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Maastricht University - Center for European Studies


Founded in 1976, it is the second youngest of the thirteen Dutch universities. The university is internationally renowned for its innovative educational methods, dynamic research portfolio, and diverse, international population. It occupies landmark buildings spread throughout the city centre, and its medical and psychology faculties and teaching hospital are state-of-the-art facilities.


Maastricht University is the most international and fully bilingual (English and Dutch) university in the Netherlands, with most programmes taught entirely in English. It has over 18,000 students and 2,100 academic staff. Around 50% of students and 40% of academic staff come from abroad, together representing about 120 different countries. When studying in Maastricht, you encounter different languages and cultures every day, inside and outside the classroom.


UM multidisciplinary collaborations contribute to solving major societal issues within our primary research themes. We 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. Whenever possible, UM research is translated into economic, financial, or social value. UM participates in centres of excellence, both technological and social, to allow scientific discoveries to be swiftly converted into practical applications. What is more, research is integrated into education at every level. 


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). 

Short Courses

Social Sciences (10)
Humanities (4)
Business & Management (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Law (1)

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
138 7
145 -18
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
256 22
278 -45
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Student services

Besides faculties and service centres, there are several offices that facilitate all sorts of activities within the university, ranging from sports and sustainable development abroad, to language education and summer school. For example:

  • Center for European Studies
  • UM Career Services
  • Contract Research Centre
  • Language Centre
  • Maastricht Summer School

Housing services

If you start your studies at UM in September, you will be invited to participate in the student orientation programme in August. The programme consists of a general orientation week (INKOM) followed by an introduction to the faculty.

Maastricht Housing helps students and employees of Maastricht University, Hogeschool Zuyd, Jan van Eyck Academie and other universities and academies to look for suitable accommodation.

In contrast to many other college towns, Maastricht does not have long waiting lists for living space. However, it is still important to look for a room early on. Please note that waiting times are longer at the start of the academic year.

Library services

The University Library supports students and researchers in achieving their academic goals. We offer a modern study and research environment that is available online, 24/7, either on campus or worldwide accessible with your UM account and password.

The University Library owns heritage collections; special collections from the past, with important value for today’s society, education and research.

ICT services

UM offers a range of ICT facilities to students, staff and guests. Examples are wireless internet, advanced possibilities to print, UM accounts and an own desktop environment.

ICTS offers users one location for all relevant manuals. Please note that you need to be on MAASnet (via cable, WiFi or VPN) to access them.

Medical services

It is important that you have sufficient health care, liability and travel insurance for the duration of your stay. Most students are covered through their home university. Please refer to the CES website for more information.

Campus life

Campus Brussels - The campus is situated in the heart of Europe in a historical building near several European institutions. UM Campus Brussels offers a wide range of possibilities for professionals as well as students to enhance their professional careers through courses, trainings and as a meeting place.

Campus Venlo - Food, nutrition and logistics are the three main focuspoints at Campus Venlo. Research and educational topics range from food innovation and the psychology of eating to logistics optimisation. Research at Campus Venlo is done in an interdisciplinary fashion within three research lines.

Sports facilities

Sports enthusiasts find what they are looking for in Maastricht. First of all there is, of course, UM SPORTS that offers more than 50 different sports to students and employees: from Zumba and ClubPower to Ultimate Frisbee and Fencing, and from Muay Thai to Pilates and Yoga. For those who want to plan their own time, the gym is the place to be and  for those who want to play in a team, the student sports associations are welcoming new members. Moreover, they organise trainings and activities for beginners and experienced runners and cyclists.

Student clubs

UCM hosts the diverse and engaging UCM study association, Universalis. This multicultural and multi-disciplinary student organization, run by UCM students, aims to offer its members academic and social development opportunities as a supplement to the regular UCM curriculum. Its name and logo are derived from different interpretations of the concept of the homo universalis, a person who has developed all of his or her skills and abilities to the fullest extent. An example of such a person might be someone with not only a sharp mind, but also athletic qualities and artistic talent. 

Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands

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