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Maastricht University

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Since the official opening in 1976 the UM (formerly known as the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg) has found a special place amongst the other Dutch universities due to its Problem Based Learning (PBL) programme. The seven existing medical faculties could not suffice the number of students; therefore an eighth faculty was needed. This faculty had to be part of a university. Even though Maastricht did not have a university at that time, it thought itself to be qualified enough to obtain the faculty. The Netherlands had 12 scientific institutions, however none of them was located in the Province of Limburg. The university could not only play an important role for education but was also believed to play an important role in the social-economic restructuring of Limburg by creating new and more jobs as well as income. Next to that, there was room in the Euregio for a Dutch speaking university. In sight of a Europe without borders there should be a free exchange of education and science. The decision was made in 1970: the eighth Medical Faculty would be established in Maastricht. On the 19th of December 1978 the “motie Deetman” was accepted in the Tweede Kamer (parliament). The motion stated that Maastricht University had to expand to a University in its full- right by 1990 with a student population of 6.000. The official opening of the Faculty of Medicine was on the 9th of January 1976 and the Faculty of Health Sciences followed shortly afterwards in 1980. Further faculties that followed are: the Faculty of Law (1982), School of Business and Economics (1987), Faculty of General Sciences (1992), Faculty of Arts and Culture (1993) and the Psychology Faculty in (1996). In April 1997, a committee was established to stimulate the integration between University Centre Diepenbeek and Maastricht University. September 1st 2001, the transnational University Limburg (tUL) became a reality. In cross-border cooperation the Limburg Universitair Centrum (Hasselt/Diepenbeek) and Maastricht University offer courses in the field of Information Technology, Life Sciences, and Education Sciences, this is also expressed in the certification: students who graduate from the tUL will receive a licentiate as well as a master’s degree.


Zuyd Hogeschool

Zuyd logoFrom the 1st of January onwards, the Hogeschool Limburg and the Hogeschool Maastricht merged into one name: Zuyd Hogeschool. A school with a common name and logo. Zuyd Hogeschool is one of the Dutch schools with more than 40 study tracks divided over the cities Sittard, Maastricht and Heerlen. With 13.200 students and 1.550 employees the new school belongs to the top 10 of largest schools of higher education in the Netherlands. The main building is settled in Heerlen. Zuyd Hogeschool has a mix of qualities because of her entrepreneurial character and her southern ‘joie de vivre’. The studies cover almost all the sectors of higher education: economics, behavior and society, healthcare, technics and art. Due to the unique location of Zuyd Hogeschool in the southern part of the Netherlands, there is a large network of German and Belgian companies and institutions in the region. At Zuyd Hogeschool, the principle of ‘learning to learn’ is applied. In these kinds of learning processes individual work is the main aspect. Individually and in cooperation with other students you work on practical cases where knowledge of different courses is combined. The purpose of this learning process is that you will learn how to work efficient in a team and beyond that, learn how to solve problems individually. Zuyd Hogeschool supports an entrepreneurial behavior. This holds for the study tracks as well as for the students. In her education Zuyd Hogeschool challenges her students to take initiative and responsibility. Therefore, the students will learn how to motivate themselves and other students.


University Library


Maastricht University has a modern library on two different locations. Students of the Faculties of Medicine, Health Sciences and Psychology will find all relevant library facilities at the UL Randwyck, whereas students of the Faculties of Arts and Culture, School of Business and Economics, Law, General Sciences or University College Maastricht, have access to the UL Inner City. The UL offers you:

- A large collection of media (both printed and electronically)

- Learning and resource centers (these are special facilities that support the problem based learning system)

- Ergonomic workplaces in study cells, larger rooms and open-plan spaces

- Hundreds of workstations, equipped with the latest computer technology. From any location (both within and outside the UM), anyone has access to his or her own files, library databases, and software

- Hundreds of workstations, equipped with the latest computer technology.

- Extensive opening hours

- Expert UL staff, ready to help you


University Library Inner City
Grote Looiersstraat 17
6211 JH Maastricht
T 043-3885005

University Library Randwyck
Universiteitssingel 50
6229 ER Maastricht
T 043-3885142

For the link to the website click here.


Student Service Centre

SSCThe Student Service Centre (SSC) is responsible for all general student services. The Student Service Centre takes care of relation management with (upcoming) students and alumni, provides offices for student (associations) en takes care of the not-education related guidance of students. The SSC publishes current information in the University paper ‘Observant’ and elaborates information on the Internet. Furthermore, students can ask questions via the electronic service centre. 

