- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Junior standing or above at the start of the program
The University of Maastricht is the youngest university in the Netherlands, but is considered to be one of the finest. The university is known for its unique education system, which uses Problem-Based Learning. The Center for European Studies (CES) offers a variety of coursework in English. Classes are small and are taught using a unique, problem-based learning technique. The program has strengths in international studies and politics, and includes introductory language and culture courses. Maastricht is a quaint city in southern Holland, just a bike ride away from Belgium or Germany.
Fall: mid August - mid December
Spring: mid January - early June
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Maastricht, located in the southeast corner of the Netherlands on the Maas River, was settled by the Romans in 50 B.C. It is the Netherlands' southernmost city, with a charming, international character. The city is proud of its many dining possibilities. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Brussels, and Cologne are within close proximity.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.