Learn more about UM’s selective Honours programme for master’s students.

This Year's Projects!

Find out which exciting new projects PREMIUM is offering in 2018-2019

Programme Content

How can I combine PREMIUM with my master’s programme and other activities? What does PREMIUM have to offer me? And what will be expected of me if I become a PREMIUM student?

Programme Components

The Project

At the heart of the PREMIUM programme is the project. Together in an interdisciplinary team, you will execute a project for an external client. In order to execute your project, you will plan several team meetings (sometimes with your mentor) as well as meetings with the client to discuss or present your progress or results. At the end of the project, you and your mentor will schedule closing events with the client.

My project on renewable energies stimulated me to find out about my personal interests. I am super happy to have gotten into this project, because I learned a lot about the renewable energy industry AND about emerging market (countries I was not very familiar with before). This project made me confident about the fact that this is the direction I will head to in my future. Thank you for that!  Student about 2015-2016 Project  “Green IndusTree” – 

Competence Coaching

Each PREMIUM student is assigned to a competence coach. Throughout PREMIUM, you will plan at least 3 one-on-one sessions with your coach, as well as one big team dynamic meeting. Together with your coach, you will discover your strengths and weaknesses, develop professional skills you want to improve, or dive into anything else you want to tackle under the guidance of an experienced coach. Coaching will result in your very own Personal Development Plan, an excellent stepping stone towards your professional future.

My coach was very professional and I enjoyed our sessions. This was the highlight of the PREMIUM experience for me.

My coach was a very valuable figure in the past month. She was truly engaged in my personal development and struggles, and she offered me all the support I needed.

Workshops and Masterclasses

PREMIUM offers several workshops and master classes focused on optimal project execution as well as personal professional development. Offered workshop themes include your competencies, project-based working, teamwork, creativity, (intercultural) communication skills, and leadership.

Offered workshop themes include: Discover your competencies, Project-based working, Teamwork & Communication, Design Thinking, Storytelling, Leadership, Negotiation skills, Advanced Public Speaking and Time Management.

Sometimes, our workshops even take place outside in the sun!

Perfect combination of practice and theory, excellent activities, excellent trainer. I can see it helping me a lot with the progress of the PREMIUM project and my group mates agreed on that. It will be also very useful for my professional life after the masters; I can already see different ways in which I could use it.

Central Events

Polish up your networking and presentation skills at our various annual central events. Practice your presentation skills during the Midterm Presentations, and meet with other (PREMIUM) students, mentors, coaches, and clients to expand your network at the kick-off and closing seminar. Become a part of the PREMIUM (alumni) community and build bridges for the future.

The atmosphere is so great and I really enjoy it.

PREMIUM Timeframe

PREMIUM is designed to take approximately 250 hours, divided over time spent on project execution, coaching, attending workshops and masterclasses, and attending central events.

Alongside your master’s programme curriculum, other extracurricular activities, and your personal life, PREMIUM is an excellent time management exercise.

Applicants should carefully consider their amount of free time and time management skills before applying.

  • Project
  • Coaching
  • Workshops
  • Central Events

When? PREMIUM will take place from January until the end of May. To be exact, the PREMIUM programme will kick off on January 8th 2019, after which you will start your projects, coaching, and attending workshops, up until the closing seminar on May 29th 2019.

Experiencing PREMIUM

Meet our PREMIUM Ambassadors

Our enthusiastic team of PREMIUM ambassadors were PREMIUM students in the previous 7 academic year. Learn all about their PREMIUM experience and why they think you should apply to become a PREMIUM student this year!

PREMIUM 2018-2019 Student testimonials

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Mix&Match

PREMIUM Workshop "Design Thinking"

PREMIUM Student Testimonials

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Closing Seminar

Practical Information

PREMIUM is a selective Honours programme. After applying, you will be admitted to the programme once you successfully go through the selection procedure. 

But don’t let that scare you! Just ask yourself this:

  • Are you enrolled in a master’s programme at Maastricht University in the 2018-2019 academic year?
  • Does your bachelor’s degree fit the formal requirements?
  • Are you a motivated, responsible, and hardworking student who is up for a challenge?

If so, then you should apply for PREMIUM!

Applications for 2018-2019 should be handed in before November 19th, 12:00 hrs (noon)!

Your application to PREMIUM will be considered if it satisfies the following criteria:

  • All PREMIUM students must be enrolled in a UM master’s programme in the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • You obtained your bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 7,0 in the Dutch 0-10 grading system as evident on your official transcripts, or You obtained your bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least a B in the international D/F-A grading system as evident on your official transcripts.
  • Even more important than your grades: Your application (by means of your CV, LinkedIn profile and/or essay) shows an intrinsic drive to prosper, a high level of dedication and team spirit.
  • All PREMIUM students must be present in Maastricht during the period January 8th-May 29th, or at least not be absent for longer than 2 weeks throughout this period.

Please note PREMIUM requests you submit (official) translation documents accompanying international transcripts to prove your GPA is equivalent to a 7,0 in the Dutch 1-10 grading system.

If you are unsure whether your GPA meets the requirements, just apply!

Applications for 2018-2019 should be handed in before November 19th, 12:00 hrs (noon)!

The selection procedure consists of multiple rounds. Please note that the selection procedure might require you to move around your schedule a bit. You will be informed about events that require your attendance well ahead of time. 

Before applying to PREMIUM, please read the terms and conditions carefully.

Interested in applying for PREMIUM for the 2018-2019 year?

Applying for 2018-2019 is possible until November 19th. 12:00 hrs (noon)

The PREMIUM Central Management Team


Fabienne Crombach


Junior Coordinator

Ivanna Vinnicsuk


Marie-Lou Mestrini