The Faculty of Law at Maastricht University consists of approximately 2,500students and 250 staff members. The faculty's courses are characterised by their small-scale approach which makes education intensive and student-centered. Students learn how to acquire new knowledge by solving problems. This method, referred to as Problem-Based Learning (PBL), was originally developed in Maastricht, and has been replicated in many other places. PBL increases students' knowledge and in particular their ability to deal with new problems, rules, laws and complex situations. The education offered is truly international: considerable attention is devoted to European and International law and comparative law in all bachelor and master degree programmes. The Faculty's staff also come from several different nationalities and every year there are foreign guest lecturers and many English-taught elective courses are offered. Moreover, the faculty's cooperation with universities outside the Netherlands allows students to spend a period of study or an internship abroad.