Business & Economics in Europe

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The Business & Economics in Europe programme is designed to give students a greater understanding of the international business practices in Europe and the economic policies of the European Union.

Highly successful companies such as Philips, DSM, Unilever, Heineken, Shell and ING are key players in the global marketplace. It is the ideal place for educating and training the global business leaders and economists of tomorrow.

The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest economy and a major global trading power. However, with the current European sovereign debt crisis and Brexit, what challenges does the future hold for the great European economic experiment?

Your adventure begins with a study trip to Berlin. Besides that, there are two cultural weekends included too: 'If it ain't Dutch it ain't much' and 'A taste of Paris'.

  • Join several field trips to gain first-hand insights.
  • Study Business and Economics in Maastricht, the birthplace of the European Union and the Euro.
  • Choose courses that meet your interest from over 350 courses offered.

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based on 13 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9.1
  • Safety 9.8
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Study Abroad while Studying Abroad

As I am currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in U.S, going abroad to Netherland is doing a study abroad while studying abroad.
I have never been to Europe before, and this first time European culture immersion experience had been very fun!
The PBL session is quiet a unique style that of learning encourages students to step out their comfort zone and stimulates their full potential. The students here are very engaging, and the class discussion has always been active.
The Center for European Staff members are very warm and welcoming, it's like a pair of warm hands you get in Netherland to guide you through the hardest stage within study abroad.
Looking back to three months ago, I am impressed by how much I learned about Europe.
To conclude, I am very glad that I chose to study abroad in Maastricht University, Netherland. This experience has again transformed and enriched my view of the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maastricht University

I have opened my mind by listening to worldly people and hearing their perspective.
CES is like your cool parent. They will make sure you are in the best class and are well looked after. They demonstrate the really care about their students. I really learned to overlook the small things in life and appreciate my privileges. Sometimes there is no air conditioning or I have to bike to class in the rain, but I had the time of my life. Maastricht feels like home. Nothing compares to stepping off train at night in Maastricht station. The city is so international, people from foreign countries don't feel like outsiders; Everyone is welcome in Maastricht. Study abroad is a time for learning others experiences and maturing as a person. I was able to meet people from all over the world. It is a time I will never forget

How can this program be improved?
More integration with European students would be greatly appreciated
Yes, I recommend this program
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A Magical Place Nestled Between Belgium and Germany

Thankful for the adventures and experiences I’ve had, immersing myself into a one of a kind system - Problem Based Learning. I am lucky to have worked hard independently and together with members of different cultures. My experience at the business school has been so rewarding and I have learnt so much.

The CES staff are a diverse group of motivating, experienced mentors who have worked hard to make my time abroad the best experience possible. They organized two amazing trips to Paris and Berlin which are among my favourite memories from my time abroad.

Maastricht has become one of my favourite cities and I cannot wait to come back. Perhaps when I am ready to complete my graduate studies, I will return and call Maastricht home again!

Yes, I recommend this program
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A semester in Maastricht

I really enjoyed my time in Maastricht. The program was well constructed and left us with plenty of time to travel and explore Europe. The staff were very welcoming and extremely helpful, I really appreciate what they have done for us. For the academic aspect, we took the program specific courses for exchange students and also other regular courses at Maastricht University as well. It was fun and also challenging with a different style of studying. So yes, you won't be disappointed!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Could not recommend more!

Best experience of my life. I met so many wonderful friends. One thing that separates this program from others is that most of my friends were either Dutch students or other abroad students from around the globe. Most other programs allowed one to primarily just get close with other American's abroad. The guesthouse where exchange students live is also so much fun. Pick you classes wisely though, academics are not as easy as on other exchange programs.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Best decision ever

Choosing to study abroad at Maastricht University is the best decision I have made. I enjoyed the country, knowing the culture, traveling around Europe, and meeting so many new people. It really allows me to have a more global mind.
The staff are very supportive, and the problem-based learning system was new but a good experience. I enjoyed having a great balance between traveling, exploring European countries and studying. Rather than having intensive 5-6 classes at the same time in the US, I find studying abroad a great escape from the intensity to learn the culture and the real world through traveling. It broadened my horizon and made me more independent too. After experiencing European lifestyle, I will be able to make better decisions in the future that fits myself the most.

Yes, I recommend this program
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American Guy Falls in Love with Maastricht

We learn about the current and emerging economics and business dynamics of the European market, especially the European Union, through a comprehensive program of academic classes and co-curricular trips.Through the program, combined with our residential exchange experience in Maastricht, we gain a deeper understanding of both the Dutch role in Europe as well Europe's role in the world. The Problem-based education style encourages an active and engaged style of learning that allows you to more fully grasp the lessons of the class.

From the first day, the CES staff has made Maastricht a home for countless international exchange students, fostering a sense of community among students and challenging us to go outside our comfort zones to explore the Netherlands and Europe. They have provided all necessary ingredients and more for our exchange semester to be a smashing success and continually go above and beyond to help us succeed.

