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Color rows of tulips and a windmill in the background in The Netherlands.

Program at a Glance

Maastricht University - Center for European Studies

Country or area Netherlands
City Maastricht
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type International
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Summer
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Highly popular for its personalized approach with students, this program focuses on the economic, political and sociocultural aspects of Europe from an international perspective. Special activities include field trips, museum visits and seminars on location. Cobblestone streets and outdoor cafés line this city ideally situated for travel to other countries.

Where you'll study

With about half of its students and faculty from abroad, internationalization is anchored into the core values of Maastricht University (UM). Thanks to its high-quality research, career-minded study programs, and small tutorial group learning style, UM has quickly built a solid reputation as one of the best young universities of the world. The university is in the city center and occupies landmark buildings. Maastricht is a compact university town at the southernmost tip of the Netherlands where nearly everyone commutes on bikes. Studying here, you’ll get the best of modern city lifestyle, history and culture, and nature. A ten-minute bike ride takes you into the hilly countryside with stunning green landscapes and storybook villages. A truly international city, you’ll hear foreign languages in the streets, cafés, and markets.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.

<p>City tour of Maastricht,</p>

<p>including boat tour</p>

City tour of Maastricht,

including boat tour

<p>Day trip to Amsterdam</p>

Day trip to Amsterdam

<p>Underground cave art tour</p>

Underground cave art tour

My study abroad experience in the Netherlands changed my life. I was able to explore the entire city of Maastricht independently. It is extraordinary how different, serene, and beautiful it all was. The ice cream tasted better than any I had ever had before. Grocery shopping was a challenge, but with the help of my roommate, we managed to use context clues to shop, and now we know that “aardappel” means potato.

Farnoush Yazdani-Biyouki UC Los Angeles Psychobiology Netherlands

I deliberately chose the shortest program I could find and ended up feeling like it wasn’t long enough! Our classes followed problem-based learning which meant doing the reading prior so we could participate in the discussions. Initially, the idea of speaking in class was jarring to me, but I learned that the class may benefit from what I share just as I would from what my classmates share.

Kimberly Kapelson UC Santa Cruz Psychology Netherlands