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Program Highlights for Maastricht, Netherlands

The city

Language spoken:
English, Dutch

Euro (EUR, €)

Marine West Coast

City type:
Medium city (Population 200,000-100,001)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
Maastricht University

Language instruction:

Terms offered:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Yearlong

Program capacity:
25 students

Credit type:
Overseas credit

Deadline to apply

Summer 2024:
March 15

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
March 1

Spring 2025:
September 1


  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum class standing: Junior (Strong Sophomore applications considered)
  • Live and study in a picture-perfect European town situated on the border of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, with a medieval city center and a vibrant local culture.
  • Study at one of the world’s most international universities and join a diverse student population of more than 130 nationalities.
  • Experience top-ranked academics combined with integrated field trips and unique hands-on experiences that complement your coursework.
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes and team-based learning, where students apply course content to tackle real-life challenges.
  • Discover Europe both inside and outside the classroom through included field trips, excursions, and extracurricular activities. Semester students have additional opportunities to travel to Berlin and Paris.
  • Choose from over 120 student organizations and sports clubs (semester only), and enjoy access to modern sport and fitness facilities on campus.
  • Enjoy a centralized location in the heart of Europe and easy travel access to several surrounding countries.
    Benefit from outstanding international student support.

Why Study in Maastricht?

A group of people gathered in front of a historic building with pink balloons floating above them in Maastricht, Netherlands.A boat on the river in Maastricht, Netherlands.

The Maastricht program is ideal for students interested in earning credit toward their degree while engaging in hands-on, student-led learning in an international setting. Regardless of the term you choose, your coursework will be supplemented with experiences such as field trips, museum visits, and seminars on location. Since many Dutch citizens are both fluent in English and extremely welcoming, connecting with locals couldn’t be easier. A wide range of disciplines are offered at Maastricht University – including art, business, economics, environmental and sustainability studies, history, international relations, law, literature, medicine, neuroscience, nutrition, political science, psychology, public health, sociology, and more. The university also offers several courses each term focused on Dutch and European studies. You may choose to participate in the summer session, a single fall or spring semester, or a full academic year.

One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Maastricht boasts picturesque architecture, medieval city walls, cobblestone alleys and streets, seventeenth-century facades, and a Roman bridge. Maastricht is conveniently located in the heart of Europe, with major capitals such as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and London only a short train ride away. However, once you arrive in Maastricht, you may not want to leave—with a historic city center; countless sidewalk cafés, pubs, and restaurants; sports facilities; shops; and numerous film, music, and theatre venues, Maastricht has everything a student could wish for!

There are several excellent reasons for deciding to study in the Netherlands. Courses at European universities are taught by professors who do almost all the teaching and seminar work with undergraduates while maintaining a high level of research activity. Although English is widely spoken throughout the region, the Netherlands has maintained its own diverse traditions, values, and views of the world. Time in Maastricht will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current topics in our world, and enable you to experience European culture and history.