As the world becomes increasingly globalised, those doing business must strive to become more cosmopolitan and able to work with people from many different cultural and national backgrounds. Few places could be better situated for this than the city of Maastricht. Students and staff come from all over Europe and the rest of the world, and Maastricht itself is an international crossroads between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and within a day’s travel from the rest of Europe.
Within the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) alone, more than half the students and 41 per cent of the full-time staff are from outside the Netherlands. An additional 450 exchange students from 39 different countries come to study every year. Such diversity creates a strong, international atmosphere. Much of the research carried out by the School of Business and Economics is focused on international economic issues.
The language of instruction for the Economics and Business Economics programme is English. English is the most widely used international language. It is thus crucial to have a command of English to participate in the global economy. You will speak, read and write in English throughout the programme. The improvement of your English skills will be a central concern.