Another way to study and live, another language, another country, and another life. That’s what's in store for you when you start your bachelor’s or master’s programme at Maastricht University (UM). Are you looking forward to this? Of course! Is it exciting? That too! That’s why the university will be offering Pre-Academic Training from the 1st to the 24th of August 2017. This comprehensive training programme will allow you to start your academic life in Maastricht with the best possible preparations.
Please note: registration is closed
The course will help you with practical, academic and cultural/social matters:
Airport pick-up, housing, opening a Dutch bank account, insurance, residence permit, city hall registration, getting to know Maastricht.
Airport Pick-up Service
For students that arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Brussels Zaventem Airport, UM will provide a pick-up service.
Content: you will study, discuss and critique academic sources in an intercultural group setting. You will get informal assessments and feedback during individual and group presentations, and you’ll learn more about group assignments, in-group behaviour and participation. Themes you will study will also include: Dutch and European culture, European contemporary history and European integration, culture comparison models and criticism thereof.
Study skills: you will acquire speed-reading and note-taking skills, learn how you can paraphrase and summarise whilst avoiding plagiarism, practice presentation skills, and you’ll acquire Problem-Based Learning-related skills.
English language skills: you will learn to write and speak in a structured manner, and, for master’s students, there will be a focus on presentations as well.
Master’s students will attend additional sessions that focus on:
Listening skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, research skills/searching for literature, academic writing, time and stress management, team and project management, problem-solving skills, decision-making, leadership and teamwork.
The Pre-Academic Training takes place from 1 until 24 August 2017. You’ll be provided with a complete overview of the programme after you’ve signed up.
You will have the opportunity to participate in several cultural and social events, such as a barbecue, a boat tour, historical city tour, sports day, movie night and dinners.
If you don't have a room or a studio in Maastricht on August 1st, you have two options:
You’ll receive detailed information about the different housing options available to you, their costs and how you can register for them after you have signed up for PAT.
Registration is closed
The course has a maximum capacity of 125 participants. The programme costs 575 euros for bachelor’s students and 825 euros for master’s students. Please note that these prices do not include housing. You can download a comprehensive step-by-step instruction on ‘How to apply’ here .
Please also take the time to carefully read the Terms and Conditions of the Pre-Academic Training before you sign up.
Get to know your peers, from the minute you arrive in Maastricht.
If you sign up for the Pre-Academic Training, you can make use of the airport pick-up service.
Better get used to riding a bike!
One of the social activities is visiting Maastricht underground.
Skills training will be part of the course.
We will help you buy a bike. Maybe it will be your first one?
There will be plenty of informal lunches and drinks.
In small groups, you will be trained in academic skills.
You'll get help with practical matters, like opening a bank account, arranging a residence permit and registering at Maastricht municipality.
And of course there will be time to party!