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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Sarah Spiegel
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
School of International Affairs, Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Advertising, Art History, Asian Studies, Biobehavioral Health, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Global Studies, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, International Business, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Statistics, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:
City view of Maastricht

Program Overview     

Wheel with flowersMaastricht, 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.

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. 

You will have the opportunity to enroll in one of five exciting program tracks through the Center for European Studies:

With any of these tracks, you will also have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of University of Maastricht courses with local Dutch students. More information about the range of courses on this program can be found at the Maastricht University CES website

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Education Abroad Credits

Windmill in HollandYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
The University of Maastricht uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students are required to take the equivalent of a minimum of 12 credits US/24 ECTS and a maximum of 16 credits US/33 ECTS.  

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CES Maastricht Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies webpage. 


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. 
  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals

You will live in an international student dormitory on or near campus, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.



Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/19/2018 06/09/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 08/17/2018 12/22/2018
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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