Tafelstraat 13


Tafelstraat 13 is an open house for you as a student of Maastricht University or one of the various colleges in Maastricht.

You’re welcome to drop in for a chat, for a cup of tea or coffee, or to visit the chaplaincy. Tafelstraat 13 is in the centre of the old city, very close to the University Library.

For more information, visit: Tafelstraat 13

Study Trips

Some international study trips can form part of your bachelor’s exam. These trips, organised by the SCOPE Study Associations, include visits to international companies, chambers of commerce, (banking) institutions and embassies. During the trip, you will make presentations and usually carry out a final assignment. The school’s tutors supervise these trips.

Study trips can be used to replace one skills training in the second or third year of your bachelor’s programme. Credits are only awarded if the trip is officially recognised as an international study trip by the director of studies.

Language Center

Due to the international nature of Maastricht and the University, the language of instruction is English. When you start your programme, you’re required to use English at a professional level, so you can express yourself effectively both orally and in writing.

For your future career or studies, it might be useful to learn more languages – if you are planning to study in Spain or work in China, for example. The University’s Language Centre offers several language courses at beginner, advanced and experienced level.

SBE Master Students will receive a € 145,-  refund on various language courses at the UM Language Centre, once they have succesfully completed the language course. For more information, check the website . Exchange students will not receive compensation for a language course.

Take note: this refund will only be given once.

Please bear in mind that no ECTS credits will be awarded for language courses. Neither will language courses be mentioned on SBE grade transcripts.

Taking Courses at another Faculty

If you wish to study at a different faculty in the university, the rules and regulations of that faculty apply as well.

For more information, click on one of the faculties/schools below:

SBE students can request courses of other faculties as extra curricular courses, via MyUM portal.

Select ‘Special course approval’. The manual for special course approval can be found here.


Service Science Factory

The Service Science Factory (SSF) is an initiative of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE), that aims to drive service innovation through a hands-on approach by putting service enthusiasts in direct contact with forward-looking companies and organizations. For this purpose the SSF forms multi-disciplinary teams consisting of students (both at Bachelor’s as well as at Master’s level), researchers and academics who for a period of eight (8) to ten (10) weeks work alongside a real-life organization on a service challenge that should lead to a new and innovative service. The work approach is based on team-work, cross-disciplinary collaboration, creativity and flexibility and at the end of each project a formal event is hosted where the service prototypes developed by the teams are presented.

As a student, joining one of the SSF’s innovation projects means that you will have to dedicate an average of eight (8) hours of your time per week to prepare for and attend team meetings, as well as work in sub-groups or individually. Moreover, aside from your actual project work you will also have to attend presentations, workshops / seminars and other events organized by the SSF with the purpose of supporting your project activity.

Upon the completion of the project your participation is evaluated and if satisfactory you might be rewarded with ECTS credits for your efforts and activity. Receiving a satisfactory (positive) evaluation implies that you have attended the required meetings and events, that you have fulfilled your tasks with diligence and that you have maintained a professional and proactive attitude. Your contribution will be evaluated by an academic coordinator within the SSF, as well as by a representative of the company, both of whom are members of your project team.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

As a BSc SBE student participating in an SSF project, there are two options to obtain ECTS credits:

  • You register for the SSF Capstone assignment (Bachelor’s thesis, as of academic year 2016-2017) and will be awarded the ECTS credits after a positive evaluation of your SSF project or;
  • You register your participation in an SSF project at SBE’s Internship Office and after a positive evaluation you will be awarded 4 ECTS credits enabling you to substitute a non-compulsory BSc skills training.

Master of Science

As a MSc SBE student participating in an SSF project, there are two options:

  • You register for the SSF Master thesis proposal skills training and will be awarded 4 ECTS credits after a positive evaluation of your SSF project and completing successfully an MSc thesis on an SSF-related topic or;
  • You register your participation in an SSF project at SBE’s Internship Office and after a positive evaluation you will be awarded a minimum of 4 ECTS credits and a maximum of 30 ECTS credits as an extracurricular Internship.

For all options you have to adhere to SBE’s registration procedures.

In conclusion, the SSF offers BSc and MSc students a great opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team and collaborate on developing a new and innovative service for a real-life company. This hands-on experience offers great learning and networking opportunities and helps students gain a very practical addition to their studies.

Please check the SSF website for more information: www.servicesciencefactory.com

If you have questions you can send an email to: ssf-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Additional (Third) Courses

Bachelor’s students

If you’re in your final two years of your Bachelor’s programme, you may be allowed to take a third course within your study programme. The benefits of taking extra courses include speeding up your study programme or catching up on delays in your study programme.

Remember! Taking three courses in one course period will require a lot of time and effort – so if you’re in any doubt, contact an Academic Counsellor before you submit your request for approval to the Board of Examiners.

Conditions: In order to take a third course, the following conditions apply:

  • you must have passed all your courses of your Bachelor first year;
  • you are only allowed to register for three (as opposed to two) courses in one course period twice during your bachelor’s study.
  • only the request for an extra course will be assessed (no other rights can be derived from an approval for a third course).

Please note: Exchange students are not allowed to follow three courses in one course period.


Bachelor’s students have to submit their request for an additional (third) course via MyUM portal > ‘Special course approval’, before the deadline for registration for the relevant course period which is published on EleUM. However, we advise you to submit your request at least one week in advance of the deadline, as the Board of Examiners needs time to assess your request.

