Maastricht University

3.9 out of 5 (330 ratings / 320 reviews) Maastricht, Netherlands
Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. 

Bachelor's programmes

Medicine & Health (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (1)
Law (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



At less than 50 years old, Maastricht University certainly belongs in the category of Young Universities. It was only on 9 January 1976 that Queen Juliana signed the papers marking the establishment of what was then known as the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg.


Maastricht University (UM) is known for its Problem-Based Learning system and international orientation. Our small-scale ‘international classroom’ brings together people from all over the world who have different backgrounds and perspectives. And it’s these very differences that make the UM learning experience unique.

Their study programmes, too, are internationally oriented. They are focused on helping you get the best out of yourself and preparing you as well as possible for your future career, be it here or anywhere else in the world. Indeed, Maastricht is often said to feel like a little piece of ‘abroad’ right here in the Netherlands. 


UM multidisciplinary collaborations contribute to solving major societal issues within their primary research themes. They develop new methods to make plastics from organic materials, but we also conduct research into migration, and look into methods to get more people interested taking the necessary financial preparations for their retirement.

UM participates in centres of excellence, both technological and social, to allow scientific discoveries to be swiftly converted into practical applications. Our educational method, Problem-Based Learning, lays the groundwork for students to embrace research and the scientific method from the very first day of their studies.


UM Career Services is part of the Student Services Centre of Maastricht University. The aim is to bring students and the employment market in closer contact with each other. On the one hand we prepare students for their future careers and on the other hand we act as a portal for companies and organisations who are interested in recruiting students and alumni.

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Student services

Maastricht University’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. In addition to providing students with help, the SSC supports several organisations that organise extracurricular activities, such as the INKOM, the sports council MUSST and Studium Generale. 

Housing services

You can arrange accommodation with Maastrichthousing. The faculty does not act as an intermediary, so you need to make your own reservation.

Maastrichthousing is a cooperation between two student housing organizations: Guesthouse UM and the Foundation for Student Housing in Maastricht. It’s their shared goal to service housing for students, employees and guests from Maastricht University, Hoge School Zuyd and Jan van Eijck Academie.

Library services

The University Library helps students and researchers to realise their academic objectives. At the library you will find a modern study and research environment with many possibilities for studying individually or in a group. We have a large collection scientific sources that you can consult both online and physically.

ICT services

The ICT Service Centre (ICTS) is one of 5 service centres at Maastricht University (UM) that have been set up to provide specific services within the organization. ICTS provides services in the areas of Information and Communication Technology.

  • maintaining servers and applications  
  • making software available  
  • supporting end users 
  • coordinating ICT projects 
  • offering ICT advice

Medical services

Everyone aged 18 years or older who lives or works in the Netherlands must have health insurance. This is a legal requirement that also applies to students. If you are not insured, the Zorginstituut Nederland (Dutch National Health Care Institute) can fine you.

Students insured in the Netherlands can get a ‘health care benefit’, this is a contribution towards the health insurance costs. 

Student Life

Campus life

The monumental UM Campus Brussels' historical building is located in a popular Brussels residential area near Montgomery, well known for the large amount of embassies and representations in the immediate surroundings. 

From a practical perspective, the Campus is ideally situated between central metro and bus stops Merode and Montgomery and is only a few minutes away from the European institutions and the city centre by both car and public transport.

Sports facilities

At UM SPORTS you can take part in group classes, training sessions or walk-in activities in a wide range of sports. You can also work on your health and relaxation in the gym. Are you looking for team spirit and competition? Then you should become a member of a student sports association.

Student clubs

  • Student club

A student club is a club that fulfils a social function during the study programme. 

  • Associations for international students
International associations build bridges between Dutch and foreign students often have the objective of facilitating exchange of students between different universities in different countries.
  • Student sport clubs
A student sport club is a student club in which the members practice the same sport. These include team sports and individual sports.
  • Study associations
A study association is a club for students who are following the same study programme or specialisation, or in some cases the students studying in the same faculty. 


SBE strives for international excellence, in research as well as in education. The Triple Crown accreditation shows that we are well on the way to achieving this. The rankings show that SBE can easily compete with top institutions worldwide. Further, their ongoing self-evaluation and review processes mean that we are always improving our standards.

Student Reviews

CAST is a perfect place to do interdisciplinary research
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

You don't spend many hours in a class, but have to do a very high-quality work foron assignments. Research-oriented, but very friendly and supportive to other career paths.

Reconsider when not good in math
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Nice building and great to have tutorials in small groups. Organisation itself is not that good and they don't keep their promises. Myself I was admitted, but got an email later on that this was a mistake. After a discussion I was allowed to start the course, but I never heard from then until I reached out to tell them I received my bachelor diploma which was needed to...

A new perspective of the life
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

As an data science engineering student at Maastricht University I have gained valuable knowledge and worked on several projects related to AI and big data. I recommend this degree if you have interests in learning high level of Mathematics and programming languages. Moreover, I had the chance to meet motivated international students from every part of the world.

Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands

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