Visiting adress:
Bonnefantenstraat 2
6211 KL Maastricht

Postal addres:
Postbus 616
6200 MD Maastricht
T 043-3885388


UM Student Guidance

At our university you are expected to be independent and take care of all your affairs yourself. This does not mean you haven’t got any questions! The student counselors can surely assist you with many of your questions. Below you will find an overview of the following counselors of the Student Services Centre:

- UM Career Services

- Student Psychologists

- Student deans

- Service Desk Disability Management

- UM Confidential Advisor

- Studium Generale

- UM Language Centre

- ICT Service Centre

- Success Formula


UM Career Services

UM Career Services aims at assisting students in a successful preparation for their future career. This goal is achieved by providing students with the required education, information, advice and counseling. In addition, UM Career Services links students of Maastricht University to the job market in various ways. What does UM Career Services offer:

- Online Career Library: Online information regarding things as the job market, internships, training programs in the Netherlands and overseas.

- Individual guidance

       - Quick Career Advice (QCA); orientating conversation about career planning, study choice or CV check

       - Career Counseling; individual in-depth coaching by a career counselor

       - Job Interview simulation; individual preparation for an actual job interview which is video-taped.

- Workshops: Offered monthly in Dutch and English.

- Vacancy database: Internships, graduate jobs, student jobs, voluntary work, vacancies for alumni.

- Career events: Lectures, presentations, company visits, etc. in cooperation with study associations, alumni and faculties.


Contact information:

For making an appointment: For an QCA, job interview simulation and/or career counseling: 0031 (0)43-3885388
Location Student Service Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2.


Student Psychologists

Student psychologists may be consulted in case of personal problems. Examples of complaints and problems include: Study related problems like study stress and fear of failure, psychological complaints such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, stress-related complaints, lack of confidence, and dealing with traumatic experiences. It need not be obvious beforehand what the problem is before an appointment can be made with one of the student psychologists. The student psychologists can help you by means of individual guidance and/or group training (in Dutch and English). Examples of group training:

- Fear of failure training

- Study efficiency group

- Group Loss and Mourning

- Stress management

- Time management

- Assertiveness training


For more information:

For making an appointment:0031 (0)43-3885388
Location:Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2, room B1.21.


Student deans

Student deans help in case you have questions about:

- Your rights in case of a study delay because of illness, pregnancy, family circumstances or practising top sports

- Student grants

- Studying with a functional impairment

- Membership of council, board, committee or membership of the board of a student organisation

- Other questions concerning your rights as a student

For more information:

Open visiting hours: Every Tuesday from 14.00-16.00 o’clock
For making an appointment: 0031 (0)43-3885388
Location: Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2, room B1.21.


Service Desk Disability Management

(Prospective) students with a functional impairment can contact the Service Desk Disability Management for:

- Information (about studying with impairment, laws, (UM-) regulations and external organizations)

- Advice

- Support (for example arranging facilities)

- Request for (study) facilities

- Questions about studying with a functional impairment

- Complaints and problems with regard to this topic

For more information:

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00-12:00
Location: Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2, room B1.21


UM Confidential advisor

Undesirable interpersonal behavior: What is it? If you feel personally injured by behavior that is conducted verbally or physically, or by phone, SMS, e-mail or other means, we speak of ‘undesirable behavior’. Bullying, sexual harassment, aggression, violence, intimidation, threats and stalking – these are all examples of undesirable behavior. Other examples are abuse of power, unequal treatment and discrimination. Students should be protected against all of these kinds of behavior. Each of us must decide for ourselves if a particular behavior is undesired. Usually, undesired behavior has a negative impact on your work or study, and can lead to stress or psychological problems. You might recognize one of the following situations:

- You feel that your tutor is exerting pressure on you, but he or she is not aware of doing so.

- You feel that you are not given equal opportunities because of your particular background.

- You are bothered by sexually loaded remarks or gestures, and you don’t know how to react because you feel dependent on that person.

- You feel left out by your fellow students, or you are continually being bullied.

- You are unable to defend yourself.

- You have been asked to do something that you consider to be crossing your personal boundaries.

- Someone close to you is bothered by undesirable behavior, and you don’t know how to react.

- You have received sexually or otherwise harassing e-mails from a student?

What should you definitely not do?
Do not keep it to yourself or think that it will stop of its own accord. This type of behavior usually gets worse if it is not stopped immediately. It may be that the perpetrator is unaware of the behavior, or its negative effects.

