Selma Yacoubi (Morocco), Alumna, University College Maastricht
Selma Yacoubi (Morocco), University College Maastricht
What struck me most when first started here was the lack of negative energy, peer pressure and competition, which is very refreshing for an honours programme.

It's a lot of work but it is very rewarding
UCM definitely has a unique atmosphere compared to other 'units' of UM. What struck me most when first started here was the lack of negative energy, peer pressure and competition, which is very refreshing for an honours programme. I came to UCM because it allowed me to study exactly what I am interested in, and to explore new interests while being in a supportive academic environment. I am very pleased with my experience so far. It's a lot of work but it is very rewarding.

Students at the forefront of the learning process
Problem Based Learning is basically a method of learning that puts students at the forefront of the learning process. I personally like it because it instils discipline and responsibility in every student to do the work consistently not only for his or her benefit but also for the benefit of the entire group.

Challenge myself to try something new and relevant for the future
I love how supportive and available everyone is in Maastricht, from the lecturers, to the tutors and students. Even professors from other faculties are willing to offer help and guidance when asked, this is extremely important in an open curriculum. I'm interested in Data Science and Machine Learning. I found that those disciplines offer great flexibility in terms of research and future employment, so I wanted to challenge myself to try something new and relevant for the future while at university.

Stress-free, charming, practical, safe
I love Maastricht as a city! It is the perfect city for a demanding programme like UCM: stress-free, charming, practical, safe, and very close to amazing European destinations for reflection week and weekend getaways.

Other testimonials

  • Katja Hein
    Katja Hein (Germany/Ireland), University College Maastricht
    I never thought PBL could have such a positive impact on my motivation and willingness to invest more time into academia!
  • Yago Hecht
    Yago Hecht (Spain/Germany), 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.
  • Kate Robinson
    Kate Robinson (South Africa), 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.
  • Joost Wijffels
    Joost Wijffels (The Netherlands), 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.
  • Sophie Dinh
    Sophie Dinh (Germany/Vietnam), University College Maastricht
    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.
  • Ambre Derumier
    Ambre Derumier (France), University College Maastricht
    My first semester at UCM confirmed that I made the right choice.
  • Liza Diane Gordin
    Liza Diane Gordin (Belgium), 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...
  • Paulina Raniecka
    Paulina Raniecka (Poland), Alumna, University College Maastricht
    Joining UCM felt like joining a big family – I have never felt alone or bored.
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    Julia König (Germany), 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