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Business & Economics, Maastricht University (MUSBE) - Fall, Spring and Year
 
This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
 
Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Your UCEAP Network
 
 
 
 
Academic Information
Program Overview
 
*There will not be a Dutch Culture and Language Program (DCL) for the 2013-14 spring semester.
There will be a 3-day orientation prior to the start of the spring term at Universoty College Maastricht.
 

Business and Economics Program

 
Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (MUSBE) attracts highly motivated and ambitious students from all over the world, and utilizes the Problem-Based Learning approach to studying (PBL). MUSBE is a highly ranked school in Economics and International Business Administration and offers study programs in international management, international economic studies, and international business studies. General coursework is not available. Completion of at least the intermediate micro/macro-economics series is strongly recommended for admission to this program. Math through the level of introduction to calculus is also strongly recommended.
 
All courses are taught in English. The program provides the means for you to study international business in the European context and develop uniquely marketable skills, such as conference presentation and report writing, which will enhance your future career opportunities. In short, MUSBE is for UC students who are willing to work hard, and it is where they will meet the future leaders in European business and government.
 
Past UCEAP participants with high UC GPAs have described most courses as extremely demanding and challenging, and they often feel that they learned more in their courses at Maastricht than in UC courses. Many courses require a solid background in quantitative analysis and most demand excellent writing and presentation skills. It is imperative that you check course content and required or expected prerequisites well in advance, since it is rarely possible to change your course registration once the semester has started.
 
Academic Culture

​Library & Study Facilities

Maastricht University has a great library with printed and digital resources. The Ecostat, a separate part of the MUSBE collection, includes records of various international organizations as well as annual reports. The library has computer facilities, various study lounges, as well as printers and copiers. You may also utilize the technical libraries at the University of Eindhoven for interlibrary loans or on-site research work. Eindhoven is a 60-minute train ride from Maastricht.
 

The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Approach

The courses at Maastricht do not follow a traditional lecture format. The university uses a distinctive Problem-Based Learning (PBL) methodology where you will work in small groups (10–12 students) on tasks (“problems”) and set your own learning objectives based on your background, education, and work experience. Learning in this system takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach so that both theoretical and practical issues are integrated. PBL is similar to graduate seminar work at UC. It is challenging and requires a combination of individual initiative and collaborative project management.
 
The core of PBL is the tutorial that meets for two hours twice a week. You will analyze problems from the Block Book, which provides you with tasks and study material, and defines your learning goals. The group will then disperse and you can work to reach these goals individually or with others. In each tutorial meeting, you will discuss the results of your study activities. A tutor (a lecturer or a senior student) also attends the meetings and serves as a subject expert. The tutor may guide the discussion whenever they believe this is needed.
 
PBL requires a great deal of self-motivation, independent study, and group study. You are expected to engage in study for 40 hours a week. Working in tutorial groups demands active participation. The social pressures exerted by group members often stimulate individual students to study diligently. You will learn useful skills, including how to work in teams, lead a group discussion, listen, summarize, and consider the interests and concerns of others.
 

Block Book

A Block Book provides tasks and study material. At the end of the block period, faculty review student evaluations and exam results to determine if the designated learning goals have been achieved. If this is not the case, the block is modified and subsequent blocks are adjusted to ensure that students meet the objectives of each block. 
Course Information

Courses at Maastricht are offered in seven- or eight-week blocks. You are required to register for two blocks each semester with two courses in each block. You can earn a maximum of 6 UC quarter units (4 semester units) for each course, or approximately 24 UC quarter units (16 semester units) per semester. You must register both blocks in MyEAP.

 

In making course selections, keep the following points in mind:
  • MUSBE uses the following course numbering system for its BA/MA courses: Courses numbered 2xxxB are second-year bachelor’s courses; 3xxxB are third-year bachelor’s courses; and 1xxxM are master’s courses (only available if you already have a bachelor’s degree when you apply to the program). 
  • Select only the courses for which you meet prerequisites. 
  • Finance accounting courses in particular and econometrics courses at Maastricht are extremely challenging and often presuppose a solid knowledge of calculus. You are advised against enrolling in such courses at any level unless you major in this field or have enough background to be successful. 
  • Courses on decision-making and game theory at the faculty are highly quantitative in character. 
  • Any course requiring economic modeling is likely to have a demanding workload.

