Master in International Laws
“I love interacting with foreign students, so I signed up as a buddy as part of UM’s International Student Ambassador Programme. The kick-off was held recently and I got to know many new people I would never have otherwise met. I was assigned three students, who I’ll be helping to find their feet in Maastricht. One of them comes from Hong Kong, so I get to speak Cantonese with her.”
Gelly Tran (19, Netherlands),
Bachelor in Fiscal Economics
"I love to meet new people and see new places. Every year I try to stay for four weeks in a country I don’t know. I always learn something when I’m abroad. In Spain I learned how to build a chicken house. I would never think of doing that at home but it was a good experience. Although I don’t know yet in what job and where on the planet I will be working in ten years, I know for sure that I will be traveling."
Augustin Poncelet (18, Belgium),
Bachelor at University College Venlo
We want our students to feel at home, both within the walls of UM and in Maastricht at large. There’s something for everyone here, with all kinds of activities constantly being organised by the university and the city council, as well as organisations such as the various study associations and The Innbetween, the ecumenical student chaplaincy.
Initiatives include the Inkom week, Mix and Mingle parties, Studium Generale activities and special welcome drinks for international students, to name just a few.
The plans for an International Students Club – a multifunctional meeting place for international and internationally oriented students – are also in full swing.
Video: international people in Maastricht
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On our support web pages you can also find information on all sorts of practical matters, from application and tuition fees to living in Maastricht.
WUN and YERUN
Maastricht University is the sole Dutch member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN): 18 research universities across 6 continents, from Alberta, to Cape Town, Sydney, and Hong Kong. The network offers a platform for collaboration on education and transnational research projects.
As one of the best young universities in the world, UM is also among the 18 highly-ranked founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN), which facilitates cooperation in scientific research, academic education and service to society.