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Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 18,000 students and 4,400 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.


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Experience with SBE & CES

I would have stayed LONGER. I only stayed one semester but would have wanted to stay for at least two. There is so much to do both in and around Maastricht that it feels like you can only scratch the surface in a few months.

The CES staff are amazing and supportive. If you have any questions or issues with classes, they will talk through the best ways to move forward. If you have issues beyond academics, they are also there for you.

Overall, for academics and travelers, this is an amazing option. If I could go back in time to when I was choosing a place to study abroad (knowing all I know now), I would confidently choose Maastricht.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay LONGER. The city of Maastricht is so pleasant and uplifting. I truly wish I could have spent an extra semester there.
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The Best Decision I Made in College!

From the constant support of the CES staff to the beautiful city of Maastricht to the wonderful facilities to the friends I made along the way, I am so thankful for my study abroad experience in the Netherlands at Maastricht University. You will love exploring the quaint riverside of the city, walking and biking to your favorite shop, learning more about your classmates and professors, and being close to numerous other cities you can visit. Choose Maastricht University, and you won't be disappointed.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Exploring the Zonneberg caves, manmade caves built during World War II. They were absolutely fascinating!
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Best semester

My semester in Maastricht was my best semester of my life. The staff were all very helpful and answered all my questions before I arrived and during my time there. They were always willing to help which is great when entering a new country. The classes were also top notch and interesting. Just be aware that the used problem based learning for their class sessions (which I enjoyed). One nice aspect of the program is they take you on several trips in Europe which is included in your fees. Some classes also have built in trips (location depends on class). The location of the university is a plus since it is close to Germany and Belgium allowing for easy travel. I would recommend any student to spend a semester in Maastricht.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of the location to explore the region.
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A programme that has changed my life for the better!!

This programme exceeded all of my expectations and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Despite the cold that I’ve never felt before back home in Australia, the city itself felt like home away from homde. I met the most incredible people, both inside and outside of my programme. I experienced many things; amazing food, cold park walks and deep connections with many people. I’ve made long life friends and learnt many things about the history of Maastricht, my course (Positive Psychology) in myself. This is a programme that will change your life and a part of your life you’ll look back on and cherish forever.

What was your funniest moment?
Funniest moment was getting lost with friends at a park when we were trying to get to Fort St Pieter, only to realise that we were just down the road from our accommodation and the Maastricht University business building ...
We did a massive loop of the park and totally lost our sense of direction. Luckily this was our first week there, not much of an embarrassment had it been in our last week.
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A Whole New World!

Being my first overseas trip, I couldn't of imagined a more perfect location to begin my travels in than Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Upon arrival, I found myself in awe of the beauty of the old buildings and cobblestone streets, and the refreshing chill in the air. The people were all so friendly, and helpful to say the least!

Positive Psychology is something that is not heavily covered in Australia, so to learn such a thing in another country is a whole new experience. I was able to tiny amount of Dutch, and only wish I was there for longer! The three weeks fly by so quickly, with the weekend trips and due dates to think about.

If anyone asked me whether I would recommend them to undertake an overseas study program, even a short one like this summer school program, I would say yes! Go out there and see the world, take in the sights, learn about Maastricht and eat all the Vlaai you can (something you won't know until you go on this trip).

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the layout in the sense that there would be more free-time to interact with the Maastricht locals and participate in activities.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose Maastricht for an array of reasons.

I had never been out of the country alone before, so I decided a smaller city would be best for me, personally. Maastricht is around 120,000 people, which is smaller than my home town and that made leaving less intimidating.

Second, I really liked the idea of being in Northern/Central Europe, because of the easier travel and access to the places I knew I definitely wanted to make it to during the semester.

And lastly, I preferred an English-speaking country, which put the Netherlands at the top of my list!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The Center for European Studies at Maastricht Univerisity organized the majority of my time abroad. They initiated the visa process, enrolled me in courses, and planned three study trips for the students.

Overall, there were not any logistical aspects of my study abroad program that I had to organize independently!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The one thing I would tell future students is to take classes incredibly seriously.

I was not intending to slack off during my semester abroad; however, I was not fully prepared for the course load that I received for my different classes.

Maastricht University challenged my study skills, my thought processes, and pushed me outside of my realm of knowledge. It was an experience full of growth, and I am extremely thankful for it because it has helped me with courses at my home university. But, it was a challenging semester.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Generally, I would get up and walk to my class right away. After class, I would wander around either looking at shops or finding a nice place to sit and study for a while. My favorite cafe was one with delicious vegan desserts and five cats wandering around, offering to be petted!

When it started to warm up, I would meet my friends at our favorite ice cream shop in Vrijtof Square, and we would sit on a bench people watching, talking about our day, and planning future weekend trips.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Going abroad for the first time was scary for a couple of reasons; however, for me, the biggest one was the idea of making friends fast.

I was not sure how I was going to find friends in such a short amount of time. However, I realized that we were all in the same situation, and once I recognized this, it was really easy to talk to everyone! I would just start a conversation, and see if I could make friends with them!

What is the one thing you are most thankful you made an effort to do while studying abroad?

I am thankful I made a point of exploring Maastricht extensively!

I wanted to be able to appreciate the city in a personal and genuine way, and in a way that would make it my second "home". So, I visited the local art museums and exhibitions, tried the best cafes, listened to live music with friends, and found the perfect study spots!

By the end, I felt as if I knew the city just as well as my hometown.

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