University College Maastricht

University College Maastricht

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University College Maastricht (abbreviated as, and informally UCM) is an English language, internationally oriented, liberal arts and sciences college housed in the 15th century Nieuwenhof monastery in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Founded in 2002, it is the second of its kind in the Netherlands. The college is part of Maastricht University () and offers an honours programme with a high workload for motivated students.


Maastricht University, of which UCM is part, was founded in 1976, making it one of the youngest universities in the Netherlands, and currently has about 12,000 students and more than 3,000 employees. University College Maastricht itself opened in September 2002, before moving to a new location in 2006, and currently has over 600 students.


Education at University College Maastricht, providing Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, is fully taught in English. The College is a liberal arts college which is defined by Encyclopædia Britannica Concise as a "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum." Classes are small, with an emphasis on independent learning via a group process structured through the Problem-based learning (PBL) method. The courses of the UCM programme are contained within three concentrations namely the humanities, sciences and social......
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