Bordering Belgium and Germany, Maastricht exudes a mélange of European influences. From Belgian architecture to Spanish ruins, the city is a far cry from windmills, clogs, and tulips and an ideal setting to gain an international perspective on business and economics. Courses are taught in English using a problem-based learning methodology similar to graduate seminar work at UC. You will complete the program equipped with practical professional training as skills such as report writing, collaborative project management, and conference presentations.
Your program begins with a two-week Dutch Culture and Language (DCL) course to provide you with an introduction to Dutch history and culture and some everyday phrases in Dutch.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
You learn some elementary Dutch in the two-week Dutch Culture and Language (DCL) course at the beginning of your stay in the Netherlands.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-August to late December
early January to late May
mid-August to late May
You can sign up for the fall program and decide after you arrive to stay for
You will stay in university housing organized by Guesthouse UM. There are several facilities (large, dorm-like accommodations) located throughout the city. You live with international and other UC students.
The city of Maastricht embraces opportunities for students to participate in sports. The Maastricht University sporting agency manages various facilities and organizes training sessions, lessons, and events. If you have a sports card, you can participate in these activities whenever available.
Joining a student association is a good way to expand your circle of acquaintances and make new friends. In addition to the student associations that are mainly aimed at socializing, there are also many associations and organizations active in the area of arts and culture.
Visit the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) to find out about activities such as excursions, city trips, theme and international parties and sporting events that help international students integrate into the Maastricht student life.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The international office staff at Maastricht University and an UCEAP staff member based in Utrecht will help you integrate into the culture and the university and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
Founded in 1983, the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics focuses on an international approach to economics and business administration. This international perspective is integral throughout both research and education, and in the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) that makes UM’s programs so unique. With the PBL methodology you will work in small groups (10–12 students) on tasks (“problems”) and set your own learning objectives based on your background, education, and work experience. Learning in this system takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach so that both theoretical and practical issues are integrated. PBL is similar to graduate seminar work at UC. It is challenging and requires a combination of individual initiative and collaborative project management.
Courses at Maastricht are offered in seven- or eight-week blocks. You are required to register for two blocks each semester with two courses in each block.
This program focuses on international management, business, and economics.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study on UCEAP and enroll in four courses per semester for 24 UC quarter units (16 semester units). You will receive 3 UC quarter units (2 semester units) for the DCL.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships and research projects are typically not available on this program.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Dutch Culture and Language course (DCL)
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Completion of the intermediate micro-macro economics series and a background in mathematics and calculus are strongly recommended to enable you to assume a knowledgeable role in classroom discussions.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information: