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Maastricht University (UCM) EXC
Maastricht, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Program Description:


Universiteit Maastricht - University College Maastricht
: Maastricht
Year Established: 1976
Student population: 16,200
Located in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Netherlands, Maastricht University is renowned for its innovative teaching methods, high ranking research and international orientation. It’s the most international and bilingual university in the country and most courses have an international theme.

Maastricht University specialises in problem-based learning, meaning students learn the skills of independence, specialist knowledge and working in teams. The university cultivates innovative thinkers with an international outlook. Located in traditional buildings spread throughout the city-centre, the University provides a very student-friendly atmosphere and there are plenty of programs taught in English. University College Maastricht has been ranked the best 2017 Dutch undergraduate programme by the Keuzegids Universiteiten. With a total of 98 points (out of 100), its first position is head and shoulders above other Dutch university colleges. The press release can be found here:

Unique characteristics
Education and research focus mainly on Life Sciences, Innovation and Governance. Programs are taught in an international context, with an emphasis on Europe. There is a wide range of courses to choose from, many of them unique to the Netherlands and Europe. A special program for international exchange students is taught through the Centre for European Studies.
The Netherlands is one of Europe’s smallest countries but it has one of the most important economies. It’s known for its high quality education and as a safe country where most people speak English. Maastricht is a lively city best known for the Maastricht Treaty, which established the European Union in 1992. It offers Spanish and Roman ruins, interesting architecture and delicious food and drink, with a busy student atmosphere.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: 


Social Sciences


Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall Semester : September- January
Spring Semester: February - July

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
At the host university, grades are awarded in numerical terms, from 1-10. More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Introduction Week will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
Student Services Centre provides assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia

Student Experiences

Jessica Norman
Bachelor of Arts and Master of Nursing, Semester 2, 2013
Host City Highlights
There's 2 squat centres that run activities and classes, join the facebook group for "LBB" or "Mandril"- vegan cooking classes, dance classes, morning yoga, jam sessions with music and cheap beer. If you have a skill, they also welcome new classes.
Uni Life
Societies are seemingly for Dutch students only, but you can join sports groups easily. UCM has little groups that are more welcoming, like the feminist society who host dinners, or language tandem in cafes, where you can go and learn another language. The ESN network organises lots of parties and trips for the international students. I also did free Spanish classes, contact the language faculty. They are run after hours and are a great, fun activity.
The assignments were quite straightforward and generally a similar length to USYD.
You can buy hot chips until your heart pops- they eat them with Mayo. Just cook for yourself or be prepared to spend a LOT on sushi. There's markets twice a week and in the last 30 minutes they will practically give you things for free. Good bakeries and local bread are winners. The Dutch supermarkets love to wrap EVERYTHING in plastic (like, individual plasticized carrots), so if you have an environmental conscience, stick to the local markets. Bike over to Belgium if you want better quality waffles and chocolates.
I rented with local and international students in the city centre. I think it was a more natural environment than the "guesthouse" student accommodation. But I had friends there and they enjoyed the parties and meeting lots more people. Get in early though!!
Money Matters
I wasn't able to work. Unless you speak Dutch or have a language other than English and could do tutoring or translating, it is not easy to work in Maastricht. I used "CouchSurfing" so I wasn't paying for hostels when I travelled. Go with as much money as you can and live within your means, students are creative in times of need so don't let your budget hold you back!
Getting Around
The bus system within Maastricht is expensive. The best and most common thing to do is to buy a bike (50- 70Euro) and ride everywhere. It's safe and fun! Trains to other cities are frequent and the train station is walkable from the university.
I travelled 3 months before exchange and then for 12 months afterwards, across Europe and the UK. Maastricht has direct routes to Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels. Also Ryan Air has cheap flights from the Maastricht Airport, flying to London for a weekend could cost you the same as a Sydney - Melbourne trip. Use sites like Drungli to see what's cheap. I think Maastricht is better in the spring, it rained a lot and was pretty grey!
Top Tips
You won't regret it!

This program is currently not accepting applications.