Study Abroad at Maastricht

UW Honors Direct Exchange

Study Abroad at Maastricht

Study Abroad at University of Maastricht Honors College

The University of Washington Study Abroad Office 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.

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About Maastricht

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 open to all eligible UW undergraduate. The program is most appropriate for juniors and seniors with prior international experience who have demonstrated maturity and academic excellence.  Honors does not administer this exchange. Students must apply through the UW’s Study Abroad Office. See an Honors advisor for credit conversion information.

UW’s Outbound Student Procedures for Departmental Exchanges

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 the UW Study Abroad Office regarding the application process such as the Concurrent Enrollment Costs & Fees, Study Abroad Insurance, and other details. Please see the University of Washington Study Abroad Office website for details.

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

Inbound Students

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