Foundation Programme building
Looking forward to the 2020-2021 academic year

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.

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:

  • Maximize your learning opportunities
    Whenever possible there will be face-to-face education, organized in our new building. In addition to these classroom sessions, we will also add an online education component to make sure we can fully prepare you for a Maastricht University bachelor’s study.
  • Your health and safety are our most important priority
    All our education is organized taking into account all relevant health measures set forth by the university and the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM).Our new building has an excellent ventilation system, classes will be adapted to maintain the appropriate social distance plus added safety measures and rules have been implemented.

    If the situation changes and it is no longer safe to organize on campus classes, we will adapt our educational setup and implement a fully online alternative.

  • We need to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances
    If you are unable to be in Maastricht at the start of the programme due to events not in your control, you may request to follow education online. By the start of the second period in January 2021, all students need to be in Maastricht.

    If you cannot start your studies this year or are unable to travel to the Netherlands due to COVID-19 related regulations, we will refund the programme fee (for the remaining months). Have a look at our information sheet which explains our programme fees and deadlines in detail.

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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."

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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.

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“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

Factsheet measures 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.