Please note, in order to assess your request, you should have registered for your ‘regular’ courses, before submitting your request for an additional (third) course.

The manual for special course approval can be found here. 

Master’s students

In exceptional situations Master’s students may be allowed to take a third course.


Master’s students have to submit a written request including motivation to (no form available):

The Board of Examiners of SBE
Maastricht University
P.O. Box 616
6200 AD Maastricht

Please, remember to include your name, signature, ID number and study programme in any correspondence to the Board of Examiners. Bear in mind that it can take up to 8 weeks’ time before you receive a decision from the Board of Examiners.

You need approval before the deadline for registration for the relevant course period which is published on EleUM.



Be reminded that requests needs to be submitted before the relevant registration deadline and can only be assessed if you have already registered for your ‘regular’ courses.


Taking three courses in one course period can mean having three tutorials on the same day. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that the course schedule will accommodate the requested three courses at all times.


Bear in mind that there might be overlap in the examination schedule as well. In the process of scheduling the examinations, overlap of examination time caused by registration for a third course is never a reason to alter the examination schedule. Neither the tutor, nor the course coordinator, nor the SBE will be responsible for any study delay caused by such an overlap.


If, after scheduling, you have three tutorials on the same day, this is considered a valid reason to cancel your third course. However, you may only cancel the third course before the first day of the course period via SurfYourSelf.

Bachelor’s students: Even if you cancel your registration, it will still count as one of the two opportunities to take a third course.

If you register for a third course, but decide not to take the course and/or examination and do not de-register in time, you will receive a ‘NG’ (‘No Grade’) for the concerning course. However, if you deregister in time and you will not participate in the resit you will still receive a ‘NG’ on your transcript.

Extracurricular Educational Units

Additional Educational Units

In addition to the educational units you take to fulfil the exam requirements of your study programme, you can take extracurricular educational units:

  1. at the SBE,
  2. at Maastricht University (UM), or
  3. at another University/School.

You can request at most one (1) extracurricular course per period yourself via MY UM portal> Special Course Approval.

The manual for special course approval can be found here.


There are two different transcripts on which the extracurricular educational units can be registered:

1) the final transcript,

2) the separate extracurricular transcript.

Ad 1) Only educational units approved by the Board of Examiners of the SBE will be mentioned on your final grade transcript. The credits you receive for these educational units will be additional to the credits required to complete the exam requirements of your study programme. You need to have obtained this approval before the start of the educational unit. Extracurricular educational units mentioned on your final transcript will count for your Grade Point Average (GPA).

The Board of Examiners approves educational units from other Faculties or Schools at Maastricht University or other Universities only if there is a direct link with your SBE study programme (field related) (final transcript).

Language courses will not be approved as extracurricular educational units on the final transcript.

Ad 2) All extracurricular educational units taken (at Maastricht University) and approved of will be mentioned on the separate ‘extracurricular courses’ transcript.

Courses mentioned on the extracurricular transcript will not count for your GPA.

Except for one extracurricular educational unit per course period taken at Maastricht University, approval from the Board of Examiners is needed.

Request for approval extracurricular educational units on final transcript

Your request for approval needs to contain a detailed description of the extracurricular educational unit(s)

You can hand in your request at the Information Desk of the SBE. You can also send it to:

The Board of Examiners of SBE
Maastricht University
P.O. Box 616
6200 AD Maastricht

Please, remember to include your name, signature, ID number and study programme in any correspondence to the Board of Examiners.

Other Extracurricular activities

Specific information for Bachelor’s students:

  • Study Abroad: All credits obtained exceeding 30 ECTS* credits will not be stated on your final transcript; also note, they cannot be used to replace courses or other educational units within your study programme. No credits will be granted for language courses.
  • Internship: You are allowed to do one curricular internship of 4 ECTS and one extra-curricular internship with a maximum of 30 ECTS. Both internships need to fulfil the requirements as mentioned in the bachelor’s internship procedure on EleUM.

* except for ‘honours’ students.

Specific information for master’s students:

  • Study Abroad: The (approved) master exchange takes place on top of the regular master’s curriculum and will therefore (automatically) appear as an extracurricular activity on your transcript. This means that you cannot substitute any courses or other educational units in your master’s programme by courses taken abroad.
  • Internship: You are allowed to do an internship as an extracurricular activity. The internship will be rewarded with credits to a maximum of 30 ECTS. The internship needs to fulfil the requirements as mentioned in the master’s internship procedure on EleUM.
  • Summer Courses: No Summer Courses will be accepted as extracurricular courses.
  • Double Degree programme: All courses above the required 60 ECTS credits for the Double Degree programme will automatically be mentioned extracurricular on your transcript.

International Case Competition

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) supports the active participation of its business (IB and IBE) students in international case competitions. Student teams from top business schools around the world are required to solve a real business problem and to formulate feasible recommendations for possible solutions within a short period of time.

Each participating university sends a team of their best students (usually 4) to compete. Together with your teammates and a school advisor you will travel to your destination and stay at the designated case competition hotel for the length of the competition. SBE commits to pay for the accommodation, airfare, local transport (taxi etc.) and other related costs during the competition. Participants compete with the best students from top business schools around the world. Therefore we only select the most qualified students to represent Maastricht University in teams for these case competitions. Each year between 4 and 16 of top IB/IBE students are invited to participate in a case competition, depending on the invitations that we receive. These students are selected from a group of 16 pre-selected students who took part in both the skills training “Preparation for Case Competition” and its refresher course meetings.

For more information about case competitions, click here