Bachelor's, master's and PhD programmes
The choice for the language of instruction at UM is based on the learning goals of the study programme and the labour market perspective of its alumni. As the majority of our programmes are taught in English, they’re widely accessible to students from abroad. Many of our programmes also have a distinctive international or European focus, and all of our programmes include international issues and perspectives.
For a full list of our education programmes, please visit our Education page.
Joint and double degrees are a key pillar in UM’s internationalisation policy, as they promote quality education, international collaboration and facilitating the cross-border mobility and employability prospects of our students. Currently, we offer more than 20 joint and double degrees programmes, where students spend part of their degree at UM and part at a partner university abroad. The double degrees are spread over all faculties and are offered at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels. Examples of these are:
- Double master’s degree in Work and Organisational Psychology that we offer with the University of Sevilla in Spain, which was selected as the best psychology master’s in the Netherlands in 2017 (Elsevier Keuzegids)
- European master’s degree in Neuroscience with Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Universität zu Köln (Germany), Université Lille (France) and Toho University, Tohoku University and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan
- Double master’s degree in Public Policy and Human Development with the United Nations University
- International Triangle Programme and the Master of Global Business Programme offering students the possibility of studying on three different continents.
- many English-taught programmes with an international or European focus
- more than 20 double and joint degree programmes with universities abroad
- Summer school and short-stay exchange programmes
- preperatory Foundation Programme for prospective bachelor's students
Center for European Studies
UM’s Center for European Studies (CES) organises English-language study abroad programmes for international students, bringing in approximately 600 students a year. CES works with its global partner universities to create bespoke programmes. In addition to its programmes for partner universities, CES also organises programmes for individual students who are interested in studying in Maastricht outside of regular exchange agreements. These programmes allow for bespoke curricula including field trips and practical training.
Overview of universities and colleges that partner with CES.
Maastricht Summer School
Students can experience inspiring courses, a cosmopolitan classroom, a historic city, the sun, the smiles – the Maastricht Summer School (MSS). MSS’s mission is to offer education in the summer period that is complementary to the traditional university curriculum.
The Maastricht Summer School (MSS) offers short courses, ranging from one to three weeks in the summer period, on a variety of topics, such as European Studies, Law, International Business and Psychology. All courses are taught in English. The courses are geared towards bachelor’s and master’s students, as well as professionals. The MSS is a joint initiative of Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Maastricht School of Management.
Some international high school diplomas are not sufficient to qualify for direct admission to a Dutch bachelor’s programme. For those international students who want to do a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University but do not meet the admission requirements, we offer a one-year Foundation Programme that can help them qualify for the programme of their choice.
The one-year, full-time Foundation Programme consists of four parts:
- content courses
- academic skills training
- English language training
- cultural & social events
Looking to the future: new joint and double degrees
We're always on the lookout for new opportunities for joint and double degrees. We're currently working on a European Master’s in Translational Neuroscience with several universities in Belgium and France, a joint European Research Master in Work and Organisational Psychology and a joint programme in International Medicine with the University of Leeds.