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Summer School

The purpose of the UWCM Summer School is to give new Diploma Programme (DP) students time to transition from their home country and school to a new life on UWCM campus. They will have time to get to know the school buildings, make long-lasting friendships, and most importantly learn English - all they need to know to start the DP feeling safe and ready.

Who is it for?

New UWC Maastricht DP students, both residential and day (those who live locally with their families), and other UWC students.

Summer School participants are those who:

  • have not had the opportunity to live in an English speaking/international community before
  • come from ‘challenging’ social or personal backgrounds
  • possess a limited command of English

All prospective UWCM students who have been recommended for the Summer School program by their National Committees will be contacted by the Summer School Team. Occasionally in the past, individual applications have been accepted, only if there was reason to believe that they would benefit from the course.

How long is the Summer School?
UWCM Summer School is designed to last for two weeks. In practice, this means 60 hours of intensive English instruction coupled with abundant opportunity for interaction and ‘living’ the English language during afternoon and evening activities. 

Week Saturday Sunday
Morning Classes Off-site trips Leisure time 
Afternoon Activities Off-site trips Activities on campus
Evening Activities Evening Activities Hikes

The Summer School finishes the day before the first day of school and offers a smooth transition into the academic year.

Learning by doing
The trick to quick and effective language learning is the experience (learning by doing). Whatever students learn about; they will use in real life. For example, how to order something to drink in a café? - go to a café and try to do it! Role plays, discussions, fun communicative activities and the use of real objects, and even people, are all examples of active learning.

The English course will focus on language acquisition, especially communicative skills. Among others, participants will learn how to: ask for the way, read signs and notices, give personal information, request help or assistance, say what their feelings and needs are, express their opinion and support it with arguments, and email a teacher or fellow student.

The course will take students on a journey starting from a discussion about who they and the people around them are, through their home country, customs and beliefs, to where they are now (the Netherlands - their host country) and, finally, the world around them. The above concepts are directly linked to the UWCM mission and values.

During the course, students will also learn how to learn (Approaches to Learning). In other words, they will multiple learning methods and techniques, and identify their preferred learning style. While learning English, students will develop various learning skills, which will contribute to their lifelong learning. 

What about my subject package?
We understand that the Diploma Programme is not just English—there are other subjects students worry about, in addition to working out the perfect DP subject package. During the summer course, we will introduce some basic language of Maths and Science and give students plenty of support to understand the Diploma Programme itself.

This part of the course starts when the classes finish. Every afternoon, the volunteers will have a programme of fun activities prepared for the participants to let them get to know the surroundings and the town of Maastricht. The activities are planned by the volunteers as they know exactly what future students need to know and do during their first weeks at UWCM.

Activities will range from meal planning, finding your way to the supermarket, keeping the residences clean, learning to ride a bike to discovering the beautiful countryside here in Maastricht and the local area.

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