The study abroad offering at the Wisconsin School of Business recently expanded to include Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) in the Netherlands. Students can study at SBE—a school with a similar atmosphere to the University of Wisconsin-Madison—as early as spring 2014.
“SBE is a good fit for Wisconsin students,” said Joseph Halaas, director of international programs at the school. “While academics are important to SBE students, so is enjoying time outside the classroom.”
Maastricht, the capital city of the Dutch province of Limburg, is located in the south of the Netherlands, which is a quick plane or high-speed train ride to many popular European cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, and London.
“It’s easy for students to get around in Maastricht,” Halaas said. “They can enjoy the rich cultural life of the city and not have to worry about transportation. Like many other European cities, most of Maastricht is accessible by foot or bicycle."
In the classroom, Wisconsin students will learn to face real-life business challenges through Maastricht’s problem-based learning model, where students are responsible for learning a portion of the content and teaching the rest of the class.
All classes at SBE are taught in English, which makes the program a good fit for those who want to focus on their business education without having a background in the Dutch language. Dutch courses are available for students who are interested, and they even include a practical course for beginners.
Like UW-Madison, Maastricht University has an abundance of student organizations and other ways to get involved outside of the classroom. Activities range from sports to subject-related study associations to music and international organizations.
Maastricht even offers the MyBuddy program, which pairs incoming exchange students with student volunteers who help them make a smooth transition into life in Maastricht, assisting them in exploring the city and getting to know new people.
Program dates typically run from early September to late December for the fall semester, and early February to early June for the spring semester, which allow students to participate in internships during summer and winter breaks in the United States.
For more information about the program, please visit the Wisconsin School of Business’ International Programs page.