Most Maastricht students feel that one doesn't get very far with just a Bachelors degree. That is why most of them, just like their colleagues at other Dutch universities, choose to do a Masters study after their Bachelors. They usually stay at their own university. These are some of the outcomes of a survey carried out by the higher education magazines among twelve hundred students.
In other areas, Maastricht students do not differ from those who study in Amsterdam, Groningen or Tilburg. When they choose a Masters study, their main criteria are the quality and content of the study, and career perspectives. Maastricht students attach slightly more importance to a Masters study abroad (5 per cent against a national average of 2 per cent).
Where it comes to obstacles after they have made a choice, UM students refer to the compulsory pre-Masters courses or subjects required to gain entry, but also to the fact that they will see their friends less. The costs of the study and having to move, they find less of an inconvenience than students elsewhere in the Netherlands.