Course information

2016/17 Course schedule

The Maastricht University Language Centre offers courses in Dutch, English and other modern languages. Most have a duration of 14 weeks, but in some blocks we offer 7-week courses that meet twice a week. We also offer intensive and summer courses.

For maximum convenience, courses are offered during term time, as follows:

Semester 1 2016-2017:    
Period 1 5 September – 20 October 2016 7 and 14-week courses
Period 2 31 October – 15 December 2016 7-week courses
Period 3 9 January – 3 February 2017 4-week intensive courses


Semester 2 2016-2017:    
Period 4 6 February – 31 March 2017 7 and 14-week courses
Period 5 10 April – 9 June 2017 7-week courses
Period 6 12 June – 28 July 2017 4-week intensive and summer courses

Registration for each block opens one month in advance.

Details about schedules and registration can be found on the individual language course pages. Please note that schedules are subject to change up to one month before the course starts; dates will be confirmed upon registration.

Want to learn more about the courses we offer? View the courses.

Earn ECTS credits

You can obtain credits for language courses taken at the Language Centre. To have these credits included on your degree certificate, you must submit a request to your Board of Examiners. The study load of each language course is expressed in ECTS credits (a 14-week course is normally worth 3 credits). For each course that you pass, your certificate will state the number of ECTS credits awarded.

Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference

All language courses are offered at several levels. The Common European Framework of Reference provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in a given language. To determine your current or target level, please see the CEFR.

Course fees for UM students

VIP Dutch on request
Basic Dutch for Students (special offer) free for 1st year bachelor or master UM students/ others € 75
Dutch for Students € 225
Intensive Summer / Winter Course € 225


Effective Communication, improve your English € 295
Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE (incl. exam training) € 1.095 / € 1.250 / € 1.325
IELTS preparation course (incl. exam training) € 295


Other modern languages

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish € 295
Different fees apply for staff members and external participants.