A good way of getting to know people is to become a member of a student club. In Maastricht there are not just social clubs but also a large number of study clubs, sports clubs and clubs that are active in the area of art and culture. Each club has its own objectives, culture and programme. You can read more about them on their websites.
Types of organisation
A student club is a club that fulfils a social function during the study programme. Besides a lot of fun, many student clubs also do things that there is no time for during the study. For example, they devote themselves to societal problems.
Associations for international students
International associations build bridges between Dutch and foreign students often have the objective of facilitating exchange of students between different universities in different countries.
Student sport clubs
A student sport club is a student club in which the members practice the same sport. These include team sports and individual sports.
A study association is a club for students who are following the same study programme or specialisation, or in some cases the students studying in the same faculty. A study association provides services related to the study or specialisation, and an orientation towards the job market.
A student party is a student council or other representative organ for students, mostly recognised as a student fraction. A student council consults with the university council.
Independent student association
Often an independent student association has the structure of a student club, but that is not the case for all independent student associations: independent sororities and fraternities also exist. These are in effect small student clubs with an emphasis on socializing.
Cultural student clubs
There are various cultural student clubs. These are involved with music, dance or theatre. This could be in the form of a student choir, drama group or dance group, for example.
Grants for student organisations
Student organisations at Maastricht University (UM) might be able to obtain a grant from the Stimuleringsfonds UM.
- Students who organise an activity that fits in the strategy and vision of the UM might be eligible for a stimulation grant for student activities.
- A student organisations with 50 or more members of which at least 35 study at the UM might be eligible for a structural annual grant. This is called standard budget grant.
Code of conduct introduction period
During the introduction period you have the chance as an aspiring member to find out about club or an (independent) association. During this period you will meet older students and get to know other aspiring members.
To ensure that the introduction period proceeds well and to prevent problems a code of conduct has been drawn up by the 'Commissie Kennismakingstijden Maastricht'. It contains a number of rules and agreements clubs and independent student associations must adhere to during the entire introduction period.
See the codes of conduct (only in Dutch):
Certificate student board members
Every student who has been a board member at a general (= non-faculty) student organisation and receives six or more months from the "UM Profileringsfonds" is eligible for a certificate. The certificates are assigned by the President of the Executive Board.
In May the SSC Secretariat sends an overview of which board members are eligible for a certificate to the student organisations. These organisations check whether this overview is correct. After that they fill in a form with all the necessary details of their board members and send this back to the SSC Secretariat. The certificates can be obtained at the SSC Secretariat or sent to you by mail.
For more information please contact the SSC Secretariat via +31 43 388 5212 or via email: monique.kussendrager[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.