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To anyone considering applying to Maastricht university, DON'T!

This university is an absolute horror show. From the administration, to the professors (note some of the professors are really lovely and really try), to their facilities, to their examination procedure, almost everything sucks!

Maastricht had been my first choice university for my masters since my first year as a bachelor student, so I was super excited when I got accepted. Unfortunately, this excitement subsided after my first week at Maastricht. Here are some of the many reasons for why I, and many of my co-years hate it here:

1. The administration. At first their administration seemed quick and efficient - their admissions office is really good at quickly signing up students. But after I had accepted my spot the troubles started. They wouldn't sign the forms I needed to apply to financial support from my country (because for some reason that was against their policy), they wouldn't give me my student card, even though I asked for it 3 times a month for over 6 months, their communication is slow and rarely answers your questions, and many other instances that almost drove me and other students to tears in frustration.

2. The have so many random rules, and bureaucracy, that no-one can remember, so things are extremely slow, and nothing ever works and staff are afraid to make decisions because they're not sure if they're complying with the rules. E.g. Remember how I didn't get my student card. During the exam period the library is overcrowded, su students have to show their student card to prove they're studying at UM. I did bring my letter of enrolment and passport, to show that I did study at UM, but was not let into the library, "BECAUE ONLY THE STUDENT CARD PROVES THAT YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE".

3. Forget trying to apply for any kind of disability support (e.g. ADHD or Dyslexia) for the exams, it took me and two other people from my year almost 8 weeks of back and forth to get any kind of support, because they did not want to accept doctors certificates from other countries (even though they were in English). My co-year went to get her dyslexia tested AGAIN which set her back several hundred euros.

4. Talking about exams, rules here are random and retarded again. Exams frequently start late because of poor organisation, but no extra time is awarded. Evne when exams start on time, students who sit in the front row get the exams first and get to start writing, while those sitting in the back have to wait a good 3 minutes before they also get to start. Still everyone has to stop writing at the same time. When we complained to the board of examiners they said "THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THAN DOING IT THE WAY WE'RE DOING IT" - I must have dreamed all the times I've taken exams at my old university and high school, and examiners managed to have everyone start at the same time, and give us all the time they promised us. This is just another example of the ineptness of the administration at this university.

5. Professors don't seem to give a **** about you. While I have to excuse some, because they're amazing and lovely people, that just seem very stressed, it is still extremely frustrating to barely ever get a response, have your professors forget who you are even after you've talked to them dozens of times (and no, it's not the size of this university, my old uni was way bigger and professors still managed to remember their students). I assume the biggest problem is that many of the professors here are way to over worked, and many of them have responsibilities other than teaching and research. E.g. one of our professors was so busy that we had to cancel 3 out of 9 tutorials with him.

6. The workload is way too high. I know students frequently say this, and when I think back to me saying this during my bachelor I have to laugh. But the fact is that to keep up with the workload at the masters level we have to work 80-100+ hours a week. This causes students to have mental and physical health issues, and many of the students in my class started taking study drugs to manage the pressure. If this was oxbridge, I'd understand, but maastricht is a second class university, and not worth this much work. You should rather look into going to a more reputable university, that likely offers a lower workload.

7. Maastricht university's stats about being so international are extremely deceiving. I don't have the actual numbers, but it feels like well over 80% of the international students are germans, which really isn't that much fun if you're not german, because many (NOT ALL) of the Germans group together and form these german communities, that can be quite hard for other foreigners to get into.

8. Adding to 7. the level quality of English spoken here is extremely low. I, as a native speaker, have gotten noticeably worse at speaking english, and many of the students and professors speak so poorly that it can be hard to understand them, not adding to the quality of the courses.

There are surely many more reasons not to chose Maastricht University, and of course this is mostly just my experience (though many of my classmates and friends here, largely agree with my points). Just do yourself a favour and chose a different university.
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Thats a shame to hear about your bad experience. May I ask what subject you are taking? And how do you plan to rectify this situation, will you be leaving for anouther uni or will you be staying on for the duration of your course?
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Whew! That is quite the rant. It would help if you mentioned where you did your undergraduate degree (the answer might explain why you find the workload so difficult),since all we know about you is that you are a native speaker of English. I visited Maastricht with my son for an open day at their University College,and I was rather impressed with the university on the whole (my son,less so)...the event was well organized,and everyone from the school was extremely hospitable. I think your point about them inflating their "international" credentials is valid. I suspect over 75% of their foreign students are German or Belgian...but the tone of your post is so strident, that it calls into question your credibility.

