Study Abroad in Maastricht, The Netherlands

Quick Facts | Why Maastricht? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs

Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester, Summer and Academic Year Programs:

  • Maastricht University
Eligibility Rules: click here
Academic Focus: Accounting, Art History, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Finance, History, Literature, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology (Click here for Course Offerings)
Housing: Students will live in Maastricht’s Residence Hall, the Guesthouse, which consists of double-occupancy rooms, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities and Internet access. Meals are not included. The Guesthouse is approximately a 15-minute walk from campus, though many students choose to ride bicycles. For further details about housing in Maastricht, please click here!
Sample  Excursions: The Hauge and Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Berlin, Germany – Paris, France

Why Maastricht?

  • One of the oldest cities in The Netherlands
  • Large International student population
  • The birthplace of the European Union
  • Popular for shopping and recreation
  • Environmentally-friendly city
  • Beautiful views on the banks of the Meuse River

City Description – Small city of 125,000

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.

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 programmes 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 diverity 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.


ASA students in Maastricht will live in Maastricht University’s Guesthouse residence hall, which consists of double-occupancy rooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included. The residence hall is approximately a 15-minute walk from campus, and many students purchase a bicycle for the semester shortly after arrival. The CES staff can help you with this if you’re interested!

Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


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.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Maastricht Program

  • HOUSING: Double-occupancy room in Residence Hall with kitchen facilities. Meals are not included. There are FREE laundry facilities For further details about housing in Maastricht, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits indicated on the program course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by Maastricht University. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: Semester programs include 3 overnight excursions, locations vary by term. Summer program includes 1 day excursion, location varies by term.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Brussels International (BRU) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING:  While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Meals on excursions
  • Student Visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info