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    Hi,

    Just posting this on behalf of my girlfriend because she doesn't have an account, so I said I'd do it for her seeing as she is (/we are) nervous about her application.

    Anyway, basically she's applying to the Maastricht Psychology course for this September, and we have gone through all of the necessary applications procedures (passport/grades list/the multiple choice test/questionnaire) and have been told that we will be informed in July via DUO whether she has her place providing she gets her IB. However, I'm fairly worried as July is very late to start organising accommodation and such, so I was wondering if anyone could talk us through the procedure and what the chances of getting accepted are? Her grades last year weren't great (two of the three courses they asked for in the questionnaire maths/bio happen to be her two weakest subjects). I understand that its a numerous fixus program but what does that mean exactly? I've seen some say its a draw like a lottery, and others saying you get a number on a list and they top x amount of student depending on their criteria (and if so how many places do they have to offer?) Sorry for all the questions but the Dutch system is very different to what we're used to and we're hopin that someone with expertise can guide us)

    Thanks!
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    Hi,

    Just posting this on behalf of my girlfriend because she doesn't have an account, so I said I'd do it for her seeing as she is (/we are) nervous about her application.

    Anyway, basically she's applying to the Maastricht Psychology course for this September, and we have gone through all of the necessary applications procedures (passport/grades list/the multiple choice test/questionnaire) and have been told that we will be informed in July via DUO whether she has her place providing she gets her IB. However, I'm fairly worried as July is very late to start organising accommodation and such, so I was wondering if anyone could talk us through the procedure and what the chances of getting accepted are? Her grades last year weren't great (two of the three courses they asked for in the questionnaire maths/bio happen to be her two weakest subjects). I understand that its a numerous fixus program but what does that mean exactly? I've seen some say its a draw like a lottery, and others saying you get a number on a list and they top x amount of student depending on their criteria (and if so how many places do they have to offer?) Sorry for all the questions but the Dutch system is very different to what we're used to and we're hopin that someone with expertise can guide us)

    Thanks!
    Hi there Jack (and hello to your girlfriend),

    I hope I can help...

    Psychology is a popular programme and therefore the numbers are capped on how many places are available. This has therefore been awarded the 'numerous fixus' label.

    You can only apply for one 'numerous fixus' programme in the whole of the Netherlands (so your girlfriend couldn't apply for Psychology at the University of Groningen for example) as she could be holding multiple places when other students are trying to get a place also. She can however apply for other programmes which are not 'numerous fixus' to ensure she has a back up plan.

    Here at the University of Groningen there are 750 places and around 1,500 apply. Our selection procedure will see around 1,000 - 1,100 attend the testing day which means there is a 75% chance of attaining a place. I'm sorry I can't give you insight into Maastricht numbers however from their website it looks like they have 450 places available. If you're academically excellent you're pretty much guaranteed a place and if you're not there academically you'll be invited to complete the decentralised selection process.

    For those who have completed the decentralised selection procedure they'll be graded and will be allocated a number. They'll be informed of the number by mid June - so your girlfriend may be allocated the number 500 which means 50 people need to decline their place/not get their grades for her to attain a place.

    I would recommend calling Maastricht and asking them about the possibilities with accommodation and that you're a bit nervous about waiting until July to arrange it. I'm sure they'll have some advice for you. Also I'm sure there are a few Facebook groups too regarding housing in Maastricht so you could join them and see if there are landlords willing to hold you a room although that could see you at least forking out the deposit. Housing is a risk for pretty much all students in this process unfortunately.

    I think I've answered everything but if you have more questions please post them here and I'll try to help. Good luck to your girlfriend!
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    Hey,
    I also completed the selection process for psychology at Maastricht university and I am ranked 437 when the number of admitted students is 420. They told me that it is still possible for me to be admitted if some of the admitted students won't take their place. Do you know if you girlfriend got a place or how many students usually reject their place? I don't know if it is possible that 17 students will give up their place at Maastricht university...
 
 
 
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