UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

Netherlands: Maastricht University, Center for European Studies

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    The program at the Center for European Studies at the University of Maastricht is Kenan-Flagler's oldest study abroad program. Our only non-exchange option, this program is an excellent value for out-of-state students who will pay less in tuition and fees to Maastricht than the cost of an out-of-state semester at UNC.

    *All courses are taught in English. Students may opt to take a language course in Dutch, and are encouraged to do so.

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    View program evaluations from past participants

    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English/Dutch
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: No 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    ​Fall - Mid August to Mid December
    Fall 2017 dates are August 18 – December 23
    ​Spring - Mid January to Early June
    Spring 2018 dates are January 19 – June 9

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    The University of Maastricht has a unique Problem Based Learning (PBL) method, which includes small group tutorials and applied learning. Courses taken at the University of Maastricht will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 6 (out of 10) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 6 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the Maastricht transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back .6 UNC credits for every 1 ECTS credit (meaning that a 6 credit ECTS course transfers back as 3.5 UNC credits), and students are expected to take at least 24 ECTS credits (worth 14 UNC credits) total during the semester. A student who earns a grade of 6 or higher in all courses will receive a total of between 14 and 18 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    Participants on the CES Maastricht program take 1-2 courses with American business students at the Center for European Studies and 2-3 courses with Dutch students at the UM School of Business and Economics. In the fall semester, students take 4 or 5 courses on this program and may have Fridays off for traveling. In the spring semester, students take 5 courses.

    It is important to note that students will choose to take one of the following courses (worth 6 ECTS each). The core courses to choose from are:
    • Entrepreneurship: it's all about creating value (offered both fall and spring)
    • Leadership & Management in a Global World (fall/spring)
    • BUS3001 Economics of European Integration (fall/spring)
    • Marketing (skills) for the 21st Century (spring only)

    Though you may choose the Economics of European Integration as your Maastricht core course option, please note that this course will not count for business credit. Students can earn up to 15 credits of BUSI credit on this program for the fall semester if either the Leadership or Entrepreneurship core course is selected (and students take 5 total courses), and ECON majors may be able to petition the ECON department to receive ECON credit for the European Integration course. This course will otherwise transfer back as general credits towards graduation.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.


    Please note the spring semester end dates - the final exams for some courses may require students to stay through part of the beginning of June for final exams. It is possible in the spring term to take 4 courses for BUSI credit (12 UNC transferred for BUSI elective credit), but the final exams for some courses may require students to stay though part of the beginning of June for final exams. Please email Ms. Laura Marley from CES to request information on what business courses are best suited for an early-June spring departure.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    Housing is provided in dormitories that are in walking distance to the university and downtown Maastricht. Most CES students stay in single or double rooms at the International Student Guesthouse of Maastricht University. Rooms in the P-building have a private and rooms in the C-building have communal cooking facilities; in both buildings the bathroom facilities are shared. Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, wardrobe, sink, bookcase, reading lamps, table and chairs and have wireless internet. Linens are provided and laundry is free of charge. How much you pay for housing will depend on whether you stay in a single or a double room, and whether you live in P-building or C-building. Click here for more information.

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  • Student Life

    The city of Maastricht is a lovely medieval city of 120,000 people. It is a good size for those students who may not want to live in a large city environment, but who are still looking for a vibrant atmosphere. The city is known for its picturesque setting, culture, education, and festivals. The Carnival celebration every March is famous throughout Europe.

    Located very near the Belgian and German borders, Maastricht is an excellent point from which to explore other parts of Europe. English is widely spoken in the Netherlands, but students wanting to practice a foreign language will not have far to travel from this central location.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    $0 - you will pay the tuition and fees to your host university

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

      CES Maastricht Tuition $9,700

    International Airfare

      Meals $2,200
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $300
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $100
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $1,000
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: Direct Enroll  $23,135

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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