(Original post by OdaFPN)
To anyone considering applying to Maastricht university, DON'T!

This university is an absolute horror show. From the administration, to the professors (note some of the professors are really lovely and really try), to their facilities, to their examination procedure, almost everything sucks!

Maastricht had been my first choice university for my masters since my first year as a bachelor student, so I was super excited when I got accepted. Unfortunately, this excitement subsided after my first week at Maastricht. Here are some of the many reasons for why I, and many of my co-years hate it here:

1. The administration. At first their administration seemed quick and efficient - their admissions office is really good at quickly signing up students. But after I had accepted my spot the troubles started. They wouldn't sign the forms I needed to apply to financial support from my country (because for some reason that was against their policy), they wouldn't give me my student card, even though I asked for it 3 times a month for over 6 months, their communication is slow and rarely answers your questions, and many other instances that almost drove me and other students to tears in frustration.

2. The have so many random rules, and bureaucracy, that no-one can remember, so things are extremely slow, and nothing ever works and staff are afraid to make decisions because they're not sure if they're complying with the rules. E.g. Remember how I didn't get my student card. During the exam period the library is overcrowded, su students have to show their student card to prove they're studying at UM. I did bring my letter of enrolment and passport, to show that I did study at UM, but was not let into the library, "BECAUE ONLY THE STUDENT CARD PROVES THAT YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE".

3. Forget trying to apply for any kind of disability support (e.g. ADHD or Dyslexia) for the exams, it took me and two other people from my year almost 8 weeks of back and forth to get any kind of support, because they did not want to accept doctors certificates from other countries (even though they were in English). My co-year went to get her dyslexia tested AGAIN which set her back several hundred euros.

4. Talking about exams, rules here are random and retarded again. Exams frequently start late because of poor organisation, but no extra time is awarded. Evne when exams start on time, students who sit in the front row get the exams first and get to start writing, while those sitting in the back have to wait a good 3 minutes before they also get to start. Still everyone has to stop writing at the same time. When we complained to the board of examiners they said "THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THAN DOING IT THE WAY WE'RE DOING IT" - I must have dreamed all the times I've taken exams at my old university and high school, and examiners managed to have everyone start at the same time, and give us all the time they promised us. This is just another example of the ineptness of the administration at this university.

5. Professors don't seem to give a **** about you. While I have to excuse some, because they're amazing and lovely people, that just seem very stressed, it is still extremely frustrating to barely ever get a response, have your professors forget who you are even after you've talked to them dozens of times (and no, it's not the size of this university, my old uni was way bigger and professors still managed to remember their students). I assume the biggest problem is that many of the professors here are way to over worked, and many of them have responsibilities other than teaching and research. E.g. one of our professors was so busy that we had to cancel 3 out of 9 tutorials with him.

6. The workload is way too high. I know students frequently say this, and when I think back to me saying this during my bachelor I have to laugh. But the fact is that to keep up with the workload at the masters level we have to work 80-100+ hours a week. This causes students to have mental and physical health issues, and many of the students in my class started taking study drugs to manage the pressure. If this was oxbridge, I'd understand, but maastricht is a second class university, and not worth this much work. You should rather look into going to a more reputable university, that likely offers a lower workload.

7. Maastricht university's stats about being so international are extremely deceiving. I don't have the actual numbers, but it feels like well over 80% of the international students are germans, which really isn't that much fun if you're not german, because many (NOT ALL) of the Germans group together and form these german communities, that can be quite hard for other foreigners to get into.

8. Adding to 7. the level quality of English spoken here is extremely low. I, as a native speaker, have gotten noticeably worse at speaking english, and many of the students and professors speak so poorly that it can be hard to understand them, not adding to the quality of the courses.

