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. 


Jonas Köster, Student Ambassador at UCM

Jonas Köster was born and raised in Sankt Augustin, Germany, and joined UCM in 2019.

He is a very communicative person, loves travelling and meeting new people, and ideally prefers to combine both in his everyday life. Other than that, he highly enjoys collaborating and working with other people. At UCM, he frequently takes part in extracurricular activities that the many diverse UCM committees offer, such as Improv Nights, panel discussions or movie screenings. He is part of the Party Committee and responsible for the promotion their events on various social media channels. When he first came to UCM he was surprised by the down-to-earth social relations between students and staff. “I saw the Dean laughing with a group of students and tutors offering help to their students outside of class. I can definitely say that I can always rely on someone, and it does not matter whether this person is a friend, a tutor, or a course coordinator.”

Within the UCM curriculum, Jonas mainly focuses on the social sciences. “Courses about human development, politics, and globalization are most interesting to me. For example, Global Studies, International Relations or Urban Development and Poverty are courses that I enjoyed a lot. I chose my specific concentration because of my interest in working together with other people. I am constantly looking to understand and improve relations with and between others by exploring which role the human factor plays in our interconnected world. Ever since I moved to Maastricht, I have found many new friends and broadened my horizon in ways that I could never have anticipated!”

"I knew that I wanted to study in English, in combination with the possibility to study more than one subject. Therefore, UCM is the perfect choice."

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Information events

We would like to offer you several online and on-site 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.


  • I remember my first impression of UCM – I came into the building and was greeted by the staff. The common room was filled with students speaking several languages while someone played guitar in the background – it felt like a scene from a movie.
    Sophie Dinh (Germany/Vietnam), University College Maastricht
  • I think the community is what makes UCM so special. You always feel like you are studying with a big family around you, ready to support you when you are in need, but also ready to share the most incredible experiences with you.
    Yago Hecht (Spain/Germany), University College Maastricht
  • I have always found the student community at UCM to be very welcoming. Whether it’s having a chat with a student while I wait for some tea or asking for help in a course, everyone is approachable and friendly.
    Kate Robinson (South Africa), University College Maastricht
  • I never thought PBL could have such a positive impact on my motivation and willingness to invest more time into academia!
    Katja Hein (Germany/Ireland), Alumna, University College Maastricht
  • I love the international environment that allows me to acquaint myself with different cultures, and I think the program is very strong.
    Joost Wijffels (The Netherlands), Alumnus, University College Maastricht
  • My first semester at UCM confirmed that I made the right choice.
    Ambre Derumier (France), Alumna, University College Maastricht
  • The most valuable thing I’ve learned during UCM is that 'it isn’t always that deep'. Sometimes you need to let go of your extreme concernedness about certain things...
    Liza Diane Gordin (Belgium), Alumna, University College Maastricht
  • Joining UCM felt like joining a big family – I have never felt alone or bored.
    Paulina Raniecka (Poland), Alumna, 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), Alumna, University College Maastricht


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