Bridging the gap between study and career

PREMIUM is Maastricht University’s Honours programme for high-performing, motivated master’s students. Once selected, students are grouped together in interdisciplinary teams and given a project to complete for a client from the (local) business or government sector under the guidance of a project mentor. Alongside their project, students receive individual coaching focused on personal competence development. Lastly, students attend several workshops to help cultivate valuable skills and knowledge to prepare them for the job market.



Real-life practical work experience through executing a challenging project for a client;


Practical application of your academic knowledge. You will now explicitly see what you have implicitly learned.


Work with an interdisciplinary team composed of high-performing and motivated students from different faculties and backgrounds.


Personal and professional development through personalized one-on-one coaching;


Improving practical professional skills through workshops and masterclasses;


Honours certificate upon completion, giving you the extra edge when entering the job market.

Need more information about PREMIUM?

More information about what the programme entails?

Want to know about the PREMIUM projects, time investment, official requirements or central events?

We will gladly inform you further about the PREMIUM programme components, such as the projects, coaching, workshops and central events

Curious about the PREMIUM experience?

Would you like to know what a true PREMIUM experience looks like?

Check the achievements’ page of previous year’s PREMIUM students.

Curious about the PREMIUM projects?

Would you like to know what PREMIUM projects we have in store for the new year?

Check the projects page, listing all this year’s exciting projects by PREMIUM clients.

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PREMIUM Ambassadors

Meet our ambassadors face-to-face

Our enthusiastic team of PREMIUM ambassadors were PREMIUM students in the previous academic year. Learn all about their PREMIUM experience and why they think you should apply to become a PREMIUM student this year!

Meet them during their promotional activities at the faculties, or during the PREMIUM info-sessions. As they speak from personal experience, attending these sessions gives you an exclusive sneak peek of what it’s like to be a PREMIUM student.

PREMIUM alumni about PREMIUM

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Michele D'Orazio (FASoS)

“When I joined PREMIUM I had very high expectations, but the experience went far beyond those expectations. During these months I have had the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. All the workshops I attended, the meetings I had, and the project I carried out have given me a different perspective not only of the job market, but of life in general. Furthermore, I really appreciated the help of my mentor and coach. They were fantastic and always very supportive. I will now move to Brussels to undertake a traineeship at the Council of the EU, but I will never forget this life-changing experience.”
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Aisling Moylan (FASoS)

“The PREMIUM experience allowed me to learn how to be professional in a safe environment. I believe the experience I have gained will help enormously as I enter the working world.”
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Lieke Dortmans (FHML)

“PREMIUM has provided me with an environment that has allowed me to expand my horizons across a wide range of topics, meet new (amazing) people and learn valuable life skills. I’m so grateful I got to participate!”

Stefan Holzheuser (SBE)

“Taking part in PREMIUM was an amazing experience from which I benefitted in many different ways. Besides the numerous interesting sessions organised by the PREMIUM team, I particularly enjoyed the work in my project team. We all learned a lot about the industry of our client and had the chance to take advantage of the knowledge that we acquired during our studies in a practical way. In my case, the project even helped me to find a job. However, the best part of the whole programme was meeting new people and making new friends. In the end, PREMIUM was far more than just an addition to my master’s programme. It was an incredible experience, which I would recommend to everybody!”
Guadalupe Amesquita

Guadalupe Amésquita (FSE)

“Being part of the Premium Honors Programme is an incredible contribution for any student’s professional growth. By taking part in a project with a multicultural team for an external client, Premium helps you enhance and develop the required skills of this century for any job environment, making you face challenges, manage possible conflicts and improving your communication skills.
For people with prior working experience, like it was in my case, Premium helps you gain understanding and increase your respect for diversity in views and cultural backgrounds, an experience that does not always happen when you start working. So my advice to any potential participant is “make the most out of it! It will be a great and valuable experience.”
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Elena Pöhlmann (SBE)

“I’m so glad I participated in PREMIUM. In the different workshops, I gained skills that are actually useful for my future, and I also learned a lot about myself through the coaching. But the best part was that I met so many like-minded people!”
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Nicola Grande (SBE)

“PREMIUM showed me that in real life, there is often simply no ‘right’ solution to complex challenges, making creativity a core competency for our times.”
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Elin Börjedal (LAW)

“No matter how your project turns out, you will definitely get to develop your own personal skills. I learned a lot about myself which I would never had discovered if not participating in PREMIUM. During PREMIUM you are put in an environment which you don’t get by only studying. The interaction with real clients, together with workshops and personal coaching is a unique and precious opportunity you should not miss.”
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Anabel Quineche Valdéz (FASoS)

