Quick Facts


HOST INSTITUTIONSemester, Academic Year, and Summer programs: Maastricht University
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSClasses are taught in English. Subject areas include: Accounting, Art History, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Finance, History, Literature, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology.
HOUSINGStudents will live in Maastricht University’s residence hall, the Guesthouse, which consists of double-occupancy rooms, shared bathrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included.
The City

Maastricht is a small city in the southeast of the Netherlands. There are fantastic views throughout the city that’s split by the Meuse River – which has plentiful, beautiful parks and bridges along it. Even though Maastricht is a city, there is still plenty of green space to be enjoyed! Maastricht citizens are very active. Biking is extremely popular in the city, as throughout The Netherlands, so there are also many picturesque bike paths to explore.

The location of the city within The Netherlands provides plenty of opportunity to travel within Europe. Maastricht is located in a strip of The Netherlands that’s sandwiched between Belgium and Germany. Given that location, there are many languages spoken within Maastricht including Dutch, French, German, English, and local Dutch dialects. Students can also travel throughout Europe easily, quite literally walking across the border into Belgium, and only a quick bus ride into Germany.Students will find there is plentiful opportunity available for students to travel in Europe by air, rail, and bus.

The city of Maastricht is a well-regarded and affluent cultural center, providing plenty of opportunity for fantastic shopping and recreational activities. As one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in The Netherlands, walking around you will see the city’s rich history demonstrated by its modern architecture, medieval town ramparts, 17th century townhouses, cobblestone streets and charming squares. Adding to the beauty is the Meuse River, which runs through the center of the city. A haven for students and academics, researchers and scientists, expatriates and artists, Maastricht offers unique venues for music, dancing, theatre, cinema, and hosts frequent events, festivals, and performances throughout the year.

Maastricht attracts a multitude of international students to the city, whom attend Maastricht University as well as other institutions located in the city – so there will be plenty of people to meet when you arrive! Maastricht boasts plentiful cafés, pubs, and restaurants in which both students and locals gather.

Host Institution


Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM), located in the south of the Netherlands, is internationally renowned for its innovative educational methods, dynamic research portfolio, and diverse international population. The university occupies landmark buildings spread throughout the city centre, and houses its medical and psychology faculties in the suburb of Randwijk, Maastricht alongside its teaching hospital.

It is worth noting that Maastricht University is the most international and fully bilingual (English & Dutch) university in the Netherlands, with the majority of academic programs taught entirely in English. UM has over 16,000 students and almost 2,000 academic staff. Around 49% of students and 39% of the teaching staff come from abroad. When studying in Maastricht, you encounter different languages and cultures every day, inside and outside the classroom. Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE) is particularly prestigious. Home to about 4200 students and 500 staff members, 40% of whom come from abroad, the SBE is a part of the 1% of business schools worldwide that is triple-crown accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).

Maastricht University is known, too, for its vibrant student life. There are dozens of student associations and organizations devoted to everything from sustainability to sports, from drama to music, to volunteering, and more. Joining one of the MU student organizations is a great way to make new friends and begin making Maastricht your own. The town itself is the perfect setting for these activities. The many festivals and events held in Maastricht reflect the diversity of cultural influences, from Maastricht’s famous annual Carnival, to experimental theatre, and from thought-provoking lectures to lively music concerts. People from Maastricht love their city and the local culture is rooted in the locals’ joie de vivre (zest for living). Going out to eat is a favorite pastime of both students and locals. The city is set against a backdrop of hills, trails, and open countryside for sports lovers and nature lovers alike.



Maastricht University
- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying.

  • Required Documents for students with 3.0 or above: ⇒ Online Application.  ⇒ $150 payment.  ⇒ Official Transcript. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution must show courses currently in progress. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ One academic letter of recommendation from a professor or study abroad adviser. ⇒ Motivation Letter describing your reasons, goals, and desires for studying abroad at Maastricht University. ⇒ Digital ID photo. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date.**

  • Additional Requirements for students between 2.8-2.99: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants between 2.80-2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A photocopy of your valid passport is required before you can be accepted to this program. A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. Please submit your passport application 8 weeks before the Application Deadline, as passports take up to 8 weeks to process by regular service. We strongly recommend using expedited service to apply for your passport, as this takes just 2-3 weeks.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!



All students live in the Maastricht University residence hall called The Guesthouse. Meals are not included. The residence hall offers dorm-style living with double-occupancy bedrooms. Each hallway has its own kitchen and bathroom facilities, which are shared among the residents. The residence hall houses international students and ASA students. While the building is co-ed, individual hallways are single-sex. Internet is included.

The Guesthouse is located approximately a 15-minute walk from campus, though many students choose to rent bicycles.


+ Can I room with a friend?

You may request to live with a friend by emailing ASA at and we will do our very best to accommodate you. Roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back. However, Maastricht University is responsible for all hall allocations, so we cannot guarantee that you can room with your friend. You will meet your hall-mates upon arrival; they could be from the U.S., The Netherlands, or other countries.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, rooms are double occupancy.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins.

+ Are meals included?

Meals are not included, but you'll have kitchen access and grocery stores within walking distance.

+ How far will I live from school?

The Guesthouse is located approximately a 15-minute walk from campus, though many students choose to rent bicycles.

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?





ASA semester programs in Maastricht include 3 overnight excursions. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Berlin, Germany (overnight excursion) – At the beginning of the semester, students will have the opportunity to explore Berlin. This trip services as both a traveling orientation and as an introduction to traveling Europe! It’s also a great opportunity to get to know the other students in your group.

  • A Weekend in The Netherlands (overnight excursion) – Enjoy a weekend getting to know your host country! Students will explore their choice of political or cultural highlights in The Hauge, absorb Dutch culture at the open air museum Zaanse Schans, and bond as a group while creating your very own Delft blue tile.

  • Paris, France (overnight excursion) – Spend a fun-filled weekend exploring all that the City of Lights has to offer! Indulge in French cuisine, take in the museums and rich architectural beauty, and experience first-hand the enduring charm of this fabulous city.

The summer program includes 1 day excursion. Destination varies by term. Please check your Program Calendar prior to departure for confirmation of excursion date/location. Each summer course comes with a 1 day field trip related to the course.

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Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link for your program to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Please do not book a flight until you are accepted to an ASA program and receive written confirmation of your program’s arrival and departure dates.

Spring 2019 Arrive Jan. 18 – Depart June 8$15,495Sept. 15, ’18Oct. 15, ’18MNS
Summer 2019 Arrive June 28 – Depart Aug. 9$5,795March 15, ’19March 31, ’19MNSU
Fall 2019 Arrive Aug. 16 – Depart Dec. 21$15,495March 8, ’19March 31, ’19MNF
Spring 2020 Arrive Mid. Jan. – Depart Early June (TBA)$15,495Sept. 15, ’19Oct. 15, ’19MNS