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Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

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Maastricht. Time management is key!
Leon K
Netherlands, Undergraduate
Marketing and Sales Management
Overall
Maastricht can be an amazing place to study, if you manage your  time properly. It sounds less important than it is, but it is the single most importat skill you will need to learn in Maastricht (School of Business and Economics). From the first period onwards, your will be flooded with assignments and group work. If you do not manage it properly, your hobbies, your relationships and other interest might suffer alot. 

What if you manage your time properly? You will be rewarded with one of the most international student communities in the world.  And all of them have amazing stories to tell. Strong bonds will quickly form among the students and the community will develop an incredibe charm. Especially, when times get rought during the exam period. We call it the "Maastricht spirit". 

The courses themselves are well organised, the applied nature of most of the courses equip you with very decent presentation skills and all sorts of other soft skills. That is why most graduates from Maastricht easily enter the job market as consultants. Especially in German companies, graduates from Maastricht are very high in demand. 

Lastly, the value of interests, hobbies, education beyond the regular schedule can not be emphasised enough. Try out as many things as you can. Time management is key!
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Pros
Soft Skills, International experience, network, beautiful city
Cons
High workload, few cultural activities
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Double Degree great for your CV
Lara H
Germany, Graduate
Development Studies
Overall
MSc in Public Policy & Human Development is offered as a double degree program by Maastricht University and the United Nations University-MERIT. The first semester discusses a lot of data science (Using STATA) as well as the basics of public policy, economics and an intense course in public policy analysis. The second semester depends entire on the specialization that you choose (6 options). I chose regional integration & multilevel governance in which I did not learn as much as I had hoped, while the last course offered a lot of insight into Logistical Framework analysis, stakeholder analysis and project management. The other courses were very basic and while I learned more about regional studies I didn’t gain any valuable skills. I know other specializations felt better prepared for the job market (e.g. social protection) so be sure to do your research before choosing your specialization
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Pros
Double Degree, Practical Skills, Professors have lots of experience
Cons
Unorganized, Schedules published late, Experience depends on specialization
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Teaching method
Gerald B
Belgium, Undergraduate
Law
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One of Maastricht University (UM) strongest asset is the teaching method. The problem-based learning method has spread throughout the Netherlands. It works very well, as it offers the opportunity for students to interact with each other in small groups. However, the issue with such system is that it requires a lot of teachers (as a result of having small groups). Thus, you might end up with a bachelor or a master student giving class. Sometimes, I felt that the difference in the teaching level between a professor or a assistant and a student was considerable.
A part of that, Maastricht was an amazing experience and a great working environment.
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Pros
small group classes, working environment, atmosphere
Cons
student giving class, limited library capacity (currently expanding working spaces)
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Great program, little perspective
Maxim T
Netherlands, Graduate
European Studies
Overall
The European Studies program provides the students a large diversity of courses in different fields such as history, politics, economics and law. All of the being focused on the European Union and its functioning. 
Maastricht University has a high percentage of international tutors as well as students which creates a special experience. Moreover, the tutorials groups are constantly changing (every aprx. 2 months) which gives the students the possibility to meet as many new people as possible.
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Pros
highly ranked programm
Cons
no support after the graduation
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Bachelor's Student of Digital Society at Maastricht University
Joel G
Netherlands, Undergraduate
Computer Science / IT
Overall
My program is called "Digital Society" (not listed on iAgora). It is a multi-disciplinary research bachelor that encourages us to learn the technical workings of specific technologies and research best practice applications. I have focused my research on AI, HealthTech, E-health, and blockchain. This programme is ideal for students who have a specific technology sector in mind that they want to become an expert in.
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Pros
Students can freely choose research topics
Cons
Since this programme is taking place for the first time, it is not rare not the organization is not optimal.
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Regina G
Universidad Catˇlica San Antonio, Murcia, Spain
Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
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!!!
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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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