There are surely many more reasons not to chose Maastricht University, and of course this is mostly just my experience (though many of my classmates and friends here, largely agree with my points). Just do yourself a favour and chose a different university.
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Yeah we have people like you coming and complaining about their negative experience and their workload at MU every year. The university is not for everyone and I am sorry to tell you but by the way you are ranting here about how **** everything is you remind of the same people who come here every year and who just don’t have what it takes to manage their studies. It is very easy to start complaining at the university if you are failing or struggling but in reality, from what I read, you seem to not understand that you probably are just not good enough to make it here like so many others.
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Thats a shame to hear about your bad experience. May I ask what subject you are taking? And how do you plan to rectify this situation, will you be leaving for anouther uni or will you be staying on for the duration of your course?
Sorry for the late reply. I'm taking The research master in Cognitive Neuroscience. It's better now because I'm doing my research internship, at a different university (the one good thing about this master is that we get to take a 9+ month research internship, which I really enjoy). I wanted to leave after the first semester, but the problem was that I came on a scholarship provided by my country, and if I had dropped out I'd have to pay back the whole sum, which I couldn't afford.

As my class representative I have actively tried to work with the administration to try and improve things, but progress is very slow, and students are too busy to spend much time on improving the master and administration. To me it often seemed like the people at the faculty I dealt with, intentionally tried to drag out the process so it wouldn't be done before we left, and then we wouldn't care anymore.

For now I'm just happy to be done with this university for now.
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Whew! That is quite the rant. It would help if you mentioned where you did your undergraduate degree (the answer might explain why you find the workload so difficult),since all we know about you is that you are a native speaker of English. I visited Maastricht with my son for an open day at their University College,and I was rather impressed with the university on the whole (my son,less so)...the event was well organized,and everyone from the school was extremely hospitable. I think your point about them inflating their "international" credentials is valid. I suspect over 75% of their foreign students are German or Belgian...but the tone of your post is so strident, that it calls into question your credibility.
Sorry for the late reply. I did my undergrad at University of Colorado Boulder and an exchange semester at UCL. I had actually already gotten in to Maastricht when I applied for my bachelors but at the time I got a better financial support package from UC. I think the main reason that I wanted to do my masters at Maastricht was that I had not been able to do my bachelors there, and a lot of my best friends ended up going to Maastricht and had a good time (they did the University College Maastricht thing). I retrospect I regret my decision, because I could probably have gotten into way better colleges than Maastricht for my masters and probably had a better time. Aren't we all smarter in hindsight?

I do agree with your assessment, the info days are pretty well organised, and they seem to put a lot of effort into recruiting new students. We had the dean of the University College travel to our high school to recruit us, which is how I first learned of Maastricht.

Unfortunately they do paint a quite deceiving image of the university to lure in students. I think maybe if they were a bit more honest about what students actually end up getting students wouldn't be so disappointed.

For example, they claim that it's easy to get student housing when moving to maastricht (which I fortunately have been very lucky with) but every year there are dozens if not hundreds of students who end up sleeping on other people's couches, or end up having to go home again because they can't find anything.

They also claimed that you'd have close contact with your professors, but as I stated above, that has never been the case, and not for a lack of trying. If it was only me I'd say it's probably me who just isn't good enough at initiating contact, but the majority of my classmates struggled too, even those who had already done their bachelors here and knew the professors from before.

IN the end everyone has to know for themselves where they want to go, but personally I would not recommend this university.
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Yeah we have people like you coming and complaining about their negative experience and their workload at MU every year. The university is not for everyone and I am sorry to tell you but by the way you are ranting here about how **** everything is you remind of the same people who come here every year and who just don’t have what it takes to manage their studies. It is very easy to start complaining at the university if you are failing or struggling but in reality, from what I read, you seem to not understand that you probably are just not good enough to make it here like so many others.
If students are coming here every year, complaining about the workload, and their negative experience, maybe that says something about the university, don't you think?
As I stated before, I know that students tend to complain, but I've never seen people (me included) be so angry at any university or school before.

