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Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
Maastricht, Netherlands
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
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 Housing Options:
Residence hall or dormitory
Program Description:

About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

Founded in 1976, Maastricht University is the youngest university in the Netherlands. Its rapidly expanding student body currently numbers about 11,000 with a staff of about 2,800. Noted for its highly ranked academic programs, UM is known as an educational innovator with a strong international commitment. The Faculty of Law has an innovative academic environment.  To learn more about the Faculty of Law, view this presentation.

Cafes in Vrijthof, the main square in Maastricht - Photo by Jeanette LopezThe city of Maastricht is situated between Belgium and Germany in the southernmost region of the Netherlands. The German town of Aachen is only a half-hour's drive away, as is Liège in Belgium. Lining Maastricht's cobblestone streets are historic buildings (many with 18th century facades), churches, small shops and lively market places. Centuries-old fortification walls still partially surround the town. In 1991, the city attracted international attention as the host of the European Summit which adopted the Treaty of Maastricht, forming the European Union. To learn more, read about the city's history, view pictures of the city, or check out a map of the Netherlands

Click here for a quick sketch of the city.


  • Only available to Law students
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.

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Course Structure

The Faculty of Law is one of Maastricht University's seven faculties (schools). Their educational approach is the problem-based learning (PBL) system in which a theoretical or practical problem determines the course of a student's academic activities.

Law courses are taught at both the Bachelors and Masters level.  Richmond students can take courses at either level, depending on their prior preparation and prerequisites. 

Courses are taught in English.

Course Load

The Faculty of Law divides each semester into two blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 make up the fall semester and Blocks 4 & 5 typically make up the spring semester. Students normally take two courses per block, for a total of four courses per semester.   Each course is normally worth 6 ECTS credits.  See the next section on "Course Selection" for more details. 

Richmond students can also take a Dutch language and culture course, usually worth 3 ECTS.

To determine the credit value of an individual ECTS course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of ECTS credits divided by 2.

A minimum credit load at Richmond is 9 credits per semester and the maximum is 18. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status you should register for a minimum of 18 ECTS per semester.  Most students will take 24 ECTS, not counting the Dutch class.

Below is a table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.

ECTS Credits

Richmond Credits

2 1
3 1.5
4 2
5 2.5
6 3
6.5 3.25
7 3.5
8 4

Course Selection

Students should consult with Associate Dean Clark Williams in the UR Law School to determine what courses will be the best fit for them.  Additionally, all selected students will be assigned an advisor at UM Law to help choose their classes.  UR students may select from both Bachelor's and Master's level classes, as long as they and their advisor agree they have had the necessary preparation to take Master's level classes, and that the rigor of Bachelor's classes is high enough to count for the J.D. degree at UR.  Click here for a list of courses taught in English.

Grading Scale


UR Equivalent




Very Good (B)










*Grades of Insufficient (F/FX) earned at UM will not earn transfer credit back to Richmond. Students must earn the equivalent of a "C" or better to earn transfer credit.


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Visiting students are generally housed in the Guesthouse located at Brouwersweg, a student residence hall that is a 10-minute bike ride from SBE. The Guesthouse is made up primarily of the C-Building and P-Building and has 350 rooms (single & double available), and 45 Master rooms/studios. Rooms have either individual or shared kitchens. All rooms have internet access. Accommodations are booked on a first-come first-served basis, so you should act promptly to reserve your room as soon as you are accepted by UM and know the dates of your study.

A linen package (this includes a duvet, duvet cover and pillow case) can be bought at the front desk for 40 Euros.  The Guesthouse also allows students to borrow items such as a bicycle pump, vacuum cleaner, telephone books and a tool box at the front desk.  Faxes and copies can be made for free at the front desk also.  There are also a tennis court and basketball court that students can use for free, including equipment.  The Guesthouse has laundry facilities in the C-building and P-building.  In each you will find washers, dryers, an ironing board and an iron. The hallways, communal kitchens, toilets, the floors of the communal kitchens and living rooms are cleaned by a cleaning service provided by the Guesthouse UM.  Upon your arrival, as part of your fees, you will pay for the final cleaning of your individual room. During the time of your stay, all students are responsible for keeping their kitchens, living areas and rooms clean.

Richmond students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodations and meals at Maastricht. Most accommodations are self-catering, meaning students cook for themselves. An on-campus cafeteria is open on week days and offers snacks, salads and hot and cold meals at student-friendly prices.

Students are welcome to choose housing other than the Guesthouse. For more details about applying to the Guesthouse or other student housing in Maastricht, use the website, which includes room costs and details.


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Dates and Costs

Click here for the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University Dates & Costs.

Visa Information

A theater in the main square in Maastricht - by Jeanette LopezCurrently there is no visa required for U.S. citizens to study in the Netherlands. However, students must obtain a residence permit after they arrive in the Netherlands. The cost for the residence permit is currently 300 Euros. Richmond will reimburse students for the cost of obtaining the residence permit if a receipt for payment is submitted to the OIE in a timely manner. Specific details about the permit can be found on the Student Services Centre page of the Maastricht Website. More information will be given out about the Residence Permit after a student is accepted to the UM program.

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For more information contact Associate Dean Clark Williams in the Richmond School of Law for academic matters, or Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education.

updated September 2013

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

This program is currently not accepting applications.