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Psychology & Neuroscience, Maastricht University (Semester)

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.

​​Read this blog post by a past UCEAP participant to find out what is great about Maastricht!

Students attend classes with UC and host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Fall semester: mid August - late December










​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.
More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

Your program begins with an orientation and includes a study trip to Berlin. You also have the option of participating in two weekend cultural trips during the program.

On-site Support

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.

Course Opportunities

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.

The semester at Maastricht is divided into two blocks. You will take two courses in each block. Core Courses: In each block you must take one of the core courses listed below. These courses are specially designed to combine strong academics with integrated field trips. You must take one psychology-based core course. Your second core course can be a psychology course or it can be one of the Dutch art or culture courses listed below. 
Additional Courses: In each block you will also select one additional course from the list below of bachelor-level courses offered in English by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
All courses are upper-division; 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.  

Block 1

Core Courses:
Positive Psychology
Going Dutch: Literary Reflections of the Low Countries in the 19th and 20th Century
Additional Courses:
Personality and Individual Differences + Practical: Personality Diagnostics
Group Dynamics
Forensic Psychology in a Nutshell 
Child Neuropsychology
Cognitive Enhancement
Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
Sports & Exercise Psychology
Evolutionary Social Psychology
Manipulating Memories ​

Block 2 

Core Courses:
Developmental Neuropsychology
Medical Ethics – Moral health care dilemmas from a European and comparative perspective 
Dutch Art History
Additional Courses:
Human Behaviour in Organisations
The Learning Brain: from Perception to Memory Formation
Social Neuroscience
Adult Neuropsychology
Nutritional Neuroscience: How Food may influence the Brain and Behaviour
Hormones, the Brain and Behaviour
Pleasure & Pain 
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/16 semester units; 4 courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​An independent study project worth 2.5 UC quarter units can be added to one of the CES courses.

​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.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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.


Class Level:

Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



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: