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 programmes, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students. Maastricht University has used Problem-Based Learning (PBL) ever since it was founded and has been an expert in this field for over 35 years. Maastricht University makes the difference with its unique Europe-focused and international-oriented programmes.
Maastricht University uses a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach to teach all of its educational programs. Students are part of small study groups working on actual issues within the chosen subject, allowing them to develop their own interests and talents. Students analyze and discuss the problem. After conducting individual study of the issue, students reconvene to discuss their research. These meetings are supervised by a staff member or senior student to ensure that the discussions are of appropriate depth.
Students are limited to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sicences (FASoS) program on SDSU Exchange where all courses are taught in English. An introductory course on Dutch language and culture is provided at the beginning of each semester.
All courses are taught in English in The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Semester 1: Early September to Early February (early final exams may be arranged)
Semester 2: Early February to Early June
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
During the Fall semester
, exchange students are highly encouraged to enroll in one of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) minor programs. Please see the list of FASoS minors
for more details on courses. Furthermore, it is recommended students take all courses offered within the same minor in order to fully benefit from the coherent educational offer.
During the Spring semester
, students can take courses in one of the FASoS Bachelor programs. Please see the FASoS Academic Information for Exchange Students
webpage for list of courses.
Students enroll in 30 ECTS (European credits) per semester which is equivalent to 15 SDSU semester units.
Note: At Maastricht University, SDSU considers 2000+ level courses as upper division.
Housing and Meals
Accommodation can be arranged with Maastricht Housing of the university. See the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Accommodations
webpage for more details.
See the Support Guide
and Coming to Maastricht from Abroad
page for other details.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State