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.
Zuyd has 28 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 has defined three core points for its applied research. These core points contribute to regional development and were devised in close cooperation with the regional or Euregional government bodies, the business world, and educational institutions. The core points for research are:
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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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.
You can live in student accommodation or in a private rental. Many students live in privately rented student houses, studios, or shared apartments. When renting a student-room, you share facilities like kitchen, bathroom, toilet and sometimes a living room. When renting a studio or apartment you don’t have to share those facilities. Also, when renting a student-room you usually can’t choose your own housemates.
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.
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.
There are three options for health insurance:
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.
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.
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:
The thing I like best from my studies is the opportunity to not only learn about cultures by book but also explore them by yourself during your two internships and exchange. Overall, the classes are sufficient and the teachers are kind, if you have a problem you can always contact them by mail. The courses are very varieted.
It has been a wonderful experience so far. It's exactly what I was looking for, and the program is perfectly planned and applied.
The structure of every semester is very organised but the atmosphere is a bit stiff at times.