University College Maastricht, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Are you highly motivated and looking for a programme that gives you the freedom to pursue your own interests? Do you want to be part ofa diverse yet close-knit academic community that encourages discussion and debate?University College Maastricht is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Honours Collegethat providessmall-scale and individualised bachelor's education.


At UCM, you will be part of a truly international community, working and socialising with students from more than 50 countries. With the support of our committed staff, you can choose from more than 150 different courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences to build an academic profile that helps you meet your goals.

Why this programme?

As an honours college, UCM is challenging and highly rewarding. By allowing you to compose an individual curriculum, the UCM programme ensures that you:

  • develop a basic understanding of a wide variety of academic disciplines
  • become an expert in a specific academic field
  • learn to think academically
  • become a self-directed learner
  • work well in international teams
Problem-Based Learning

Courses at UCM are taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). PBL gives you an academic problem and challenges you to solve it. Using a combination of small-group work and individual research, you seek possible solutions to the problem and get feedback to help you refine your answers. You are in control of your own education, and the tutor is there to facilitate your learning. The PBL format helps you retain information better, teaches you to think about problems independently and develops your interpersonal skills. All teaching at UCM happens in small groups of no more than 12 students. This small-scale setting encourages you to be an active participant in class, gives you space to develop your own ideas and ensures that you receive personal attention from tutors. 


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Your concentration is the central part of your curriculum, which allows you to gain in-depth knowledge in the fields of your interest. UCM offersa choice of three concentrations: Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences.You may focus on a particular discipline (e.g. psychology, economics, history, biology) or instead opt for courses around a combination ofthemes or disciplines. For instance, your curriculum could include economics, law and international relations, or sciences and psychology,or cultural studies and history. During your first year at the college, you explore which concentrationyou would like to choose by taking courses in academic disciplines of your interest. Once you decide on a concentration, you can start taking moreadvanced, in-depth courses. The UCM curriculum structure guarantees that you gain enough specialist knowledge to successfully apply for a masters programme of your choice.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

1. VWO diploma or an international equivalent

  • You are eligible for admission to UCM if you have a Dutch VWO diploma or an international equivalent thereof.

2. Letter of motivation

All candidates should write a letter in English of 500-800 words, answeringquestions such as:

  • Why and what would you like to study at UCM?
  • What do you expect of a college education?
  • What are your plans after graduating from UCM?
3. English proficiency

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10000 International
  • EUR 3405 EU/EEA


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.