Throughout this semester, I've integrated my classroom education and extracurricular activities, like student organizations and traveling, better than ever before through my experience in Maastricht. I've met amazing people, seen beautiful cities and changed the way I approach many aspects of my life and education due to the experiences I've gained this semester. I've also gained a new appreciation for Dutch grocery stores and become a better cook!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maastricht is a MUST

Seriously, COME TO MAASTRICHT. Maastricht is a college town within a beautiful, historic city. On a more serious note, my experiences with classes, program leaders, and general thoughts are stated below.

In my classes through Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics, learning is emphasized through small, fifteen student seminars with a rigorous schedule of case studies and interactive sessions in order to simulate real-life applications of business. This is incredibly beneficial due to its ability to teach valuable skills such as collaborating within a diverse group setting, and also provide an environment where you learn from your peers.

The CES staff is truly there to make you feel comfortable, happy, and enjoy your time in the Netherlands; without them I would feel lost! They incorporate a variety of events and opportunities to get to know your peers, and they are always available if you have a question, concern, or simply want to chat!

My experience abroad has taught me an incredible amount about myself and the world I live in. It has shaped my positive view on a multitude of cultures and has helped me discover unique friendships with students of varying nationalities– friendships I cannot image my life without.

How can this program be improved?
Move the study trip to Berlin back a week so students can attend INKOM. INKOM is where most students meet their international friend circles and so it would benefit the CES students so they can become more of "actual" students rather than simply exchange.
Yes, I recommend this program

Maastricht: My Sweet Home Away From Home

Choosing to study abroad in Maastricht was a fantastic decision! I had never been to Europe before, but craving a small European town with travel opportunities has been amazing. The town itself offers so much from markets, to social events, to theater performances, and even the surrounding areas allow for endless exploration.
The CES staff has been phenomenal; I couldn't ask for anything better! Everyone is super friendly, approachable, and wanting to help you have the best experience possible. They organize group trips and events gathering the group together every so often while also being in the office to help with academics, travel, or general life help. The CES staff has generating a family environment that has made studying abroad a seamless transition.
School at Maastricht is a lot different with the PBL style courses. It was an adjustment at first, but as long as you put the time and effort in before hand then it is reasonable to adjust. The classmates are are very nice and the collaborative setting is something unique compared to my home university.
Maastricht now holds a special place in my heart thanks to the CES program and staff making abroad and traveling Europe unforgettable!

How can this program be improved?
More pre-education on the PBL style.
Yes, I recommend this program

Would recommend

My courses in the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht have challenged me academically and intellectually and have allowed for incredible growth in both areas. They've provided me with a different perspective and amazing opportunities that I wouldn't have from any other university. The CES staff is one of the best aspects of the program! They work so hard to make sure students feel comfortable and happy both in the classroom and beyond it. I've learned more about the world and its people than I ever could have in the US. Part of this learning I attribute to Maastricht University and the other part I attribute to exploring and getting to know Europe.

Yes, I recommend this program
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This is a trip you will not regret taking

The program has been stretching and challenging, but with everyday comes a new lesson and different perspective.
The CES staff is one of the kindest and most inviting groups by making every moment a fun and educational one. They strive to make it feel like home away from home.
My study abroad has been an experience that has allowed me to have a better world perspective. This has grown me and given me a wonderful foundation that I can continue to grow. I can't wait to visit the people I have met in the program in different places all over the world!

Yes, I recommend this program

Studying in Maastricht

This program has been extremely eye-opening and full of new amazing experiences I never thought possible. I will never forget the people I have met and places I have gone. The CES staff is one of the most enthusiastic and inviting groups of people I have ever met. They made it so easy to transition here and make Maastricht a place I can call home. I have had the chance to experience such incredible new people, places, and food that I otherwise would not have. Europe and Maastricht is more than I could have ever imagined

Yes, I recommend this program
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Studying Abroad at Maastricht University

I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to study with CES Maastricht within the School of Business and Economics. The School of Business and Economics encourages students to take control of their learning through peer based learning. Within peer based learning, students lead and professors guide the discussion. This set up empowers student to self-discover, control their learning, and decide which areas to further explore. The student led conversations present multiple points of view on issue, because of the multi-national student body at the University. Within this class structure, students also give more formal presentations in groups to practice leading a discussion. It was an amazing experience to work in multi-cultural groups.

Outside of the classroom, Maastricht is amazing place to explore via bike. The town contains many picturesque churches and cafes and the amazing Bonnefantemmuseum. I really enjoyed all of the local events and festivals. While I was studying abroad, Maastricht celebrated Carnival with several parades and intricate costumes. Later on in the semesters, Vrijthof Square was converted into a polo stadium. It was a lot of fun to attend the polo matches for free.

Maastricht is also centrally located which makes it easy to explore Europe. I would regularly bike from the guesthouse dorms across the border to Belgium in about 5 minutes. The town is also very well connected through a bus system. Through the CES Maastricht program, I traveled to Berlin, Ghent, Bruge, Antwerp, and Amsterdam. The CES program planned every aspect of the trip and organized activity geared towards our program. For example, the Business and Economics program visited a BMW manufacture in Berlin to gain a greater understanding of the business.

Overall, studying abroad at Maastricht University was one of the best decisions of my life.

Yes, I recommend this program

About CES Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With almost 16,000 students and 4,000 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic...