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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 500 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 - September - 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.  


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.  

Exchange students can select courses out of the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Business Research
  • Master of Science in Econometrics and Operations Research
  • Master of Science in Economic and Financial Research
  • Master of Science in Financial Economics
  • Master of Science in Fiscal Economics
  • Master of Science in Human Decision Science
  • Master of Science in Information and Network Economics
  • Master of Science in International Business
  • Master of Science in Management of Learning

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 are offered a room at the Guesthouse UM which caters to exchange students.  One and two-person rooms and suites are available in easily accessible buildings located within the vicinity of campus.  As short-term housing can be difficult to find in the area, the "Guesthouse" is strongly recommended for 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 an advisor 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