Switch to another Programme

Passed first-year Bachelor’s exam

If you completed all first year requirements in one of the BSc study programmes at the SBE, you have the possibility to switch to year two (2) of another BSc study programme at the SBE. If the new study programme has a Numerus Fixus (NF), you need to be admitted in accordance with the applicable procedure (via www.studielink.nl, ‘Studielink’). Please make sure that when applying via ‘Studielink’, you indicate that you are applying for admission to the second year of your programme of choice (only apply for second year enrolment if you are sure you completed or will complete year one (1)). If you indicate that you want to start in the first year, ‘Studielink’ will assume you are applying for the first year enrolment and consequently you will enter the decentralized selection procedure.

If you wish to be admitted to the second year you must first send a request to the Board of Examiners that you wish to be exempted from all first year courses. This will not occur automatically.

As soon as you are exempted from the first year you are obliged to pass the examinations of a number of first year courses of the ‘new’ study programme, see the list below. You must pass these examinations within one year after switching (during the second year of your bachelor).

If you do not pass the required first-year examinations within one (1) year after switching to the new programme, you will receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA).

Students can choose whether to participate in these ‘obligatory’ courses in its entirety or solely in the ‘final examination’.

Course in its entirety

If you decide that you wish to participate in the tutorial groups, you will have to comply with the rules and requirements of the course stated in the course book.

You will need to register for the course before the relevant deadline and if necessary before the relevant deadline for the resit examination.

Final examination only

It is not required to participate in the first-year tutorial groups, nor are you obliged to complete any coursework, assignments or presentations. In other words, you only need to pass the final examinations without participating in the courses.

In order to register for the examination only, make sure to:

  • Inform the scheduling office, via SurfYourSelf, ultimately in the fourth week of the course period involved;
  • Mention that you switched study programmes and include the reference number of the approval from the Board of Examiners.

On request, course coordinators can give you access to all learning materials of the courses on EleUM.

Please note: as you have not completed all your courses in the first year, you are not allowed to apply for a third course in one (1) period (however you are allowed to register for 2 courses and one (1) examination only).

The four bachelors’ programmes are:

  •  International Business (IB)*
    • No Specialization (IB)
  •  Economics and Business Economics (EBE)*
    • Specialization: Economics (EC)
    • Specialization: Economics and Management of Information (EMI)
    • Specialization: International Business Economics (IBE)
  •  Fiscal Economics (FE)
  •  Econometrics and Operations Research (E&OR)

 Please be informed that it is not possible to switch to the specialization Emerging Markets in either the BSc International Business (IB) or Economics and Business Economics (EBE) programme.

List of courses to be mastered:

Old Programme New Programme Courses
IB EBE / Spec. IBE

EBE / Spec. EMI

FE

Microeconomics (EBC1010)Macroeconomics (EBC1018)
IB EBE / Spec. EC Microeconomics (EBC1010)Macroeconomics (EBC1018)

Intern. Economic Relations (EBC1030)

IB E&OR Please be informed that it is not possible to enrol in a higher year.
EBE

or

FE

E&OR Please be informed that it is not possible to enrol in a higher year.
EBEor

FE

IB Strategy (EBC1017)
E&OR IB Management of Organisations and Marketing (EBC1001)Strategy (EBC1017)

Accounting (EBC1014)

E&OR EBE / Spec. IBE

EBE / Spec. EMI

FE

Management of Organisations and Marketing (EBC1002)Accounting (EBC1014)
E&OR EBE / Spec. EC Management of Organisations and Marketing (EBC1002)Intern. Economic Relations (EBC 1030)

Given that the first year of EBE and FE is identical, students switching from EBE to FE will not have to complete any extra first year courses.

Having completed the first year in the ‘previous study programme’ you are considered to have fulfilled the participation requirements for the study abroad allocation. Your rank in the application procedure will be determined on the basis of the results of your first year in the ‘previous study programme’.

Without passing first-year Bachelor’s exam

You may switch to another BSc study programme at SBE before you have finished the first year in the ‘previous study programme’ at SBE, or if you have to leave the ‘previous study programme’ because of a Negative Binding Study advice (NBSA) and want to continue to study at the SBE. If the new study programme has a Numerus Fixus (NF), you need to be admitted by participating in decentralized selection in accordance with the applicable procedure (via ‘Studielink’). Please bear in mind that the deadline for application is 1 May. For courses that coincide in both programmes, you will receive on request an exemption. Only successfully completed courses can be exempted.

In this case you become a first year student in the new programme, and will have to fulfil the first year requirements for Binding Study Advice (BSA) in the new programme. In order to fulfil the first-year requirements for a BSA you have to either fully complete the first year in this programme within one (1) year, or obtain at least 47 ECTS credits in the first year in the new programme of which at least one QM course (QM I or QM II) is mandatory (for students following the bachelors in E&OR, there are no mandatory courses in the BSA). However, ECTS credits for courses for which you received an exemption do not count as part of these 47 ECTS credits.

As a switcher you can take second-year courses in the new programme only if you have fulfilled the first-year requirements for a Binding Study Advice (conditional admission to the second year). An example: in case of International Business (IB), you must have earned at least 47 ECTS credits, of which at least one QM course (QM I or QM II) is mandatory.

Application request for exemption

Requests for exemptions must be submitted to:

The Board of Examiners of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics

Maastricht University
P.O. Box 616
6200 AD Maastricht
 

Remember to include your name, signature, ID number and (current/previous) study programme in any correspondence to the Board of Examiners.

Please bear in mind that it can take up to eight (8) weeks’ time until the Board of Examiners reaches a decision. You can find more information on Exemptions on EleUM.

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