1. Maastricht University, The Netherlands

2017 Summer School Option 1: Maastricht University, The Netherlands

The multicultural study environment gave me more ideas and experiences, which could enrich my multi-national working experiences in the future.

MSc International Management Marketing student, of the 2016 Maastricht summer school

  • 2 July - 15 July 2017
  • Service Design and Innovation
  • Fees include programme costs, flights, train fares, accommodation and travel insurance
  • Meals will be at your own expense unless they are included in the programme
  • £350 participation fee (paid for via the University of Sheffield online store)
  • Maastricht University will issue a certificate after you have completed the course and passed the final examination. Please note that these credits are not transferrable to Management School programmes
  • 10 places available
  • Suitable for postgraduate and undergraduate students interested in Service Design and Innovation
  • This programme counts towards the University of Sheffield HEAR for undergraduate students

Before applying, please read further information on the Maastricht University website here.

This two-week course provides insights into the world of Service Design and Innovation. Week 1 consists of three course meetings and homework. Students are given the chance to create service innovations in a project-based setting during the second week of the course. The newly learned tools can immediately be applied and the teams will be supported with processes and creative techniques to help them come up with innovative solutions. Week 2 includes three course meetings and individual project team meetings with advisor next to project work. In a final project presentation the teams can pitch their outcomes to a renowned jury.

Classes are from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and include group work/presentations which students have to prepare between lessons. This programme is very intensive and students are expected to meet and work together either after class or on days off to prepare their group presentations. The programme includes a visit to the University Library, a concept store and a design hotel where students can conduct interviews and do research.

For further information on what service design is, we recommend that you watch these three short videos:

The social programme is optional and costs extra but it is highly recommended as a really good way of getting to know people who are taking part in other summer schools. There are three packages you can choose from:

  • Full package €175
  • Medium package €100
  • Small package €80

Further details can be found here.

The International Student Guesthouse offers high-quality student accommodation, with furnished single and double rooms. The communal kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, microwaves and electric hobs. There are also living rooms with TVs, bathrooms shared by 12-16 people and a covered bicycle shed. The laundry facilities include washing machines, dryers, ironing boards and irons. The Guesthouse is close to the University's inner city faculties, where your classes will take place. The shops are less than 10 minutes away.

If you are from a non-European country you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. You will be given help, support and advice on how to apply for the visa. Further details can be found at here.