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Maastricht University Prof. dr. Jo Ritzen scholarship for French Students - School of Business and Economics, Netherlands

Publish Date: Apr 28, 2016

Deadline: May 01, 2016

Prof. dr. Jo Ritzen scholarship for French Students

Maastricht University is a medium-sized university of superior quality and is unique in its international ambitions. Half of its 16,000 students are non-Dutch and come from dozens of countries and all seven continents. This is also true of its research and academic staff. The UM trademark has long been its Problem Based Learning system, characterised by its small-scale nature and independent work groups. These characteristics, paired with the fact that almost all programmes are taught in English, makes UM an attractive university, in an attractive old city of Roman origin, in an area where three countries and languages converge.

More than any other city in the Netherlands, Maastricht enjoys a strong historical connection to the French language and culture. The city of Maastricht – so close to its sister city Liège, the most northern city in the Francophone cultural area – has a natural inclination to reach out to its French neighbours and embrace their culture. UM currently has more than 100 students and dozens of professors of French origin working or studying at the various faculties.

UM strives to increase the number of French students in its international classrooms and plans to do so by offering scholarships to students of French origin.

Professor Jo Ritzen, former President of Maastricht University and former Minister of Education and Science, made a significant contribution to this fund in the form of a sizeable starter gift.

Who is eligible? Jo Ritzen offers a scholarship to a talented bachelor student, who has been admitted to the bachelor program International Business or the bachelor program Economics and Business Economics of the School of Business and Economics starting September 2016. Candidates must have met all  the admission reqruiements and participated in the decentralised selection procedure (in place for both programmes).  Applicants have to hold a passport of France.

Applicants have to meet the requirements for obtaining a Dutch visa (’MVV’ – residence permit).


The scholarship of €6.000,- covers tuition fee for three academic years with a maximum period of maximum 36 months. The period of the scholarship starts and ends at the dates mentioned in the award letter.

Application and selection

Please download the application form here. Please submit your application as a part of the bachelor's application, you can upload the required documents via My UM under the category Apply for Scholarship. For information about the practical procedure, please send a message to or The deadline for application is 1 May 2016.

The School of Business and Economics will review and rank the scholarship candidates. The Maastricht University Scholarship Committee and University Fund Limburg will make the final decision.  For the scholarship assessment, the Scholarship Committee takes all elements of the application into account, including the level of previous study programmes, academic excellence, motivation, status of the home institution, the connection with the prior study programme, future career plans and the references.


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