Head: Lodewijk van Oord
PO Box 1187
6201 BD Maastricht
+31 432 410 410
UWC Maastricht at a Glance
Nationalities represented by students at UWC Maastricht
UWC Maastricht scholars that have received needs-based Davis UWC scholarships to study in the USA universities between 2011 and 2016
Global alumni network from 100+ countries since 2012
A global body of students aged 2-18 years from over 100 countries are educated annually
“…UWC is a door into a new global understanding; a life-defining opportunity that I wish more young people could experience…”
Sharon Kioko, Kenya, UWC Maastricht, 2014-2016/Brown University, USA, 2016-2020)
UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands is a completely integrated, multicultural school for students of different educational and socio-economic backgrounds which operates within the Dutch public educational system and is subsidized by the Dutch government. The School was formed to serve both the needs of the international community of Maastricht, and to provide an education for the students chosen through the UWC national committee system from throughout the world to study and live on campus.
UWC Maastricht offers an English language education to 915 students from 100+ nationalities. UWC Maastricht was founded in 2009 as the merger of two existing international schools, International School Maastricht, and the International Primary School Joppenhof; and opened the doors to a new, custom built campus just outside of the city centre in 2013. Since 2015, UWC Maastricht educates 915 students, 200 of whom are selected by UWC national committees on scholarships.
Three Unique Features about UWC Maastricht:
- National Public School – UWC Maastricht is the only UWC school operating within a national public school funding context, educating students from preschool to high school.
- Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) & Student-led Conferences – The YSE initiative gives students the skills to identify problems in the community and design specific solutions in the form of social entrepreneurial projects. Many annual conferences – TEDx Youth Maastricht, Youth Environmental Sustainability Conference, International Peace Conference, Model United Nations, Theory of Knowledge Conference – are entirely student led.
- Serving the Local Community – An ongoing effort at UWC Maastricht is to bridge the gap between the School and the town community. All the students across the school are involved in local community service activities, participate in change-maker programmes and are given the responsibility of organizing their own community projects.
UWC Maastricht is located in Maastricht, an internationally oriented city, in the sunniest and southernmost part of the Netherlands. The city center is only 10 minutes bike ride away. It is located in the heart of the unique Limburg region of the Netherlands. Maastricht is home to a vibrant university and a host of international businesses and organizations. It is famous for its quality of life and natural setting and has a history which reaches back to its Roman roots and looks optimistically forward into the 21st century.
Maastricht is the capital of the Dutch province of Limburg and is recognised as a city of history, culture, local folklore and education. It is also the birthplace of the European union and the European currency the Euro. It is an incredibly multi-cultural city, which is reflected amongst the whole student population of UWC Maastricht. Dutch is the first language, along with Limburgish, the local dialect. English, French and German are all widely spoken. With a truly international student body, UWC Maastricht’s “Third Culture Kid” integration programme has been designed to support students and their parents.
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 sport 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. The site was planned with environmental impact, energy use and value for the future in mind, and the resulting campus is highly innovative. The campus is an ecological design, featuring a heating and cooling system based on the underground river on site.
Facilities on the current campus include modern classrooms, science labs, fully equipped music and art rooms, a computer lab, an IT equipped study centre, two gyms, one with a climbing wall, and a canteen. Residential students live in spacious accommodation in the centre of the city centre.
In the Classroom
UWC Maastricht follows the model of offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes within the context of a larger school, providing students of other ages the opportunity to gain a UWC experience.
The Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum (2-4 year-olds) includes a range of learning experiences in the five key aspects of children’s development and learning.
The Primary Curriculum (4-11 year-olds) is composed of a variety of subjects areas with access to some dependent on English fluency levels.
The IB-Middle Years Programme (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 Programme (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) Programme is compulsory for all first year students of the IB Diploma Programme.
All IB Diploma students are involved in the community service programme and are given responsibility for organising their own community service projects. An annual camp in Adelboden, Switzerland, also helps the students develop strong leadership and teamwork skills. 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, action 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.
Day student applications for Pre-Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary must meet the requirements of the Dutch Law on International Education. Residential students are recruited through UWC’s national committee system. For more information, visit: www.uwcmaastricht.nl/admissions
Meet some of the staff members here.
Meet the Head of School here.