University College Maastricht

University College Maastricht

Are you highly motivated and looking for a programme that gives you the freedom to pursue your own interests? Do you want to be part of a diverse yet close-knit academic community that encourages discussion and debate. University College Maastricht is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Honours College that provides small-scale and personalised bachelor's education. At UCM, you will be part of a truly international community, working and socialising with students from more than 50 countries. With the support of our committed staff, you can choose from more than 150 different courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences to build an academic profile that helps you meet your future goals. Read more...

Meet UCM online

While Experience days and personal visits may not take place in person due to the corona virus, we would like to offer you several online resources to give you a feel of what it is like to study at University College Maastricht, and to provide you with some answers to questions you may have. 

Meet UCM @

Our Virtual Open Day Online

We currently offer virtual personal appointments with one of our UCM representatives. Interested? Please provide us with your Skype name via: ucm-info[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

UM's Bachelor's Open Day in Maastricht

Our Experience day at UCM

University College Maastricht in a nutshell

Katja Hein, Student Ambassador at UCM

Katja was born in a small town in Cavan, Ireland, but graduated from a bilingual high school in Berlin, Germany. She grew up in 4 different countries: Albania, USA, Poland and Germany and has a German-Irish nationality. Before coming to UCM, Katja started studying at the Technical University in Berlin, “but the huge lecture halls and impersonal interactions between students and lecturers were not what I had envisioned my studies to look like. Here at UCM, people actually care if you show up to class, and the unique learning method really encourages the thought exchange among the students. I never thought PBL could have such a positive impact on my motivation and willingness to invest more time into academia.”  

Now, as a 2nd year student at UCM, Katja focusses on courses in the Social Sciences, including psychology, sociology and international relations. “Outside of UCM, I take tennis courses at UM Sports and go to the gym. Last year I was a delegate at the United Nations Student Association Maastricht, but I am currently looking for other ways to get involved in our community since the opportunities are endless! Additionally, I am very excited to be going to the University of California on my semester abroad next year. Many of my friends are also going abroad to one of UCM’s partner universities, which are spread all across the globe. Other destinations include Singapore, South Korea, England, Turkey or Spain. This is an incredible opportunity to experience student life outside of UCM and Maastricht, and 85% of UCM students actually go on a semester abroad!”

"I was surprised by the welcoming community and the possibility to follow your own interests, even outside of UCM’s open curriculum. This gives individuals the opportunity to explore!”

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  • Because of the smaller groups, tutors can actively contribute to our growth, I feel like they want to see us succeed.
    Becca Bowers (USA), University College Maastricht
  • What struck me most when first started here was the lack of negative energy, peer pressure and competition, which is very refreshing for an honours programme.
    Selma Yacoubi (Morocco), University College Maastricht
  • It's for people who want to do more than one thing and want to be able to combine courses however they want
    Julia König (Germany), University College Maastricht
  • I have been more confident than ever to speak out for my opinion, but also to approach others to ask for help.
    Marie-Louise Beekmans (the Netherlands), University College Maastricht
  • My first semester at UCM confirmed that I made the right choice.
    Ambre Derumier (France), University College Maastricht
  • Joining UCM felt like joining a big family – I have never felt alone or bored.
    Paulina Raniecka (Poland), University College Maastricht



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