Positive Psychology

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About

What makes life worth living? People have always been driven by the pursuit of happiness and hope for the future. While this may seem at first an idealistic notion, it has found its place in positive psychology. For much of the 20th century, “What is wrong with people” has guided the thinking of many psychologists, dominating countless scientific studies and rooting the field in pathology. Founded over a decade ago by University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman, positive psychology asks instead ‘what is right with people’. Human strengths, such as courage, future-mindedness, optimism, and interpersonal skills act as buffers against mental illness. Positive psychology, therefore, is devoted to understanding and learning how to build these positive qualities in order to improve people’s well-being and help to promote the “good life”.

Why Not learn all about what makes life worth living, while living in the Netherlands?

Highlights
  • Participate in a series of hands-on workshops
  • Attend interactive lectures, work on specific real-life cases, and give presentations
  • Gain skills in preventative care and how to combat mental illness
  • Join cultural weekend trips for practical experiences

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Reviews

9.8 Rating
based on 5 reviews
  • Academics 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.8
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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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Rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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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Ash
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enagaging, educational and exciting!

I absolutely loved my time at Maastricht University. The content of the positive psychology course was very informative and I felt hat the teachers were extremely knowledgeable and very happy to answer questions about heir own studies outside of classes. I have made some amazing friends that I bonded with not only in our classes by weekend trips to Belgium and Amsterdam. The best experience as a young traveller going solo and I felt so comfortable being in Maastricht.

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

All that and a bag of stroopwaffel.

Everything about our Maastricht experience was wonderful. The food, the people, the support and the education. The sights, the tours and the atmosphere of Maastricht. I have the most incredible memories and I have made lifelong friends. The academic experiences have pushed me outside my comfort zone and will be something I always remember. My career goals have changed and I cannot thank those involved enough for my new lease on life.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't know that it can. It was the most incredible experience I've ever had.
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Giulia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceeded all expectations!

Every aspect of my time in Maastricht completely exceeded my expectations! The course was fascinating, and presented in a very novel way - as students we had a lot of autonomy in our studies, and we're able to focus on the areas that most interested us for the assignments. I always felt so supported, both by the academic staff, and also the CES program coordinators. Our time there was packed full of interesting activities and cultural excursions. I treasure the friendships that I made during my time in Maastricht, and loved the city so much I'm already planning on going back! I would highly recommend this program!