“Now I understand what they told us at the beginning of the program: PREMIUM is about the process itself and not the end product. I learned a lot from the way we managed every challenge together and took advantage of our differences.”
Nina Juschka

Nina Juschka (SBE)

“I am happy that I took the extra mile and joined the PREMIUM program in cooperation with Accenture. It facilitated not only my professional but also my private development and I wouldn’t have missed it!”
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Jose Francisco Martinez Raya (FASoS)

”PREMIUM gave me the opportunity to work in a team with people with very different backgrounds and nationalities… and what is the best… to learn from them!”
Julian Reuther

Julian Reuther (SBE)

”Especially the interdisciplinarity of the programme, specifically the teamwork with students from different cultural and study backgrounds was an enlightening experience“
Celia Dejond

Celia Déjond (FASoS)

“Applying for PREMIUM was a great decision that threw me into an amazing experience. It was really nice to get more practical knowledge next to university, and to work with students from other disciplines. The application procedure is a very interesting process, because it’s quite the same procedure as you would go through when applying for a real job. The knowledge I have gained during this process will definitely come in handy over the next couple of months when I will be applying for jobs. Overall, I would definitely recommend the PREMIUM programme to other students.”
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Puck Slaats (FHML)

“PREMIUM gave me the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills, to grow as a professional and individual, and to work together with such an internationally and academically diverse and inspiring group of people!”
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Kishan Mohansingh (SBE)

“The PREMIUM Programme taught me that I can combine and balance my mental health and my professional life; this is something I will take with me in my future career.”
Eleni Argyriou

Eleni Argyriou (FPN)

“When I was first accepted in the PREMIUM Excellence Program, I felt this was both an opportunity and a challenge for me. After the past months, I realized that it was not only a huge chance to develop myself professionally and personally, but it was more of a life-time experience. Working for a big company as a member of a GREAT interdisciplinary team, I got to know myself more, my limits, strengths and weaknesses and I feel lucky to be part of a program that promotes learning and fun at the same time.”
Johanna Hurtz

Johanna Hurtz (SBE)

“For me PREMIUM has been a truly inspiring, worthwhile and most of all fun experience. You not only get support to develop and prepare yourself for a future career, you also meet lots of diverse fellow students. Without the PREMIUM experience I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to meet so many students from different academic backgrounds and from the various UM faculties. PREMIUM is really a great opportunity to make a contribution outside the curriculum and to see yourself grow in the context of an interesting and challenging project.”
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Laura Geith (SBE)

“Are you curious about PREMIUM? So was I and I am glad I was! People of
the premium programme are easy going and we are here because we want to
be here. It is fun to be with motivated and interesting people from different
academic backgrounds and work on a real-life project with an interdisciplinary
team. The entire experience was very enriching, you gain a lot of new insights
about a new industry, and learn more research skills. Don’t miss out on it! “
Britt Pelzer

Britt Pelzer (FPN)

“I knew I wanted a project that contained a creative input from the students, so I mainly focused on that. I spoke with the ladies of House of Inspiration during the last 5 minutes of the Mix&Match, and I knew what I wanted. When speaking to the client, I was blown away by their enthusiasm! The way they spoke about their own business was really beautiful to witness. They convinced me this was the project I wanted to do. I must say I am very lucky I can now happily say I was chosen to do the Inspiratiehuis project. Together with 4 other highly motivated students, a great mentor and the two wonderful ladies of House of Inspiration we are working on the project, and PREMIUM has already proven to be worth it for me!”

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Please check our very own Youtube Channel for all the videos concerning PREMIUM throughout the years.

PREMIUM SBE alumni testimonials

PREMIUM FASoS alumni testimonials

PREMIUM 2018 - 2019 Closing Event

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Mix&Match Kick-off Event

PREMIUM LAW alumni testimonials

PREMIUM FPN alumni testimonials

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Student interviews

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Closing Seminar

PREMIUM FHML alumni testimonials

PREMIUM General Promo-Video

PREMIUM Workshop "Design Thinking"

Interview PREMIUM 2014 student


Building Resilience at PREMIUM

Learning to cope with stress is something that all education institutions should actively incorporate into their curriculums, this, however, is not the case. It was not until I signed up […]

PREMIUM Workshop on Time Management

The workshop on Time Management was amazing. I cannot describe it any other way. I thought I was knowledgeable on the subject already but I decided to take the workshop […]

A day in the life of a PREMIUM student

My name is Irene I am a Master student in Neuropsychology. This year I decided to make the most of every opportunity that the UM could give me and I […]

The PREMIUM Central Management Team

Senior Coordinator

Fabienne Crombach



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