Personal Study Plan

If you’re in the second year of your bachelor’s programme, you’re strongly advised to develop a personal study plan – this will help you to make the right individual choices in your third year. In order to see what your programme will look like, it’s important to decide what major courses, elective courses etc.  to choose, and when will be the best time to plan your study abroad. All of these choices will influence and inform each other.

In order to develop a useful study plan, you should think about the following:

  • Develop a personal study plan during your second year.
  • Find out your field of interest; read the course descriptions relating to your ambitions.
  • Check when the (elective) courses of your choice are offered.
  • Remember that choices may affect each other.
  • Include courses that you might still have to re-take.
  • List study choices in a planning scheme for semesters IV, V and VI.
  • Register for all courses and skills training of your choice well before the deadline; changes in registration can be made until the deadlines for each course period.

To help you formulate your personal study plan, refer to the Study Planning Scheme. Specific information on the programmes can be found on the website (‘prospective students’) or on Student Portal SBE Student Info (outline study programmes).

Note! Changes in the programme are possible; make sure you check and adjust your personal study plan annually!

Letter of Recommendation

If you are applying for a job or a school of higher learning, you will probably need one or more letters of recommendation. Both employers and admissions boards need to know as much as possible about you to determine your ability to perform, and therefore whether your application should be successful. Letters of recommendation provide information from a former employer or a credible associate who knows you well. This external party provides a valuable record of your previous experience, and can testify to your skills and abilities.

An effective letter of recommendation:

  • verifies experience;
  • confirms competence;
  • builds credibility;
  • bolsters confidence.

The information contained in a letter of recommendation depends on the type of letter and its intended audience. Information is often different for a letter written for an academic admissions board than one written for a prospective employer.

There is no standard template for a letter of recommendation, as sending standard letters often has a negative effect. Addressees and their requirements are often very specific. Click here for instructions on drafting a Letter of recommendation.

Career Orientation


To prepare yourself for your career, you may need quick career advice from one of the university’s career advisors, or you might want to participate in a workshop. Click here for more information on the services offered by the Career Services Centre.

Study associations can also be helpful in your career orientation:

  • Each year, a three-day recruiting event, known as the ‘Maastricht Business Days’, is organised, in which approx. 40 companies participate. These companies give business courses, job-interview practice and company presentations;
  • The ‘Make a Move’ event and other specialised company-orientation events take place during the year;
  • Please check the agenda of the study associations to see what’s happening.

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Career Services

The journey from student to professional is one of the most important and challenging in your life. Employers look for a combination of skills, knowledge and experience, not only top grades.

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the services and advice available from both SBE Career Services and UM Career Services.

SBE Career Services

Open office hours: TS53 Information Desk, Wednesdays from 14:00 – 16:00

Student Advising and Academic Counselling Office: Monday-Thursday from 10:30- 11:30

Current or prospective students can contact one of the student counsellors with questions or to schedule an appointment:

  • By phone: +31 43 3883805  (Monday-Thursday from 9.00-10.30hrs)
  • By email:

SBE Career Services is an initiative of the Student Advising and Academic Counselling Office, located in TS53 rooms F2.04, F2.09, F2.11, F2.13 and F2.15

UM Career Services

UM Career services are located in the Student Services Centre (BON2, B1.21).

Current students can contact one of the advisors with questions or to schedule an appointment:


Support for top sports may consist of Facilities concerning the study, for instance

  • Adapting the study programme in as far there are possibilities within the SBE. Requests for rescheduling because of your Top sport status, need to be submitted via Surfyourself within one week after publication of the Timetables
  • Regulation Financial Support
  • More general facilities, for instance training facilities (fitness license UM SPORT) or mediating for appropriate accommodation.

For more information please check the UM website
If you study and compete sports on a high level and need supplementary facilities, please contact SBE’s study advisor for top sport students.

Disabled Students

If you have a disability or a chronic illness, Maastricht University is here to help you make arrangements. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to successfully complete your studies without delay.

Disabilities include all disorders that are permanent and that often lead to study delay. Amongst these are (visible) motor, sensory or psychological disorders, but also non-visible disorders, such as dyslexia, RSI, chronic fatigue, depression, chronic illness, and so on.

For more information on disability arrangements, visit:

For specific arrangements that are School-related, you can consult the school’s Student advisors for disabled students

Student Council

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Welcome !                                                                                                                 

The Student Council is a consultative group for all students, represented by students who are involved in the school’s governance. Its aim is to promote the student’s best interest on a SBE wide level.

Here you can find an overview of the various councils and committees of the SBE.

  • The Student Council
  • SBE management structure
  • The Faculty Board
  • The Faculty (SBE) Council
  • The Programme Committee
  • The First Year Student Panel
  • The Library Committee

Channels of communication:

Check out our Student Council Facebook page!

