The fifth semester is a flexible semester (24 ECTS). We encourage you to spend your semester abroad, but you could also stay in Maastricht or elsewhere
in the Netherlands to do an internship or take courses. Studying at another university (or in another programme) or undertaking an internship offers you the change of scenery and a chance to get a better insight into future master's programmes and career options. It also allows you to apply the acquired knowledge and skills, as well as to gain new insights.
Studying abroad offers the opportunity to study certain issues in more depth, in a setting that may differ from FASoS (a different country, different teaching philosophy, etc.). FASoS has agreements with more than 100 European and non-European partner universities, where you can take courses in several fields, including European Studies, political science, international relations and journalism.