University College Maastricht

Exchange programme

The International Relations Office (IRO) of University College Maastricht is responsible for all incoming and outgoing exchange students. UCM has around 50 exchange contracts with universities and institutions in 27 countries all over the world. Approximately 130 exchange students study at UCM every year.​ If you are studying at one of the UCM partner universities, you can come to UCM as an exchange student. Get in touch with your home university to get more information about how to apply for a semester or full year at UCM. If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with UCM, you can come as a fee paying contract student. More information about the entry requirements can be obtained by emailing UCM’s IRO office.

Academic year

The academic year consists of two semesters of 20 weeks, a Fall semester and a Spring semester. The Fall semester begins the first week of September and ends the last week of January, and the Spring semester begins the first week of February, ending the last week of June. A Christmas break of two weeks in Fall semester and a one-week Carnival break in Spring semester give students ample off-time.

Each semester is divided into three periods; two course periods of 7 weeks (each followed with a 1-week reflection week) and one project period of four weeks. During each course period, a student normally takes two courses and one skills training. At the end of each semester, all students participate in a four-week project. Because the second course period in the Fall semester ends just before Christmas, students may return home for the holidays.

Course offerings

UCM’s course selection spans three concentrations: Social Sciences, Sciences, and Humanities. All three of these concentrations are filled with courses designed to stimulate critical and independent thinking, self-reliance, and problem-solving skills. For an overview of the 2016-2017 course offerings you can check our course catalogue

Once your application has been received, the IRO will carefully review the courses you have selected. Based on your academic transcript, the IRO will decide whether you meet the course requirements for the selected courses. If not, the IRO will try to reach mutual agreement by offering alternative choices. Once the student, the home institution and UCM agree upon a student’s course selection, the student is officially accepted as an exchange student.

International Relations Office UCM

  +31 43 3885197

Course Levels

All courses offered by UCM are listed in the course catalogue with both a course title and a course code. The course code refers to the concentration in our programme to which a course belongs and the course's difficulty level. Every course stands for 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), except the skills trainings, which stand for 2.5 ECTS each. A full-time study load is 60 ECTS per academic year (30 ECTS per semester).

The course code consists of two letters and a three digit number. The three digit number refers to the level of the course (1000 is introductory, 2000 is intermediate, 3000 is advanced); the two-letter abbreviations indicate the concentration under which the course falls:

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

Application deadlines for both exchange and contract students

  • Fall Semester: apply before 1 May
  • Spring Semester: apply before 1 November of the preceding year


UCM recommends exchange students to book a room at the university's Guesthouse Maastricht. Students are advised to book accommodation as soon as they know they plan to come to Maastricht as the Guesthouse Maastricht works on a first-come-first-served basis.
Reservations can be made online at   or by phone at (+31) 43-346-7210.

Visa/Residence Permit

To study in the Netherlands, most students need to have a residence permit and some need a special visa, depending on one’s nationality.

Information can be found on  or  . Students coming to UCM and who need a visa or residence permit will automatically be contacted by Maastricht University’s Visa Office once their application is processed. The costs for a residence permit for non-EU citizens are 311 Euro (January 2016); the costs for an MVV including a residence permit, are 311 Euro (January 2016). The costs for a residence permit for EU-citizens are considerably lower, 50 Euro (January 2016).

Under special conditions, Canadian students can come on the WHP (Working Holiday Programme), and Australian and New Zealand students can come on the WHS (Working Holiday Scheme). These special permits only cost approximately 55 Euro, but students can only apply for one of these permits once in a lifetime and only before you turn 27. You are allowed to stay a full year on this permit.

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Medical costs can be very high in the Netherlands, especially if specialized help from a hospital is required. Therefore it is important to be properly insured.

International students in the Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health and third party liability insurance. UM strongly recommends you to take out travel insurance as well, especially if you plan to travel during your stay.

You are responsible for taking out insurance; Maastricht University will not do this for you. Please check if your insurance policy in your home country covers your stay in The Netherlands, otherwise you will have to take out private insurance. You are free to find your own, but it is always your responsibility to check whether coverage is sufficient.