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Undergraduate Global Immersion in Netherlands

Maastricht, Netherlands: Universiteit Maastricht

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and School

The Netherlands are among the strongest U.S. trade partners and currently account for 3% of all U.S. exports. The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated the country as second globally for best overall business environment. The Financial Times recognizes the country for its strategic location serving markets from Europe to Africa and the Middle East.

Maastricht is located on the border of the Netherlands just a short distance from both Belgium and Germany. As the charming provincial capital of Limburg, it's one of the oldest and most attractive cities in the Netherlands. The nation has long been an international hub with the world's largest seaport at Rotterdam and the international airport at Schiphol outside Amsterdam.

Universiteit Maastricht is recognized as the finest finance and accounting bachelor education in Europe. It is a distinctly international institution with one in four students enrolled being from outside the Netherlands. Its unique teaching approach and international network has consistently placed it among the best schools globally in comparative research. And active collaborative partnership with companies in the business community round out the world of opportunity available at Universiteit Maastricht.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: early September to late December

Spring semester: late January to mid June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 14 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at Universiteit Maastricht and take four courses at Maastricht (2 courses per module) to meet minimum requirements.

Courses at Universiteit Maastricht are challenging and reflect real-life challenges faced in business today. Maastricht follows a problem-based learning model which encourages students to work collaboratively to analyze cases, develop innovative approaches, and identify unique methods for seeking solutions. Students take an active role during lectures and express their thoughts and viewpoints verbally as well as in writing. Primary areas of study include Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organization, and Strategy. Students can also pursue specialized topics in Knowledge Development & Distribution, Business Intelligence & Decision Making, and Crisis Management.

All courses at Maastricht are completely taught in English but exchange students interested in language learning have access to Dutch language courses for a nominal fee.


Limited space in the University of Maastricht Guesthouse is available for exchange students. UM Guesthouse buildings are easily accessible to campus by bike or on foot. Students may also choose to arrange their own housing on the private market. Those arranging housing independently are advised to start looking well in advance.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.
2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,200
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization) $775
Books and Materials $350
Room and/or Board $3,800
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $17,655

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies.

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Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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