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 2023-2024

Programme Content

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 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 months. 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: Discover your competencies, (advanced) Project-based working, Teamwork & Communication, Design Thinking, Leadership, Negotiation skills, Public Speaking, Stress Management, Networking, 7 Habits of highly effective people, and Time Management.

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 10th, after which you will start your projects, coaching, and attending workshops, up until the closing event on May 30th.

Experiencing PREMIUM

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!

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 2023-2024 academic year?
  • Are you a motivated, responsible, and hardworking student, a true teamplayer who is up for a challenge?

If so, then you should apply for PREMIUM!

Applying for PREMIUM 2024 is no longer possible. Stay tuned for the application period for 2025.

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 2023-2024 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.*
  • Motivation and drive are 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, motivation and team spirit. We look for students that are not scared of being challenged, and who dare to look beyond the scope of their current discipline.
  • All PREMIUM students must be present in Maastricht during the period January 10th-May 30th, or at least not be absent for longer than 2 weeks throughout this period.

If you are unsure whether you fit the formal GPA requirements, just apply! 

Applying for PREMIUM 2024 is no longer possible. Stay tuned for the application period for 2025.

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.

Applying for PREMIUM 2024 is no longer possible. Stay tuned for the application period for 2025.


PREMIUM Ambassador Testimonials

PREMIUM 2018-2019 Student testimonials

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Closing Seminar

PREMIUM General Information Video

What is PREMIUM? Why should you apply?

PREMIUM 2015-2016 Mix&Match

PREMIUM Student Testimonials

PREMIUM Workshop "Design Thinking"

Questions? Contact PREMIUM Central Management

Senior Coordinator

Fabienne Crombach



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