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Dept HRIM: Maastricht
Maastricht, Netherlands
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Hotel Management
 Type of Program:
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

The Hotel Management School Maastricht is one of the two leading hospitality management programs in the Netherlands. Located on the grounds of a medieval castle on the outskirts of Maastricht in the southern most tip of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg, the School boasts a rich history of educating leading European hoteliers and restaurateurs. Founded in 1950, the School has about 1100 students, taking in 300 new students every year from the Netherlands and around the world, educated by a faculty and staff of about 110. The Hotel Management School Maastricht offers a bachelor degree in hospitality management and two master's degree programs, and teaches all of its courses in English.
The exchange program between the Hotel Management School Maastricht and the Penn State School of Hospitality Management is open to hospitality management (HRIM) students only. Students will take one course on current topics in US Hospitality Industry and other hospitality related courses.

For more information about this program, contact Dan Mount at

Hotel Management SchoolPrerequisites
Students must be studying within the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State University Park or Berks in order to participate for this program.

Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. To learn how the credits on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. Students will take 15 credits/30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) per semester. 1 ECTS = 0.5 PSU credit.

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 page. 

Housing and Meals
Housing is provided in a dormitory or student residence near campus, where students will be responsible for providing their own meals. There is a cafeteria on campus.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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, scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

Maastricht SkylineFor More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

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

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:

  • Education Abroad Questionnaire
  • 1 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. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 02/10/2014 07/05/2014

** 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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