Applications for our January 2020 intake are now closed. If you are still interested in applying, please contact us at as we may consider late applications for some of our programs.

The International Environmental Law program is run by AIM Overseas’ partner in the Netherlands – Maastricht University’s Centre for European Studies. Based in the beautiful city of Maastricht, in the southern most part of the Netherlands, the program is ideally located to give students not only access to a world class university, but also to all of the cultural diversity of this fantastic corner of Europe: Belgium, France and Germany are all within easy striking distance.

Over 3 intensive weeks, you will attend 36 hours of classes on a range of topics related to International Environmental Law. Alongside the academic classes, you will be able to visit a wide range of related organisations and learn first-hand from professionals in the field.


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The environment by nature knows no boundaries. While environmental law originally focused on local problems like local air and noise pollution, today we are confronted with severe trans-boundary and global environmental problems like the continuing loss of biodiversity, long-distance air pollution, and the threat of climate change. This program deals with core subjects related to the supranationalisation of environmental law.

The course will be structured around the following themes:

- International environmental rule-making, including compliance and enforcement
- International environmental principles
- Human rights and environmental protection
- International and EU climate law, including the choice of the right regulatory instruments to steer citizen and business behaviour

Classes will cover the following topics:
Please note, January 2020 topics are still to be confirmed, below is the topic list from 2019 to be used as a guide
- Fundamentals of International Environmental Law
- International and European Institutions and Environmental Protection
- European Environmental Law
- International Climate Law
- Environmental Litigation and International Dispute Resolution: Compliance and Enforcement
- Water Resources and Global Energy Law
- Pollution Law
- Environmental Law and Economic Development
- International Law and Sustainable Development

A tentative list of site visits and cultural activities are listed below, these are subject to availability and will be confirmed closer to departure:

- A weekend excursion to Brussels (visits to the European Parliament and the European Commission)

- A weekend excursion to The Hague and Amsterdam (visits to the Greenpeace headquarter, International Court of Justice)

- Two cultural Dutch dinner nights with local students

- Walking tours

These activities are designed to give you a feel for Dutch life and culture, as well as give you an opportunity to meet and spend time with local students.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University is a public University in the Netherlands, founded in 1976. In 2013, nearly 16,000 students studied at Maastricht University, 47% of whom were international students. About half of the bachelor’s programs are fully offered in English and most of the master’s and doctoral programs are in English as well. In 2013, Maastricht University was the second Dutch university to be rewarded the ‘Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation’ by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

Find out more about the beautiful city of Maastricht, Maastricht University and the Centre for European Studies below:

The course is coordinated by Dr. Marjan Peeters, Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at Maastricht University. She is widely trained in environmental law and has been teaching International, European and national environmental Law at Maastricht University since 2001. She has worked in practice (governmental office) for nine years specialising in water and soil protection laws. Currently she specialises in climate protection law.

You will be accommodated at the Maastricht University International Student Guesthouse which is located within walking distance from downtown Maastricht behind the Court of Justice. You will receive a map of the city upon arrival so that you can find your way around easily during the first few days. All participants are encouraged to follow the example of the local students and rent a bike to cycle to classes as it is the fastest and most convenient way to get there (Maastricht is flat so no big uphill to fear, but do plan on bringing lots of layers of clothing to keep you warm!)

In terms of room options, you will be given the option of having your own room or sharing with another AIM Overseas participant. All rooms have WiFi. You will have free access to a tennis and basketball court as well as laundry facilities. Linens are provided, but you will need to bring your own towels.

Option 1) Single room, C building
You will have your own room and will share a basic communal kitchen and bathroom with the people on your floor.
There is also a common area with some couches and a TV, where you can spend time with other students. There is an additional fee.

Option 2) Double room, P building
You will be sharing a spacious twin-share room with another AIM Overseas program participant. Each room has a kitchenette. You will share the bathroom facilities with the people on your floor. There is no common area available in this building.

One of the first things about Europe that is striking for an Australian student, is the easy manoeuvrability about the European continent! Within on a short bus, train or plan journey you can find yourself in a different country with an entirely new culture! Arriving in the Netherlands, in January this year, it was refreshing to meet so many students from all around the world that had come to study in the multicultural and heavily student-populated city of Maastricht. I had come to the Netherlands to study International Environmental Law, but along the way I found a deep appreciation for European culture. From experiencing snow, making waffles, museums galore, getting lost down cobblestone alleywways and standing in three countries at once, I was mesmerised by the diversity and vibrancy of the places that I visited. 

- Written by Annabelle Smith



Netherlands Map

The Netherlands is a small densely populated country home to about 16.8 million people located in Western Europe. Tradition and innovation intertwine in this country: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit cafés coexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.

Geography plays a key role in the Netherlands’ iconic landscapes. More than half the pancake-flat country is below sea level, and 20% has been reclaimed from the sea, making rows of polders (areas of drained land) omnipresent. Uninterrupted North Sea winds have powered windmills since the 13th century, pumping water over the dykes, and milling flour and more. Some two-thirds of the surface is devoted to agriculture, including fields of tulips.

The flat, fabulously scenic landscapes make cycling in the Netherlands a pleasure (headwinds not withstanding). Cycling is an integral part of life and locals live on their fiets (bicycle): more than a quarter of all journeys countrywide are by bike, rising to more than a third in big cities. The canals that run throughout the city are lined with little cafes that act as social hubs for the locals and visitors.

Maastricht, located at the very bottom of the Netherlands, has both Spanish and Roman ruins all around, sophisticated food and drink and lots of bars and cafes. It also holds French and Belgium twists in architecture. The location of Maastricht is crucial as it lies a short distance between the German and Belgium border therefore being an interesting mix of the two countries. Maastricht is the epitome of a student town perfect for travelling to as a student, the locals are bilingual in English and Dutch and are extremely welcoming to all visitors. Maastricht is a warm and energetic city with appeal and allure out of proportion to its size.



All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Applications are currently closed for this program. You can register your interest for our January 2021 programs here. Alternatively, applications for our July 2020 intake are now open!

The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, payments for the January 2020 intake will be due at the absolute latest by 28th October 2019.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.