Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,861 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.

Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.

Ten reasons to choose Maastricht University

  1. Personal approach with Problem-Based Learning
    Students at UM learn in small tutorial groups, which means you participate actively and acquire essential skills for your future. Tutors typically know you by first name and are always accessible and approachable.

  2. Unique programmes
    UM offers a number of study programmes that can be found nowhere else in the Netherlands. Examples include the Bachelor in European Public Health, the Master in Forensics, Criminology and Law and the Master in Global Health.

  3. Most international university in the Netherlands
    Most of our programmes are also on offer in English, and 51% of our students and nearly 42% of our staff come from abroad. This makes UM the most international university in the Netherlands.

  4. Research
    Our multidisciplinary research, from growing human tissue to exploring sustainability issues, provides a fertile breeding ground that feeds into our education. Academics are heavily involved in teaching, and interested students have a range of options for getting involved in research themselves.

  5. Amongst the best young universities worldwide
    UM is the fifth best young university worldwide, according to the 2017 edition of the Times Higher education ranking for young universities. In other rankings, too, UM consistently achieves good scores: in 2017, UM placed 15th in the QS ranking for universities younger than 50 years.

  6. Educational innovation
    We are continually working to improve our educational methodology in the UM Edlab, which also supports tutors and provides excellence programmes for students.

  7. The heart of Europe
    Maastricht lies at the southernmost tip of the Netherlands, in the very heart of Europe. In just a few hours’ time, you can be in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris or London, and several airports are within an hour’s drive.

  8. The city of Maastricht
    From cinemas, theatres and hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants to a brand new sports centre and state-of-the-art study facilities under construction at the Tapijn site – Maastricht is a living city with a historic centre. And every academic year kicks off with an unforgettable Inkom week.

  9. Honours programmes
    For students who like an extra challenge, we offer a suite of honours programmes: Premium, MaRBle and Honours+.

  10. Finding a job
    Research by the UM Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) shows that some 96% of graduates are working in a paid job within a few years of graduating (Maastricht University graduate surveys 2017).

Fast facts

  • the youngest and most international university in the Netherlands
  • 16,861 students, 4,300 staff, 65,000 alumni
  • one of the best young universities in the world (THE, QS)
  • the only Dutch university in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN)
Programmes taught in:
  • English

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Maastricht University, University College Maastricht (UCM)

Are you highly motivated and looking for a programme that gives you the freedom to pursue your own interests? Do you want to be part of a diverse yet close-knit academic ... [+]

Are you highly motivated and looking for a programme that gives you the freedom to pursue your own interests? Do you want to be part of a diverse yet close-knit academic community that encourages discussion and debate? University College Maastricht is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Honours College that provides small-scale and individualized bachelor's education. At UCM, you will be part of a truly international community, working and socializing with students from more than 50 countries. With the support of our committed staff, you can choose from more than 150 different courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences to build an academic profile that helps you meet your goals.

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Netherlands Maastricht
September 2020
Full time
3 years
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