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Locations: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Delivery Type: Blended, On Campus
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Maastricht University – UM is a public university founded in 1976 and known as the second youngest of the thirteen Dutch universities. Currently, they have more than 16,000 students and more than 3,000 Academic and Administrative staff. Most of their Bachelor’s programme is in English and still offering traditional programme and has an honours Liberal Arts College.Show more

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  • European Studies
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    European Studies

    Online learning was not the best, as the PBL system works far better in person. however, overall a good programme to learn about Europe, its institutions and its relations with other continents and their institutions.

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    Programme: European Studies
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • International and ...
    European Law
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    Maastricht University for all

    MU offers help on each step where u can struggle. Every tutor is willing to help and u will never be abandoned by University staff. I recommend this University overall. My programme is also interesting for everyone who wants to work in EU or UN.

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    Programme: International and European Law
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Digital Society
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    Current and future-oriented bachelor program

    Considering Maastricht University is located in the heart of Europe, its internationalism is the thing that attracted me the most. The city is small, but the right size for the first-year kid in need to grow and develop basic skills such as building its own independence, living alone, and making friends with people all over the world in a safe place. My field of study is ‘digital society’: it involves the impact of digitization in every area of life, such as politics, economics, society, development, law, etc. The cool thing is that if a student is hesitating whether to take the course or not, UM has developed an Instagram account you can contact or just follow, to have an insight into what people do at our bachelor program and in Maastricht.

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    Programme: Digital Society
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Sustainability Sciences
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    Gaining insight to Sustainablity challenges and oppostunities

    As I started studying in Maastricht my previous knowledge on sustainability problems was very limited and mostly based on issues related to climate change. The master’s programme on Sustainability Science, Policy and Society is an interdisciplinary programme that offers a great insight into the different aspects related to the topic by looking at it from the environmental, social and economic side.

    The course is very well organized, currently due to the pandemic as a hybrid module so for some students on campus and for some online. The online tools and platforms used are well thought through and make studying significantly easier as all information, materials, syllabuses, guidelines, assignments and zoom links are all accessible in the same place for everyone. In general, the University of Maastricht has handled the necessary shift in ways of teaching due to Covid-19 related reasons very well and has managed to stick to a similar quality level of education as before the pandemic.

    The course itself is a lot of work. The teaching method of Problem Based Learning (PBL) used at the UM is engaging in a completely different way as other teaching methods I am personally more accustomed to. Basically, PBL stands for a teaching method where the theory learned is immediately used in solving a complex, real-life issue. This is carried out by small group tutorials and group assignments always related to the theory or methodology covered in the mass lectures. For people like myself who do not have previous experience on PBL or any teaching method in a Dutch University, the pace and expectations seem at times hard to cope with. On the other hand, the programme lasts only for a year, is interdisciplinary and includes not only the theoretical aspect but an internship and a thesis so it is also understandable that the pace needs to be rapid and that students are expected to learn fast and to get work done.

    Although it is a lot of work, I would personally recommend the programme to anyone fully motivated and interested in deepening their knowledge on sustainability issues, and later working in the field.

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    Programme: Sustainability Sciences
    Degree: Master's
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Health Economics, ...
    Policy and Law
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    The Inclusive Educational Atmosphere

    I like the facilities, people and the inclusive educational atmosphere. All students, irrespective of their geographical background are given equal opportunity to excel. Additionally, Maastricht University offers many funding and research collaboration opportunities.

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    Programme: Health Economics, Policy and Law
    Degree: PhD
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Politics and ...
    Sociology
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    Great University not far from social hubs

    Location wise Maastricht University is great, it is located in a small city but is close to Eindhoven, Brussels, Luxembourg and Cologne which makes it easy to travel around during the weekends if your studies allow it. Trains are quite expensive in the Netherlands but there are other forms of transport you can use. But even if you want to stay in Maastricht, you will find over 400 bars to chill out with your new friends! Plus there are 3 cinemas and a couple of music venues that bring you big names.

