Apply for PREMIUM

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to become a PREMIUM student! Below, you will find the steps and intructions for the application process. Be sure to keep an eye on certain dates you should keep free (see below)! We hope to be welcoming you to the PREMIUM programme soon!

Applying for PREMIUM is possible until Monday November 15th, 12:00 hrs (noon)!

Please make sure that we have received your complete application before November 15th, 12:00 hrs. (noon)

Incomplete applications (step 1-4), or applications sent in after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Step 1

Send your application email to and include the following:

Your academic transcripts

Please provide the following documents in PDF format:

1A) Your Bachelor transcripts;

You can send in the same documents you used to apply for your current MA programme. In case you did another MA programme before this one, you can also send in your grades list from that programme.

1B) If applicable and available, a translation of your GPA transcripts; 

If you have an international diploma (i.e. not Dutch) based on a different grading system than the Dutch 1-10 grading system, please provide an official translation of your GPA transcripts that was provided to you by your university, if available. If you provide us with this translation, we will use it to assess your transcripts. If you are unable to provide this official translation, we will use Nuffic guidelines for the translation of international transcripts.

Step 2

Send your application email to and include the following:

Your application essay

Provide an essay (in PDF format) of max. 400 words on the following:

The majority of PREMIUM, you will be working in a team, and one of the core characteristics of a PREMIUM student is being an excellent team player. In the application essay, we ask that you explain what you feel your added value to a PREMIUM project team would be. What do you expect to learn from PREMIUM, but also what can you bring to this year’s PREMIUM community? What unique aspect of you or your past makes you of added value to a PREMIUM team and why.
You may even like to reflect further on your teamwork abilities; what do you need from your fellow team members to blossom in a team, and what do you see as your potential biggest hurdles while working on a project for a client? 

Please know that we will evaluate your essay on the following criteria:

Your essay:

  • adequately answers the question (be sure to reflect on what you feel you can add to a PREMIUM team);
  • is written in a clear and coherent manner;
  • is written in proper English (consistent verb tense, consistent use of either British or American English, proper punctuation, and no grammatical errors, misspellings, or typo’s);
  • includes a beginning, middle, and end.
  • is NOT a motivational letter for a certain project, but your own personal story.
  • creativity is much appreciated.

Content-wise, your essay:

  • demonstrates analytical thinking skills;
  • convinces us of your intrinsic drive to prosper (a strong sense of motivation, a sense of determination and perseverance).
  • gives us an insight in the person behind the application;

Step 3

Connect with us on LinkedIn!


Connect with this member of the PREMIUM Central Management Team below.

Connect with Fabienne

Many companies use LinkedIn for recruitment and assessment of applicants. Likewise, we want to use your LinkedIn profile to get an idea of who you are. We will use it to review information about:

  • your academic history,
  • extracurricular activities you have participated in,
  • your experience (work, internships)
  • your interests,
  • your competencies (in skills section).

Additionally, be sure to include a suitable profile picture as well as an interesting headline, as these are the first things we will notice about your profile.

More info about what we look for in your profile?

If you don’t have LinkedIn, if you do not feel comfortable sharing your current LinkedIn profile with us, or if you are unsure what we expect from your LinkedIn profile, please take a look at our LinkedIn manual. This manual was specially designed with prospective PREMIUM students in mind.

Would you rather send us your CV?

We would prefer to connect with you on LinkedIn, but if you feel more comfortable sending us your CV instead, this is also permitted. Include your CV in the email together with the documents described in step 1 and 2. Your CV will be evaluated on the same criteria as listed above. Be sure to update your CV to include above-mentioned criteria if necessary.

Take a look at our LinkedIn manual!

This manual was especially created for PREMIUM applicants/students

How can you use LinkedIn to show us who you are, what your skills and capabilities are, and why we should admit you to the PREMIUM programme? How can you make sure your profile stands out? This document gives you useful tips and tricks to help you create or update your profile.

