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 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

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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 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

Foundation Programme

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.