English: Cambridge English Exam Preparation Courses

Would you like to improve your English for work or study purposes? And would you like to obtain an internationally recognised certificate that confirms your proficiency in English? Then you should consider taking one of our Cambridge English Main-suite courses.


The courses focus on improving your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. You’ll also expand your vocabulary and your knowledge of grammatical structures. Maastricht University's Language Centre offers Cambridge English courses at three different attainment levels:

  • Cambridge B2 First
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency

Cambridge English qualifications are often required as evidence that your English is good enough for overseas study or employment. They can also be equated to an IELTS score required as a part of the immigration process for a number of countries. Once obtained, a Cambridge language qualification is valid for life.

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Cambridge B2: First (E-FCE)

This qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or take courses taught in English. You’ll be able to understand the main ideas in a complex text, you can produce clear and detailed prose and you’ll be able to interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

Required materials

  • Gold First - B2, students’ book with MyEnglishLab access code, 9781292217765
  • Maximiser with key (Optional), 9781292202242

The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Cambridge C1: Advanced (E-CAE)

More advanced than the Cambridge English First, this certificate demonstrates that you can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meaning. You can express ideas fluently and can use language flexibly for social, academic and professional purposes.

Required materials

  • Gold C1 Advanced, students’ book with MyEnglishLab access code, 9781292217734
  • Maximiser with key (Optional), 9781292202181

The registration form shows the actual available groups.


Cambridge C2: Proficiency (E-CPE)

The Certificate of Proficiency in English confirms that your English is exceptional, and resembles the fluency and sophistication of a native speaker. You will be able to study or work in a senior professional or academic environment, for example on a PhD or postgraduate programme.

Required materials

  • Expert Proficiency (Cambridge Proficiency Exam) C2, students’ book with audio CD-rom, 9781447937593
  • Students’ Resources book (with key), 9781408299005

The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Target audience

Anyone can sign up for these courses, but they are particularly suitable for:

  • Students from outside the EU wishing to study in European Higher Education
  • Teachers and lecturers required to teach in English, either in the Netherlands or abroad
  • Support officers, policy makers etc. required to deal with external agencies in relation to education and international administration
  • Support officers, policy makers etc. required to work with non-Dutch speaking students or staff

Admission requirements

The next round of English courses will start in September 2019. You can register for these courses from 1 July onwards via our online registration form. Before starting a course it is mandatory to do an (online) intake test in order to make sure that the course fits your level and wishes. Currently, there are no intake tests held. It will be possible from 1 June onwards. Please send an e-mail to languages-intake-eng[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl after 1 June (please specify on which days + times you are available for an intake).


Are you interested in taking one of our Cambridge English courses? Please contact the Language Centre to set up an intake interview. During this interview, we will assess your level of English and we will discuss which course will be most suitable for you. You will need to take an online test before the interview. You can access this test by sending an email to languages-intake and asking for an online test token.


The courses prepare you for the following University of Cambridge ESOL exams:

  • Cambridge English: B2 First is considered to be worth 3,5 ECTS depending on faculty policy.
  • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced is considered to be worth 4 ECTS depending on faculty policy. 
  • Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency is considered to be worth 4,5 ECTS depending on faculty policy.

Please note that the Language Centre only provides the training for the exams. You will have to sign up for the exam at the British Council. You can learn more about the exams fees and dates on the British Council website. They will also provide your certificate.

Fees (excl. exam fees)

  • B2 First: € 1095
  • C1 Advanced: € 1250
  • C2 Proficiency: € 1325