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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

At University College Maastricht (UCM) you can study in English while gaining a broad perspective on the world as well as new skills in analysis and collaboration. UCM attracts highly motivated and ambitious students from all over the world. Utilizing a problem-based learning method of teaching, classes integrate theoretical and practical approaches to solving contemporary problems in science and society.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore new ways of research and learning through peer, staff, and faculty collaboration.
  • Engage in a research project or get an introduction to brand marketing.
  • Pursue courses in your major that offer skills training, projects, or specialized instruction for international students.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

You can study Dutch language during the semester, but it is not required. Dutch language courses are 3 quarter/2 semester units and must be taken in addition to your regular course load.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units.
  • You may opt to take one course per semester for pass/no pass credit.
  • Semesters are divided into two blocks and you are required to take two courses per block.

Current Program Courses

Over 120 courses of study are available in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences at UCM. In particular, UCM has excellent course offerings in art history, business administration, biology, communication, computer science, economics, environmental studies, history, media studies, international studies, legal studies, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

If you’re a year participant, undergraduate research projects are available for academic credit as part of the Maastricht Research Based Learning (MaRBLe) program​. Projects are set up before departure and details are typically finalized after arrival.

Independent study is typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • University College Maastricht Course Catalog: On the right-hand side of the page, click on the green box that says "Download now (pdf)" to access the full course catalog. Be sure to read the information on the introductory pages. Fall courses are Period 1 and Period 2; Spring courses are Period 4 and Period 5.
  • MaRBLe program​: Year participants can explore research opportunities through the Maastricht Research Based Learning program.
  • University College Maastricht comparison: Compare UCM with other Dutch universities available through UCEAP.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

You will register for courses directly with UCM prior to departure. 

Courses at Maastricht do not follow a traditional lecture format. Instead, you’ll experience the university’s distinctive problem-based learning methodology on par with graduate seminar work at UC. You’ll work in small groups (10–12 students) on tasks and set your own learning objectives based on your background, education, and work experience. Learning in this system takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach to combine both theory and practice. It builds individual initiative and collaborative project management skills.

The core of PBL is the tutorial that meets for two hours twice a week. You will analyze problems from the Block Book, which provides you with tasks, study material, and learning goals. The group will then disperse and you can work to reach these goals individually or with others. Study hours each week are intensive. In each tutorial meeting, you will discuss the results of your study activities and actively participate in group discussions. A tutor, usually a lecturer or a senior student, also attends the meetings and serves as a subject expert. The tutor may guide the discussion whenever it is needed.

You will find that the final exams for Maastricht courses emphasize the entire reading list provided in the Block Book for each course. Many exams test your understanding of complicated theories and models covered only in that reading and not in group projects or discussion.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall semester are typically available by mid-April and grades for the spring semester are typically available by early September.