Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd offers you the best of both worlds: a small-scale learning environment with all the benefits of a larger institution. All of Zuyd’s academies are relatively small, tight-knit communities, where you find a personal and welcoming atmosphere. Lectures are interactive, with room for personal guidance as well as the freedom to develop into a skilled and creative professional. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Passion for student development. Our students feel supported, seen, and heard during their studies.
  • Programme departments and research centres work together on high-quality study and research programmes that are meaningful to our students and region.
  • We want to teach as many students as possible and make sure that they have the knowledge, insights, and skills that the region needs.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)



With 14,000 students, 50 bachelor's, master's, and associate degree programmes, 12 sites in three cities, 27 research centres, an average of 7,000 internships and 2,500 graduation projects per year, and with a history stretching back more than 100 years, Zuyd is strongly anchored in Limburg and the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.


Zuyd offers in Maastricht five bachelor and seven master programmes that are taught in English. It is an open invitation for you to immerse yourself in a truly international environment, with fellow students from all corners of the world. Experience and celebrate cultural diversity like you’ve never done before, both inside and outside the classroom. You will have the time of your life.


The development of knowledge and innovation is becoming more and more important in order to achieve social and economic success. Zuyd is actively involved in applied research in a number of fields that are relevant for the development of our region. Most of the research done at Zuyd is done for the benefit of local and regional authorities and businesses and institutions. Our research is aimed at the development and dissemination of knowledge that can be applied in practical situations.


As an international student it is most likely that you will live in the city of Maastricht, because all the English-taught programmes are located here. Maastricht is one of the oldest and 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 and boutiques, in addition to 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.  

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Student services

Zuyd International Office is happy to help you throughout the various application processes for admission and visa, and with coming to live in Maastricht. In addition the International Office provides you with information on scholarship opportunities.

Housing services

Are you looking for a room in Maastricht? We advise you to start your search early because the student housing market in Maastricht gets busier every year. It is much easier to find a room in May- July compared to in August and September. Maastricht Housing is a great starting point for your search for accommodation in and around Maastricht. To apply for a room you need to register. The fee for subscription is € 35.  

Rent prices start between € 300 and € 400 for a room in a student house or a shared apartment. Additional costs like gas, electricity and water are most of the times not included. If you want to have your own apartment you'll have to pay a lot more. 

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

Moodle is Zuyd's e-learning environment. It contains online information and teaching material, categorized by course or study programme. 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. 

Medical services

Before you travel to the Netherlands, make sure that you are properly insured against risks. A healthcare insurance is one of the conditions you will have to meet to receive your residence permit. There are different options depending on the reason of your stay.

Student Life

Campus life

Maastricht is part of the attractive province of Limburg, the most southern province of the Netherlands. Bustling and dynamic towns such as Aachen, Liège, Hasselt and Tongeren are close by, humming with cultural activity and great places for shopping or entertainment. If you prefer outdoor activities and nature, it is only a short drive to the hills of the Ardennes and the Eifel.

Sports facilities

If you like to sport, you have several opportunities. You can become a member of UM Sports, that offers more than 50 different sports.  If you want to plan your own time, the gym is the place to be and if you want to play in a team the sport associations are welcoming new members. There are of course also many sports associations, health clubs, yoga and pilates studios in Maastricht that you can join or where you can take classes.  

Student clubs

Joining a student association during your study is fun as well as educational and will help you make you feel at home. There are a number of general student organizations. Some study programmes have their own dedicated associations. Below you find the ones with an international touch:

  • International Student Network Maastricht
  • Enactus
  • Aegee Maastricht
  • Koko Maastricht
  • Amphitryon

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I love the program. There are two internships which are organised by school and can be abroad.

Why ZUYD University?
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

As I am about to start my journey at ZUYD UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES very soon, the main thing that impressed me the most and motivated me to apply for EUROPEAN STUDIES at this institute is the emphasis placed on technical and analytical skills at this university. I believe that this program will train me to become a critical thinker who can understand, analyze and...

My time at Zuyd
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am currently in my fourth year of International Business at Zuyd Hogeschool. The school and teachers made me feel at home ever since I started there. The teachers are very friendly and are dedicated to learn you something. The theory is adequate and the exams are in line with what is being taught. Due to Covid-19 I have not been at school for almost 2 years however....

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