The Maastricht Summer School (MSS) was founded in 2012 and offered courses in various fields and disciplines. Most courses are geared towards students at the undergraduate/bachelor level but may also be of interest to graduate/master-level students and professionals.
How were things done before DreamApply?
The Summer School has been running since 2017, and initially, we used a basic application management system to collect the applications. After the first year, we already saw that this approach was unsuitable for us, so we started looking for a new system.
Why did you decide to use DreamApply as your application management system?
We were looking for a system that could do more than our old one and one that would reduce our administrative work. DreamApply perfectly meets our request. We have fewer administrative tasks because we can use the templates in DreamApply, and the only thing we have to do is change the status (for example, from “accepted” to “paid”) and send the student the payment link. Many things happen automatically now, and we receive fewer e-mails because it is clear to the student what he/she needs to do. Another good thing is that DreamApply immediately gives us a good overview of the application status.
Most importantly, we can add and/or change courses, applications (intake), and study periods within the DreamApply platform.
How have the results been with DreamApply?
While it’s only been a short time since students have been able to apply through DreamApply, we have noticed that the process of accepting students has sped up. Tools like automatic rules, letterhead, and finance terminals reduce the stress for students and simplify the workload for staff. This was the most important thing for us as we hoped DreamApply would make the procedure easier for students and staff, and it has!
How would you describe DreamApply’s configuration, usability, and support?
DreamApply system was implemented relatively quickly, and it was also simple to learn to use. We get support and responses quickly whenever we have questions regarding the system.
DreamApply has been very helpful, as it has accelerated the process of accepting students by possibly creating template emails sent to students. Furthermore, the system is evident and well-ordered. We are very optimistic regarding using DreamApply.
See Maastricht Summer School live: https://maastricht.dreamapply.com/
Suzanne van der Laan & Iris Hofman
International Relations Officers