Founded in 1976, Maastricht University (UM) was recently ranked the 6th best 'young' university in the world (2015 Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50). This marks the 3rd time UM has been ranked in the top 10 of all universities under 50 years old. It is also ranked the 17th most international university in the world, with 44% of its students and 30% of its teaching staff coming from outside The Netherlands, making it an ideal location to enroll in courses with a European or international focus.
Maastricht University has a decentralized, urban campus that is integrated into the city itself. Courses are held in a variety of historical buildings in the oldest part of the city. You can walk, bike, or take public transportation to travel between your housing and classes, allowing you to engage and familiarize yourself with your host city.
The Maastricht University Center for European Studies incorporates hands-on experiences into its course offerings, facilitating even more travel within and around the local area—be prepared to discuss sustainable business challenges with local entrepreneurs, attend a lecture on Dutch artwork in a local museum, or visit the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the global financial crisis.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Minimum class standing: Junior (Sophomores with excellent academic qualifications will be considered)
Summer: 20 students
Semester: 25 students