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Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

3.5 out of 5 (88 ratings / 82 reviews) Maastricht, Netherlands
Zuyd offers you the best of both worlds: a small-scale learning environment with all the benefits of a larger institution. All of Zuyd’s faculties are relatively small, tight-knit communities, where you find a personal and welcoming atmosphere. Lectures are interactive, with room for personal guidance as well as the freedom to develop into a skilled and creative professional.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Zuyd offers in Maastricht five bachelor and seven master programmes that are taught in English. It is an open invitation for you to immerse yourself in a truly international environment, with fellow students from all corners of the world. Experience and celebrate cultural diversity like you’ve never done before, both inside and outside the classroom. You will have the time of your life.


Zuyd has 30 research centres. Associate professors, lecturers, and students carry out practically-oriented and socially-relevant research. They contribute to innovations and developments in the business sector and connect practice and education. Zuyd has defined three core points for its applied research. These core points contribute to regional development and were devised in close cooperation with the regional or Euregional government bodies, the business world, and educational institutions.


A good starting point is the Maastricht University Vacancy Board, which advertises a lot of student jobs in a variety of different fields of work. Another place to look is a temping agency (uitzendbureau).  The agency will act as your employer and match you to companies that need temporary workers. Finally, bars and restaurants often need an extra pair of hands to help with waiting, bartending, cooking or cleaning.

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Student services

International Office

Zuyd International Office is happy to help you throughout the various application processes for admission and visa, and with coming to live in Maastricht. In addition the International Office provides you with information on scholarship opportunities.

Housing services

You can live in student accommodation or in a private rental. Many students live in privately rented student houses, studios, or shared apartments. When renting a student-room, you share facilities like kitchen, bathroom, toilet and sometimes a living room. When renting a studio or apartment you don’t have to share those facilities. Also, when renting a student-room you usually can’t choose your own housemates.

Library services

All the campuses of Zuyd have libraries featuring modern computer and study facilities. At the libraries you can consult and borrow books, magazines and audiovisual media. The website of the library provides easy access to several databases. With the free library card you can get access to other libraries in the region, including the library of Maastricht University.

ICT services

All of our buildings feature computer work stations with fast internet access. You will also have access to a Wi-Fi network, a computer account with a personal e-mail address, storage capacity for your personal files and printing facilities. The ICT Helpdesk offers support for all your IT-related enquiries.

Medical services

There are three options for health insurance:

  • Your insurance policy in your home country covers your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You take out a new or special insurance policy for your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You are admitted to the Dutch national health insurance scheme because you work in the Netherlands.

Student Life

Campus life

Maastricht is part of the attractive province of Limburg, the most southern province of the Netherlands. Bustling and dynamic towns such as Aachen, Liège, Hasselt and Tongeren are close by, humming with cultural activity and great places for shopping or entertainment. If you prefer outdoor activities and nature, it is only a short drive to the hills of the Ardennes and the Eifel.

Sports facilities

If you like to sport, you have several opportunities. You can become a member of UM Sports, that offers more than 50 different sports.  If you want to plan your own time, the gym is the place to be and if you want to play in a team the sport associations are welcoming new members. There are of course also many sports associations, health clubs, yoga and pilates studios in Maastricht that you can join or where you can take classes.  

Student clubs

Joining a student association during your study is fun as well as educational and will help you make you feel at home. There are a number of general student organizations.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was an amazing experience and I changed and learned a lot through this process.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good school, learned a lot. Nice students in class.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This university offers courses that require participation and analytical thinking. Theory gets put into practice and every block (7 weeks) has a specific focus on different departments in a company (marketing, sales, HR, finance, ...). I truly enjoy studying in this international environment.

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