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Partner universities

If you are studying at one of UCM’s partner universities mentioned in this list and you wish to study at UCM as part of your home degree, you can come to UCM as an exchange student. If you university is not on this partner list, you could study at UCM as a contract student, which means you will have to pay the tuition fees.

Download the UCM partner universities list (pdf)

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Application and fees

All exchange students must be officially nominated by their home university. Visit your home university’s international office for information about their procedure to apply to UCM. Once you are nominated, UCM will inform you about our application processes and documents needed to support your application.

Application requirements: you should be at least a second year undergraduate student at your home university at the time of participation and your GPA should be at least a 3.3 (B+) or equivalent to be admissible. After your application has been reviewed by UCM, we will inform you whether you can come as a fee paying student.

Fees:If you are not studying at one of UCM’s partner universities you still join our programme as a fee paying student. As a contract student you are obliged to pay an enrolment fee and a tuition fee for the courses you wish to enroll in:

  • €500 enrolment fee
  • €114 per ECTS

These fees are non-refundable and will have to be paid in advance.

 

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Course offering

At UCM you will be able to choose courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences and create interdisciplinary combinations. A full time degree seeking student can obtain maximum 30 ECTS per semester. This is a typical study load and consists of 4 courses (each 5 ECTS), 2 skills (each 2.5 ECTS) and 1 project (5 ECTS). Depending on your home university’s requirements you can adjust the workload as long as you enroll in at least 20 ECTS.

Our course codes have 3 letters and 4 numbers. The three letter abbreviation refers to the concentration:

  • HUM – Humanities
  • SSC – Social Sciences
  • SCI – Sciences
  • COR – Academic Core
  • SKI – Skills
  • PRO – Projects

The 4 digit combination refers to the level of the course. If you are interested in intermediate/advanced courses with prerequisites, UCM will review your latest transcript to make sure you are eligible.

  • 1000 level – introductory
  • 2000 level – intermediate
  • 3000 level – advanced

If you are interested in intermediate/advanced courses with prerequisites, UCM will review your latest transcript to make sure you are eligible.

Download the UCM Course catalogue 2018-2019 (pdf)

 

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Grading system

The Dutch grading system, used from elementary through university education is the 1 to 10 scale given in the following table, wherein 10 is the highest grade, 5.5 the minimum pass  and 1 the lowest grade.

Educators uniformly comment on the great difficulty in obtaining 9's and 10's and the respectability of 6's. There is also agreement that an 8 represents a high level of achievement, while grades 6 and 7 generally account for the majority of passing grades awarded.

Letter Grade GPA Dutch Grade Description
A+ 4.0 8.6 - 10 Excellent
A 4.0 8.0 - 8.5 Very Good
A- 3.7 7.7 - 7.9 Very Good
B+ 3.3 7.4 - 7.6 Very Good
B 3 7.0 - 7.3 Very Good
B- 2.7 6.7 - 6.9 Good
C+ 2.3 6.4 - 6.6 Good
C 2.0 6.0 - 6.3 Pass
C- 1.7 5.5 - 5.9 Pass
D+ 1.3 5.4 Fail
D 1.0 5.0 - 5.3 Fail
D- 0.0 0.0 - 4.9 Fail

 

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Academic year

The academic year at UCM consists of a fall semester and spring semester, each containing 20 weeks. The fall semester starts in the last week of August or the first week of September and ends the final week of January. The spring semester starts in the last week of January or the first week of February and concludes around the first week of July. 

  • Each semester consists of 3 periods; 2 course periods (8 weeks each) and 1 project period (4 weeks)
  • Exchange students arriving in Fall may decide not to take the project period in January and leave before Christmas (provided their home university agrees)

Download the UCM Academic calendar 2018-2019 (pdf)
Download the UCM Academic calendar 2019-2020 (pdf)

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Housing

Most exchange students book their room online at the UM Guesthouse for the duration of their stay. With thousands of new students coming to Maastricht in August in preparation of the start of the academic year, there will be many others looking for a room as well. You are strongly advised to book your room as soon as you know you are coming to Maastricht.

Go to the Maastricht Housing website to start looking for housing (at UM Guesthouse, another housing agency or in the private sector)

In case of problems, the International Relations Office at UCM cannot and will not interfere on your behalf.

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Visa

To study in the Netherlands, most non-EU nationals will need a residence permit. You can find more information about the requirements at www.ind.nl, the official website for the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation department.

You will be contacted automatically by Maastricht University's Visa Office once your application is processed. The fee to obtain a residence permit for non-EU nationals is approximately €321 (January 2018).

If you are a Canadian, Australian or New-Zealand national you can apply for a one time Working Holiday Program or Working Holiday Schedule. You will have to initiate the process to obtain one of these permits yourself once you are in the Netherlands. You will pay approximately €55,-.

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Insurance

Medical costs can be high in the Netherlands, especially if you need to see a specialist or if you are hospitalised. It is therefore important that you are properly insured.

International students in the Netherlands are by law required to have adequate health and third party liability insurance. UM strongly recommends you to check, prior to your departure, both your health care and third party liability policies to make sure that you are covered abroad.

Students are also advised to have travel insurance which is also valid during your stay in the Netherlands, in particular if you plan on traveling during your exchange semester. Maastricht University doesn’t provide insurances. You are responsible for your own insurance and coverage.

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Arriving in Maastricht

Arrival directions
It’s easiest to choose Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) or Brussels international Airport (Zaventem) as your destination airport when booking your ticket and then take the train to Maastricht.

Plan your trip to Maastricht with 9292OV.  

About 6 weeks prior to your arrival in Maastricht, a student of Universalis (UCM study association) will reach out to you with regards to pick-up. If you want, a students will meet you at the central train station in Maastricht and assist you to your accommodation. Keep an eye on your inbox and make sure to reply if you are interested.

Buddy programme
Sign up for the buddy programme if you would like to have a buddy who also studies at UCM and is knows all about life at UCM. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow students, but it also is an excellent source of help for practicalities regarding your stay in Maastricht. And of course it is a fun way to start your stay in Maastricht.

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