For February and September 2012 intake
Maastricht University, The Netherlands invites applications for its February and September 2012 intakes for all Bachelors and Masters Courses. It’s one of the universities in Europe that has topped 109 in the QS university world ranking and also stands 25th in the best universities for its MBA degree. In a telephonic conversation with Bert Fastré, Executive and training head ,Maastricht University, explains us how the university ,with regard to the special scholarships schemes and better education it offers, is advantageous to Indian students.
What’s the USP of Maastricht University?
Maastricht University is the most international university on the European mainland (47% foreign students), offering (international oriented) Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes fully taught in English. Despite the fact that our university is relatively young, Maastricht University is ranked very high internationally, our International Business programme (Bsc/Msc) is in the top 25 in the best world management programmes, Financial Times ranking.
Furthermore it stands out due to its unique Problem-Based Learning Method of instruction; we teach in small groups (max. 14 students) and use real-life business cases as a guideline to approach the theory. This makes education at our university more practical and concrete and especially appealing to Indian students.
What are the criteria for eligibility to the special scholarship schemes?
We have special India scholarships available for our Masters programmes. Criteria are: 1) Students must be admissible to one of our Masters programmes, 2) Students must have the Indian nationality and 3) Their age must not exceed 35 years at the time of admission. Applications can be filed via our website www.maastrichteducation.in.
UM India scholarships will have full tuition fee waivers and half tuition fee waivers for the 2012 masters programmes intake (while they also give1/3rd scholarships, the info on the website is not yet updated in that light).
Our UM High Potential scholarships (open to all international students) come in diverse forms (full or half tuition fee waivers + sometimes also coverage of living expenses)
Living expenses in the Netherlands:
The monthly amount for living expenses in the Netherlands is – according to official visa requirements – set at 680 EUR per month.
What are the requirements to avail for the scholarship?
In December, we will update this website with scholarship possibilities for the academic year 2012-2013. The application deadline will be 1 March 2012.
Applications for our India scholarships are to be send digitally to the Maastricht Education & Research centre (email Katerina or Bert) Bangalore (please see online application form + required documents online). All applications will thereafter be forwarded to Maastricht, where the scholarship board ultimately decides.
The faculty will proceed to a ranking based on quality. It will send its motivated selection to the Student Service Centre. The UM Scholarship Committee will make the final decision. In making its assessment, the UM Scholarship Committee takes all elements of the dossier into account. The level of previous study programmes, average grades, duration of the programme, content and originality of the study plan, motivation, status of the foreign institution, the connection with the prior programme, future plans, the proposal and the references are all taken into account in arriving at the final decision.
How many Indian students are pursuing the course in the university?
At this point have between 30 and 40 Indian students but our Indian student community is growing every year. We even have an Indian student organization (ISAM – Indian Student Association Maastricht)
Can students work part time during the course?
Yes, students can work up to 10 hours per week in which the student would approximately earn €9-10 per hour. There are plenty of possibilities to work such as call centers, shops or pubs. When working within the Maastricht University network you may, for example, take up one of the following positions: Research Assistant to a Professor, Assistant in the Student Service Centre.
What is the procedure for visa in Netherlands?
From the moment that students are admissible, our UM Visa office will contact the students and assist them with their student visa application. Interesting about the current Visa scheme of the Dutch government is that:
1) Students can work 10 hours per week on their student visa;
2) After graduation from our university, students get a “one-year-search-for-a-job visa extension” which means that they have one year to find a job in the Netherlands (and the rest of the EU Schengen area, including: Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy etc.). When students find a job in Europe, their visa will accordingly be extended for the duration of their employment. This is a unique opportunity for students who are also looking for some international working experience in Europe, in addition to their academic degree from Maastricht University.
How long does it take for the entire process?
Admissions for the September 2012 intake are open. Students should in any case apply before the 1st of May 2012 in order to get all formalities arranged before the start of the academic year.
What are the Job opportunities for students in Netherlands after the completion of course?
After completing a UM programme the graduate can apply for a ‘Search year’ visa, which enables you to stay in the Netherlands for one year and travel through the Schengen area in search of a job. In case you have not received your diploma at the moment you apply, the faculty can send you a declaration of intent, which can be used for this purpose.
The Schengen Area countries include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Does the university also provide help for further job prospects?
Yes, Maastricht University has its own international career department, called “UM Career Services” that assist students with their further career planning, applications and job- & interview training. UM career services have an extensive network and contact with companies and industries across Europe and beyond, and they have a database with internship and job vacancies available to our students. In addition, every faculty has its own career counseling department; Regular career events and campus recruitment activities are organized in every faculty.