MAASTRICHT. The number of applications for the bachelor’s of Psychology has doubled this year. Last year, some 800 prospective students showed an interest in the study programme, this year the figure was about 1,600. Of those, 1,022 have gone through the decentralised selection process. The reason for the increase is the new track in English.
“We had hoped for more interest because of the track being in English, but we had not expected that 1,022 people would complete the selection procedure,” says Tom Smeets, education official at Psychology. A total of 892 of those 1,022 have applied for the Psychology track in English, and 130 for its Dutch counterpart. The students are ranked on the basis of their score in the selection process. There are 450 places available. “There is a single list and we don’t differentiate between Dutch and English.” The number of students doing the one track or the other doesn’t make a difference for the planning. “Lectures are already in English. The only difference is that the track in English also has tutorial groups in English. We offer English language courses to our lecturers and tutors to accommodate this. The second year requires more organisation, because students then receive practicals with simulation patients. Finding these people will take some effort, but we still have a year.”
Future students for the English track are largely from Germany: 632 out of the 892. In addition, 50 Dutch and 25 Belgian students have applied for this track. The other 185 prospective students have various nationalities, “from Somali to Greek.” The deadline for applications closed on 1 May.