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.
Going Dutch: Literary Reflections of the Low Countries in the 19th and 20th Century
Personality and Individual Differences + Practical: Personality Diagnostics
Forensic Psychology in a Nutshell
Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
Sports & Exercise Psychology
Evolutionary Social Psychology
Medical Ethics – Moral health care dilemmas from a European and comparative perspective
Dutch Art History
Human Behaviour in Organisations
The Learning Brain: from Perception to Memory Formation
Nutritional Neuroscience: How Food may influence the Brain and Behaviour
Hormones, the Brain and Behaviour
Pleasure & Pain
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Full Course Descriptions
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 24 quarter/18 semester units; 4 courses.
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.