International programmes

Center for European Studies

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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 university-specific programmes, which range from a month-long programme on Forensic Psychology to semester options with a European focus. In addition to its programmes for partner universities, CES also organises programmes for individual students who are interested in studying abroad in Maastricht that allow them to build their own curriculum and combines strong academic field trips and unique hands-on experiences. 

 Overview of universities and colleges that partner with CES.

Maastricht Summer School

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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.

Foundation Programme

Some international high school diplomas are not sufficient to qualify for direct admission to a Dutch bachelor’s programme. For students with one of these diplomas, we offer a one-year Foundation Programme that can help them qualify for the programme of their choice.

Looking to the future: new double degrees

We're always on the lookout for new opportunities for 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. We’ve also been refining our policies in order to streamline the process. And we will continue to monitor national developments, such as a number of anticipated legislative changes in the field of internationalisation.