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Entries for August 2010

26 percent more master’s applications

The popularity of master’s programmes in Maastricht is growing strongly, having received 26 percent more applications than last year (5633 in total). The number of bachelor’s applications is also on the rise, but by a somewhat less dramatic 6 percent, reaching a total of 11,201. In 2010, all Dutch universities together count 42,500 newcomers among...

What to do in Maastricht?

What to do in Maastricht?

Where are the good bars? What shops should you go to? Which restaurants have the best food and low prices? When you’re new in town, it’s always hard to find out where the hot spots are. Observant gives you a hand, with four routes for four different days out.

"Trying to cook by myself"

What are you going to miss the most? “My cat. He’s five years old and just turned up at our home one Christmas. It was a wild cat. I can’t bring him with me to Maastricht. I’ll also miss my friends of course. Whether we’ll see each other on a regular basis? Well, we could skype. In the holidays I’ll take the Eurostar from Brussels. That’s the eas...

“Nothing will be easy"

Whats gonna be easy? “Nothing will be easy. I have to build up a life in a new country with a different language. Even buying a bike will be hard, I suppose.”   What will you miss the most? “My family of course. My mother and my sister, who live in Riga. And my friends. Actually, my best friend is going to the Netherlands as well. He’ll b...

What to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

What to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Where are the good bars? What shops should you go to? Which restaurants have the best food and low prices? When you’re new in town, it’s always hard to find out where the hot spots are. Observant gives you a hand, with four routes for four different days out.

"I’m not concerned about my social life"

What’s going to be easy? “I like the fact that Dutch education is well-organised. You get all this information in advance about study schemes, for example. In my country it’s total chaos. First you need to search for the institution, and then you have to chase the people who can give you the information you want.”   What are you afraid of? ...

What to do when your parents are in town?

What to do when your parents are in town?

Where are the good bars? What shops should you go to? Which restaurants have the best food and low prices? When you’re new in town, it’s always hard to find out where the hot spots are. Observant gives you a hand, with four routes for four different days out.
What to do when you want to take the alternative route?

What to do when you want to take the alternative route?

Where are the good bars? What shops should you go to? Which restaurants have the best food and low prices? When you’re new in town, it’s always hard to find out where the hot spots are. Observant gives you a hand, with four routes for four different days out.
To join or not to join, that’s the question

To join or not to join, that’s the question

Should you become a member of a student society or not? For Dutch students, this is an easier question to answer than for foreign students. They often have a brother, sister or friend who is a member, so they know what to expect. To give foreign students some more insight, Observant has created a list of what it means to be a member of a society.

"I'm here to fight for my diploma"

Whats gonna be easy? “Learning the Dutch language. Dutch in my opinion is something like a mix between German and English. I had Greek and Latin at school. That makes it easier to learn foreign languages.”   What are you afraid of? “My roommate in Maastricht, who studied psychology last year, said that it’s very difficult. And – this is th...

Don’t be afraid

Don’t be afraid

Welcome to Maastricht. The fact that you’re reading this English-language piece says something about you: you’re either German (likely), or otherwise non-Dutch (less likely). You’re probably out of your teens already, you might own a car, and you have a whole different set of priorities and dilemmas than the Dutch people in your Inkom group. Appare...

Observant/Inkommentaar

Observant/Inkommentaar

Observant maakte dit jaar het eerste nummer van Inkommentaar
Dutch pop star opens Inkom

Dutch pop star opens Inkom

He’s a rising star in the Netherlands, his voice can handle both rock and soul, and he is the first Dutchman to have a contract with the legendary  American label Motown, the home of stars like Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Michael Jackson. This afternoon around 17.00 at the Maastricht Markt, Waylon will open the Inkom of 2010. His first ...

Latest news!

Are you keen to stay informed of the latest news, and to read great stories about Maastricht’s student life and university? Then grab your fresh copy of the Observant from around 11.00 every Thursday, from the stands near the entrance to your faculty. Observant is Maastricht University’s independent newspaper, produced each week by a team of profe...

MECC party hall

MECC party hall

Monday 23 August, 15.05, at the MECC in Maastricht. More than 30 students, 14 lighting and sound technicians, Dutch beer brewery staff and other company representatives are setting up the party hall. “We’re on schedule”, says logistics manager Tom Roth, as a small lorry full of soft drinks makes its way through the hall. Today’s MECC Party and the...