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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)
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Universiteit Maastricht review by Victor

Review by Victor, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria
European Studies, Erasmus
HOUSING    
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? We lived in the Guesthouse of the University. That was the best part of all - you meet new people, you communicate, you make contacts, you try to find time to study and so on. Overall, private housing when on Erasmus is not a good option. Its better to be with the other students and relate to them all.
Personal comments:
The Guesthouse is great. Its at a perfect location - just a few minutes off uni, it has all the amenities one might need, including own TV, clipboard, wireless and so on. There are many facilities available and there is security and clerks 24/7. Everything is taken care off.
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STUDENT LIFE    
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
Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Shamrock Rocks!!!
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ACADEMIC       5.0 / 5
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:
The PBL system employed in the university works great. Overall, great courses and methods of delivery.



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:
Very well organized. Less time for study though and a very rigid schedule :)

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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?
No, it wasn't.
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: No problems in any areas (including slang)
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:
Every Dutch citizen speaks perfect English. Totally no problem everywhere you go; whoever you interact with.
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EXPENSES    
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
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
Everything is double or triple what I pay for at home. That is, however, due to the economic situation in my country of origin and were I from any other European state, I would have not had any financial problems.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Aldi is just around the corner of the Guesthouse. Don't withdraw money from the ATMs when from a home bank - make sure you make an account with the local ones.
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OVERALL    
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...
Not really - you learn as you go!
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



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:
It is a great University. I would like to study my Masters there.



FINAL COMMENTS

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