Zuyd is a University of Applied Sciences with over 40 Bachelorís degree programmes and 12 Masterís degree programmes, offering highly rated education and applied research with a strong orientation to professional practice. It is located in the southeast of the Netherlands and one of the larger universities of applied sciences in the country.
Small-scale and personal
Despite the large student numbers - Zuyd has over 15.000 students of more than 40 nationalities - the study programmes feel comfortably small-scale and personal in set-up. Students work in small groups with approachable lecturers, to stimulate interaction and active learning. All programmes taught in English have international classrooms where you are challenged to experience the values of cultural diversity.
Degree programmes in English
In the city of Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences has five campuses in the city centre. Study programmes in the Arts department (Academy of Music, Academy of Performing Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design), the Maastricht Hotel Management School, and the Faculty of International Business and Communication, have degree programmes taught in English and welcome international students, both for the four year study programmes as well as for study exchange.
Maastricht is a vibrant European city, dating back to Roman times and internationally oriented because of its excellent location on the crossroads where the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet. It is now one of the most popular destinations in The Netherlands for both national and international students. In the historic city centre you will find all a student needs: bars, restaurants and many shops. There is plenty entertainment for an active student life with great theatres, cinemas, festivals, jazz cafés and sports facilities for students. A relatively small and safe city with an international flair.
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is financed and fully recognized by the Dutch government. The quality of the study programmes is continuously monitored through external assessment and accreditation processes by the NVAO (Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).
Zuyd endorses the Code of Conduct for International students in Dutch Higher Education, which constitutes a pledge of quality for all students
Zuyd International Office
As an international student you are being assisted by the team of Zuyd International Office with visa, residents permits, housing and other practical issues. In addition, an introduction programme is offered to welcome you, to make you feel at home and to give you the chance to meet other international and Dutch students.
All the campuses of Zuyd have libraries featuring modern computer and study facilities. At the libraries you can consult and borrow books, magazines and audiovisual media. The library provides easy access to several databases. With the free library card you can get access to other libraries in the region, including the library of Maastricht University.
The facilities at Zuyd are geared to the demands of a modern student: online, flexible learning and working environments and excellent ICT facilities are available. All of our buildings feature computer work stations with fast internet access. You will also have access to a Wi-Fi network, a computer account with a personal e-mail address, storage capacity for your personal files and printing facilities. The ICT Helpdesk offers support for all your ICT-related enquiries.
Prior to the start of your study, you will receive a letter and/or e-mail message from your study programme, telling you which books are to be purchased. Study books may be expensive and sometimes they are only used for a short period of time. You could consider buying second-hand books. Zuyd offers an online book fair.
During your study you will have to prepare many presentations, conduct interviews, make video recordings etc. You can borrow audiovisual equipment, e.g. laptop computers, multimedia projectors, video cameras, at the AV service desk.
There are several photocopiers and printers in Zuyds buildings, which are operated by inserting pre-paid smart cards that can be purchased at central locations on our campuses. At these sales desks you can also buy transparencies, binders and in most cases note-pads, pens, markers etc.
At all our sites you will find restaurants and cafeterias as well as vending machines and coffee corners.
Transport and parking facilities
All of our campuses can be easily accessed by public transport. There are bus stops near our buildings with regular bus services. Bicycles, mopeds and scooters can be parked in our free bike-parking facilities
Maastricht is a real university city with a lively student culture and plenty of facilities. It is an international city, full of joie de vivre. The large student population includes many international students. The city has a rich cultural life, a wide variety of shops and boutiques and many pubs, bars and restaurants, all of which make it an ideal place to live, work and study in.
Joining a student association during your study is fun as well as educational and will help you make you feel at home. Some faculties or study programmes have their own dedicated clubs and associations. There are also a number of general student organizations in Maastricht.
Maastricht University offers a wide variety of sports to choose from. There are walk-in activities, courses, a gym and student sports associations. Students of Zuyd can benefit from the Maastricht University sport card.
Getting to know your fellow students, your university and your city that is what the introduction is for. It will make you feel at home soon. Besides the general introduction week for all new students of Maastricht University and Zuyd Hogeschool, most study programmes and students associations organise their own introduction activities
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences!