Maastricht University Scholarships for International Students

Internationally small-scale – an oxymoron that only Maastricht University (UM) can pull off. Established in 1976, what this young university lacks in tenure, it more than makes up for with its openness to in all things big and small.

Research is a key pillar in UM, opening its mind to the “Sciences+” – the intersection of empirical fact with opportunities for impact. Working closely with public and private partners, UM grounds universal themes such as Quality of Life, Innovation, and Sustainability, through its innovative Problem-based Learning System. With hands-on training at the forefront, UM takes pride in pioneering this educational model that focuses on “learning by doing”, ensuring that lessons do not end in the classroom.

Openness to people through diversity and inclusivity is at the heart of UM’s identity. The university is home to students of more than 100 nationalities; more than 50% of students and 40% of staff are from abroad. The small-scale result – International Classrooms. UM classes are taught mostly in English and feature multi-cultural themes bringing forth international perspectives.

This open approach to education has allowed Maastricht University to make strides as a young university – it ranks sixth in the Times Higher Ranking’s top young universities in the world, and places 19th in the QS ‘Top 50 under 50’. But more importantly, it continues to open doors for European education – from being one of the 18 founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network to the coordinator of Young Universities for the Future of Europe, an initiative to create a Europe-wide educational experience.

Maastricht University opens up to the challenge of being world-class, but of course, quality comes at a premium. As such, the university offers scholarship options below:

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Undergraduate Scholarships at Maastricht University

1. UCM Tuition fee waiver

  • Scholarship Amount: Difference between standard Dutch tuition fee and Maastricht University, for up to 36 months.
  • Eligibility Criteria: EU/EEA residents applying for UM Liberal Arts & Sciences courses with insufficient funding.
  • Scholarship Link

Residents in the EU/EEA region might hesitate to apply to Maastricht University because of higher tuition fees than those set by the Dutch Government. To even the score, the university offers a partial tuition fee waiver to cover the difference. This scholarship is valid for the tuition of any UM Liberal Arts & Sciences course for up to 36 months.

Students must apply for this Maastricht University scholarship alongside their official application to be considered. Additional requirements to be uploaded on the MyUM portal include a letter explaining the inability to pay, backed by proof of current finances, to be deliberated on by the UM Board of Admissions.

2. Candriam Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: Tuition waiver for 3 years, plus 600 EUR study allowance per year and living expenses of 950 EUR per month.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Citizen of EU/EEA region, Switzerland or Surinam; A first-generation student of UM; Applied to UM Economics and Business Economics or International Business courses for the coming school year.
  • Scholarship Link

Candriam is a European-based asset management firm that advocates for sustainable investing, and funds research and education on this discipline. The company offers to sponsor selected students who have applied to UM’s Economics and Business Economics or International Business Bachelor degree courses by fully shouldering tuition costs, along with an allowance for study and living expenses.

To qualify for this scholarship available at Maastricht University, students must be a citizen of the EU/EEA region, Switzerland or Surinam, and submit a complete application to the aforementioned courses for the coming school year before the prescribed deadline. He must also be a “first-generation student”, or first in the family to pursue a university education.

Applications are uploaded online with supplementary documents such as curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, and a letter of recommendation from the previous educational institution. These will be assessed and ranked by the faculty of UM for awarding.

3. Prof. Jo Ritzen Scholarships for French students

  • Scholarship Amount: full tuition waiver, maximum of 36 months.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Student of French nationality, obtaining an MVV residence permit; A first-generation student of UM; Applied for bachelor program European Law School at Maastricht University.
  • Scholarship Link

This scholarship is named after Professor Jo Ritzen, a former president of UM and former Minister of Education and Science who started the fund. The scholarship aims to grant deserving French students a full tuition waiver in their Bachelor of Laws degree at the UM Faculty of Law. Applicants must be first-generation students of UM working on obtaining an MVV residence permit.

To apply, students must first apply for the European Law School course and use the ID number as a reference to the application form. This is to be submitted alongside a reference letter. Applications will be screened based on academic performance, previous qualifications and their fit with the course, personal motivation, career aspirations, and references.

Maastricht University also features competitive postgraduate scholarships for Master’s students as follows:

Postgraduate Scholarships at Maastricht University

1. Maastricht University Holland-High Potential scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition waiver for select Master’s degree programs, plus living expenses, health insurance, visa application costs, and pre-academic training costs.
  • Eligibility Criteria: 35 years old and below; citizens of a non-EU/EEA country; applied to a UM Master’s program for the following school year with no prior participation in any degree-obtaining program in the Netherlands.
  • Degree Offered: Master’s
  • Scholarship Link

The Maastricht University Holland-High Potential scholarship is a collaboration between the Maastricht University Scholarship Fund and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. This prestigious scholarship features a full tuition waiver for select Master’s degree programs and a monthly stipend for living expenses. It also covers important costs for international students such as health insurance, visa application, and pre-academic training costs.

Students must be 35 years old and below, citizens of a non-EU/EEA country, and have applied to a UM Master’s program for the following school year. They must not have applied to any degree-obtaining program in the Netherlands prior. After applying for the course, scholarship application forms for select faculties are submitted separately through the UM portal, along with a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, academic records, and contact details of one referee. The top 5% of applicants per faculty are nominated for the final round of assessments. Only 24 Master’s degree students outside the EU/EEA region are awarded this scholarship per academic year.

2. Maastricht University Holland Euregion Refugee Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: Partial tuition waiver for a 1-2 year Master’s program (exceptions apply), plus pre-training costs
  • Eligibility Criteria: Refugee with a residence permit in Belgium or Germany; currently living in Meuse-Rhine Euregion; Applied for UM Master’s program, with no prior Master’s degree-seeking program in the Netherlands.
  • Degree Offered: Master’s
  • Scholarship Link

In support of providing education opportunities to refugees, the Maastricht University Holland Euregion Refugee Scholarship is a program exclusively for refugee students residing in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. It features a substantial tuition waiver to reduce the student’s remaining paid fees to 2,143 EUR – equal to a type III residence permit holder in the Netherlands.

To apply for this Maastricht University scholarship, submit applications online with a curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, academic records, consent form, and proof of residence. The top 5% of applicants per faculty will then be shortlisted for a final check before awarding. Note that the Medicine and Physician-Clinical Investigator Master’s programs are not eligible for this scholarship.

3. Fulbright / Maastricht University Award

  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition waiver for 1-year Master’s program, plus free housing, a living allowance of 11,700 EUR, and travel allowance of 1,000 EUR
  • Eligibility Criteria: Students residing in US institutions applying in UM; not a Dutch citizen
  • Degree Offered: Master’s
  • Scholarship Link

A collaboration between the United States and Dutch governments, the Fulbright program provides students in U.S. institutions with international opportunities for higher education. Maastricht University supports the partnership by offering two Master’s program slots for U.S.-based international students.

Application to the Fulbright / Maastricht University Award is separate from the course application via the Fulbright website Note there might be additional requirements or online interviews as necessary for the deliberation process. Applications to Fulbright can be done first, but proof of acceptance in UM is necessary to be a viable candidate for this scholarship available at Maastricht University.

Scholars will receive funds to support them inside and outside the classroom – a full tuition waiver, free housing, a monthly stipend of 1,300 EUR for 9 months’ living expenses, and a one-time travel allowance of 1,000 EUR.

 

More scholarship options are available on the school’s official website.