The classroom experience at Maastricht University


Maastricht University offers a distinctive and dynamic classroom experience.

In fact, UM is one of the pioneers of Problem-Based Learning, an innovative teaching method that’s quite different from traditional university education.


PBL is an active way of learning with students in the driving seat, shaping their own learning process.


You’ll work in small tutorial groups, engage in hands-on training and attend (far) fewer lectures, as our Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert explains in this video:

PBL gives you better retention of knowledge, enhances your motivation and encourages you to develop the social and professional skills that are essential for today’s labour market.


Here’s what students say about Problem-Based Learning.

In short, Problem-Based Learning helps you to:


  • really understand complex issues

  • think for yourself and learn from others

  • come up with your own solutions

  • work together with people in a constructive way

  • share responsibility and give feedback

  • feel comfortable in your presentations


Here’s PBL in an animated nutshell:

PBL in an animated nutshell

If you have any questions about PBL, please feel free to contact us.


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