Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is for international students who want to do a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University but do not meet the admission requirements. 

The Foundation programme trains for the following Maastricht University bachelor's programmes:

  • Economics and Business Economics
  • European Law School
  • European Public Health
  • International Business
  • Maastricht Science Programme
  • University College Venlo
  • Data Science and Knowledge Engineering
  • Econometrics and Operations Research

Foundation Programme

Preparation for studying & living abroad

The switch from high school to university education can be challenging – especially when you are planning to study abroad. To give yourself the best chance of succeeding at your study, you should prepare properly for this challenge. In the Foundation Programme, you will be able to familiarise yourself with a new culture and adjust to a new style of learning. The intensive education and training that you will receive during this programme will make you eligible for your chosen bachelor’s programme. It will help you be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and get the most out of your university education.

The one-year, full-time Foundation Programme consists of four parts:
content courses
academic skills training
English language training
​cultural & social events


Start your application via the “apply now” button or by sending us an email. During the application procedure you will need to provide us with:

  • a certified copy of your original high school diploma including a grade list, along with an official English translation
  • proof of at least an overall 5.5 on an IELTS exam (or equivalent English proficiency exam) with a minimum of 5.0 in writing
  • A short motivation letter (500 words) outlining why you are interested in the Foundation Programme and which Maastricht University bachelor’s programme you would like to enrol in.
  • an updated Curriculum Vitae
  • a copy of your passport


  • Please note that to enroll in the Foundation Programme you must be at least 17 years old



  • The Foundation Programme was a very fruitful experience and helped me a lot managing my study and student life
    Hakeem Al-Tamimi (Yemen), Foundation Programme
  • I cannot image my university life if I did not study in the Foundation Programme
    Lihong Luo (China), Foundation Programme
  • I can now handle these things with confidence because of the foundation year
    Louise Lu (China), Foundation Programme
  • The Foundation Programme welcomes students from different nationalities
    Lucas Cheng (China), Foundation Programme

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