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Maastricht Graduate Exchange GWSB
Maastricht, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GW applicants only
Cost Estimate Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
Language(s) of Instruction:
Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
Level of Immersion:
Fully Integrated
Program Description:

Universiteit Maastricht

Is this Program for me?

maastrichtUniversiteit Maastricht is highly regarded in Europe for its unique teaching style and high-quality research and is known for its strengths in financial and fiscal economics, international economics studies and trade policy.  It is a distinctly international institution with 40% of the graduate population from foreign backgrounds and 700 exchange students annually. Moreover, Maastricht's School of Business and Economics focuses on educational innovation. All degree programs make use of Problem-Based Learning, with an emphasis on skills development – problem solving, group work, and self-directed learning – to prepare students optimally for the European and international knowledge society. 

The Maastricht exchange opportunity is open to all degree-seeking graduate students within the School of Business.


Maastricht gained international fame as the host of the European Summit in 1991, where the treaty of Maastricht was adopted as the formal foundation of the European Union.  The city is centrally located in Europe and is a short distance from Belgium, Germany, and France. Maastricht has an international flavor and is one of the oldest and historic cities in the Netherlands.


The academic calendar consists of 6 periods.  Exchange students have the option of attending for one period or a full semester. 
  • Fall Semester
    • Period 1 - late August - October
    • Period 2 - November - December
    • Period 3 - Mid-January (optional 2 week skills courses)
  • Spring Semester
    • Period 4 - February - Early April
    • Period 5 - Mid-April - Early June
    • Period 6 - Mid-June (optional 2 week skills courses)
*Exact dates may vary and do not include dates of exam re-sits.  Exchange students may participate in an exchange for one period.  


Courses at SBE are challenging and reflect real-life challenges faced in business today. Its unique problem-based learning (PBL) system encourages students to work collaboratively to analyze cases, develop innovative approaches, and identify unique methods for seeking solutions.  More information on Maastricht courses is available HERE.  

Language of Instruction

All courses in the School of Business and Economics are conducted in English.


Maastricht provides support for student housing.  All exchange students may apply for housing through Maastricht Housing which caters to exchange students.  Most buildings are located in the vicinity of campus.  As short-term housing can be difficult to find in the area, the "Maastricht Housing" option is strongly recommended for exchange students.  SBE cannot guarantee that all students who apply for a room via Maastricht Housing actually get a room. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.  Other off campus housing options are also shared with exchange students. 

Career Development

Exchange students have access to Maastricht's career center.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


Click HERE for cost estimates.

More Information

For a student perspective, visit Maastricht's School of Business and Economics Exchange Blog here:

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.  Please set up an appointment to meet with Lisa Brancheau at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Deadline:

Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th