Direct enroll at Maastricht University in the School of Business and Economics and have the option of enrolling at University College Maastricht for Liberal Arts courses. Maastricht University has a unique problem-based curriculum and all the courses are taught in English.
Students participate in a two block one semester program at Maastricht Unviersity. Students get the opportunity to participate in two blocks at the School of Business and Economics or one block in the Business school and one block at University College Maastricht, where students can take up to two courses in Liberal Arts.
Maastricht University School of Business and Economics was accredited by the American Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Foundationfor Management Development (EFMD) awarded Maastricht University the EQUIS accreditation, and the International Accreditation Advisory Board of the Association of MBA’s (AMBA) approved the MBA programmes of Universiteit Maastricht Business School (part of SBE) for AMBAaccreditation.The School of Business and Economics (SBE)/Universiteit Maastricht Business School sports the so-called Triple Crown accreditation.
- Fall: Not available for exchange
- Spring: February - June
- Orientation: Mandatory Introduction day. Students complete a one-day orientation prior to the start of classes in February. Students will be informed about the Problem-Based Learning system, using the computer labs, the University library, and other practical matters.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
- During Block 4, students take courses at the School of Business and Economics. Students must complete their core business courses at Babson College to register for courses at the School of Business and Economics. During Block 5, students can take courses at the School of Business and Economics, or they can choose to take courses at University College Maastricht. In order to take courses at University College Maastricht, students may need to complete liberal arts pre-requisites.
Academics at Maastricht University
Studying at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and the University College Maastricht
Students participating in the exchange program at Maastricht University have the option of spending both terms of their spring semester at the School of Business and Economics or spending term 1 at the School of Business and Economics and term 2 at University College Maastricht. This allows the student to take 4 business courses or 2 business courses and 2 liberal arts courses.
Maastricht University welcomes about 500 exchange students from its 150 partner universities worldwide each year.
The School of Business and Economics is a smaller university
What You’ll Learn
At Maastricht University you will have the opportunity to study Business and Economics for one or two blocks during the spring semester, or one block of Business and one block at University College Maastricht to study liberal arts. Maastricht University was developed to teach students with the Problem-Based Learning method. This method has an interdisciplinary character. Problem-based learning is not based on separate subjects, but on integrated theoretical and practical problems. These problems are arranged around themes and studied in blocks. Students work on these problems and cases in groups and individually to discover areas where knowledge is lacking. Specialists, staff and teaching material, specially developed for the system, are available. The Maastricht system is “student-centred” rather than “teacher centred”.
Language courses are available at Maastricht University. For more information on the Dutch language courses or other foreign languages taught during the semester you plan to study at UM, please visit the languages webpage.
Maastricht University is a student centric learning environment. Students attend two tutorials per week, and are encouraged to meet in groups or work on the problems presented in class to determine the best solution. UM offers a resource center that includes space for groups to meet, books, videos, and other resources to assist students throughout the process.
Exchange students typically take 4 courses per semester, which means that students will take two courses during block 4 and 2 courses during block 5.
Students are obliged to attend tutorial groups and are expected to participate actively. Please note that many of the courses require 100% attendance!
The form of examination differs widely per course. In most cases, the students have to pass a written or oral examination at the end of the course. During the course, the students are usually required to write papers and/or to give presentations. Exchange students are automatically registered for the exams of the courses they have signed up for via MY UM.
In many cases the final exam is worth 50% of your grade.
Approximately 600 exchange students spend a semester or academic year abroad at Maastricht University each year, and all of these students need administrative and social support during their stay. The International Relations Staff is available to provide exchange students the support and information they require to have a successful semester abroad.
Through UM Sport, students can participate in a wide range of sports and activities. Visit the UM sports website for more information.
Maastricht University also offers a wide range of clubs and activities to join during your semester abroad. A wide range of clubs and organizations are available for exchange students from Amnesty international and the Drama Club to the Spanish music club and Ragweek. It is important to ask questions when you first arrive to determine the breadth of opportunities available at any one time. A great place to start is the Students Services website.
Exchange students live in furnished rooms with access to communal kitchens at the UM Guest House.
Living in Maastricht
Maastricht University is situated in the heart of Europe, where the Treaty of Maastricht was adopted as the formal foundation of the European Union . The city is just a short distance away from Belgium, Germany, and France. A city rich in history, Maastricht has an international flavor and is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.