Study Abroad at Maastricht

UW Honors Direct Exchange

Study Abroad at Maastricht

Study Abroad at University of Maastricht Honors College

The Honors Program is pleased to make available a direct exchange with the University of Maastricht (UCM) in Maastricht, The Netherlands. UW students will take regular courses (taught in English) across the curriculum with Dutch students.

About Maastricht

Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, 11/15, noon in MGH 211E (Honors Library)
  • Monday, 11/26, 1:00-2:00 p.m., MGH 211E (Honors Library)

About Maastricht and the University of Maastricht Honors College

Maastricht exchange leaflet

The University of Maastricht Honors College offers a unique problem-based learning method which actively involves small groups of students in creating practical and unique solutions. Maastricht Honors College is ranked as one of the top Dutch universities and attracts students from across Europe and the world.

Maastricht is a beautiful cosmopolitan city located in the south of the Netherlands, 2 1/2 hours by train from Amsterdam, The Hague, and Brussels. The university is located in the heart of the city to the west of the scenic Meuse river. The campus reflects the historic quality of the city, which may be the oldest city in the Netherlands. The city also offers students an array of museums, festivals, parks, and other cultural opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

This exchange program is not restricted to Honors students only. Any eligible UW undergraduate may apply. The program is most appropriate for juniors and seniors with prior international experience who have demonstrated maturity and academic excellence. Honors will screen applicants by paper application and interview advanced candidates.

Program Fees

  • Outbound UW students pay exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition through the Home Tuition Program for Reciprocal Exchange*
    • 1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges
    • 3.0 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges
  • Students billed via MyUW on regular UW tuition billing schedule
  • Students pay housing & additional fees to host institution/housing facility
  • All other costs are the responsibility of the participating student including…
    • Airfare
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Compulsory international insurance
    • Books
    • Visas
    • All other incidentals
  • Students may be eligible to use their regular financial aid and scholarship funds for study abroad, but must verify any and all financial aid prior to committing to the program
  • Tuition waivers cannot be used toward study abroad or any direct exchange program, as tuition waivers cannot be used to pay study abroad program fees or exchange tuition equivalent fees

You are responsible for verifying your own financial aid by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

*In 1997, the Legislature authorized the “Home Tuition” program as the primary means to fund international student exchanges. Under this program, UW students pay an amount equal to their regular tuition and select fees at the UW, and then study at the foreign host institution tuition-free. The funds paid by the outgoing UW student are then used to cover the tuition costs of the incoming international exchange student.


Exchange students are offered housing in the university’s Guesthouse. Students should make reservations as availability is first-come-first-serve. Reservations can be made online at: Students want to be sure to indicate that they are UCM-exchange students.

Outbound Students

Application Process for Outbound Students

  1. Review Maastricht’s general information for exchange students
  2. Complete all international exchange requirements directed by UW via the International Programs & Exchanges Office (IPE) study abroad site. Once accepted, you will automatically begin to receive email instructions / prompts from IPE regarding this phase of the process related to Concurrent Enrollment Costs & Fees, Study Abroad Insurance, etc.
  3. Applicants will be contacted for an interview with Honors Direct Exchange Manager(s)
  4. If nominated for the exchange, you will receive instructions on how to submit other materials required by the host institution and will directly communicate and coordinate your transition abroad with our partner representative at University of Maastricht Honors College.

Application Deadlines

  • Autumn Semester (August – December): January 15
  • Spring Semester (January – May): January 15


Fast Facts

  • UCM website:
  • Phone: 31-43-3884882
  • Email:
  • Contact person for incoming exchange students: Ina Engelen and Sylvia Brandt,
  • UCM application requirements: application form, official transcript, proof of English proficiency
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Numerically graded 0-10, with the passing grade of 5.5
  • Tuition waivers CANNOT be applied to direct exchange tuition
  • Students must complete 30 credits per semester for a full academic workload
  • Academic term is semester system, so students receive 1.5 times the number of credits therefore tuition is charged at 1.5 times the normal rate
  • 1 quarter credit ~ 1.33 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System); 15 quarter credits is about 20 ECTS

Contact Info

Honors International Exchange Manager

Julie Villegas,

Inbound Students

About UW Honors – For Inbound Students

The University of Washington Honors Program brings selected faculty into close contact with dedicated students in the atmosphere of small, challenging classes, combining the intimacy and a sense of community of a small, liberal arts college with the strengths of an excellent public research university. The Honors Program offers intellectual and cultural diversity, and world-class faculty and facilities. Honors exchange programs are best suited for students with strong English proficiency.

Program Fees

Students will be exempted from paying UW tuition and fees, but are responsible for covering the cost of tuition at their home institution


Exchange students are eligible to live in university residence halls. Housing costs are the responsibility of the student. For more information visit the UW’s Study Abroad site.

Application process for inbound international students

  • Complete and submit the online application form for inbound students:
  • Send the following items to Julie Villegas (
    • A. Transcripts of all college work through the most recent quarter (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
    • B. Proof of language proficiency (students must pass required TOEL test or provide proof of college level proficiency in English)
    • C. Current resumé (maximum one page)

Additional information and requirements for inbound exchange student applicants are located on the UW IPE website.

Deadline to apply

February 15

Fast Facts

The International Programs and Exchanges Office at the UW provides an informational portal for visiting exchange students.

For information about the University of Washington, visit:

For information about the UW Honors Program, visit:

International Student Services Office webpage:


UW Honors application deadline for autumn quarter study is February 15 and for winter and spring terms the deadline is August 15.

Contact Info

Honors International Exchange Manager:
Julie Villegas