Course Registration

You will receive an e-mail from the International Officer at MUSBE with information concerning online registration for courses, deadlines, and procedures. It is important that you make your selection by the deadline; it may be impossible to drop or add courses once the deadline passes.

 

Notes on Courses & Grades

  • Course registration at the host university alone does not constitute UC registration. You must register all host university courses in MyEAP to receive UC credit.
     
  • To receive credit for coursework completed abroad, you must meet the deadline for submitting course information into MyEAP.
     
  • Any requests to make changes to your study list after the deadline must be submitted by petition to the Academic Coordinator in the Netherlands. You will receive a Netherlands Student Handbook with information on how to complete and submit petitions.
     
  • Search the MyEAP Course Catalog for supplemental course information, including important details and restrictions, and a list of courses taken previously by UCEAP students (not an exclusive list of available courses).
     
  • For information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad
Grades
​For information about grades, see the Academic Information chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.

Exams

You will find that the final exams for Maastricht courses emphasize the entire reading list provided in the Block Book for each course. Many exams test your understanding of complicated theories and models covered only in that reading and not in group projects or discussion. It is common practice for Maastricht students to re-sit exams in which their marks were lower than they had hoped; however, this is not an option if you participate in the fall semester program only, so be prepared to do well on the final exam the first time it is administered. For those who do re-sit exams, note that if the grade of the re-sit is lower than the first try, the lesser grade will still count.
 
Grades for the fall semester are typically available by early April and grades for the spring semester are typically available by late August.
Extending UCEAP Participation
 
 
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
 
Improve Your Language Skills
​Many people in the Netherlands speak excellent English, and English is the language of instruction for all courses.
 
 
Social Conduct
 
 
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
 
*There will not be a Dutch Culture and Language Program (DCL) for the 2013-14 spring semester.
There will be a 3-day orientation prior to the start of the spring term at Universoty College Maastricht.
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
 
 
Travel Documents
 
 
 
Packing Tips
  
 
 
 
Insurance for Personal Possessions
 
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
It is important that you carefully read all of the information available in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and discuss it with the person who will assist you wih your finances while you are abroad.
 
 
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
 
 
Handling Money Abroad
  
 
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
 
You will have access to university computers. Advanced computer equipment is widely available and you will be given an e-mail address. You can also check this via the MU Blackboard system called ELEUM; once you have applied online and receive your ID and password, you can access ELEUM and explore the information provided.
 
Phones
 
 
Mail & Shipments
You may send mail prior to the  program start date to:
Maastricht University
School of Business and Economics
International Relations Office
Attn: [Student’s Name]
Postbus 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands
 
 
Housing & Meals
Housing
 
 
 
 
Meals
 
UCM does not have a cafeteria in its building, but you can use the Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics cafeteria.
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
 
The UCEAP student budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
Extracurricular Activities
 
 
Students with Disabilities
 
 
Travel Sign-out Form
 
Local & International News
 
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance
 
Liability Insurance
 
Staying Healthy

In addition to the following sections, read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad. For additional travel health information, access the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travelers’ Health web page.

 

Local Medical Facilities
 
Physical Health
​If you feel sick or have a medical emergency, contact the International Student Office of your university immediately. Your host university will have lists of doctors who have worked with international students in the past. They can recommend a clinic to visit and make arrangements with your professors if extended absence from class is expected.
Prescription Medications
 
Mental Health
 
Health Risks
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
 
Crime & Prevention
 
Civil Unrest
 
Traffic & Transportation Safety
 
UCEAP Contingency Plans
 
Fire Safety
 
 
In An Emergency
 
 
 
 
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