Widely acknowledged as one of the premier accredited educational institutions of the world, the Maastricht University is the second youngest among Netherland’s 13 Dutch Universities. Its international ranking on all major industry compilations, including the most widely sought-after Times Higher Education and QS World Rankings remain consistently high. It is in fact included in QS’s prestigious Top 50 Under 50 lists as one of the 50 best-universities in the world (established under 50 years ago).
No doubt therefore, that the university attracts students in large numbers. Its international outlook is one of the best in all of Europe – 47 percent of the 16,000+ students that applied for courses in 2013 were from foreign nations. This provides for a very vivid campus life and opportunities to come across and interact with peers from different cultures.
The campus life at Maastricht University (UM)
Once enrolled with the triple accreditations winning university, you’ll have multiple debating societies, student-body as well as international associations to be a part of. These organizations typically introduce themselves to the newly inducted batch of students at the start of a semester. Student life at the UM benefits from more than just its accreditation bearing courses. The European University Accreditation provides an array of opportunities through cultural, sports and other extra-curricular activities in and around the city of Maastricht.
Cultural activities, co-curricular discussions and lectures are also arranged for students and the general public at the “Studium Generale” cultural programma. One of the most popular events is the fencing championship organized by Mas Incontro – the student fencing club at the Maastricht University.
The Studium Generale is a part of the university’s Student Service Center. Seated at the site of the former monastery (Bonnefanten), the Center assists students and offers academic, legal and financial advice to new students.
Student-managed media at UMThere are two forms of widely popular media handled entirely by students. These include the weekly newspaper Observant – published every week and circulated throughout the university and in 2012, another form of media was added, the television program BreakingMaas.
The Observant features educational information, news, columns and background articles, in both Dutch and English, primarily for the UM community. Breaking Maas on the other hand only airs in English. It features entertainment and news based programmers for students in English. The programme is also available on Facebook and YouTube, as well as the local television broadcaster RTV Maastricht.
Housing and accommodation Similar to the majority of other Dutch universities, the Maastricht University provides regular accommodation for students. It does, however, offer mediation services for students by participating in the student-housing foundation of the city. Local housing associations Maasvallei, Woonpunt and Servatius together provide over 2,700 apartments and rooms through the foundation. Private landlords are known to readily provide housing/lodging to the UM students and account for close to 8,000 accommodation options.
Overall, the campus and student life at Maastricht University provides for adequate international exposure, team building and high quality research and learning. It isn’t without reason after all, that the university was placed 6th globally in the list of the best 50 and 100 young universities by QS and the Times Higher Education respectively.