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Academics

Fields of Study: Business Administration, Economics

Courses in this program use a problem-based learning methodology similar to graduate seminar work at UC. You will complete the program equipped with practical professional training and skills such as report writing, collaborative project management, and conference presentations. Completion of at least the intermediate micro/macro-economics series is required for admission, and math through the level of introduction to calculus is also strongly recommended.

Unique study opportunities

  • Examine today’s rapidly changing consumer buying behaviors and variables that affect their actions.
  • Experience a new method of learning that puts you in charge of analyzing and solving real-world problems.
  • Prepare for future career settings working in small tutorial groups under the guidance of a professor.
  • Discover and practice the fundamentals of the entrepreneurial process like creating value, recognizing opportunity, and the role of creativity.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Dutch Language Study: None

All instruction is in English.

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 per semester for pass/no pass.
  • Most courses on this program are upper division.

Current Program Courses

Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics is a highly ranked school. At this school you can access courses in accounting, business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing.

Courses at Maastricht are offered in seven- or eight-week blocks. You will register for two blocks each semester with two courses in each block.

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • Maastricht University courses: Select Periods 1 and 2 to search for courses in the fall semester; Select Periods 4 and 5 for courses in the spring semester.
  • 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

Courses at Maastricht are interdisciplinary and follow an untraditional 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.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. The Dutch grading system differs greatly from the UC system. Grades are numerical on a 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best grade. However, according to a famous saying: a 10 is for God, a 9 is for the professor, and an 8 is for the student. Studious UC students typically receive grades of 8 and 9.

Grades are usually available in mid-March for fall and mid-August for spring.