Photographer:Fotograaf: Joey Roberts
MAASTRICHT. Whether they had come to Maastricht for a semester, a year or a full three-year study programme, all non-EU students stood in line last Tuesday at the Student Service Centre to collect their residence permits. Since 2010 the Maastricht University Visa Office has organised a centralised pick-up-your-permit-day twice a year. On Tuesday, a little over 700 students came by.
One of them is Iryna Lunevich from Belarus. She came to Maastricht for the master’s in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology. “It’s a unique programme, I’m really impressed by the quality so far.” She feels Maastricht is cosy, but too tiny for her taste. “Before this I lived in Moscow. There’s not much to do here. That does make it perfect for studying though; there are very few distractions.”
Business and Economics student Jessica Allen from Australia disagrees. “There’s sports and fun everywhere. I love it; it’s a super friendly city. The only downside is that my backpack got stolen.” She chose Maastricht for her semester abroad for several reasons. “It’s highly ranked, the programme is in English and I was keen to try the different learning system. Also, it’s centrally located in Europe, making it easy to travel around.”
That was also what attracted exchange student John Isemann (Business and Economics) from the United States. He has already spent weekends in Paris, Dublin, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam and The Hague. “Next weekend I’m going to Rome and I’m planning trips to Barcelona and Norway as well.”