Step 4

Complete the application survey

Click here and complete the application survey.

What is the purpose of the application survey?

The application survey is intended to provide us with some background information on you. We ask you to provide this information for our administration. Additionally, some of this information will be used to make up your PREMIUM certificate upon successful completion of the programme so make sure you provide the correct information!

The second purpose of this survey is to get an indication of the extent to which you match the profile of a PREMIUM student. We would like to stress that there is no right or wrong in the answers you provide as well as the fact that a student will never be excluded from participating in the programme solely based on how he/she answered the questions.

In summary, the information is necessary for 1) our administration and 2) the selection procedures, and will be treated highly confidentially.

We ask you to be truthful and honest. It is in your own best interest to be truthful in order to assure that the programme and your project/team are a suitable match for you, your qualities, and interests. Thank you in advance, we highly appreciate your candor.

The further selection process

We will review your application and select suitable applicants to go through to round 2 of the selection process. We will contact you regarding your application on Thursday, November 25th at the latest.

In order to be able to partake in the mandatory assessment elements of round 2, make sure to keep time slots below (at least some) free for interview sessions (we’ll send you a registration link for one of these sessions once you’re through to round 2.).

  • Wednesday, December 1st from 09:30 until 11:30;
  • Wednesday, December 1st, from 14:00 until 16:00;
  • Thursday, December 2nd from 12:00 until 14:00;
  • Thursday, December 2nd, from 16:00 until 18:00;
  • Friday, December 3rd, from 10:00 until 12:00;
  • Friday, December 3rd, from 14:30 until 16:30.

Additionally, make sure to keep time slots below (or at least some) free for team observation sessions (we’ll send you a registration link for one of these sessions as well):

  • Monday, December 6th, from 09:30 until 10:30;
  • Monday, December 6th, from 11:00 until 12:00;
  • Monday, December 6th, from 13:00 until 14:00;
  • Tuesday, December 7th, from 14:00 until 15:00;
  • Tuesday, December 7th, from 15:30 until 16:30;
  • Tuesday, December 7th, from 17:30 until 18:30;
  • Wednesday, December 8th, from 15:00 until 16:00;
  • Wednesday, December 8th, from 16:30 until 17:30;
  • Wednesday, December 8th, from 18:30 until 19:30;
  • Thursday, December 9th, from 09:30 until 10:30;
  • Thursday, December 9th, from 11:00 until 12:00;
  • Thursday, December 9th, from 13:00 until 14:00;

Once you are submitted to round 2, you will be able to sign up for one interview session and one team observation session. You may sign up to the sessions that best suit your availability. However, we cannot guarantee there will be spots open in your selected sessions. That is why we ask you to keep as many time slots free as possible, to ensure you can sign up for a session. Please note that the final number of scheduled sessions might vary depending on the number of student registrations

Although PREMIUM prefers to meet with all applicants in person, we also abide by UM’s policy of “on campus if possible, online if necessary”. Only for those students who are not yet in Maastricht during the selection rounds, we provide the opportunity to do the selection online.

Once you are registered for a session of speed dates and observation rounds, we count on your attendance during these sessions. Not showing will cause great inconvenience for your fellow students with regards to schedule and planning.

If you are unable to attend one of the interview and/or one of the team observation sessions, your application will be incomplete and you will not be eligible to be admitted to the PREMIUM programme.

More information about what the interview session and the team observation session will entail will be sent to you when we announce whether or not you are through to round 2.

Lastly, be sure to clear your schedules on Thursday, January 06th, 17:30 – 22:00! The first PREMIUM Central Event will take place at this time. Your attendance at this event is mandatory and you will have a lot to gain from being there because you will get to meet the actual clients, give us your final project preferences, and meet all your fellow PREMIUM students

Application SOS

Are you experiencing problems with your application? Please contact these members of the PREMIUM Central Management Team with any questions you might have.

Fabienne Crombach

PREMIUM Coordinator


Dominique Tellier

PREMIUM Junior Coordinator

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