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Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 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.


Bonnefantenstraat 2
6211KL Maastricht


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Yes, I recommend this program

The FPN faculty provides a strong overview of any concepts or techniques you may need to use in the professional world while also staying relevant and interesting with lectures like voice analysis or false memory creations. PBL sessions let you explore the theories in your own way and build off the random knowledge the rest of your classmates have.

The CES staff is always here to help for whatever you need with the biggest smile you could ask for, whether it’s a lost passport or you can’t find extra postcards. Genuinely some of the kindest, most helpful people I've ever had the pleasure of working with, especially considering all the stress of traveling abroad.

Getting the chance to continue my education at the programs offered by UM while also getting a full "exchange" experience is more than I could have ever hoped for.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of every travel opportunity you get. But also don't forget to make Maastricht your home as well and explore everything the city has to offer. I’ve gotten the chance to explore over a dozen new countries and cities all while knowing I have a home that I’ve built for myself back in Maastricht.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The academic program at Maastricht University caters to individuals’ creative mind as much as it does to their academic mind. Problem Based Learning feels more like a structured conversation that applies learning topics to real life.

In all my years at learning institutions, the staff at CES in my opinion is one of the most diligent and caring group of people I have met. Their dedication to making this program enjoyable and comfortable for students who are being pushed out of their comfort zone is admirable.

I have had arguably the most amazing experience of my life studying abroad in Maastricht. The best friends I have made here, the places I have visited, the new learning style that I’ve adapted to, and other minute aspects of my time here has made so rewarding.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Getting to know the bus system or train system a little earlier!
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Yes, I recommend this program

The psychology and neuroscience program has a multitude of different classes to choose from. All are very interesting, but some are harder than others. Classes here are different than in the states and definitely require work, but you will still have plenty of time to travel and explore. They have PBL (Problem based learning) where you work in small groups to discuss the topic of the week.
The CES staff is extremely friendly and super helpful with any questions and issues. They are my go-to when I need help and they respond in a timely manner.
Studying abroad was the most amazing experience. I was able to see so much of Europe and Maastricht, eat fantastic food, meet amazing people, and grow as a person. I hope to one day visit Maastricht again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is to see as much as you can. Maastricht and Europe are so beautiful. There’s so much to see and do.
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Yes, I recommend this program

This program mainly grades on papers and puts an emphasis on empirical articles. The program is easy to catch onto and adjust to. Staff of the Psychology department are willing to answer questions and help out whenever needed. The CES staff is friendly and open for questions at all times. They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and help you adjust to the new environment. This experience has been a whirlwind of emotions and events from friends and family. Going somewhere new almost every weekend has been such a great experience, but coming home to Maastricht is what I look forward to after every trip. If I had to choose between changing this up or keeping it the same, I wouldn't change a single thing about this amazing experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make this program more well known. I hadn't really heard about it before coming here.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The academic course of CES Maastricht really lets me learn professional and useful academic knowledge, which will be undoubtedly helpful for my future study and career.
At the same time, the free time and the field trips of the courses also lend me a golden chance to explore a real Europe by my self instead of just listening to hearsay and experience local culture and life style as well. Honestly speaking, it's really treasury memories for me.

The staff really give me a lot of help before and during the course.
They actually form my first impression of Masstricht, which is warmth, kindness and politeness and serious time awareness.

The course actually lets me find that my intercultual communication skills need to be further developed.
I may try to develop Problem Based Thinking in the future.


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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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