Study Abroad Program Overview
Interested in studying in Europe in English? Sophisticated Maastricht is a Euro-eclectic jewel in the south of the Netherlands, with Spanish and Roman ruins, cosmopolitan food, and French, German, and Flemish influences. At the exclusive University College Maastricht, you will join a unique intellectual community among students and faculty with like-minded interests in the liberal arts. Classes are small and integrate theoretical and practical perspectives on par with graduate seminar work at UC. Over 120 courses of study are available in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences.
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.
Read this blog post by a past UCEAP participant to find out what is great about Maastricht!
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. Further language study is available during the term, but not required.
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section to see current or past calendars.
early August to mid-December
early January to late May
early 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 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). There are no phones in the rooms, but you will receive a rental cellphone from CES. Washing machines are located on-site. You live with international and other UC students. More Information on Housing
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 UCM international office staff and a UCEAP liaison officer based in Utrecht will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with course selection, 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).
This program offers regular university courses in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. University College Maastricht has excellent course offerings in art history, business administration, biology, communication, computer science, economics, environmental studies, history, media studies, international studies, legal studies, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
All courses are worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units and instruction is in English.
The program begins with a required Dutch Culture and Language Program (DCL) that introduces you to the city, university, and the Dutch language.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
DCL: 3 quarter/2 semester UC units required; one course.
Term: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester are required; four courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Research for academic credit is possible for students on the Year program only. Undergraduate research projects at UCM are part of the MaRBLe program in which students explore new ways of research and learning through peer, staff, and academic collaboration. If you are interested in participating in MaRBLe research you should contact the International Relations Officer upon acceptance to UCM. The details of your project will be finalized upon arrival.
At this time academic internships are not available to UCEAP students.
University College Maastricht
University College Maastricht, a small liberal arts college, is a highly sought-after educational institution both for natives of the Netherlands and for international students. Located in an old convent built in 1492, UCM's academic approach is based on a unique perspective on broad knowledge and intellectual flexibility, meaning that students at UCM create their own expansive curriculum to facilitate a more well-rounded degree. With over 120 courses of study to choose from, students are exposed to many different subjects and interests.
The University uses a distinctive Problem-Based Learning (PBL) methodology. In small tutorial groups of 10-12, students discuss scientific & practical problems prepared by faculty members. Weekly lectures provide an overview, explain difficult subjects, or expand on the literature. PBL requires active participation and self-guided initiative from students. The methodology is similar to graduate seminar work at UC. It is challenging and requires a combination of individual initiative and collaborative project management.
Courses at UCM are offered in eight-week blocks. You are required to register for two blocks each semester with two courses in each block.
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 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 for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. 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:
- Pre-Departure expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Highly motivated and independent learners who are able to work in a group setting.
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. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by University College Maastricht.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: