Maastricht, The Netherlands
Aged 4-19 years
UWC Maastricht is a multicultural school that hosts students from more than 100 different nationalities. It operates within the Dutch public educational system and is subsidized by the Dutch government. The school is formed to serve both the needs of the Maastricht international community and the students chosen by UWC national committees all over the world. UWC Maastricht welcomes students between the ages of 4 and 19.
Three Unique Features
- Primary and secondary school, day and residential students - UWC Maastricht hosts more than 900 international students, ranging from age 4 till age 18. The majority of them live with their families in the region. 200 residential IB DP students live on campus.
- Social Impact Programme - UWC Maastricht has designed a social impact programme including action-oriented courses, social entrepreneurship, student-led conferences and community service projects. The students develop the skills and attitudes needed to be active participants in society, to identify problems and injustices wherever they exist.
- Location - UWC Maastricht campus is located in a very green and leafy part of Maastricht, close to the city centre and close to the German and Belgian border. The city of Maastricht belongs to the top of Dutch destinations for international visitors and tourists alike. It has an open, multilingual, and innovative society, full of vitality.
In the Classroom
UWC Maastricht offers a concept based enquiry programme to primary school students from 4 to 11.
The IB-Middle Years Program (11-16 year-olds) encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional school subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers.
To 16-18 year-olds, the School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, UWC Maastricht offers Dutch, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, World Arts and Cultures, Global Politics, Visual Arts, Music.
Outside the Classroom
UWC Maastricht is committed to fostering social entrepreneurship among students and staff providing them with tools and attitudes needed to start projects and make them sustainable. Participation in the Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Program is compulsory for all first-year students of the IB Diploma Program.
In the first IBDP year, students design, plan and carry out a local Project Week providing service to the local communities of Maastricht. Moreover, all IBDP students are encouraged to organize an optional Project Week in Europe during their study breaks focusing on service, creativity, activity and exploration in general.
The annual two-day Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Conference provides students with the opportunity to engage critically with the world around them together with prestigious keynote speakers.
During the four-day International Peace Conference, peacemakers, challengers, advocates, and experts from around the world share their knowledge and inspire through lectures. Students who have experienced the absence of peace or have personal ties to various forms of conflict offer unique insights and solution-based discussions.
Maastricht Model United Nations Conference (MaasMUN) and TEDxYouth@Maastricht are two other annual events which are entirely student led.
Campus and Facilities
The campus was built in 2015 into a park-like environment, in the north-east of Maastricht city centre. The site is surrounded by sports fields, an English-style nature reserve and new housing. In order to access the campus, one crosses over a bridge that is only accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
UWC Maastricht is located in Maastricht, an internationally oriented city, in the sunniest and southernmost part of the Netherlands. The city centre is only 10 minutes bike ride away.
Day student applications for Primary and Secondary must meet the requirements of the Dutch Law on International Education. Residential IB Diploma students are recruited through UWC's national committee system or through the UWC Global Selection Programme. For more information about UWC Maastricht, visit the website.