    Study wise the University is tough. It is a very demanding university that tries to push you as far as you can go to reach your potential. This can be great because you have endless opportunities for improvement, student associations, clubs, sports, seminars, lectures. Literally anything you need. At the same time, it can be very time consuming, but most of all kind of tough on your mental health because of the stress and so on. Good thing is, they have student advisors who can help you and psychologists you can talk to. It’s not a taboo here and everybody does it. There will always be someone you can talk to about your issues, and especially now with the COVID-19 craziness, the university has been quite understanding.

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    Programme: Politics and Sociology
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Maastricht
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    10 Nov, 2020
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    Sana
    Is passing first year easy .I mean do you have an idea of the percentage that past first year.I was told most Dutch universities international students dont pass first year and If they do will be with difficulty
  • Liberal Arts
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    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    I’ve always had a hard time remaining focused in class. I have a tendency to engage in many extracurriculars, so I was always exhausted and falling asleep in class. UCM has been absolutely amazing in this regard: the classes are super interesting, students have a lot of freedom to choose their courses, and there are always kind faces around to share conversations with! PBL is extremely engaging in my opinion and really grounds the task studied into real-life applications.

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    Programme: Liberal Arts
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Liberal Arts
    Melody
    UCM was by far the best academic decision I have ever made

    The University College Maastricht (UCM), a particularly high workload, open curriculum bachelor’s course at Maastricht University was by far the best academic decision I have ever made. The class sizes are very small which means you get lots of personal interaction with the world-leading professors. The method of teaching at Maastricht University is Problem-based-learning, this is particularly beneficial for the courses available at UCM as it leads to in-depth and fruitful conversations about the curriculum materials, which in turn leads to a deeper and more interdisciplinary understanding. This course has led me to discover where exactly my place in this world is and how to address problems from a truly multi-disciplinary way, analysing each element of a problem and finding the best possible solution and way forward. I thank UCM not only for the eye-opening experiences and opportunities that it gave me, but for the way it helped in shaping me into the person that I am today. I cannot recommend enough.

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    Programme: Liberal Arts
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Business and ...
    Economics
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    Positive learning experience with the PBL system

    Pros:
    – Focused tutorial groups where learning takes place with 10-15 students so personalized learning
    – Course covered the necessary concepts theoretically backed with practical applications through case studies and report submissions
    – The Problem Based Learning (PBL) system places more responsibility on the student to gain value from the course and the professors. This is my favorite component of the education system at Maastricht since if someone has a high level of interest in a particular courses, they would be able to obtain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the course through their interactions with their tutors and professors.
    – The city is small which contributes positively to the student experience
    – I would definitely recommend this course since I believe it impacted, not only my knowledge of the subject matter, but also the way I think of problems which is vital for any graduate entering today’s dynamic workplace environment.

    Cons:
    -Self-motivation is very important to succeed at Maastricht. If you cannot motivate yourself, external sources of motivation are rare.
    – Attendance in lectures and tutorials help more than people realize and if one is going to be studying at Maastricht, one should definitely be prepared to attend 4-6 hours of classes every day, before going back home to work for another 2-4 hours in preparation for the classes on the following day.
    – Maastricht is a small city and accommodation is mostly on a Landlord-Tenant basis. Thus, renting costs tend to be quite high and finding accommodation proves to be quite a challenging task for many students.

    Overall, Maastricht provided a positive learning experience with a multitude of extracurriculars which people can get immersed in. However, if you want to get the full value from Maastricht University and everything it offers, effective time management is essential since the course itself would take up majority of your time.

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    Programme: Business and Economics
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: Maastricht
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  • Health Science
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    International university

    Maastricht University has a unique style of learning, problem-based learning, which I found helped me to understand the course material a lot better, to become more confident and improved my communication skills. The university and the town itself is very welcoming and accommodating to international students. The majority of programmes are taught in English and the university offers free Dutch lessons to students. The only downside is the accommodation – it can be difficult to find accommodation when you first move to the town.

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    Programme: Health Science
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2018
    Campus: Maastricht
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