Each semester many of our students are pursuing the educational opportunity of a lifetime by taking some time to study in another country. UVM students have the opportunity to study in over 120 countries around the world, and UVM's Office of International Education works with students in order to find programs that fit their academic, linguistic, and cultural aspirations. With careful planning almost all Honors College students are able to complete their HC requirements and study abroad.
If you are thinking about studying abroad, first you will need to fulfill OIE's Study Abroad 101 requirements (applies to all UVM Students). You can read more about these requirements on the Study Abroad Website:
Next, you will need to find a program. The Office of International Education webpage is an excellent place to begin.
The Honors College and University College Maastricht Exchange
University College Maastricht (UCM) is the Honors College at Maastricht University. It is one of the top ranked undergraduate programs in the Netherlands. All classes are small and are taught in English, utilizing an innovative pedagogical method called Problem Based Learning. More than half of the students at UCM are international, coming from over fifty different countries. Maastricht itself is the oldest city in the Netherlands. Its close proximity to Belgium and Germany gives Maastricht a cosmopolitan feel, and larger cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, or London are just hours away by train.
Here are some quick facts about the UVM HCOL and UCM exchange:
• This exchange program is only available to HCOL sophomores and juniors. Within the context of the HCOL curriculum, it is ideal for students who wish to study abroad in the spring semester of their sophomore year.
• Students need to be in good standing in the Honors College in order to apply.
• The application process needs to begin approximately twelve months before the semester students wish to study abroad. For students who wish to study at UCM in the spring semester of their sophomore year, this means completing the application in the spring semester of their first year.
• There are two stages to the application process. First, students need to apply internally through the Honors College, attend a Study Abroad 101 workshop, and complete UVM’s Go Abroad process through “Confirm Intended Start Time Abroad.” The Honors College will then select four students to advance to the second stage in which they complete the final Inquiry steps in GoAbroad and the University College Maastricht exchange application, which is also located in GoAbroad. UCM typically accepts the students that their partner institutions recommend.
• Because this is an exchange program, HCOL students will pay the University of Vermont exchange tuition rate (see Finances of Exchanges Programs) for the semester they are abroad at UCM.
• Exchange students studying at UCM normally find housing in Maastricht University’s Guesthouse. Prices range from 350 to 700 Euro per month, depending on the facilities. Students should book their housing as soon as they are admitted into the program as more choices are available earlier on.
• Four students from UCM will also be joining the UVM Honors College community during the same semester HCOL students are studying at UCM.
For more information, please browse through the websites below:
University College Maastricht site:
University College Maastricht information for exchange students:
There is a two-step process in order to apply to the UCM exchange:
1) Honors College internal application – DUE April 30, 2021
By 4 p.m. the day of the deadline, all students seeking an Honors College nomination must have 1) have completed OIE's Study Abroad 101 requirements, 2) completed UVM’s Go Abroad process through “Confirm Intended Start Time Abroad,” and 3) submitted complete HCOL nomination application. The application will consist of a short essay explaining why you want to study abroad with the UCM exchange, and a letter of recommendation from one UVM faculty member. Once the spring semester is complete, we will add your transcript to the application (no need for you to send it to us).
Download the Honors College internal application (doc) here.
2) Complete the final Inquiry steps in GoAbroad process and the UCM application in GoAbroad by August 10th, 2021. This is UVM's deadline for all students planning to study abroad on an exchange program in Spring 2022.
The Honors College & the Principia Program at the University of Glasgow
The Principia Consortium is a group of more than 26 Honors programs at liberal arts colleges and universities from across the United States that participate in an Honors study abroad program at the University of Glasgow. This program is open only to Honors programs/colleges and their students.
Here are some quick facts about the Principia Program in the UVM Honors College:
- The Principia Program is open to HCOL sophomores and juniors, but in the UVM context, it makes by far the most sense for HCOL sophomores in their spring semester of sophomore year to participate in the program.
- The requirements for the program include good standing in the Honors College, as well as a thoughtful and considered application.
- Application to the program will involve two steps (internal, and external—see below), and the completion of the UVM iAbroad process that the student must begin 12-15 months before going abroad (see also below).
- There is no quota on the number of students we can send to Glasgow, but acceptance is not automatic. In other words, we will base our own decisions about who to send on the quality of the application. That said, students that the UVM Honors College recommends for the program will typically be accepted into the University of Glasgow on our recommendation (provided the student has submitted to Glasgow a complete application).
- The Principia Program operates as a separate study abroad program, not as an exchange. This means that students will be on a study leave from UVM during the semester they are in Glasgow, and they will pay their fees directly to the University of Glasgow. This also means that any UVM-specific financial aid (including merit aid) will not go with the student to Glasgow. Federal financial aid, however, will go with the student.
- Tuition fees (as of the 2016-17 academic year) for an international student at the University of Glasgow for one semester are £7750, or about $10,263 USD. The University of Glasgow estimates living expenses for a semester to be around £3,500 (about $4700 USD).
- All students from UVM participating in the Principia Program are considered international students.
- Students are guaranteed housing in one of the University of Glasgow residence halls. All the rooms are suite-style accommodations with cooking facilities.
- The Principia Program in Glasgow has an extremely helpful staff; students are very well taken care of, and answers to all questions are a quickly-answered email or a phone call away.
- All the Principia students take the Scottish Enlightenment seminar, which will count for their second Honors sophomore seminar at UVM (either HCOL 185 or HCOL 186).
- Principia is organized such that students on a science track can get their requirements done—particularly in Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy—in Glasgow. But the Principia program is not just for students in science disciplines. Hundreds of courses are available for the Principia students to take at the University of Glasgow, allowing the program to accommodate most other majors (with the exception of engineering, nursing, and probably education majors).
For more information, please browse through the websites below:
University of Glasgow information for international students:
There is a two-step process in order to apply to the Principia program:
1) Honors College internal application – DUE on April 30th, 2021
By 4 p.m. the day of the deadline, all students seeking an Honors College nomination must have, 1) Complete the Study Abroad 101 requirments through UVM's Office of International Education (OIE), and 2) Submit a complete HCOL nomination application. The application will consist of a short essay explaining why you want to study abroad with the Principia program in Glasgow, and a letter of recommendation from one UVM faculty member. Once the spring semester is complete, we will add your transcript to the application (no need for you to send it to us).
Download the Honors College internal application (pdf).
2) Complete your Glasgow University application and related parts of the GoAbroad process by September 15, 2021. This is UVM's deadline for all students planning to study abroad on an external program in Spring 2022.
Once you have been approved for the program via the internal application, you will apply directly to the University of Glasgow. Your part of the application will consist of your uploading the same essay you wrote for the internal application and your transcript (and filling in the other information asked as part of the application). The application will consist of the same essay you wrote for the internal application, letters of recommendation (in other words, you will need to solicit one more letter after the Honors College nomination process), and your transcript. You will be able to access the application on this website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/study/visiting/studyabroadexchange/studyabroadprogramme/howtoapply/
While the UVM external deadline is in September 2021, you will also need to complete an application directly through the University of Glasgow in October. We realize this makes for a tight turn around before your departure date, but rest assured you will have plenty of time to make travel arrangements, and UVM's Office of International Education will guide you through this phase of the process.
A FINAL IMPORTANT NOTE: As you are planning to study abroad, be sure to complete UVM's Study Abroad planning process through the GoAbroad system.. OIE suggests that you begin the GoAbroad process 12-15 months before you plan to leave on your study abroad semester.