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Maastricht University, Center for European Studies, The Netherlands (Direct Enroll)

The Program

The city of Maastricht, bordering both Germany and Belgium, grew up around the crossing of the Maas known to the Romans as the Mosae Trajectum. The bridge at Maastricht formed a vital link in the Roman communication route from Gaul to Germany built under Emperor Augustus (27 B.C. -14 A.D.). Ever a symbol of European communication, it was chosen as the site for the signing of the charter of the European Community in 1993. As part of the Universiteit Maastricht, the Center for European Studies (CES) was established in 1989. Its Study Europe program focuses on the economic, political, and socio-cultural aspects of European integration. The highlights of the two week orientation period are two study trips: one three day trip to Brussels and Paris and one two day trip to Amsterdam. If you go to the “homepage” website mentioned above, please click on the Programs button in the upper left; choose Undergraduate Programs, then click on the Study Europe Program for detailed information.

The Academics

The Study Europe Program is designed for students at the junior or senior level at UConn. It is approved by both CLAS and the School of Business.  Students take four courses. Each semester is divided in two “block periods”, and during each block period a student will take two courses. The largest number of courses are grouped under the categories of “Economics and Business Administration” and “Politics and International Relations”. Examples are the Economics of European Integration, International Management, and Legal and Political Aspects of European Integration. Classes are taught in English by professors either from Universiteit Maastricht or from other European universities. See the table below for Netherlands-Maastricht, Center for European Studies [CES] Course Equivalents for a listing of courses previously taken by UCONN students. You may also try a different type  of course – a Problem Based Learning (PBL) course – which combines problem solving with textbook knowledge.

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
COMM 4993 Foreign Study Intercultural Communication 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
GEOG 1100 Globalization SCI2012 Globalization, Environmental Change and Society 3 6/30/2019

The Experience

There are many good reasons for studying in Maastricht (population 115,000). Situated at the extreme southern tip of The Netherlands midway between the cities of Brussels and Bonn, a modern Maastricht provides easy access to the major

institutions of the European Union (EU). As the oldest city in the country,Maastricht is blessed with a wealth of historic buildings providing an attractive mix of rural charm and  cosmopolitan flair. Located at the banks of the river Maas, you can find art galleries, jazz cafes, antique shops, gothic churches and restaurants side by side. Perhaps the best reason for choosing Maastricht is the high academic standard of Universiteit Maastricht. It provides you with an opportunity to study at an international institute of education and innovation. For several years Universiteit Maastricht has been ranked as the # 1 university in the Netherlands. It is the most international university of the Netherlands, with students from all over the world sharing the classroom.

CES organizes housing for students at the International Guesthouse in Maastricht. This is the University student dormitory where all international (exchange) students live. Students live in double or single rooms or studios with a kitchen.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that 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, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: 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 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: Academic area:
Language of instruction: Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: Required GPA: 3