As for the failing part, I never said I was failing, unless I mess up my Master's thesis I will be graduating *** Laude, and I have the impression that most people in my class are doing pretty well too. That still doesn't keep them from disliking the way this university is run.

Maybe instead of blaming the students UM should look at how they can improve themselves.
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Sorry for the late reply. I did my undergrad at University of Colorado Boulder and an exchange semester at UCL. I had actually already gotten in to Maastricht when I applied for my bachelors but at the time I got a better financial support package from UC. I think the main reason that I wanted to do my masters at Maastricht was that I had not been able to do my bachelors there, and a lot of my best friends ended up going to Maastricht and had a good time (they did the University College Maastricht thing). I retrospect I regret my decision, because I could probably have gotten into way better colleges than Maastricht for my masters and probably had a better time. Aren't we all smarter in hindsight?
Your reply may be late,but it is well reasoned,and lacks the hyperbole of your original post (You really should undo those caps in the title-
Your academic background is solid: Boulder is a fine Uni,and I did an exchange at UCL myself more than a few years back,so there is possibly some prejudice from my standpoint. You paint a picture of a stagnant academic bureaucracy at Maastricht...I am sure that such situations are not unique to that institution alone. It seems the higher up the academic pyramid you climb,the more political it gets, on both sides of the Atlantic. Your comments on the housing difficulties in provincial Maastricht are discouraging. My son was just accepted to UvA, and I have to assume housing will be exponentially more difficult in that tourist-filled city. The university promises support and,hopefully,they will be truer to their word than Maastricht appears to have been. Good luck in your future endeavors. Remember that once you pick up that Masters you are permanently linked with Maastricht, so I would recommend being more circumspect in any public condemnation...hopefully the situation there will eventually resolve itself for the better...though,sadly,after your time.
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Sorry for the late reply but I would just like to give an update.This is in terms of the Bachelor but it’s essentially the same problems because it’s the same university. I just now will be transferring to another university because I’m just not satisfied with how things are run. Besides some of the things what you wrote (which are still pretty true sadly) there has been consistent problems with the course coordinators and tutors as well. In my faculty they told us the wrong mandatory book we needed almost more than halfway through the course. (Thank god by this point I’m out)Also tutors in most cases are students as well and/or random people from other faculties. They sometimes don’t know what we are even doing or tell us the wrong things. And the main problem was they couldn’t help or explain things to us. This was so frustrating to a lot of us because how can we be examined on something we don’t know or understand. The funny part is, the course exam for my faculty was notorious about the high fail rate. At this point instead of blaming students maybe blame the school. I have had experience with high work load (from IB) so it wasn’t much of a problem however it was the quality of the work that was missing. It felt like busy work or things they give you just to keep you busy but doesn’t really benefit you. The international aspect is a no. People are mostly German and this does create a barrier and as someone who doesn’t speak German, you feel left out. Overall I don’t think this university is all worth it. It’s frustrating and way overhyped on open days. I think you can get way better education elsewhere. I wish the best of luck to all current and future students!!
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Sorry for the late reply but I would just like to give an update.This is in terms of the Bachelor but it’s essentially the same problems because it’s the same university. I just now will be transferring to another university because I’m just not satisfied with how things are run. Besides some of the things what you wrote (which are still pretty true sadly) there has been consistent problems with the course coordinators and tutors as well. In my faculty they told us the wrong mandatory book we needed almost more than halfway through the course. (Thank god by this point I’m out)Also tutors in most cases are students as well and/or random people from other faculties. They sometimes don’t know what we are even doing or tell us the wrong things. And the main problem was they couldn’t help or explain things to us. This was so frustrating to a lot of us because how can we be examined on something we don’t know or understand. The funny part is, the course exam for my faculty was notorious about the high fail rate. At this point instead of blaming students maybe blame the school. I have had experience with high work load (from IB) so it wasn’t much of a problem however it was the quality of the work that was missing. It felt like busy work or things they give you just to keep you busy but doesn’t really benefit you. The international aspect is a no. People are mostly German and this does create a barrier and as someone who doesn’t speak German, you feel left out. Overall I don’t think this university is all worth it. It’s frustrating and way overhyped on open days. I think you can get way better education elsewhere. I wish the best of luck to all current and future students!!
Were you also taking courses in FPN? Just confused, because in Keuzigids, it is said that it is the top program in Netherlands. And now I am having second thoughts of applying for UM...
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To anyone considering applying to Maastricht university, DON'T!

