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Maastricht University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) EXC
Maastricht, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
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Maastricht University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS)
: Maastricht
Year Established: 1976
Student population: 16,200
Maastricht, the oldest city in the Netherlands, gained international fame as the 'birthplace of the European Union' by hosting of the European Summit in 1991, and as the city where the Treaty of Maastricht was signed in 1992. Maastricht is centrally located in the heart of Europe, bordering Belgium (a brisk 47 minute walk or 11 minutes of vigorous bike riding away) and Germany (only 35 minutes by car), which means that Brussels is 1.5 hours away, Amsterdam 2 hours, Paris and Frankfurt 3 hours, and London 4.5 hours. Also, there are nine airports within an hour's travel, where low cost carriers will take you to any European city in a heartbeat.

Maastricht University specialises in problem-based learning (PBL), meaning students learn the skills of independence, specialist knowledge and working in teams. The university cultivates innovative thinkers with an international outlook. Located in traditional buildings spread throughout the city-centre, the University provides a very student-friendly atmosphere and all programs in FASoS are taught in English. 
Unique characteristics
Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is responsible for education in philosophy, history, literature, arts & media studies, science & technology studies, political science, international relations, gender studies and globalisation & development studies.Programs are taught in an international context, with an emphasis on Europe. There is a wide range of courses to choose from, many of them unique to the Netherlands and Europe.  The PBL format enables academic staff to really be there for students, both academically and socially. A special program for international exchange students is taught through the Centre for European Studies.

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s smallest countries but it has one of the most important economies. It’s known for its high quality education and as a safe country where most people speak English. Maastricht is a lively city best known for the Maastricht Treaty, which established the European Union in 1992. It offers Spanish and Roman ruins, interesting architecture and delicious food and drink, with a busy student atmosphere.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study offered at Maastricht University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Subject Area/s: 



European Studies

arts and media studies

Globalisation & Development

International relations

At FASoS, you will choose courses from within the offered Bachelor Programs. The choice differs semester to semester. 
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
First semester (Fall): starts in early September, with a break for the holiday period and final examinations in late January.
Second Semester (Spring): starts in early February, with a break for carnival and final examinations in mid-June.
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Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
At Maastricht University, grades are awarded in numerical terms, from 1-10. 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.



Language of Instruction
All the programs at FASoS are taught in English



What is the host city like?
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, as you will quickly discover when strolling through the historic inner city. Churches, city walls, monumental merchant houses and big squares merge seamlessly with a comprehensive and varied range of shops.

Maastricht Housing is the official housing agency for Maastricht University. The main objective is to provide mediation between students, the UM Guesthouse, housing corporations, and private landlords and therewith supporting students and official employees in finding qualitative and affordable housing.
Cost of Living
Maastricht University have made a list of the average student's monthly expenses to give you an idea of these costs. They also list excellent budgeting tips for your time as an exchange student in Maastricht. Your daily expenses include accommodation, insurance, books and study materials, food and drinks, public transport, clothes, leisure, travel and other expenses. Experience has shown that students living and studying in the Netherlands spend approximately € 1.000 a month.

Everyone aged 18 years or older who lives or works in the Netherlands must have health insurance. This is a legal requirement that also applies to students.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by FASoS. 
Semester/Term Dates
Access Maastricht University’s calendar by downloading the form on the exchange page.
Each semester starts with a compulsory introduction day which is in the week preceding the start of the semester. On this day you will be informed on your course schedule, the Problem Based Learning system, using the Electronic Learning Environment (ELEUM), the University library and other practical matters. In addition you will have the possibility to buy all the available course materials needed for the first block period after arrival at the Education Desk. The introduction day is free of charge.
Support Services 
UM has many support services available to exchange students, ranging from confidential advisers for students to study advisers, and psychological support workers. There is also a student pastorate for students looking for personal support or a listening ear. Everybody is welcome regardless of their faith or background.
For a stay of more than three (3) months, all non-EU nationals need a residence permit.

Information from Maastricht University
Information from the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia


Student Experiences

Betty Leung
Bachelor of International and Global Studies, Semester 1 2018

Host City Highlights
Maastricht is a university city with a population of around 123,000.  This compact place is packed with attractive places, museums, churches and ?cafes for you to explore.  A tour
 of the historic old town and marvel at the Gothic-style churches and medieval-era architecture are some of the must do things.  As Maastricht is close to the border of Belgium and Germany, it makes travelling around Europe more convenient."
Uni Life
Maastricht University is the youngest international university in the Netherlands.  The culture of this university is diverse and everyone is very friendly and helpful.

There are two 4-week periods in each semester.  Students are required to study  two units which incur a two-hour lecture and an hour of tutorial per unit. There is  one end of term assessment by way of a close book exam or a take home exam.  Students who did not pass the first time  are given a chance for resit at a later date.

French and Mediterranean food are widely served.  I like the quality and variety of the bread and pastry there.  They are always freshly baked. I still miss their croissants and baguettes ...

I prebooked my furnished studio at the Uni Housing website.  Although the rate might be slightly higher than private housing, I find the convenient location and facility of accommodation as well as the service of Uni Housing justify the extra fee.  More importantly, it gives me peace of mind.

Money Matters 
I managed to live within my budget as the prices food and groceries at the supermarket are very reasonable. Some food are even cheaper than Sydney.  Eating out the local cafes are also affordable.  I did not look for a job as I wanted to use my time for my studies and  explore the country.

Getting around 
The transport system is amazing.  It is very convenient to travel by train across cities and countries.  Don't forget to obtain a transport card (similar to our Opal Card).  It is a lot cheaper than purchasing a single ticket.

I travelled regularly by train to nearby cities, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leidon and Utrecht at the weekend. All these cities run free walking tour.  It is worth joining those tours as you will learn a lot about the history and culture  of the town from the passionate local guides.

Top Tips
Arrange accommodation and visa before arrival, participate in the overseas students welcome program.  The program will arrange a local student to meet you at the airport when you arrived.

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