Katja Hein (Germany/Ireland), University College Maastricht
I never thought PBL could have such a positive impact on my motivation and willingness to invest more time into academia!

Path to UCM
Before coming to UCM, I started studying at the Technical University in Berlin, but the huge lecture halls and impersonal interactions between students and lecturers were not what I had envisioned my studies to look like. Here at UCM, people actually care if you show up to class, and the unique learning method really encourages the thought exchange among the students. I never thought PBL could have such a positive impact on my motivation and willingness to invest more time into academia.

Outside of UCM
Outside of UCM, I take tennis courses at UM Sports and go to the gym. Last year, I was a delegate at the United Nations Student Association Maastricht, but I am currently looking for other ways to get involved in our community since the opportunities are endless! Additionally, I am extremely excited to be going to the University of California on my semester abroad next year. Many of my friends are also going abroad to one of UCM’s partner universities, which are spread all across the globe. Other destinations include Singapore, South Korea, England, Turkey or Spain. This is an incredible opportunity to experience student life outside of UCM and Maastricht, and 85% of UCM students actually go on a semester abroad!

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.
  • Ambre Derumier
    Ambre Derumier (France), University College Maastricht
    My first semester at UCM confirmed that I made the right choice.
  • Liza Diane Gordin
    Liza Diane Gordin (Belgium), 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), University College Maastricht
    Joining UCM felt like joining a big family – I have never felt alone or bored.
  • Testimonial Julia König Maastricht University College
    Julia König (Germany), 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