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.

Apply for PREMIUM 2019-2020

Want to be part of PREMIUM during 2019-2020? The application period is from 15.10.2019-18.11.2019.



Executing a challenging project for a real client;


Practical application of your academic knowledge;


Teamwork in an interdisciplinary setting;


Personal and professional development through coaching;


Improving practical professional skills through workshops;


A valuable extracurricular addition to your education.

PREMIUM alumni about PREMIUM


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! “

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.”

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.”

Guadalupe Amésquita (FHS)

“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.”

Shengjia Di (SBE)

“I am very proud that I was selected as a member of PREMIUM and to have had the opportunity to work on a business case of the real world, before entering the formal and competitive job market. As a master student from the School of Business and Economics, I am eager to gain rich experience in dealing with real clients and business projects. Fortunately, PREMIUM offered me this unique chance, especially in the kick-off event, Mix & Match.”
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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.”

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!”

Aishwarya Kharade (FHML)

“As a dentist and a global health advocate, I would not have had this opportunity to present the creative side of me otherwise and for this, I am glad Marres and I chose each other as a part of the team. The final product of the magazine and game cards are a useful addition to the client’s workshops and we are glad the team work was fruitful.

Growing as a team and understanding the abstract project while working on our personal competencies, Premium activities provided a perfect gateway for foraying into the career world. I shall definitely revisit my workshop notes and use them for self-improvement.”

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Yawei Gou (SBE)

“I have learned a lot from the experience of Premium project and workshops! It is definitely one of the most influencing and unforgettable things in my life. Thank you for everything and all the efforts on PREMIUM and the NIDI Familife project! I really appreciate it and am proud of myself to be a member of this Excellence Programme.”

Need more information about PREMIUM?

More information about what the programme entails?

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

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

Do you still have more questions? Please check our FAQ, contact our Central Management Team or ask any of our PREMIUM ambassadors.

Meet our PREMIUM Ambassadors

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.

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

PREMIUM 2018 - 2019 Closing Event

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Closing Seminar

PREMIUM 2014 Closing Seminar

PREMIUM Workshop "Design Thinking"

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Mix&Match Kick-off Event

Interview PREMIUM 2014 student

PREMIUM, Why should you apply?

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Student interviews


My PREMIUM Experience So Far: We’re Learning how to Tame Sharks

My name is Dora Vrhoci, and I am a student of the research master’s program Cultures of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST). As a PREMIUM student, I am working on […]

My PREMIUM Experience So Far: Competence Coaching Meeting

Having someone to guide me in reflecting on and improving myself has always been an aspiration of mine. Even though I have already worked in more than three companies, I […]

PREMIUM: the Workshop “Project Based Working” from The Fire Within

Next to the PREMIUM project and your coach for developing yourself on a personal level, there are several workshops and masterclasses which help you develop yourself on a professional level. […]

PREMIUM: the Workshop “Discover your competences” with Career Services

The first workshop I attended for PREMIUM, was a workshop provided by Career Services, named “Discover your competences”. This workshop exceeded every expectation I had. It was a great workshop […]

The PREMIUM Central Management Team


Fabienne Crombach


Junior Coordinator

Ivanna Vinnicsuk


Marie-Lou Mestrini


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