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 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.

UCM is a Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University. Here, together with the support of your personal academic advisor, you create your own curriculum which fits your academic and professional ambitions.

Find out more about UCM during the Bachelor's Open Day

University College Maastricht in a nutshell



  • Keuzegids 2017

    Keuzegids Bachelors 2018: seal of quality for three UM colleges

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The ‘Keuzegids Bachelors 2018’, released today, shows a continued increase in our university’s scores. Our students’ positive evaluation has seen many programmes rise in the national rankings. All three UM colleges have been awarded a seal of quality, which distinguishes them as top programmes. Remarkably, University College Venlo, participating for the first time, leads the field; University College Maastricht and the Maastricht Science Programme also remain at the top of the Keuzegids.

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  • Tom de Kruif

    UCM alumnus Tom de Kruif History teacher of the year 2017

    Monday, November 6, 2017

    Tom de Kruif, history teacher at Rijnlands Lyceum in Sassenheim (NL), was acclaimed: History Teacher of the year 2017. The winner was announced on 28 October during a festive gathering in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, hosted by Diewertje Blok. As winner of the title, de Kruif will be ambassador of Dutch history education for a year.

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  • UCM creates

    UCM takes part in EU-project to promote Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Monday, October 30, 2017
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  • UCM - Teun Dekker

    University College Maastricht’s Teun Dekker first European Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education!

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    On 1 July 2017, Prof. Teun Dekker became the first Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe.

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  • University College Maastricht - Teachers

    University College Maastricht has the best teachers!

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Good teachers make time for their students, they are available for questions outside the classroom and of course they are competent in their field. According to the Elsevier Best Studies Guide 2017, University College Maastricht has the best teachers in the Netherlands.

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  • Elsevier ranking 2017

    University Colleges UM dominate Elsevier ranking

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Both University Colleges of Maastricht University head the Elsevier ranking Best Study Programmes of the Year 2017.

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  • Students UCV

    National Student Survey: UM scored well with regard to internationalisation

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Just like last year, students were generally quite positive about the Maastricht University (UM) study programmes. Fourteen of the seventeen themes showed increased appreciation compared to last year, with UM doing particularly well and scoring above average with regard to the new theme of 'internationalisation'.

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  • THE Young Universities Ranking

    UM ranked as world’s sixth best young university

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Maastricht University is the sixth best young university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 200 under 50 ranking, which was published during the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane, Australia on April 5th.

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  • Europe calling

    Maastricht University and Europe

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    Leading up to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, UM organised three 'Europe events'. A photo report of these events can be found at the bottom of this page.

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  • UCM Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs 2017

    UCM has topped the Keuzegids ranking again this year!

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    University College Maastricht is the #1 bachelor's programme in the Netherlands for the second time.

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  • 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
    • We are very pleased to report that UCM tops the Elsevier ‘Beste Docenten’ ranking and came in second in the KHO ranking this year!

      UCM lead the top 3 for Liberal Arts Programs in the KHO ranking. This is a great achievement of the UCM Staff and Community, because of this, cake was served in the common room this morning!

      Check it out!

      1 day 6 hours ago
    • Photo by University College Maastricht

      People of UCM (Semester Abroad) Hello everyone! I’m Cadia and currently on my semester abroad at beautifully sunny UC San Diego. I’ve decided to go to the US, and UCSD especially, because I felt like it offered me the best combination of academics and way of life. Though challenging, I absolutely love the courses I’m taking here with the Political Science Department, and, being from Germany, particularly enjoy the different perspectives I gain also on European or German policy and security. And to be honest, who can say no to a surf at the beach before class in the morning, or the Californian skyline of palm trees, sand and sun? However, a big difference to UCM in the end is the way of studying here, which I had to adjust to in the beginning, since it is way more passive and lecture-based rather than as pro-active as at UCM. But also the ‚school spirit‘ is way more present and important here and as you can see, I’ve adjusted easily. And the size of course! UCSD is huuuuge! One of the most fun experiences I’ve had here so far was for sure the trip to Grand Canyon I made with my friends that I’ve met at UCSD. Living in the International House on campus is a great way to find likeminded people from all over the world and the trip to the Canyon for sure was unforgettable!

      4 days 3 hours ago
    • Photo by University College Maastricht

      Where would you like to go for your semester abroad? The exchange programme is a very important part of the UCM curriculum which is why UCM has around 50 exchange contracts with universities and colleges in 27 countries all over the world!

      University College Maastricht - Exchange - Education - Maastricht University
      5 days 1 hour ago