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Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

University of Maastricht, P.O. Box 616, 6200 Md Maastricht, THE Netherlands
4.02 / 5 based on 432 reviews.
Description:
The University of Maastricht is a general institute for higher education and research. The institute has two dominant profile characteristics: small scale and student oriented problem-based learning (PGO) and internationalisation.


Programmes
Accreditations
87% of students recommend
432 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (432)
Student life
4.4/5
5 stars (132)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (222)
Languages
4.5/5
3 stars (72)
Expenses
3.4/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
It is possible to request a free mentor service from ESN (Erasmus Student Network). They pick you up at the station and drive you to the Residence. They also offer any kind of help, especially during the first days. Read Review
aidadeburgos, Spain

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HOUSING    
by Regina, Universidad Católica San Antonio, Murcia, Spain
Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? This campus has 4 different buildings very big, so in total can live around 600 people. That's the best, because all the parties, friends and cultures are there. The distance from the center is only 5 minutes by bike. To the University as well, or 20 minutes walking. From the Medicine faculty is farer (15 or 20 minutes by bike), but the Guesthouse in Majella is too small, and the others too, so go to the Main Guest House in Brouwersweg 100. The best international home in my life!!!
Personal comments:
The Main Guest House is ok, there are place to play tennis and basketball, but you have to pay for the raquets and balls, so carry yours. Every working day the cleaning ladies go and they clean the communal kitchens and bathrooms together with the showers, pretty good. By the way, about your lease, you cannot take it off days, for example, if you think to leave in the middle of June, do it until the beginner of June, later you can add days for sure, and it's better than to loose the money, because you pay for sure every day that your lease says.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Regina, Universidad Católica San Antonio, Murcia, Spain
Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Well, that depends where the people are. In my semester the places were to go out the Highlander (the most, only for drinking), Shamrock (drink and play pool or table football), Meta (disco), The Ala (disco, go only on Fridays) and Backstage (reggae, rock, heavy, etc. look the program)!! Well, the atmosphere in Mastricht is very good, but the place to go are very few. Normally except Meta and Ala (about 05:30-06:30 am) the places close at 3 am in the weekends. Well, in the coffee-shop Heaven you can eat very good. As well there is a Chinese restuarant in the market square whit direction to the bridge, which only cost 6 euros during the working days until 5 pm, and it's a free buffet where you can eat a lot. The Turkish restuarant in front of the town hall in the market, it's also cheap. The rest you will find out it. Enjoy lovely Maastricht!!!
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ACADEMIC    
by Sebastian, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Business Studies, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
yes, make sure your english is very good, because the educational system is based on active participation and presentations about the study topics. Many students that don't speak good english have a very hard time adapting. Another thing, if you want have easy classes, dont choose the financial ones, because you'll have to study hard!



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
yes, final exams should actually evaluate what you learn during the course, instead of just testing how good you can memorize articles and authors. Final exams should target analysis, not memory! this is not highshool!

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by Joseph, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne: Paris I, Paris, France
Financial Management, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
All the courses were thaught in english and an important personal work was required every week including readings, papers, projects and presentations. This was a good way to really improve my english and to make it more practical than the english learnt in France or during occasional travels. About the local language, it's not essential the speak Ducth to live in Maastricht, at least for the University. In addition, most of the Ducth people are bilingual which makes evereday live easier for exchange students. For instance many German students study there as regular students but most of them don't speak Dutch. Nevertheless it's always pleasant to learn some words and basic phrases.
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EXPENSES    
by Regina, Universidad Católica San Antonio, Murcia, Spain
Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Generally the transport is very expensive, also is Holland nothing is free! you have to pay for everything, for using the toilet, for the plastic bags from the supermarket, for everything. But Maastricht is a very good place to travel from there, so close to Germany, France, Luxembourg and Belgium, and with ryanair or vbirb by plane, puff, perfect.
Food, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Overall: was the same price as at home.
Travel, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
It's better the ABN-Amro bank because of the customer service, they are nicer than in the others. By the way, the shops close at 6 pm from Monday to Friday except on Thursday (9 pm), on Monday open at 1 pm, and on Saturdays close at 5 pm. On Wednesdays and Fridays morning there is a market about food, the only place to find fresh fish that I discovered, etc. Two shops more in direction to the left from the Chiken Kentucky (come se llame) in the Market square there is a Chinese shop and there you can find phone cards to call abroad, inside of Europe it's about 12 euros for 300 minutes.
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OVERALL    
by aidadeburgos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Business Studies, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I made a school exchange at high school with a family in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), so I had an idea of how people are in this country. And I visited some cities as well.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Make sure you choose the appropiate courses, these are normally very hard, and if you finally do not like them and do not work on them, you will certainly not pass them. Also, take into account the special teaching sistem applied in this university (PBL: Problem Based Learning). Get informed at the website of the university: www.unimaas.com



FINAL COMMENTS

It is possible to request a free mentor service from ESN (Erasmus Student Network). They pick you up at the station and drive you to the Residence. They also offer any kind of help, especially during the first days.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
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