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.
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.
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.
|2012-2013 Tuition (2013-2014 TBD)||$6,030|
|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|
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.
To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:
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 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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