High School Summer College

Would you like to study a few days at Maastricht University during summer? And are you looking for a new challenge in addition to your school work?
Then you might be interested in our High School Summer College: an English-language programme for ambitious and talented high school students. This High School Summer College is a one-week course is designed as a primer on the ‘Problem Based Learning’ method and the content of study programmes that Maastricht University offers.

Themes like war, war crimes and refugees are, unfortunately, not something from history. In this summer college, we will study the presence of the past, and more specifically, but not exclusively World War II, to understand and address these themes within the light of today. We chose the quote of William Faulkner “The past is never dead. It's not even past” as the connecting theme.

More specifically, we will use current insights from sociology, economics, politics, genetics, psychology and law to understand often war and war-related issues, like refugees, racism, populism, crime and poverty.


"I would recommend the summer course because the topic is very interesting and the entire group (tutors, professors and students) was great!"

Are people evil or made evil? Is a society per definition violent? How important are the personalities of the leaders? What is the impact of your nationality? Are we up to designing our children? These and many more questions you will discuss and investigate during the High School Summer College. You will learn about scientific research and how to design, perform and report a small research project. You can choose a research project from three topics, either involving psychology, genetics or data science.

At the last meeting you will present the results of your project and you will receive a certificate.

Practical information

  • When: 12-16 August 2019, daily from 9.30-16.00 hrs
  • Where: Maastricht University in Maastricht
  • Language: English
  • Who: 16-17 year old high school pupils (4 and 5 vwo in the Dutch education system)
  • Cost: € 250 including course materials, coffee/tea and lunches; the fee does not include housing and social activities.
  • Housing: at www.maastrichthousing.com you will find rooms at a special summer school rate.
  • Apply: click here to apply
“Not only did I learn more about life at university, I also got a positive impression of Problem-Based Learning. Additionally, I learned a lot about different subjects and met a great group of people!”

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