Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With almost 16,000 students and 4,000 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic programmes, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students.
Maastricht University has used Problem-Based Learning (PBL) ever since it was founded and has been an expert in this field for over 35 years. PBL is more than just acquiring knowledge; it’s about exchanging knowledge in a challenging and effective way. Maastricht University makes the difference. With unique Europe-focused and international-oriented programmes. After all, UM is "Leading in Learning".
Researchers at UM work in multidisciplinary teams and in close cooperation with international institutes, business and industry. Our high-quality researchers have attracted international attention by taking the lead in several large European research projects. However, we’re not stopping there. Maastricht University’s research portfolio continues to attract national and international top researchers. But we also believe in young talent. That’s why UM integrates research into every level of our education.
European and international while maintaining ties to the region
UM can easily call itself the most international university in the Netherlands, almost 45% of our students and more than 30% of our teaching staff come from abroad. Most of our programmes are taught in English and European and international themes are deeply rooted in research and education. That creates an international atmosphere that's attractive to Dutch as well as international students and employees.
Though Maastricht University is internationally oriented, it maintains strong ties to the region. Initiatives such as the 'Kennis-As Limburg', the Transnational University Limburg, as well as the activities of various departments such as UM Holding and Studium Generale testify to this solidarity.
The education and research at Maastricht University is organised primarily on the basis of faculties and schools, namely:
Maastricht University (UM) is proud of its highly international student population. About 40% of our degree-seeking (bachelor’s and master’s) students come from outside the Netherlands. Besides that, we welcome hundreds of foreign exchange students into our classrooms every year. In order to gain maximum benefits from this highly diverse student body, we want to stimulate and facilitate an ‘International Classroom’-setting at UM. The International Classroom is an ongoing project with many activities, but should first and foremost be perceived as an integrated approach to teaching and learning and a mindset in both our students and staff.
Working in small tutorial groups with students of different nationalities and with different cultural backgrounds in our small-scale Problem-Based Learning system is of great value to the learning process. Exploring and discussing problems from different perspectives and backgrounds generates a unique added value in the sense that students are confronted with different ways of thinking and viewpoints that would remain unexplored if the tutorial group were more homogenous in composition. Students who are educated in the environment of a genuine International Classroom are better prepared to work in a rapidly internationalising and globalising labour market.
Moreover, we want our students to feel integrated and ‘at home’ within the university and within the city of Maastricht also outside of the classroom. Therefore, UM events such as the INKOM, ‘Mix and Mingle’-parties , Studium Generale activities, welcome gatherings organised by the different Country Teams and various other initiatives organised by UM faculties and study associations but also events that are organised by The Innbetween (formerly Tafelstraat 13) and by the City of Maastricht, contribute to an International Classroom ‘climate’ at UM, even though they are technically not organised by the International Classroom project team itself.
Applying and registering for a study programme at Maastricht University can be done via the website of Studielink.
These pages will inform you about the step-by-step activities for applying and registering.
UM postal address
P.O. Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
UM visiting address
6211 LK Maastricht
Phone: +31 43 388 2222
Ask the Information Desk for answers to your questions regarding studying at UM,
Phone: +31 43 388 5388
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