UCM strives to attract highly motivated students with a genuine academic interest. Therefore, UCM has a selective admissions process that is designed to help the Board of Admissions assess whether there is a match between your academic interest and what UCM has to offer. There are 200 spots available for incoming students each year.
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. VWO diploma or an international equivalent
You are eligible for admission to UCM if you have a Dutch VWO diploma or an international equivalent thereof. Below you can find an overview of diplomas that are recognised as an international equivalent of the Dutch VWO diploma.
UCM does not have any additional subject requirements. Eligibility for admission on the basis of diplomas is assessed through diploma evaluation. If you have not yet obtained the diploma, you can still apply with your latest grade list.
2. Letter of motivation
All candidates should write a letter in English of 500-800 words, answering questions such as:
- Why and what would you like to study at UCM?
- What do you expect of a college education?
- What are your plans after graduating from UCM?
3. English proficiency
Language requirements for this English-language bachelor programme
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 is required for this study programme.
You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- you have completed a VWO (Dutch pre-university education) programme
- you have completed your secondary education in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the final year
- you have completed your secondary education in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education
- you have completed a bachelor’s study programme at a research university in the Netherlands
- you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is English
- you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels
- you have completed a Dutch-taught programme at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO) and are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.
If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets):
- IELTS (6.5)
- TOEFL Paper-based test (550)
- TOEFL Internet test (80)
- TOEIC listening and reading (670) and speaking and writing (290)
- Cambridge [First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 173-175), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade C (scale 169-172)]
- or similar accredited certification
Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.
If you have completed courses at a recognised and accredited higher education institution after secondary school, you can apply for these credits to be transferred to UCM.
Please complete the credit transfer request form and upload it in MyUM, together with a transcript, simultaneously with all other required application documents. Please be informed, whilst applying in Studielink, click on ‘YES’ to the question ‘Starts in the first year’, even though you are planning on transferring credits.
After receiving a possible invitation to attend UCM, the Board of Examiners will determine the number of credits you can transfer and you will be informed on this by email before the beginning of the academic year. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred to UCM is 60 ECTS.
During the introduction days, you will discuss the consequences of the credit transfer for your curriculum with the Board of Examiners.
Please note that credits needed in order to be eligible for admission cannot be transferred, nor can credits obtained from a community college or junior college.
Binding Study Advice
University College Maastricht has a Binding Study Advice. This means that in your first year of the programme, you must obtain a minimum of 45 out of 60 ECTS credits. Students who fail to earn enough credits will receive a negative Binding Study Advice that leads to exclusion from the programme for a period of six years. All students who are at risk of receiving a negative Binding Study Advice will receive a warning after their first semester.
Are you an international student and need help meeting the admission requirements?
To help international students meet the admission requirements for this programme, Maastricht University offers a year-long Foundation Programme. The Foundation Programme will provide you with intensive training on academic skills, English language skills and on subjects relevant to the bachelor's programme. This training will help make you eligible for admission to the bachelor’s programme. You will also participate in social and cultural events that will help you make new friends and adjust to the Dutch culture.