Please contact the Student Council if you experience issues with student policies, the quality of your study programme, tutors, or any other related feedback via


The Student Council is chaired by the Student Representative, Rendy Jansen (

Kind regards,

The Student Council – School of Business & Economics

Student Council

 The SBE Student Council represents the SBE student body and is determined to maintain and improve the quality of education at SBE. A selected group of students works in conjunction with the academic staff of the SBE to tackle education-enhancing projects and solve potential educational problems in the entire curriculum, with the student’s best interest in mind.

The Student Council consists of student members of the Programme Committee, the Faculty Council, and the Faculty Board. During the Student Council meetings, the members keep each other informed about the developments in the school, discuss matters concerning students’ interest, exchange information and experiences, and suggest improvements in school policies – based on the insight of all involved governance bodies.

The Student Council has been initiated to form an overlapping platform that has the knowledge and creativity of several entities that are frequently challenged on all SBE wide levels. The Student Council, just like the Programme Committee and Faculty Council, meet once a month.

The responsibilities of the Student Council revolve around maintaining and improving the quality of SBE. This is achieved by actively overseeing and advising on all governances, and by functioning as a body that can be used to propel initiatives and innovative contributions for a better student experience in terms of education, facilities, and community. If students have an idea or have worked out a proposal on how to improve the SBE they are encouraged to help or inform us about it!

In order to be effective on a SBE wide level, the Student Council is divided into four task forces, namely:

  • Facilities
  • Community
  • Quality of Education
  • Visibility & Branding

Examples of past achievements include:

  • Free Dutch language courses
  • True-false exam abolishment
  • MyBuddy program
  • Creating opportunities to learn other languages
  • Course evaluations
  • Exam and tutor issues

What is still in progress?

The scope of ongoing projects is both very broad and dynamic. Every taskforce acts according to its pre-specified semester plan and facilitates in problem-solving process of any taskforce specific problems.

  • Availability of GPA distribution tables
  • Fostering more critical thinking within the curriculum
  • Enhancing the quality of the MARBLE program
  • Guidance on the way to a successful Master thesis
  • More leisure time space at SBE
  • Common room
  • Marketing and branding of SBE

Student Council Members

Felician Wirxel

Lyn Seland

Bink Verschuur

Nina Rooberst

Derek van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Taylor Desaunois

Carlos Reichard Valdivieso

Lisa Gloos

Thore Hildebrandt

Gelly Tran

Isabella van Nunen

Jeroen Moonemans

Nina Karthaus

Robert Gann




SBE Management Structure

This is the organigram of SBE. In the center there is the (SBE) Faculty Board where the governance decisions are made. The Faculty Board gets advice from the International Advisory Board and the (SBE) Faculty Council. Both advisory bodies are there to give an extra perspective to the Faculty Board and help improve SBE. Besides an advisory role, the Faculty Council also makes proposals and approves proposed changes in Faculty Regulations and Examination Rules.

The Bachelor Master Management Team (BMMT) regulates and controls the quality of the courses and programs. They do this in cooperation with the Board of Examiners, and get valuable input from the Programme Committee (PC) and First Year Student Panel (FYSP). Both PC (2nd, 3rd year BSc and MSc) and FYSP (1st year BSc) consist out of students and staff that critically reflect on the courses and programs taught at SBE. With this input the BMMT creates recommendations towards the different departments.

The Student Council consists out of the student members of the Faculty Council, Programme Committee, and Faculty Board. This student body, chaired by the Student Representative, aims to further improve education and the student experience on a SBE wide level.

The Board of Examiners (BoE) is responsible for safeguarding the quality of exams and admission criteria and preparing advice to the SBE Board. The Test Committee is related to the BoE. It is concerned with the quality of assessments and the quality of testing procedures and is responsible for safeguarding the quality of exams and admission criteria, preparing advice to the SBE Board.

Programme Committee

The programme Committee is responsible for safeguarding the quality of all existing and new educational activities in BA and MA, here and abroad. This entails programmes, courses, trainings, theses and tutors.

 Task Forces:

  • Bachelor – Year 1
  • Bachelor – Complete (IB)
  • Bachelor – Complete (EBE),
  • Casptone & Skills
  • Study Abroad
  • Master
  • Master Thesis

–      Exam Quality

The tasks of the Programme Committee comprise the following areas:

  • To advise on the determination and alteration of the Examination rules
  • To evaluate the quality of the education programs and individual courses
  • To advise the program directors, Board of Examiners (BoE), and Bachelor and Master Management Team (BMMT) on every matter concerning the education in the specific study program
  • The programme committee deals with organizational wide issues and handles cases on a collective level


  • Development of new programme/specialisation
  • Development of new double degree programme
  • Changes in admission criteria
  • Quality of first year courses

Suggestions are always welcome!

