Joost Wijffels (The Netherlands), Alumnus, University College Maastricht
I love the international environment that allows me to acquaint myself with different cultures, and I think the program is very strong.

Extra-curricular alongside UCM
My name is Joost, I am nineteen years old and come from the Netherlands. Aside from studying at UCM, I am also the Secretary of the Social Board, which arranges the social extracurricular activities at UCM and form a part of the Board of the Student Association UCMSA Universalis. Although studying and being on the Board can take up quite some time, I have many other hobbies! I love cooking and hanging out with my friends, or going to parties and museums. I also love reading, writing and cinematography.

Personalised study programme
When I first came to UCM, I wanted to do History, Philosophy, and International Relations. Now, because of the chances to really explore my interests, I focus much more on Philosophy, Sociology, Cultural and Diversity Studies. I feel like I have discovered my own path. I choose a Social Sciences/Humanities concentration because my academic interests simply did not fit merely one of them.

Summer in Maastricht
The best part about student life, however, is spring and summer. When the days get warmer and the sun shines brighter, we like to go to various parks in and around the city, or go to Sint-Pietersberg. It is wonderful to be surrounded by nature and friends and watch the sunset from the hills of Maastricht. Student life and academics can be very busy, and being in nature is one of my favourite ways to relax. 

After UCM
I am not entirely sure what I want to do after graduating from UCM. I might immediately dive into a Master’s degree, probably a Research Master’s in Philosophy. Ideally, I would do that in Uppsala or in Leuven. I am very happy with and grateful for my time at UCM. As cheesy as it sounds, I truly have had the opportunity to develop myself here, academically but also socially and personally. I still have quite some time to go here, but I am sure I will miss this place a lot when I graduate!

Other testimonials

  • Sophie Dinh
    Sophie Dinh (Germany/Vietnam), University College Maastricht
    I remember my first impression of UCM – I came into the building and was greeted by the staff. The common room was filled with students speaking several languages while someone played guitar in the background – it felt like a scene from a movie.
  • Yago Hecht
    Yago Hecht (Spain/Germany), University College Maastricht
    I think the community is what makes UCM so special. You always feel like you are studying with a big family around you, ready to support you when you are in need, but also ready to share the most incredible experiences with you.
  • Kate Robinson
    Kate Robinson (South Africa), University College Maastricht
    I have always found the student community at UCM to be very welcoming. Whether it’s having a chat with a student while I wait for some tea or asking for help in a course, everyone is approachable and friendly.
  • Katja Hein
    Katja Hein (Germany/Ireland), Alumna, University College Maastricht
    I never thought PBL could have such a positive impact on my motivation and willingness to invest more time into academia!
  • Ambre Derumier
    Ambre Derumier (France), Alumna, University College Maastricht
    My first semester at UCM confirmed that I made the right choice.
  • Liza Diane Gordin
    Liza Diane Gordin (Belgium), Alumna, University College Maastricht
    The most valuable thing I’ve learned during UCM is that 'it isn’t always that deep'. Sometimes you need to let go of your extreme concernedness about certain things...
  • Paulina Raniecka
    Paulina Raniecka (Poland), Alumna, University College Maastricht
    Joining UCM felt like joining a big family – I have never felt alone or bored.
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    Julia König (Germany), Alumna, University College Maastricht
    It's for people who want to do more than one thing and want to be able to combine courses however they want