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Field of Study: Science

Deepen your knowledge of genetics, clinical nutrition, or molecular biology while gaining insight into contemporary European health issues and discussing medical case studies. In courses similar to graduate seminars, you’ll collaborate in student groups to analyze real-world problems, set learning goals, and conduct research. Weekly lectures explain the subjects and expand on literature.

Unique study opportunities

  • Understand contemporary health challenges on a national and global level.
  • Develop your own independent research project under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Attend a workshop on the design of randomized clinical trials.


Language of Instruction: English

Dutch Language Study: Optional

You have the option to take a Dutch language course in addition to your required four courses. If you take Dutch language for one period, you will earn 1.5 quarter/1 semester UC units. If you take Dutch language for both periods, you will earn 3 quarter/2 semester UC units. 

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 units.
  • You can take one course for pass/no pass.
  • All courses on this program are upper division.

Current Program Courses

The fall semester is split into two blocks. You will enroll in one core course and one additional course per block. Past courses have included:

Block 1 core courses:

  • European Public Health in a Globalizing World – introducing policy, research and practice
  • Roaring Twenties, Nazi Terrors, and the Cold War

Additional courses:

  • Demography and Epidemiology of Ageing, and Migration in the EU
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics 
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroscience of Action
  • Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
  • General Zoology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Health, Health Determinants, and the European Union
  • Sustainable Development

Block 2 core courses:

  • Medical Ethics – Moral health care dilemmas from a European and Comparative Perspective
  • Dutch Art History
  • Social Psychology and Health

Additional courses:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Advances in Biomedical Sciences
  • Metabolism, Nutrition and Exercise
  • Cognitive Neuroscience -from Sensation to Perception
  • Systems Biology
  • Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Biobased Materials and Technology

Independent Study Project
You have the option of adding an Independent Study Project (ISP) to one of your core courses to earn an additional 2.5 quarter/1.7-semester units. 

Catalogs and resources

  • Fall semester course descriptions: Review course descriptions, objectives, prerequisites, and readings.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

The courses at Maastricht are interdisciplinary and follow a non-traditional lecture format. Using a distinctive problem-based learning (PBL) methodology, you’ll work in small groups of 10–12 students on projects that combine theory and practice. It is an exciting learning style on par with graduate seminar work at UC. You’ll be able to set your own learning objectives based on your background, education, and work experience. In addition to taking personal initiative, you’ll add to your skills and experience in collaborative project management.

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.

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 discussions.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall semester are typically available in March.