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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

Maastricht University is known for being the most international and fully bilingual school in the Netherlands.  They have an emphasis on study abroad, which is a requirement for graduation in many of their programs.The university offers two university colleges. These are University College Venlo, which focuses on business, health, and nutrition, and University College Maastricht.University College Maastricht: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 individualised bachelor's education. At UCM, you will be part of a truly international community, working and socialising 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.

What are the admissions criteria?

 The rolling admission period ends on April 1st for all programs except Medicine, Psychology, International Business, and the university college programs, which have a January deadline. Applicants need either an IB diploma, college credits (1 year, not from a community college), an Associate's Degree, or 3 AP scores of 3+. The school website states the following: There are various ways to qualify for admission with a High School Diploma. For that reason, we encourage you to submit an application, even if you do not fully comply with the above requirements. Your qualifications will be assessed individually. In that case please also upload your SAT or ACT scores. 

What is student life like?

There is a new university sports complex on campus and a number of student associations within the school and town.  Groups include those with a focus on international students, dance, sports, social, study, drama, LGBT, entrepreneurship, the environment, student TV, and more.

Scholarships & Funding

Non-EU students can apply for the 5000 euro merit-based Holland Scholarship.

Housing options.

The university does not arrange housing but does work with a service that helps students find housing.  Housing is generally not hard to find in town and the average rent is about 350 euros a month.

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Additional notes.

It's hard to believe that this is the youngest university in the Netherlands (founded in 1976) with as much as they have to go for them!  The facilities are stunning and modern, while still maintaining components of the historic architecture. For instance, one of the lecture halls is in what used to be a chapel, with beautiful stained glass.  The old city wall connects to another building, creating the wall of a hallway.  There is an incredibly large international student (50%) and faculty (40%) population, leading to excellent international student resources.  The small city size, large student population, and decentralized campus remind me of Groningen in that the entire city feels like one big campus (in a good way). The other thing that struck me about Maastricht University is the inclusion of practical learning that is sometimes missing at research universities.  Master's students often have an internship that is related to their theses.  The honors program with the Data Science program has students doing hands-on work for half of their studies.  Of course, problem-based learning, with is utilized in all the programs, is conducive to practical learning in itself-even in the classroom. Maastricht offers a foundation year program (for prospective bachelor's students) that leads to entry in many of their programs. Because many foundation year students are there to improve their English, they have a separate track for native English speakers.  

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