This university is an absolute horror show. From the administration, to the professors (note some of the professors are really lovely and really try), to their facilities, to their examination procedure, almost everything sucks!

Maastricht had been my first choice university for my masters since my first year as a bachelor student, so I was super excited when I got accepted. Unfortunately, this excitement subsided after my first week at Maastricht. Here are some of the many reasons for why I, and many of my co-years hate it here:

1. The administration. At first their administration seemed quick and efficient - their admissions office is really good at quickly signing up students. But after I had accepted my spot the troubles started. They wouldn't sign the forms I needed to apply to financial support from my country (because for some reason that was against their policy), they wouldn't give me my student card, even though I asked for it 3 times a month for over 6 months, their communication is slow and rarely answers your questions, and many other instances that almost drove me and other students to tears in frustration.

2. The have so many random rules, and bureaucracy, that no-one can remember, so things are extremely slow, and nothing ever works and staff are afraid to make decisions because they're not sure if they're complying with the rules. E.g. Remember how I didn't get my student card. During the exam period the library is overcrowded, su students have to show their student card to prove they're studying at UM. I did bring my letter of enrolment and passport, to show that I did study at UM, but was not let into the library, "BECAUE ONLY THE STUDENT CARD PROVES THAT YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE".

3. Forget trying to apply for any kind of disability support (e.g. ADHD or Dyslexia) for the exams, it took me and two other people from my year almost 8 weeks of back and forth to get any kind of support, because they did not want to accept doctors certificates from other countries (even though they were in English). My co-year went to get her dyslexia tested AGAIN which set her back several hundred euros.

4. Talking about exams, rules here are random and retarded again. Exams frequently start late because of poor organisation, but no extra time is awarded. Evne when exams start on time, students who sit in the front row get the exams first and get to start writing, while those sitting in the back have to wait a good 3 minutes before they also get to start. Still everyone has to stop writing at the same time. When we complained to the board of examiners they said "THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THAN DOING IT THE WAY WE'RE DOING IT" - I must have dreamed all the times I've taken exams at my old university and high school, and examiners managed to have everyone start at the same time, and give us all the time they promised us. This is just another example of the ineptness of the administration at this university.

5. Professors don't seem to give a **** about you. While I have to excuse some, because they're amazing and lovely people, that just seem very stressed, it is still extremely frustrating to barely ever get a response, have your professors forget who you are even after you've talked to them dozens of times (and no, it's not the size of this university, my old uni was way bigger and professors still managed to remember their students). I assume the biggest problem is that many of the professors here are way to over worked, and many of them have responsibilities other than teaching and research. E.g. one of our professors was so busy that we had to cancel 3 out of 9 tutorials with him.

6. The workload is way too high. I know students frequently say this, and when I think back to me saying this during my bachelor I have to laugh. But the fact is that to keep up with the workload at the masters level we have to work 80-100+ hours a week. This causes students to have mental and physical health issues, and many of the students in my class started taking study drugs to manage the pressure. If this was oxbridge, I'd understand, but maastricht is a second class university, and not worth this much work. You should rather look into going to a more reputable university, that likely offers a lower workload.

7. Maastricht university's stats about being so international are extremely deceiving. I don't have the actual numbers, but it feels like well over 80% of the international students are germans, which really isn't that much fun if you're not german, because many (NOT ALL) of the Germans group together and form these german communities, that can be quite hard for other foreigners to get into.

8. Adding to 7. the level quality of English spoken here is extremely low. I, as a native speaker, have gotten noticeably worse at speaking english, and many of the students and professors speak so poorly that it can be hard to understand them, not adding to the quality of the courses.

There are surely many more reasons not to chose Maastricht University, and of course this is mostly just my experience (though many of my classmates and friends here, largely agree with my points). Just do yourself a favour and chose a different university.
Still better than most UK universities in rankings 😂😂😂
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