• Admission

    Admission for international students
    Students who want to be enrolled in the IB programme should be flexible and prepared to accept the challenge of studying abroad with people of many different cultural backgrounds. In order to successfully complete the study programme, students should be independent and mature enough to live in a foreign country.

    In co-operation with the NUFFIC, The Netherlands’ Organization for International Co-operation in Higher Education, the International Business School Maastricht will assess the value of foreign diplomas.

    Generally speaking, a secondary school diploma (e.g. vwo, havo, Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or international baccalaureate diploma) will give access to our study programme. Students should have advanced knowledge (secondary school graduation level) of economics or mathematics.  Furthermore, candidates need to prove that they have a good command of the English language. Students are required to take an IELTS or TOEFL test (IELTS score needs to be at least 6,  a computer-based TOEFL score at least 213).

    Do not forget to check the immigration regulations imposed by the Dutch authorities at Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa (MVV) for The Netherlands. This can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Therefore, start your application process well in advance to avoid disappointment. Currently, a visa and residence permit for non-EU citizens costs around €310. If you have any questions regarding this matter, you can contact  ln.dy1521491436uz@no1521491436itarg1521491436immi1521491436.

    In principle, applications for enrolment should be in our possession before 1 May. Late applications may be considered by the course management. You can ask Marjan van Diepenbeek, Student Recruitment Officer of IB, for further information about late enrolment procedures.

    Students who wish to participate in an international exchange programme provided by Zuyd University, please check information for Incoming Exchange Students on the ‘Internationalization’ pages of this website.

    Admission for Dutch students
    In order to be admitted to the first year of the IB study programme, students who attended  secondary education in the Netherlands, must have obtained one of the following diplomas:

    HAVO or VWO
    You need a havo or vwo diploma with at least one of the following subjects:
    – Economics
    – Management & Organisation
    – Mathematics

    Prospective students of the International Business School apply via the Studielink website. Here follows a brief outline of what you should do.

    • Register: Register by the use of the option “request username and password”. As soon as you receive an email with your password you are ready to log in.
    • Continue: Enter your personal details and indicate the study programme you wish to enrol in. Please note that this IB programme has a Dutch and an English stream.Your enrolment is now ready for sending.
    • Study grant: Studielink has a link to the IB-groep with which you can arrange your study grant and OV-jaarkaart. Be sure to apply in time, otherwise you will not receive any money and will not be able to travel for free.
    • Change of address: You can also use Studielink to notify institutions and the IB-groep of a change of address.
    • Staying informed: Studielink will keep you informed on the progress of your enrolment via email. So be sure to check your mailbox regularly.

    Tuition fees
    Tuition fees for Dutch and other EU citizens amount to €2006,- (academic year 2017-2018). Non-EU citizens will be charged an amount of € 7,445. For further details, please contact the IB coordinator. Exchange students from our international partner schools do not have to pay extra tuition fees in Maastricht (Socrates/Erasmus and Magellan Exchange).

    The monthly cost of living in Maastricht will add up to approximately € 800 (including the cost of renting a room, food and drinks, entertainment, transport, personal care, health insurance and books and readers, but excluding tuition fees). In the third year of the study programme, students should realize that the study exchange programme and the work placement abroad will generate extra spending. Every year, non-EU students are required to provide written evidence to the local authorities proving their ability to live and study in the Netherlands. This means that they should have at least € 8,000 at their disposal on a Dutch bank account.