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University College Maastricht

Maastricht University

Bachelor Undergraduate Maastricht

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary For students who do not want to be limited to a single academic discipline. Liberal Arts & Sciences' UCM offers over 150 courses in almost all academic disciplines. The 3-year programme is in English.
Course description University College Maastricht is a three-year programme taught entirely in English. It is meant for students with a broad academic interest, who do not want to limit themselves to a programme focused on a single academic discipline. UCM offers over 150 courses in almost all academic disciplines. Each semester you construct your own programme from the courses offered. At the end of the first year you opt for one of the three concentrations: Social Sciences, Humanities or Sciences. Of course, you do not choose courses randomly. Together with your academic advisor, you discuss your ambitions for the future and choose courses that fit your plans. Next to courses in academic disciplines, you also enroll in an extensive skills training programme. Here you learn how to set up and conduct scientific research; you work on your debating skills; and you practice how to present ideas in a clear and persuasive way. Your writing skills receive special attention. The College also offers you the opportunity to learn another foreign language. Furthermore you can study a semester abroad at one of our partner universities all over the world.
Study subjects Students choose from three concentrations: social sciences, humanities or sciences. Altogether around 150 courses are offered. For a complete overview of the courses check: UCM has an open curriculum; you can create your own programme from the courses that are offered. All first year students follow the same skill courses: Introduction to Academic Skills and Research Methods. Afterwards you can choose your own academic skill courses.
Course objectives The objective of UCM is to provide young scholars with a fully rounded education covering the main academic disciplines and allowing for specialisation towards the niche Master courses offered around the world.
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration 36 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, project, laboratory work, seminar
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Science and Engineering
Information about the institution Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook.


Admission requirements
  1. You have to add a personal statement from between 500-800 words to your application.
  2. To be eligible for admission to University College Maastricht you should have a Dutch VWO diploma or an international equivalent thereof. A list of valid diplomas can be found at under Admission Requirements. UCM does not have any additional subject requirements.
  3. If the board of admissions thinks your application is good enough you will get invited for an interview.
  4. Your gradelist will also be taken into account with your application.
  5. As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 is required for this study programme. You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply: * you have completed a VWO (Dutch pre-university education) programme * you have completed your secondary education in an EU/EEA country where you have followed English up to and including the final year * you have completed your secondary education in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education * you have completed a bachelor's or master's study programme where the language of instruction is English * you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels * you have completed a Dutch-taught programme at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO) and are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment. If none of these conditions apply, you can submit a language test certificate. If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application. Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English B1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C1
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL computer based 232
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 575
Professional experience required -
Duration 36 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Mar 2020 1 Jan 2020
1 Feb 2021 1 Oct 2020 1 Oct 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Mar 2021 1 Jan 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 3545€ 10900€ 10900

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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