UM Card blocked for non-payment


The UM Card for students who have not yet paid their lecture fees or handed in a passport photograph or visa, will be blocked this week. This means that they will no longer have access to Eleum, the university library, and other facilities. This way, Maastricht University is hoping to quickly discover how many of these 816 ‘temporary enrolments’ are actually studying at the UM, and how many have gone elsewhere.

According to those responsible at Student Services (SSC), experience has shown that students are quick to report that their UM Card no longer works. After completing their registration, their cards will be reactivated immediately.

The large group of provisionally admitted students distorts the registration figures. On 18 November - the most recent reference date - the counter stood at 4,016 first-year bachelors and almost two thousand first-year masters. This represents a growth of 15 per cent compared to 2008. The SSC informed us that this number will certainly drop because they suspect that “the category of conditionally accepted students includes a large number of no shows”.

It is already clear that at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Business and Economics, the share of German students is considerably larger than the share of Dutch students. At University College, it appears that the distribution is more or less equal.


Riki Janssen

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