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. 


  • 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



  • Wolfgang Giernalczyk

    Wolfgang Giernalczyk appointed as Department Head and Programme Director of UCM

    Friday, January 20, 2023

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering has appointed Wolfgang Giernalczyk, as Department Head and Programme Director of UCM.

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  • Teun Dekker - Seven Democratic Virtues of Liberal Education

    Today’s student is the democratic citizen of the future

    Monday, November 21, 2022

    UCM Professor Teun Dekker has written a book on how we can best educate our students so that they can later participate as full, democratic citizens in solving the problems in our society.

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  • “Humanitarian aid gives me a purpose in life”

    Thursday, August 4, 2022
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  • What does it take to write a play? UM students found out

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    End of April, renowned Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Maastricht offered UM students the opportunity to take part in a playwriting workshop, a Meet & Greet with actors and a visit to A Seagull, an adaptation of the famous play by Anton Chekhov.

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  • milankovacevic

    Liberal Arts education equally good basis for specialization in master's education as a regular bachelor

    Tuesday, May 3, 2022

    Too broad, too vague, too little disciplinary depth – these arguments are often used by critics when talking about Liberal Arts Education (LAE). Research by PhD candidate Milan Kovačević of University College Maastricht (UCM) shows that there is no evidence of such academic shortcomings among LAE students.

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  • Nieboer pitch

    ‘Power to the farmers’

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    UM students Vincent and Laura Nieboer, inspired by their father, came up with an accessible concept to help farmers worldwide stop the depletion of agricultural land. They recently pitched their idea at the ‘Little big talks’ on the occasion of the celebration of 80 years of materials science and innovation at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.

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  • How can Biden heal divisions in the US?

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Read more
  • A PhD in the Arts - Now Possible in Maastricht

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Getting a PhD in the arts is now possible in Limburg. It can be done in MERIAN, a collaboration in the area of artistic research between Zuyd Hogeschool, Maastricht University and the Jan van Eyck Academie.

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  • segers

    European cooperation in times of crisis

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    “What does the EU have to offer?” is the question the EU needs to answer now more than ever, according to professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration Mathieu Segers. 

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  • Jos Welie

    Jos Welie appointed as new Dean University College Maastricht

    Friday, May 1, 2020 Read more