Practical course information

2023/24 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.

Courses are offered as follows:

When do courses start? See the annual course schedule.

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

Semester 1 2023-2024: Start and end date Which courses Registration open
Period 1 4 September - 20 October 2023 NL: 7 and 14-week courses, all other languages: 14 week courses, English: Effective communication courses, fall. 1 July
Period 2 30 October  - 15 December 2023 NL/SD:7-week courses  1 October
Period 3 8 January - 26 January 2024 NL and MVT  4-week intensive winter courses 1 November
Semester 2 2024:      
Period 4 5 February - 29 March 2024 NL: 7 and 14-week courses, all other languages: 14 week courses, English: Cambridge and Effective communication courses, spring. 8 December
Period 5* 8 April - 28 May 2024 NL: 7-week courses, SD, ENG 1 March
Period 6 10 June - 26 July 2024 NL: 7-week summer courses, SD2 1 May
Summer Tuesday 30 July  - Friday 16 August 2024 NL-MVT Intensive 1 May

In period 5*:

End dates MVT/NL 14 weeks and Social Dutch NL latest lesson 7 weeks (2x per week) 
Monday          27 May 2024 (due to  2nd With Monday) Monday/Wednesday:         27 May 2024
Tuesday          21 May 2024 Tuesday/ Thursday:            28 May 2024
Wednesday   22 May 2024  
Thursday        30 May  2024 (Ascension Day)  

No lessons during:

  •  12/02/2024 - 16/02/2024 Carnival

  •  29/03/2024 Good Friday


  •  01/04/2024  Easter week

  •  27/04/2024  King's Day

  •  05/05/2024 Liberation Day

  •  09/05/2024 - 10/05/2024 Ascension Day and Bridging Day

  •  20/05 /2024 Whit Monday

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.

Please note, the date of the final test is known in advance. For rescheduling the date of the final test, we charge a fee.

Offer and price overview

Open Enrollment courses 

LanguageCourseUM StudentPhD/Alumni/ EmployeeExtern
EnglishEffective communication475475605
 Cambridge FCE B29751.2501.250
 Cambridge CAE C19751.3501.350
 Cambridge CPE C29751.4501.450
 PhD- Presentation skills N/A610N/A
 PhD-1 Introduction to Academic writing (online)N/A 545N/A
 PhD-2 Advanced Scientific writing (online)N/A545N/A
 English at workN/A395510
DutchSocial Dutch (for students)2 times free/  215N/AN/A
 (more information on the Social Dutch webpage)   
 Dutch language course (regular)300475605
 Nt2 Staatsexamen preparation course238 238Zuyd en extern 303
 Workshop Effective Communication in DutchfreefreeN/A
 Academisch schrijven in het NederlandsfreeN/AN/A
Other languagesArabic, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian475475605
 Italian, Portuguese web-based475475605
 Italian Booster course215215245
OtherIndividual Coaching 4 hours515515600
 Individual Coaching 6 hours775775900
 Individual Coaching 8 hours1.0301.0301.200


Earn ECTS credits

The number of ECTS credits earned after successfully concluding a 7- or 14-week course is the equivalent of 1 or 3 ECTS credits respectively according to Maastricht University‚Äôs guidelines. Please consult with your faculty / home university if these credits will be accepted as part of your programme and, if necessary, converted to the credit system acknowledged by your faculty/ home university.


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.