What can you do about it?
Let the culprit know that you do not appreciate such behavior. This might not be easy. Secondly, tell someone you trust, and look for support in your immediate vicinity. Experience has shown that fighting back is effective.

Contact the confidential adviser
Ask the confidential adviser for help. This adviser will listen to you and will advise you on the possibilities to ensure that the undesirable behavior stops. All reports to the confidential adviser are dealt with confidentially; the adviser does not take action if you do not give permission to do so.

Marloes Rikhof is the confidential adviser. You can phone her on 043-3882513, or e-mail her at You can find more information about her work methods or the regulations on undesirable behavior on the intranet (My UM).


Studium Generale

What is Studium Generale? Studium Generale is a University department which offers a programme of lectures, debates and cultural activities. Regarding the lectures and debates, Studium Generale reveals a wide experience of the sciences and of society. The cultural program presents a variety of activities such as comedy, theatre and music. Studium Generale sharpens your mind. It’s interesting, informative and fun.

Which activities does Studium Generale organize?

- Public lectures and debates: The foundation of cultural, scientific and social issues. Free admission, no obligations, gain insight into topics outside your study.

- SG on Stage: Pop Music, World Music, Comedy and Theatre. There is also an opportunity for you to perform on stage. See the Battle of the Bands and Open Mic. Great ambiance, exciting performances.

- Short lecture series: In series of six lectures topics are addressed that contribute to the academic education of students, for example on Consciousness, Human Rights, Ethical dilemmas in health care and Philosophers of the Twentieth Century. You will receive a certificate.

- The SG Science Café: A meeting place for scientists and university students. The café provides an opportunity to debate with scientists in an informal atmosphere.

Most of the lectures and debates can be attended for free. For the cultural activities we charge a modest admission fee. 

Go to to register. You will be informed about the upcoming activities of Studium Generale. Or collect the Studium Generale Bulletin at your faculty or at the pub. Here you will find an overview of upcoming events.


Visiting Address:
Bonnefantenstraat 2
Room C0.07
T 0031 (0)43-3885307

Postal address:
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht


UM Language Centre

Language Centre

Teaching at Maastricht University takes place in Dutch and English. Hence, it is very important for students to have an excellent command of these languages. Apart from these two, many more languages can be heard in the university. After all, a third of the student population are international students and more than half spend some time at universities abroad.

As a UM student you develop a true international profile, which is not easy to achieve elsewhere. It takes time and energy, but can be very beneficial. Research has shown that it is frequently the third or fourth language that proves the decisive factor in getting a job or opens doors for interesting career moves. Learning a language is an investment that has lifelong benefits!

Do you also want to invest in your future? Come and join one of the beginners’ and advanced courses in 13 languages at the UM Language Centre. Our practical approach will help you get started in general daily situations! Professional skills for practical application in your studies or work are part of our courses at both intermediate and advanced level. Visit our website for more information on the courses we offer or to register online.


Visiting address:
Sint Servaasklooster 32

Postal address:
PO box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
T 3100 (0)43-3883950


ICT Service Centre

The ICT Service Centre (ICTS), one of Maastricht University’s five service centers, provides the ICT infrastructure for the entire organization. ICTS arranges access to the university’s computer network for UM students and staff, as well as e-mail accounts and corresponding mailboxes and calendar management. The mailboxes can be accessed via Web Access from every computer with an Internet connection at:

By using the license menu at: students can download software that is used regularly within Maastricht University. Employees and students of Maastricht University can use the software and information on the license menu as long as the license contract between Maastricht University and the involved software developer is valid.

Student can order legal and attractively priced software from for example Adobe, SPSS or Microsoft at Surfspot is part of SURFdiensten and as such no part of Maastricht University

Should you have ICT problems or questions about our services, please contact the ICTS Servicedesk by e-mail or telephone. Visit the Front Office if you want to contact us personally at the Grote Looiersstraat 17 or Universiteitssingel 40


Visiting address:
Grote Looiersstraat 17 & Universiteitssingel 40
T 0031 (0)43-3885555


Success Formula

Succes Formula

Success Formula is a young startup, run by former/current students, that aims at helping students (currently focusing on Business and Economics studies). To do so, we provide high quality tutoring and personal assistance to anybody in need. During the academic year 2014/2015, we helped around 600 students. After asking our students, 100% said they would recommend us to their friends.

Whether you are struggling with your course or want to get ahead by getting help from the best ranked tutors in Maastricht, reach out to us and we will find a solution that fits your exact needs.

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