Study Abroad Program Overview
From Freud to Piaget, Europe has a long tradition in the field of Psychology and the Netherlands offers an ideal setting for gaining insight into the latest topics in psychology and neuroscience from a European perspective. Situated on the border of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, Maastricht has modern architecture, medieval town ramparts, cobblestone streets and charming squares. Maastricht University is internationally renowned for its innovative educational methods, dynamic research portfolio, and diverse, international population.
Students attend classes with UC and host country students.
Language of Instruction
Spring quarter: early April - early June
You will stay in university housing at the Guesthouse, which will be
prearranged by the Center for European Studies (CES). You will have the
option of a single or double room. All rooms include wifi and bed linen
(no towels). Washing machines are located on-site. You live with international and other UC students.
Your program begins with an orientation and includes a "Get to know the Netherlands" cultural weekend and a weekend excursion to Paris.
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.
Maastricht University is known for its groundbreaking studies in cognitive and biological psychology and this program enables you to follow courses and seminars taught by leading experts. The University also uses a distinctive Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy that is student-centered with professors providing guidance during the learning process. In small tutorial groups, you will analyze real-world problems similar to what you will encounter in your subsequent career.
All students take a specially designed core course that combines strong academics with integrated field trips to expose you to the practical application of your studies. As part of this course you will complete an Independent Study Project (ISP). You will select one additional course from the list below of bachelor-level courses offered in English by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and the University College Maastricht. All courses are upper-division.
Medical Ethics- Moral health care dilemmas from a European and comparative perspective
Motivation and Emotion
Learning and Memory (includes 3 practical courses)
Cognitive Neurosciences: Biological Foundations of Behavior
Psychology and Law
Psychology of Individual Differences
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 15 quarter units; 2 courses + an Independent Study Project.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study is a required component of this program. Research and Internships are not possible on this program.
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.
* 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.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be majoring in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience or a related major; must have completed Introduction to Psychology.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: