Inspired by the strategic location in the heart of Europe, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences educates students for international careers and actively facilitates international work placements. Immerse yourself in a truly international environment, with fellow students from all over the world. Experience and celebrate cultural diversity both inside and outside the classroom. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Personal and welcoming community
  • Interactive learning in small groups
  • Informal approach of lecturers with first-hand business experience

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Education & Training (1)
  • M.A. Music
    Conservatorium Maastricht
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



  • in 1987 Heerlen University of Applied Sciences was founded
  • in 1996 Limburg University of Applied Sciences was founded as a result of a merger between Sittard University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen University of Applied Sciences, and HEAO Limburg (Higher Economic and Administrative Education Limburg) in Sittard.
  • in 2001 the merger of Limburg University of Applied Sciences and Maastricht University of Applied Sciences was completed by the opening of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.


Zuyd offers 34 bachelor's programmes (5 taught in English) and 13 master's programmes (6 taught in English) in 10 fields of interest:

  • Life sciences
  • Economics and management
  • Health care
  • ICT
  • Arts
  • Education and society
  • Language and communication
  • Engineering and construction
  • Leisure and recreation


Zuyd has more than 30 research centres. Associate professors, lecturers, and students carry out practically-oriented and socially-relevant research. They contribute to innovations and developments in the business sector and connect practice and education.

Zuyd expresses its research focus areas - which contribute to regional development - through three Expertise Centres in the fields of care and technology, sustainable building and materials, and chemistry.


At Zuyd, you can look forward to getting your international career off to a great start. You will receive outstanding training for a senior or managerial position. Degrees are officially recognized and internationally valid. Zuyd is a state funded institution and legally protected by the Dutch government.


Student services

International Office

The International Office is happy to help you throughout the various application processes for admission and visa, and with coming to live in Maastricht.

Introduction programme

Zuyd offers a two day introduction programme to welcome international students at the beginning of the academic year. Participation is completely free.The series of interesting activities and events will enable you to meet fellow students and staff, have lots of fun, familiarize yourself not only with the university but also with the city of Maastricht, interesting regions on the outskirts and introduce you to the Dutch culture.

Housing services

Are you looking for a room in Maastricht or it's surroundings? In contrast to many other student cities in the Netherlands, it is relatively easy to find a room or studio in Maastricht. But even so, we advice you to start your search early.

Library services

All the campuses of Zuyd have libraries featuring modern computer and study facilities. At the libraries you can consult and borrow books, magazines and audiovisual media.

The website of the library provides easy access to several databases. With the free library card you can get access to other libraries in the region, including the library of Maastricht University.

ICT services

All of our buildings feature computer work stations with fast internet access. You will also have access to a Wi-Fi network, a computer account with a personal e-mail address, storage capacity for your personal files and printing facilities. The ICT Helpdesk offers support for all your IT-related enquiries.

Medical services

There are three options for health insurance:

  • Your insurance policy in your home country covers your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You take out a new or special insurance policy for your stay in the Netherlands.
  • You are admitted to the Dutch national health insurance scheme because you work in the Netherlands.

Student Life

Campus life

Maastricht is one of the most beautiful cities of the Netherlands. With 120,000 inhabitants, the city is quite small. However, it has a cosmopolitan feel, due to its proximity to Belgium and Germany. Students make up about 20% of the population, warranting a lively student culture. Maastricht is popular for its rich cultural life, a wide variety of shops, many terraces, bars and restaurants. It is regarded as one of the safest cities in the Netherlands. All of which make it an ideal place to live, work and study in.

Zuyd has eight campuses in Maastricht.

Sports facilities

If you are studying in Maastricht you can buy a Maastricht University Sport card, entitling you to discounts. In addition, you can take part in lots of other activities with this card.

Student clubs

Joining a student association during your study is fun as well as educational and will help you make you feel at home! Some faculties or study programmes have their own dedicated clubs and associations. There are also a number of general student organisations.


Zuyd is financed and fully recognized by the Dutch government. The quality of the study programmes is continuously monitored through external assessment and accreditation processes by the NVAO (Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

Student Reviews

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
A small local university succesfully preparing you for a big international work environment
rated 5 out of 5 stars
Studying at Zuyd was definitely a good experience for me. The program of Japanese was well put together, but I felt that some other subjects, such as economics and law, could've been a bit more challenging. The best part of Zuyd was, for me, the fact that you are obliged to go to Japan for an exchange, in order to emerge yourself in the culture you are studying. Zuyd is not a very big univers...
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Hard but worthwhile
rated 4 out of 5 stars
I love the fact that it is international and very challanging. Apart from that, you have many options to live abroad on a university exchange and/or internships. Furthermore, all classes are taught in English. I did not like the fact that some semesters are super busy and other not so.
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
European Studies - Zuyd University
rated 4 out of 5 stars
I like the courses we got, as well as the teachers that taught them. There were a lot of additional options during the programme. However, I think that the individual support for the students could be better.