Global Studies

Would you like to understand how different parts of the world are connected through global phenomena such as climate change and migration? Would you like to contribute to a more sustainable planet and debate solutions for a more just society? Do you want to understand global challenges from a variety of perspectives coming from psychology, law, economics, history, global health, politics and sociology, to name a few? Are you interested in learning a new language and strengthening your intercultural skills through practical, hands-on experiences? Then the new Bachelor’s programme Global Studies is for you.

Global Studies is a truly interdisciplinary programme. It is the only Bachelor in the Netherlands to have 6 faculties equally teaching in the programme. This means that experts will help you to integrate knowledge from different disciplines to better understand and intervene in complex global problems. You will study with an international group of students, receive two years of language training, and have the opportunity to conduct a field study. 

Salomé Chemla, Student Ambassador Global Studies

Salome grew up in Paris but left the big city behind for good reason.

Why Salomé chose to study Global Studies:
“What I love about Maastricht University, and Global Studies in particular, is that it has a very innovative approach. This means that we learn about global issues that are happening right now, and not only the theoretical topics. Eventually I would like to work at the UN to contribute to major issues like human rights or climate change."
“I come from Paris and after finishing high school, I wanted to go to a city where everything is more calm and less stressful. I chose to study in Maastricht because it is at the centre of Europe. So, I still can meet a lot of international students. Especially for my bachelor, it is really important and interesting to create meaningful connections between people from all over the world.”

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Salomé Chemla, Student Ambassador BSc Global Studies 2022-2023

“It is really important and interesting to create meaningful connections between people from all over the world, which is possible with Global Studies.”

Online information events

Online information event for new students of Maastricht University

Are you a prospective student and interested in one of our bachelor's programmes?
We would like to offer you several online resources which can give you a feel of what it is like to study at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and provide you with some answers to questions you might have. You can visit a Virtual Open Day, compare our bachelor's programmes or make an online personal appointment for more information about the programme of your choice. You can also register for one of our Experience Days (on campus or online).

Sign up for our Experience days

An Experience Day allows you to experience what it is like to be a student in one of our bachelor's programmes. You will attend a lecture and participate in a tutorial group. Throughout the day you will be accompanied by advanced students who will be happy to answer all your questions. Experience Days are intended for pre-university grammar school students in their last year of study who preferably have visited an Open Day at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Maastricht.
More information on the programme of the experience Day and registration:

Date BA programme
29 November 2023 Arts and Culture, Digital Society, European Studies, Global Studies
7 February 2024 Arts and Culture, Digital Society, European Studies, Global Studies
10 April 2024 Arts and Culture, Digital Society, European Studies



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In this programme video our teaching staff introduce you to the content of the BSc Global Studies programme.

Programme video Global Studies

UM Campus Tour

Are you in the final year of secondary school and are you in the process of admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students  the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

Bachelor's Open Day

Find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, experience our unique approach to teaching, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Bachelor's Open Day is on 7 October 2023.

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Successful launch BSc Global Studies

In August 2020, students from 28 countries and scholars from all UM faculties and kicked off the new Bachelor Global Studies. The Global Studies team is happy to share impressions of the festive and well-distanced launch in the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. The first cohort of 68 students includes representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, DRC, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.

Official Launch Global Studies