Foundation Programme COVID 19
We are currently preparing for a combination of on campus and online education, taking into account the COVID-19 preventive measures. We are also developing online options for students who may not be able to arrive in Maastricht in time for the start of the programme.
On this website, you can follow any updates related to education at the Foundation Programme.
See you soon: on campus if you can, online if you need to!
The newest updates will appear at the top. To make sure you can keep track, we have highlighted a few particularly important messages that you can directly view using the menu below.
Everyone | 10 September 2020
At the Foundation Programme, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival and have put together a clear safety protocol so you can be assured of a safe and comprehensive educational environment. In order to help make you feel secure we have been adapting our new building to the Maastricht University safety guidelines as seen in the video. We want all students to feel comfortable and welcome, both on campus and online when needed.
Looking forward to the new academic year
Everyone | 30 June 2020
In the upcoming academic year, COVID-19 will make it difficult to return fully to on campus education at the Foundation Programme. We have designed an educational plan that combines classroom sessions with online classes. For redesigning your education, we begin with three basic ideas:
We will take special care to ensure that you stay connected and continue to build community with your fellow students and teachers.
A video message from the FSE Dean
Everyone | 15 June 2020
From the video: "We will offer an interesting mix of on campus and online activities. All programmes are very busy developing an interesting programme for you, which combines these two types of education."
"Some of you may not be able to come to our university, because you are still in the country where you live. Because we are developing online activities, this is not going to be a problem - you can join the online activities and will become part of our student community."
Prof. Thomas Cleij
Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Improving ventilation in our buildings
Everyone | 12 June 2020
Maastricht University is being supported by Royal HaskoningDHV to determine the maximum occupancy per room and to optimize our ventilation systems as much as possible.
When determining the occupancy per room, the university initially accounts for seven square metres per person. This is based on the government's 1.5-metre standard and the ventilation standard resulting from the so-called Building Code. Read more about the measures we're taking, and the considerations they are based on.
Facility Services team
Supports education, research and operations at Maastricht University
Save the date: Foundation Programme webinar information session
Prospective students | 30 June 2020
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Foundation Programme. We do understand that you might have questions about coming to Maastricht. Therefore, we will be holding a live webinar where prospective and admitted students can learn a bit more about what to expect in the autumn and where students can find out more about what goes on at the Foundation Programme. The webinar will take place on 14 July at 15:00 CET.
Please register by sending an email to info-foundation[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl with your name, location, and desired bachelor’s track.
“The Foundation Programme has given me the freedom to really take my time to adjust to a new life away from home.”
- Sina (Saudi Arabia) | student at Foundation Programme
We hope to welcome you!
Everyone | 15 May 2020
From 31 August, Maastricht University's motto will be: education ‘on campus’ at the university if possible, online if necessary (due to coronavirus measures). But even then, always in connection with Maastricht.
We remain committed to the Maastricht University Student Experience—education where the focus is on the student. We make the most of the space we have on our campus to meet the needs of our students to come together in the ‘international classroom’ to collaborate, to socialise, to interact. After all, getting an education is about so much more than just earning credits! Read more
Dr. Nick Bos, prof. Rianne Letschert and prof. Martin Paul
Executive Board Maastricht University
Safety in times of corona
The Dutch government is making a strong appeal to the common sense and responsibility of our citizens in fighting the crisis: Together, we’ll get coronavirus under control in the Netherlands. On the website of the Government of the Netherlands you can find information about what the Dutch government – together with other organisations – is doing. You can check out the current roadmap of measures against coronavirus, FAQs on health, read about the education sector and many more topics.
Safety in the city of Maastricht
The municipality of Maastricht is working with various think-tanks on how they can support citizens in what we call the '1.5m society'. To ensure safety in the city centre the 'Ingel vaan Mestreech' shows you the way and there are friendly hospitality guides who are also happy to guide you in the right direction. You can have a look at the pedestrian plan in advance so that you are well prepared for the road. A full article about safety measures in the city centre can be found here (article in Dutch).
Follow the study in Maastricht website to find more general information about studying at Maastricht University in times of COVID-19.