Maastricht University (UM) School of Business and Economics (SBE):
Maastricht is one of the oldest and most attractive cities in the Netherlands. Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) has been awarded three prestigious accreditations, resulting in the triple crown accreditation. SBE creates a sound study environment by providing its students with modern and technical, well-equipped study rooms and research facilities, a large selection of reference books, various work stations throughout the school, as well as a central student services centre. An active, collaborative partnership with companies in the business community complements the opportunities available at Maastricht University.
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date
Must not be in graduating semester (last semester).
Must have at least a cumulative GPA 2.5 of or above.
Should be SBA major/minor.
Length of Stay:
One or two semesters.
Program Fees and Costs:
Exchange students pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-16 credits) in addition to Student Activities fees. Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to study in the Netherlands:
- Members of the EU or EEA
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United States of America
- Vatican City State
A visa is necessary for nationals of all other countries when staying for more than three months. All non-EU nationals need a residence permit for a stay of more than three months.
Please check the webpage of the UM Visa Office for more information: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/visa
for complete information on the visa application process.
All exchange students must have valid health insurance coverage during their stay abroad. They can either purchase on their own or from a health care provider in the Netherlands.
At UM, you can register for no more than four courses per semester.
Courses at Maastricht University are challenging and reflect real-life challenges faced in business today. Its unique problem-based learning model encourages students to work collaboratively to analyse cases, develop innovative approaches, and identify unique methods for seeking solutions.
The academic calendar
at UM is divided into two semesters, a fall and a spring semester. Each semester is comprised out of three different course periods. Periods 1, 2, and 3 comprise the fall semester. Course periods 4, 5 and 6 comprise the spring semester. The academic year at SBE runs from the beginning of September until the end of August (the year after).
- Period 1 and 2: during which you can take a maximum of two regular courses and a minimum of one regular course (most general courses are worth 6,5 ECTS)
- Period 3: during which you can take one skills training (worth 4 ECTS) - period 3 is not compulsory for exchange students and these 4 ECTS credits will not transfer back to AUS.
- Period 4 and 5: during which you can take a maximum of two regular courses and a minimum of one regular course (most general courses are worth 6,5 ECTS)
- Period 6: during which you can take one skills training (worth 4 ECTS) - period 6 is not compulsory for exchange students and these 4 ECTS credits will not transfer back to AUS.
The maximum workload at SBE is two regular business courses per regular course period and one skills training per skills training period. And all regular courses require 182 hours of study, of which 42 hours need to be considered as contact hours. This means that on average a student is expected to spend 26 hours of study per week per course. Taking two business courses, you will be expected to spend 52 hours of study per week. Adding a third course would just not be feasible.
Taking an extra regular course during period 1 or 2 is not allowed at SBE due to their education system and the high workload. Scheduling-wise it is impossible to add an extra course since all their courses have a 100% attendance requirement, which already makes it quite difficult for their scheduling office to schedule two courses without overlap in time schedules.
You register for your courses via Student Portal
before the deadlines. As long as you register for courses during the registration period - and before the deadline-participation is guaranteed; there is no limit to the number of participants per course. If you have specific questions regarding course contents, please contact the coordinator of that course. The coordinators’ names and e-mail addresses are mentioned in the course database
Exchange students can select courses out of the following programmes:
- Bachelor of Science in International Business
- Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Econometrics & Operations Research
- Master of Science in Business Research
- Master of Science in in Econometrics and Operations Research
- Master of Science in Economic Studies (previously International Economic Studies)
- Master of Science in Economic and Financial Research
- Master of Science in Financial Economics (Asset Pricing, Banking, Financial Analysis)
- Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management and Change
- Master of Science in Human Decision Science
- Master of Science in Information & Network Economics
- Master of Science in International Executive
- Master of Finance and Control
- Master of Science in Management of Learning
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development
- Master of Science in International Business.
UM’s School of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited. Taking courses outside their School of Business and Economics is not allowed.
For more information about business courses: http://code.unimaas.nl/
No Engineering courses
Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students would be provided with the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to approval. There are no courses where exchange students are strictly forbidden from enrolling, but some courses have additional requirements.
Most exchange students end up staying at the UM Guesthouse. The buildings are located in the vicinity of the Faculties and are easily accessible by bike or on foot. Unfortunately SBE cannot guarantee that all students who apply for a room at the Guesthouse actually get a room. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and we have no influence on that process. Reserving a room at the UM Guesthouse is possible via the on-line reservation system at www.Maastrichthousing.com
How to find housing on your own?
Of course exchange students are not obliged to get a room in the UM Guesthouse, even though it is the easiest option. Students can also find a room on the private market. Check the following websites for alternatives:
: local, outgoing students sublet their room for a short period of time to incoming students.
: acts as intermediary for the local housing corporations in the so-called “social” rent sector, and is also the portal for the UM Guesthouse.
AUS students on grants/scholarships must obtain approval from the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships before starting a semester abroad at a host university. In cases where the AUS student pays tuition directly to AUS for study abroad, the student will continue to use their AUS grants and AUS-funded scholarships for that semester abroad. These students should speak with the Financial Grants and Scholarship Manager for more information. Students sponsored by an organization outside of AUS are responsible for making arrangements with their sponsor.
Exchange Programme: http://maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/exchange/sbe#incoming