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Programme Committe please contact them via

Programme Committee Members

Staff Members                       Student Members

Hans Kasper                        Konstantin Kaufmann

Jeannette Hommes             Chrisitan Wirth

Dirk Tempelaar                   Carlos Reichard

Arvid Hoffman                    Leon Reuss

Pierpaolo Parrotta              Gelly Tran

Bas van Diepen                   Nina Karthaus

Bram Foubert                      Jeroen Moonemans

Rogier Deumes                    Thore Hildebrandt

Lenard Lieb                          Sonja Ehrengruber

Lisa Gloos

Robert Gann

First Year Student Panel

As first year students have traditionally not been represented in the Faculty Council, the Student Council or the Program Committee, the chairman of the latter, Prof. Dr. Joan Muysken, decided to set up a First Year Student Panel to also give first year students a voice. In the Student Panel, first year students from different programs get together once every block to discuss the quality of courses, overall programs, and other matters of concern. Joan Muysken, Jeannette Hommes (First Year Bachelor Coordinator and member of the Program Committee) and the chair of the student council and Program Committee are also present. As our school constantly strives for improvement, students’ feedback on our programs is extremely important to us. The best way to receive this is to get together every once in a while to give you the chance to talk about things and give us the chance to react quickly to anything that may require improvement.

First Year Student Panel Members:

Anne-Sophie van Galen

Antoin Feij

Clemens Schroer

Jan Gutzki

Jan Rixgens

Paula Dewes

Faculty Council

The faculty council is also named SBE council. This council consists of the chairman, three employees, of which one employee represents the science department and a minimum of one employee of a supporting department, and five students of the SBE. The faculty council meets once in six weeks to discuss various topics regarding SBE matters.                  

The tasks of the SBE Council comprise of the following matters:

  • Discuss the general matters with the SBE board
  • Make proposals on relevant matters concerning the faculty
  • Approve the Faculty Regulations and Examination rules
  • Advise on the appointment of new professors
  • Advise on the faculty budget

Members of Faculty Council

Dr. Mark Vluggen

Taylor Desaunois

Nina Robeerst

Felician Wirxel

Marc van Ekert

Nathalie Dirks

Caren Schelleman

Peter Bollen

Bink Verschuur

Derek van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Faculty Board             

The SBE Board administers several tasks:

  • General management of the faculty
  • Responsible for education, research, strategy, and internationalization
  • Draw up faculty regulations (with the approval of the Faculty Council and the University Executive Board)
  • Draw up and control examination rules
  • Internal quality maintenance
  • Appointment of the program directors
  • Draw up the statutes, house rules, and yearly budget

Members SBE Board

Prof. Dr. Philip Vergauwen – Dean

Prof. Dr. Mariëlle Heijltjes – Associate Dean of Strategic Development and Internationalisation

Dr. Huub Meijers – Associate Dean of Education

Prof. Dr. Peter Schotman – Associate Dean of Research and Valorisation

Drs. Edward Peters RC – Managing Director

Rendy Jansen – Student Representative/Advisor to the board

Nathalie Dirks – Secretary

Library Committee                        

Library services for each faculty are discussed in faculty library committees, which comprise of a representative of the library (the Faculty librarian), faculty members and students. The extent and the content of services provided are a matter of contracts between the library and the faculties. The electronic and print collections in the library and Learning and Resource Centers are developed on the basis of Faculty requirements; the library committee is responsible for the selection of most literature for research and education purposes.

Electronic databases, electronic documents and journals, and links to important Internet sites are supplied by Maastricht University and, if licenses permit, campus-wide and at home. Maastricht University co-operates at a national level with other university libraries and the Royal Dutch Library. These libraries play an important role in the provision of interlibrary loan services, and in the joint acquisition of digital information resources. At a regional level the UL cooperates with other libraries in the higher education field to the benefit of the students.

Library Committee Members

Dr. Paul Smeets

Drs. Charles Bollen

Dr. Dirk Tempelaar

Lenard Lieb

Reny Jensen



Student Psychologists

If you’re experiencing personal problems – like stress or fear of failure relating to your studies, or non-study related issues – you can consult a student psychologist.
You’re welcome to make an appointment, even if you’re not sure what’s wrong. In your first meeting, you’ll discuss and clarify the nature of the issue and – together with your student psychologist – decide what to do next. Sometimes, one meeting may be enough to get back on track. In other cases, some follow-up meetings may help.
If long-term or more specialised help is needed, your psychologist will consult with you and may refer you to a specialist.
Training sessions are also organised to help with psychological issues; examples include stress management, time management and assertiveness training.
For contact details of student psychologists, click here.