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University College Maastricht, The Netherlands (Exchange)

IMPORTANT! Please note that this exchange program is limited in spaces we have to send students. We encourage you to apply, but please have a second program choice if you are not chosen to participate in this program.

Attention: Early Application Deadlines!

The Program

University College Maastricht (UCM) is the honors Liberal Arts & Sciences College of Maastricht University offering a wide range of courses entirely taught in English. You learn in an innovative teaching system which offers a challenging and exciting academic experience and a close-knit community in one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in the Netherlands. UCM is very international, and about half of the students come from nearly 50 countries outside the Netherlands. The faculty itself, drawn from all the departments at Maastricht University, is also very international.

Maastricht is a compact city where almost everything can be reached on foot or by bike, which makes it a fantastic place for students. Everything you need is close by, so you can simply step out your front door and visit friends or walk to the city centre. There’s always something going on, with a rich night life, extensive shopping district, as well as interesting museums, theaters and cinemas.

Your free time doesn’t have to be spent only in Maastricht. There are countless opportunities for enjoying yourself outside the city, as Maastricht is situated at an international crossroads. Cities such as Brussels, Liège, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf are just a short drive away and you have easy access to Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris or London.

The Academics

You can earn a full semester’s worth of UConn Honors credit on this program. UCM’s curriculum caters to students with broad academic interests who do not want to limit themselves to a program focused on one single discipline. Students build their curriculum from exciting interdisciplinary academic core and skills training courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The courses are designed to stimulate critical and independent thinking, self-reliance, and problem-solving skills.

Instruction at Maastricht University and UCM utilizes the innovative problem-based learning (PBL) method. You work in small groups of around twelve students on an academic or practical problem. In these tutorial groups you have intensive contact with both students and staff. Your teachers are there to help you along, but you are in charge of the learning process, getting thoroughly interested in the subject matter.

Click here to view the course catalogue and the academic calendar. The academic calendar is based on a semester consisting of Period 1(or 4 for Spring) followed by Period 2 (or 5 for Spring) followed by a project period. Each period consists of 7 weeks, each followed by a week of reflection and refreshment. The project period consists of 4 weeks. In the Fall semester, the project period extends to early February. Unless you are graduating that semester, you will leave before Christmas and earn a total of 12 credits. A course earns 5 ECTS credits (3 UConn credits), a project course earns 5 ECTS credits and a skills course earns 2.5 ECTS credits (1 UConn credit).   See the table below for a list of  University College Maastricht Course Equivalents.

Please note that, contrary to the UCM courses and skills courses, the language courses which are organized by the Language Center, are also taught in the ‘free’ weeks in between course period 1 and 2, and in between course period 4 and 5.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study HUM2003 The Making of Crucial Differences 3 6/30/2018
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study HUM2018 Cultural Diversity from a Global Perspective 3 6/30/2018
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study SSC2064 Migration Studies: Flows and Concepts 3 6/30/2021
BADM 2893 Foreign Study SSC 2036 Introduction to Business Administration 3 6/30/2018
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study SKI2000 Basic Dutch, Module 1 3 12/31/2019
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study HUM2043 Film Art 3 12/31/2020
ECON 1200 Principles of Economics (Intensive) SSC1027 Principles of Economics 4 12/31/2021
ECON 2493 Foreign Study STU20002 15-day Study Tour to Central & Eastern Europe 1 6/30/2020
ECON 2493 Foreign Study BUS3002 Economics of European Integration 3 6/30/2020
ECON 2493 Foreign Study STU2002 Study Tour to Central and Eastern Europe 2 12/31/2020
EEB 2245 Evolutionary Biology SCI 2020 Evolution 3 6/30/2018
ENGL 3503 Shakespeare I HUM 3041 Shakespeare on Screen 3 6/30/2020
ENGL 3627 Studies in Literature HUM 1014 Great Novels 1850-Present 3 12/31/2021
HIST 1993 Foreign Study HUM1013 Idea of Europe 3 12/31/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study COR 1003 Contemporary World History 3 12/31/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study SSC 3032 Atrocity Triangle 3 12/31/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HUM 2003 The Making of Crucial Differences 3 12/31/2017
PHIL 1175 Ethical Issues in Health Care PHI 2005 Medical Ethics 3 12/31/2021
PHIL 2212 Philosophy of Science COR 1002 Philosophy of Science 3 12/31/2017
PHIL 2215 Ethics HUM 2051 Philosophical Ethics 3 12/31/2017
PHIL 2217 Social and Political Philosophy COR 1004 Political Philosophy 3 12/31/2017
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study HUM 2054 Reading Philosophers 3 12/31/2017
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study SKI3002 Argumentation 2 1 6/30/2020
POLS 1402H Intro. To International Relations SSC 1006 International Relations: Themes and Theories 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3817H Law and Society SSC 2027 Law and Society 3 6/30/2022
POLS 3993 Foreign Study SSC3030 European Institutions 3 6/30/2020
POLS 3993 Foreign Study SSC1009 Introduction to European Integration 3 6/30/2021
POLS 3993 Foreign Study SSC2037 Conflict Resolution 3 6/30/2021
POLS 3993H Foreign Study SSC 3002 European Foreign Policy 3 6/30/2022
SOCI 3251 Social Theory SSC1001 Theories of Social Order 3 12/31/2020
SOCI 3821 Social Movements and Social Change SSC2059 Social Movements 3 12/31/2020
WGSS 3993 Foreign Study SSC2058 Sex, Society and Sexuality 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

As an exchange student, you can live at the Guesthouse Maastricht, provided that you book a room as soon as you commit to the program. The Guesthouse works on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations can be made online at

If you do not have a U.S. passport, you may need a visa to study at UCM.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/29/2018 07/06/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3