Psychology & Neuroscience in Europe

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Maastricht, the Netherlands, forms a unique environment for studying psychology and neuroscience. Maastricht University specialises in cognitive and biological psychology and its unique research infrastructure enables ground-breaking study of the brain and behaviour. It is home to a European Centre of Excellence that combines state-of-the art technology (three MRI scanners of 9.4, 7 and 3 Tesla) with clinical know-how, access to patients and expert post-acquisition processing of data. Compare the scientific research methods of the Netherlands to those of your home country. Follow courses and seminars taught by leading experts.

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'.

  • Gain first-hand knowledge by participating in several field trips
  • Have the freedom to build your own curriculum
  • The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience is widely recognised for its strong fundamental and applied research

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based on 7 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8.4
  • Safety 9.4
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Fall Program in Psychology and Neuroscience

I have nearly completed the first half of my time studying in Maastricht. I am enjoying my time here so much, that I have extended my stay for another semester. The classroom setting and learning style is something I could not experience in the US, and it fits my learning style much more than classes back home. Maastricht is a wonderful, cozy city that is easy to feel comfortable in and the schools staff is too notch. They truely make you feel like you matter and they are determined to help give you the best study abroad experience possible. This program excels in connecting students studying psychology with opportunities to learn and experience that they might not have back at their home university. I highly recommend you choose to study in Maastricht!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing! It's fantastic program with an outstanding staff to compliment it. :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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CES Maastricht

Studying psychology in Maastricht has opened my mind to new ways of thinking and broadened my perspective by having small group discussions on topics and being able to lead our research.

The CES staff is here to help answer your questions, especially when you’re adjusting to a new environment and there might be some cultural differences. At the same time, they’re here to be your friends! They really want to know how you’re doing and get to know you.

Studying abroad has made me so much more independent and confident in my abilities to solve problems! I’ve also become more comfortable with being uncomfortable, whether it’s in a new education system or meeting people with different cultural backgrounds

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maastricht Mania

I've had a great time in the PBL style at UM because I've been able to get to know my classmates really well. It's a unique experience that brings together many different views to create a full picture and encourage learning more than just what's on the agenda for the day. The classes are not easy, but you really gain the knowledge because you work with it so much.

The staff has been great and they really engage with each student. From the very start, Maureen has helped me immensely and I love seeing her at programs and being able to catch up with her.

The people I've met have made this the most incredible experience I ever could have asked for. My roommate had a bad experience and didn't connect with the people at all, so I was very nervous coming into a program in a city I'd never previously heard of. Now Maastricht feels like home and I feel a bitter sweetness because I don't want to leave but I'm also so grateful to have been here.

Maastricht is a beautiful city and I'm so happy to have chosen it! It makes a great home base and while the weather is not something I'm used to, I still love it. There is so much history and culture and the celebrations are incredible. Maastricht has everything from shopping to gorgeous views to cozy cafes for studying. I'm so sad to have to leave but I hope one day I can come back!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Unforgettable experience!

I got to pursue my academic passions in and international setting at UM! Organisational psychology is something I'm interested in and it has been fun to be able to explore that.

The CES staff are probably the most approachable group of people ever. From the very beginning, I felt comfortable around them and helped make Maastricht feel like home.

Everything feels like the most amazing dream. Seeing the world and meeting new people and going on adventures is something I'll never forget. Definetly will recommend to everyone i know!

Yes, I recommend this program

A CEStastic Review!

This has been an experience that has opened my eyes and mind to a different side of my academic study and allowed me to become more aware of what I may want to do as a career. The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience offers a wonderful variety of courses that are both interesting and challenging.

The CES staff are a friendly and welcoming group that has been so helpful. They are a great resource to have in a foreign place and have made my experience abroad go very smoothly.

My study abroad experience has in more ways than one, helped me grow as an individual, and given me the confidence that I previously lacked. It has been been invaluable experience.

Yes, I recommend this program

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The psych program was a new perspective on topics that I’ve been studying for years, offering applicable skills and seeing everything through new eyes. It gave me an experience that I couldn’t find at my home university and, not only did I learn about psychology, I also learned about myself and those around me. Coming into a completely new environment, unaware of what lies ahead, its really important to have a support system that you know will help you through the adjustment period. The CES staff is always available to help and it seems like they really enjoy interacting with students and making everyone else’s lives easier. I expected to love my study abroad experience but I didn’t expect to have so many cliché moments where I stepped back and thought to myself “wow, I’m actually here and this is actually my life”. Apparently Europe has made me a real softy.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Studying abroad is an incredible experience where you gain a global perspective by traveling to different countries almost every weekend, creating amazing friendships that will last a lifetime, and gaining an independence that you can’t get from other experiences. The learning style of Maastricht University, problem based learning, is an awesome way to get to know Maastricht and it forces you out of your comfort zone to meet others in your class, and to become more involved in your readings. Your CES coordinators are there to help you if you get lost at any point, or if you just need a bit of support. They are super friendly people who are great at giving insight into classes as well as giving ideas about travel or where to eat.

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...