Course 1: Introduction to Migration Studies

Take courses from the comfort of your own home or office! Perfect for those of you who want to increase your knowledge about migration, immigration and emigration without having to follow a full-time course.

This course is geared towards practitioners in the field but is also open to other types of students interested in learning more about migration studies. This course covers eight weeks. You will receive weekly assignments and online lectures. You are free to work at your own pace and within the confines of your own schedule. Over eight weeks you will cover: important terms, concepts, definitions, data and flows. Theories across disciplines will be covered including theories on: 1) Causes of migration: functionalist and structuralist perspectives, 2) Impacts of migration: migration and development, 3) The continuation of migration: networks, migration systems and cumulative causation, and 4) Migration as an intrinsic part of development and change. The course finishes up with country case studies from both migrant sending countries and migrant receiving countries.

After completing this course, you will have the opportunity to take other online migration courses including: Course 2: Migration and Remittance Effects and Course 3: Comparative Migration Policy


Social science background and a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)

ECTS (credits obtained): 4

Costs: 1000 Euro

Duration: 10 weeks.

Start of the course: Upon a successful enrollment, the participant will start the course on an individual basis.


Please make the transfer to the following account:

Bank account no.
IBAN NL05 INGB 0657 618705
Swift or BIC code INGBNL2A
Beneficiary Maastricht University
Bank name ING Business Banking
Bank address P.O. Box 90153
5600 RE  Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Payment specification your last name and 45320002001N