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.



  • 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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  • Double degree Freiburg

    First Double Degrees UCM and UCF

    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Two students recently received the very first Double Degrees from University College Maastricht (UCM) and University College Freiburg (UCF).

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  • UCM Elsevier Ranking

    UCM#1 in the Elsevier ranking... for the fourth time!

    Monday, October 3, 2016

    Elsevier ‘Best Studies’ 2016, which is based on the National Student Survey (NSE), has ranked University College Maastricht (UCM) as the top Liberal Arts and Sciences programme in the Netherlands. UCM has held this position since 2013.

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  • UCM Mathieu Segers

    UCM has a new Dean!

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    We are very happy to announce that Dr. Mathieu Segers has been appointed as the new Dean of University College Maastricht as of June 1st, 2016. In addition to the Deanship, he will be the Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at UCM. 

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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

UM is the 4th best young university in the world

Times Higher Education '150 Under 50' 2016

UM ranked as 14th most international university in the world

Times Higher Education 'Most international universities in the world' 2016
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      Charlotte Rasche on her semester abroad

      "I'm currently on my semester abroad in Perth at the University of Western Australia. Choosing UWA was mostly a spontaneous gut feeling decision as I had only considered it the day before submitting my choices. And even though it was not even my first choice, coming here has turned out to be an incredible experience so far that I wouldn't want to miss - sometimes things happen for a reason! While I enjoy the stunning campus every single time I walk across it, it's also great to live outside the residential colleges and embrace Perth's beach life. Apart from the great opportunities that the university offers in terms of science courses, I'm not going to lie, being able to see the incredible nature of WA is probably one of best parts of my stay here! I did a road trip during spring break which left me with the best memories and let me bond with great people, creating some lasting friendships!"

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      Graduates of UCM: Kristin Eggeling
      "At the moment, I am in the final year of my PhD programme at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations, and in the process of writing up my thesis on nation-branding as a tool of political legitimation in authoritarian regimes. Next to working on the thesis, I also teach classes at undergraduate level on International Relations Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis. While I have watched –and sometimes envied- many of my UCM friends, who went out into ‘the real world’ and are making it better bit by bit every single day, I have never regretted staying in academia. Until now, the PhD has been an enormously rewarding experience that has allowed me to travel to fascinating places, develop professionally, and push the boundaries of my own thinking. In a nutshell: I love what I do, and my time at UCM has been an important, if not the most important, precondition that has enabled me to be where I am right now. In my everyday life, I can continue to do what I already loved to do in the halls of Zwingelput 4: to have nerdy conversations about the importance of constructivist thinking in international affairs, philosophise about non-material forms of social power, and meet some of the brightest minds for a quick chat that may well turn into an hour long discussions about the meaning of life. I graduated from UCM in 2012, where I followed an interdisciplinary Humanities/Social Science concentration, combining more classical political science and IR courses with courses on 20th century philosophy, world history, and the famous ‘Pop Songs and Poetry’. Thinking back to my time at UCM, all my fondest memories include conversations and little adventures with the people I met and the friends I made. Be it in the courtyard for a quick break, in a tutorial, or late at night in despair over tomorrow’s deadline or exam – what continues to impress me most to this day are the people UCM attracts. I could not have wished for a better community and learning environment, and I am sure I would not be where I am right now if it was not for UCM and the critical mark it has left on my way of thinking and engaging with the world. From time to time, I wish I could go back to these happy days!"

      (The photo was taken in July 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan, where I was interviewing government officials for my thesis)

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      Don't miss this video of Tuesday's Open Mic Night! Tom Watts was incredible!

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