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Maastricht University (University College Maastricht) EXC
Maastricht, Netherlands (Outgoing Program)
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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
University College Maastricht (UCM) is a Liberal Arts & Sciences College of Maastricht University. UCM is a vibrant, international academic community, offering a challenging, interdisciplinary programme for highly motivated students with a broad academic interest. It is a close-knit academic community that fosters students’ desire to learn by creating an environment where it's easy to get to know tutors and fellow students. UCM only enrolls 200 students per year, and class size is limited to 12 students. The PBL format enables academic staff to really be there for students, both academically and socially. Discussions tend to spill over from the classroom into the common room, which is the social hub of the college. The common room is also the scene of many extracurricular events and activities, organised by Universalis, UCM’s dynamic student association. This entirely student-run organisation contributes to life at UCM by organising debates, open mic nights, events for charity and more.

University Colleges such as UCM offer a liberal-arts style of education which is very different from the British single-subject bachelors degree approach to undergraduate education and has more in common with elite, American colleges. Here local students are expected to study a range of subjects before going on to specialise at a later stage. They are perfectly suited to you if you have a wide range of interests. 

UCM offers courses in the field of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. For a complete overview of the 2018-2019 course offerings, please follow this link:

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.

University College Maastricht

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: 


Social Sciences


Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
First semester (Fall): starts in early September, with a break for the holiday period and final examinations in late January.
Second Semester (Spring): starts in early February, with a break for carnival and final examinations in mid-June.
Please note, the academic year at UCM is also divided up into 6 terms - 3 per semester. Please click here for more information.

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 University College Maastricht, grades are awarded in numerical terms, from 1-10. 

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. Dutch Language classes are also available for interested students!

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What is the host city like?
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, as you will quickly discover when strolling through the historic inner city. Churches, city walls, monumental merchant houses and big squares merge seamlessly with a comprehensive and varied range of shops.

Maastricht Housing is the official housing agency for Maastricht University. The main objective is to provide mediation between students, the UM Guesthouse, housing corporations, and private landlords and therewith supporting students and official employees in finding qualitative and affordable housing.
Cost of Living
UCM have made a list of the average student's monthly expenses to give you an idea of these costs. They also list excellent budgeting tips for your time as an exchange student in Maastricht. 

Everyone aged 18 years or older who lives or works in the Netherlands must have health insurance. This is a legal requirement that also applies to students.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by University College Maastricht. 
Semester/Term Dates
Access UCM's calendar.

Fall Semester: In the Fall semester, two different introduction programs are organized. The INKOM program is organized for all freshmen students in Maastricht. This INKOM program is NOT obligatory but exchange students are welcome to attend. The UCM Fall 3-day introduction program is OBLIGATORY for students and is free of charge.
Spring Semester: In the Spring semester only the 3-day UCM introduction program is organized. It is OBLIGATORY for exchange students.

Support Services 
UCM has many support services available to exchange students, ranging from confidential advisers for students to study advisers, and psychological support workers. There is also a student pastorate for students looking for personal support or a listening ear. Everybody is welcome regardless of their faith or background.
Information from University College Maastricht
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!


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