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 individualised 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 goals.


  • 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, Alumna, University College Maastricht

UM is the 4th best young university in the world

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UM ranked as 14th most international university in the world

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      People of UCM #39
      "This summer I'm spending 6 weeks travelling through the northern states of India with my brother. One favourite destination has been McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government in exile. A high-altitude, low-tempo Buddhist town nestled amongst verdant forests occupied by wandering monks with radiant smiles.

      One of the animals we happened to encounter (and named) was Barry. A black, absentminded male dog with no discernible breed other than 'common stray-hybrid'. Barry decided it was high time for a grand day out and so spent the following 9 hours trying to look enthusiastic about climbing a to a local hill-top with us, and view his streets from above at 3500 metres. My brother and I had come well prepared for the hike, with 4 litres of water and a surplus of banana and peanut-butter sandwiches.

      Despite all our efforts we couldn't elicit a conversation from Barry, but agreed that being a dog, he was probably hungry. We figured a mashed banana would be devoured without a breath, but were dumbfounded when Barry turned his nose up with complete disdain, opting instead to scoff a warm cow turd the size of a dinner plate and followed it up with a mouthful of dirt. Barry, so it appeared, was a practising a freegan lifestyle, choosing only to consume the waste products of other species with prideful fervour.

      Maybe it was his restrictive diet, or perhaps the altitude, but periodically Barry would come to a halt as if his mind was suddenly wracked by a series of debilitating choices as to which direction to head in life, despite their only being one, the path ahead.

      He came into our lives unannounced - after a chummy pat on the head - and departed silently without any further acknowledgement of the nine hours we had just spent together climbing that mountain." Phoebe Trillo, third year student @ UCM

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      People of UCM #38
      "In 2013, I completed the MSc in Sociology at the University of Oxford. After that, I worked as a user experience consultant for various companies. In 2015 I started my own freelance company: Behaviorwise. In spring I interned at the Centre for User Experience Research at the University of Leuven. Following that, I started my PhD at the University of Twente in June. My research focuses on designing and implementing new forms of online mediation. As you can see, I certainly have been busy. Credit to UCM (amongst so many others) for teaching me time management skills!" Lisanne van den Berg, UCM Alumna Summer 2012

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