Student Initiative Helpdesk
Student life is about more than studying. That is why there are so many student organisations with their own purpose and right to exist. But perhaps you have an idea for something that doesn't exist yet. The Student Initiative Helpdesk (SIH) supports students who are involved with the university and the city in the social or cultural spheres. You can approach the SIH if you want to know how you can set up your own organisation or foundation. But you can also approach us for tips about organising an event.
On this webpage you can find more information about the following topics:
Do you have an idea that hasn’t been implemented already? Setting up a new organisation can be a long process and there are several legal requirements you need to keep in mind. This document will provide you some guidelines regarding setting up a foundation or association.
Maastricht University (UM) Status
Is your organisation a fully recognized legal entity? Then, if you have a direct link with the UM (involvement of students etc.), you might want your organisation to be added to the official online list. To do so, send an email to webc-ssc[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
Stimuleringsfonds – Promotion fund
Is your student organisation planning an activity that does not exist yet, is important for the social and cultural well-being of students, promotes internationalisation, and is aimed at all students? If you need some financial support, you can apply for the Stimuleringsfonds – Promotion fund. The subsidy ranges from € 100 to € 750 depending on the size of the activity.
Reguliere budgetsubsidie - Standard budget subsidy
Are you a fully recognized student organisation existing from more than 2 years, with at least 50 members (min. 35 UM students) from which it requires financial contributions, and has an annual programme with at least two activities open to all students? Then you might be eligible for the UM standard budget subsidy: a subsidy granted annually and whose size depends on factors such as the organziation’s own financial resources among others.
Standard budget subsidy
Outside of UM
There are innumerable financial opportunities for student organisations ranging from private donors, to companies, and institutions. Below you can find a few examples of grant providers:
The UM has numerous different options where you can meet. Student Initiatives and organisations can additionally book lecture halls to organise events. Below you will find two different options that the UM has to book a room, lecture hall or to gain access to the shared office spaces.
Room booking at UM
How to find a room
Shared office spaces
To cover the need for available working space, the UM provides shared office spaces at the Sint Servaasklooster. In order to apply for these office spaces you will have to read and follow the steps in the documents below.
During your time at UM, you will be taking the next important step in your career. As a student, you can get career advice, or ask for help in developing competencies. It doesn’t matter whether you are actively trying to find work, or still trying to figure out what you would like to do, UM Career Services is here to help.
ImpactLab is Maastricht University‘s student-driven accelerator for social impact, offering expert workshops and peer-to-peer trainings to students who are socially engaged as well as other events to promote a positive impact on society. With the Student Project Team and in collaboration with EDLAB, we seek to enhance the social impact of students and organisations.
Networking events @ InnBetween
In collaboration with the InnBetween, the Student Project Team organises monthly networking events for all associations. During these events, you will be provide with information on important questions while enjoying some drinks and snacks together with other associations. How do I get funding for my association? What is the right way to promote? How do I structure my association and events? Check out the UM Student Project Team Facebook to stay posted on future events!
Student Project Team
The Student Project Team (SPT) consists of four students who work together for one academic year to make UM more student-oriented. The SPT is involved in a wide range of UM projects that involve students in any way! We also develop our own projects for UM students. We also provide students with help on setting up initiatives, booking rooms and getting the right help for your questions!
Service point SSC
Student Services Centre
UM’s Student Services Centre (SSC) helps students with a wide range of issues related to studying and student life. This includes topics such as application, registration, tuition fees and diploma recognition, but you can also contact the SSC for legal advice on a study related issue, career advice or advice from a psychologist.
UM Student Desk
The UM Student Desk is the common point of contact for various university services, particularly student services. The UM Student Desk offers help with: administrative matters, such as application and admission; registration, visas and health insurance; financial matters, such as tuition fees, scholarships and bank accounts; coaching and advice, including psychological, theological, career and study-related legal advice; and assistance in other areas, such as finding housing and registering with the municipality
Student Services Centre
Student Project Team