Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in beautiful Maastricht, situated on the border of the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. A picture perfect small European city with a medieval center, Maastricht has a vibrant local culture and hosts many arts and music festivals in the summer. Program courses are taught in English and have a distinct European or international focus. Classes feature field trips, museum visits, and seminars on location.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Late June to early August
You will stay in university housing at the International Student Guesthouse, located within walking distance to your classes and shopping. You will live with international and other UC students. More information on Housing
The Maastricht Summer School starts with an orientation that includes an introduction to Maastricht, a shopping tour, and a day trip to Amsterdam. The program also offers a series of social activities and local excursions.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Program coordinators at Maastricht's Center for European Studies provide on-site student service support including airport pick up and 24/7 emergency assistance.
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).
The summer program is divided into two block periods of three weeks each. You will take one course per block. The courses on this program focus on the economic, political, and socio-cultural aspects of Europe and other global and international topics. Classes may include field trips, museum visits, and on-site seminars. All courses are upper-division and are worth 5.0 quarter/3.3 semester UC units. Schedules and courses are subject to change:
Course topics such as the following may be offered:
Marketing (skills) for the 21st century
The European Union: Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
Dutch Art History
European Public Health in a Globalizing World
Psychology in Our World
Economics of European Integration
Leadership and Management in a Global World
Doing Business in the Emerging Markets of East and Central Europe
Comparative Analysis of Global News Coverage
Law and Politics, Current Topics in the European Union
European Welfare State: Current Challenges and Perspectives
Europe since the Renaissance: The Making of a Continent and its Identity
Creating Health Literate Societies: Bridging the Gap of Inequality
Financial Market Reform in the European Union
Please note that UCEAP students may not enroll in the Academic Study Tours offered in Block 1.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units are required; two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible on this program.
Maastricht University Center for European Studies
This program is offered by the Center for European Studies (CES) at Maastricht University, one of the highest-ranking universities in the Netherlands. CES prides itself on providing the best possible European study abroad experiences inside and outside the classroom. For more than 20 years CES has been offering comprehensive study abroad programs in English for international students. CES welcomes approximately 450 international students per year. The programs at CES offer first-rate academics that include unique hands-on experiences. Almost all programs incorporate study tours, field trips, or company tours.
Visit the Maastricht University Center for European Studies website
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.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 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:
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.
- Pre-Departure expenses (passport, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
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
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure 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, Center for European Studies.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: